Landmark Honors Spring Sport Players of the Week
MADISON, N.J. - Teams taking a little bit of time away from competition to celebrate the holidays did not prevent 12 student-athletes from being recognized for their performances with selection as Landmark players of the Week. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Senior catcher Greg Hoffman helped Juniata post a three-game series sweep of Landmark foe Drew this past weekend. He went 7-for-13 at the plate over the weekend, scoring four runs and driving in nine, as he accounted for 13 total runs in the series. He closed the series by going 4-for-5 and producing a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Juniata a 6-5 win in the series finale.
Ryan Cummings tossed a complete-game win to help Moravian sweep a three-game series with Landmark foe USMMA. In the final game of the series, Cummings went seven innings, allowing just one unearned run and scattering four hits to claim the victory. He struck out eight and walked just one in the game.
Rory Averett earns the honor for the second-consecutive week as he helped Goucher improve to 2-0 in Landmark play with a win over USMMA. Averett scored four times, including finding the net on both of Goucher’s man-up opportunities, and also contributed an assist for five points in the 11-7 win. He also added a ground ball, and has now scored at least one goal in 25-straight matches.
Scranton’s Ben Worthington earned the victory in goal in his first collegiate start to help Scranton outlast Susquehanna for its first Landmark win. The freshman allowed only five goals while making 11 saves in the contest. He played a big role as the Royals limited Susquehanna to one second-half goal as Scranton rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit to earn the win.
Catholic’s Meghan Brady scored a key goal in one game and then struck multiple times in another as the Cardinals claimed two wins over nationally-ranked foes. Brady erupted with six goals and one assist, along with six ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers in a win over 16th-ranked Mary Washington. That came after she netted the tying goal early in the second half as Catholic knocked off number-14 Williams. She had seven goals, one assist, six ground balls and four caused turnovers over the two contests.
Goalkeeper Melissa Brashear turned in a pair of strong performances as Catholic earned a pair of wins over nationally-ranked foes. She recorded 13 saves and added a ground ball while conceding only six goals in a win over 14th-ranked Williams. She then stopped eight shots while facing 29 shots as Catholic knocked off 16th-ranked Mary Washington. She averaged 10 saves and had a 10.50 goals against average for the week.
Juniata’s Sarah Eckard was an offensive force in a 3-1 week for the Eagles that included a split of a Landmark doubleheader. She hit safely in all four games, and produced a pair of four-hit games, finishing the week with 11 hits in 19 at-bats for a .579 average. She also scored seven runs and drove in a pair of runs. She was 6-for-8 in the Landmark doubleheader against Drew, and scored a pair of runs including the game-winning run in the final game of the series.
Cara Swerdlow helped Susquehanna claim a sweep of a Landmark doubleheader against Catholic with a pair of strong performances. The junior tossed complete-game shutouts in both ends of the twinbill, holding the Cardinals to three hits and no runs in each game. She fanned 11 hitters over the 14 innings, and allowed only one extra-base hit.
Elliot Smego had a perfect 4-0 week while helping Drew remain unbeaten in Landmark play. He posted a 6-0, 6-4 win at third singles and then was part of an 8-0 win at 3rd doubles as the Rangers beat Goucher 9-0. Earlier in the week he picked up a straight-sets win with a score of 6-3, 6-1 and then posted an 8-4 win at first doubles in a loss to 25th-ranked Vassar.
Vivian Peng did not drop a game in singles action and remained unbeaten for the season as she claimed two wins in Drew’s Landmark victory over Goucher. She posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles and then teamed with Michelle Gbelama for an 8-1 win at first doubles as Drew posted a 7-2 win. She is a perfect 3-0 in both singles and doubles competition for the 2009-10 season.
Men's Track & Field
Gregory Haklar turned in a strong performance for Susquehanna at the Millersville Spring Opener. The junior placed 19th out of 34 Division II and III athletes with a throw of 36.35 meters in the hammer throw. The throw was his best of the season and ranks in the top-10 in the Landmark this year.
Women's Track & Field
Caitlin Anderson had the top performance for Susquehanna at the Millersville Season Opener. She set a new school record and bested 36 other competitors to win the hammer throw with a toss of 45.46-meters. The mark is the best throw in the Landmark so-far this season.