NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending September 24th)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending September 24th)

Cross Country Men's Runner of the Week

Josh Rosenkranz, MIT (Glencoe, Ill.)

In the season-opening Purple Valley Classic, Rosenkranz led the Engineers with a 10th-place finish in a time of 26:41.3. His performance was an improvement of 36 seconds from his showing a year ago at the event.

Cross Country Women's Runner of the Week

Kaitlyn Mooney, Coast Guard (Manahawkin, N.J.)

In her first collegiate 6K, Freshman Kaitlyn Mooney finished in second place at the Williams Purple Valley Invitational running a school record time of 22:02.00. In her 6K debut, Mooney was second in a field that included Victoria Kingham of Williams (2015 All-American), Elise Ramirez of SUNY Geneseo (2016 Atlantic All-Region), Natalie Bettez of Tufts (2016 New England All-Region) and Sofia Canning of Dickinson (2016 Mid-East All-Region). Mooney finished behind only two-time cross country All-American Taryn Cordani from Ithaca.

Field Hockey Offensive Athlete of the Week

Ashley Tango, Babson (Reading, Mass.)

Tango finished with four goals and one assist for nine points, and surpassed 100 career points in a 3-0 week for Babson. The junior midfielder had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-0 win at Union and struck for a pair of goals in a 6-1 victory at Springfield on Saturday. Tango capped the week with the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute as the second-ranked Beavers edged No. 7 Middlebury, 2-1, on Sunday. 

Field Hockey Defensive Athlete of the Week

Grace Moore, MIT (Freshman, Boston, Mass.)

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Grace Moore generated 15 saves after facing 31 shots and 15 penalty corners. She registered 10 saves while facing 21 shots and five penalty corners in a 1-0 win over No. 5 Tufts on Wednesday. Moore followed this up with five saves, including four in the second half, while contending with 10 shots and four penalty corners in MIT's 4-2 come-from-behind win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

Football Offensive Athlete of the Week

John Robertson, MIT, RB (Sophomore, Brentwood, Tenn.)

In a 38-21 road win at Catholic, Robertson posted a career-high 185 yards with three touchdowns to lead the offense. He scored on touchdown runs of 15, nine and 31 yards while adding 10 receiving yards on two catches. Overall, with 56 kickoff return yards and 56 punt return yards, Robertson finished the victory with 307 all-purpose yards overall. 

Football Defensive Athlete of the Week

Marlowe Scott, Springfield, DB  (Junior, Dorchester, Mass.)

Scott anchored a Springfield defense that helped the Pride to a 42-10 win over WPI in its NEWMAC opener. The junior defensive back recorded a pair of interceptions (that resulted in two scoring drives for the Pride), a pass break up, and four unassisted tackles as Springfield improved to 4-0, becoming one of just seven Division III football teams to own a 4-0 record so far this season. 

Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week

Chip Crowley, Coast Guard, P (San Marino, Calif.)

Crowley was outstanding in a game that did not feature much offense and he helped the Bears win the field position battle. He punted six times for a 44 yard average. He had three punts of 50 yards or more and pinned the Cadets to the 20-yard line or less four times including drives that started at the 8 and 17 yards lines.

Men's Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week

Danny Murphy, Springfield (Senior, Old Saybrook, Conn.)

Danny Murphy, a senior midfielder for Springfield College, had the game-winning goal against Babson this past weekend, as the Old Saybrook, Conn. native found the back of the net just 9:55 into the second half to lead the Pride to a 1-0 victory over the Beavers. With the win, the Pride is now off to a 6-0 start to begin the season, its best in Division III program history.

Men's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week

Reese Petersen, WPI (Senior, Springfield, N.J.)

Peterson provided a pair of assists in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. Defensively, the Crimson and Gray yielded only one goal on 11 shots. Saturday's win at MIT was the first since 2011 and first in Cambridge since 2009. It also puts the Crimson and Gray in a tie atop the conference standings with nationally-ranked Springfield.

Women's Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week

Jess Frost, Emerson (Junior, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)

Lions junior Jess Frost came through in the clutch for the Emerson on Saturday, providing an assist on the opening tally of the match against Springfield, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead. Then, after the Pride tied it, Frost provided the eventual game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Springfield College. 

Women's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week

Rachel Boohar, Coast Guard (Junior, Oxford, Pa.)

Junior Rachel Boohar helped the Bears to their first NEWMAC win of the season making four saves in a 1-0 victory over reigning NEWMAC champion WPI for her second shutout of the season. She is fourth in the conference with 36 saves on the year and tied for fourth with two shutouts. In her only other game this past week, Boohar made five saves allowing one goal against number 20 Conn. College. 

Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week

Michelle Li, Wellesley (Junior, Scarsdale, N.Y.)

Wellesley junior Michelle Li paced the Blue offense to a 2-0 NEWMAC record this week, totaling 70 assists, six kills and 15 digs in two matches. Li amassed 37 assists in a five-set victory over Wheaton on Tuesday, before adding 33 assists in a 3-1 victory at WPI on Saturday. Her final assist in Saturday's match helped the Wellesley junior total 2,000 in her collegiate career.

Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week

Samantha Hoang, Wellesley (Junior, Elk Grove, Calif.)

Wellesley junior Samantha Hoang racked up 45 digs in two matches this week, leading the Blue to a 2-0 NEWMAC record. Hoang played all nine sets at libero for Wellesley averaging 5.00 digs/set for the week, while also chipping in eight assists. On Tuesday, she totaled 21 digs in a five-set victory over Wheaton. She then added 24 digs in a 3-1 win at WPI on Saturday.