Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (May 7-13, 2018)
Female Athlete of the Week: Ashley Elder - Track & Field - Jr.
Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) racked up 19 points to help the Penmen to their best finish ever at the NE10 Championships with a sixth-place showing. Elder won the discus by hurling it 42.28 meters (138 feet, eight inches) to win by more than two full meters. In the shot put, Elder registered her second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance with a heave of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches). The mark was a new personal best for the junior, and was .10 meters (four inches) outside of the top spot. Elder was also eighth in the hammer throw, as she unleashed a toss of 46.59 meters (152 feet, 10 inches).
Male Athlete of the Week: Mitchell Powers - Baseball - Sr., P
Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) tossed a perfect game Tuesday, striking out 11 of the 27 batters he retired in order, as the Penmen blanked Saint Michael's 2-0, in the first game of an eventual doubleheader sweep that clinched them the division. Powers was named the NE10 Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
Softball (37-12, 19-8 NE10, 14-7 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
5/3 vs. New Haven - W, 6-2 (NE10 Championship quarterfinal)
5/4 vs. Adelphi - L, 4-5 - 8 inn. (NE10 Championship semifinal)
This Week's Games:
5/10 vs. Pace - 2:30 p.m. (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
5/11 vs. Saint Anselm/Merrimack - 11 a.m. (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
5/11 vs. Saint Anselm/Merrimack - 1:30 p.m. (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
- Softball went 1-1 last week in the Northeast-10 Championship, falling in the semifinals before earning the East Region's No. 3 seed Monday morning for the upcoming double elimination East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm.
- Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) tore the cover off the ball during the two games, going 5-for-7 (.714) with a walk, double, home run, RBI and three runs scored, while slashing .750/1.286/2.036. Garczynski was 3-for-4 with a home run, RBI and pair of runs scored in Thursday's 6-2 win against Pace, before turning in a 2-for-3 performance with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 5-4 loss to Adelphi.
- Junior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) went 2-for-5 with a trio of walks, an RBI and a run scored, including a 2-for-3 day with a walk, RBI and run against Pace.
- Sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) were both 3-for-7 during the week. Wade went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI against Pace, with Sauvageau going 2-for-5 versus the Panthers.
- Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) tossed all 14-and-two-thirds innings for the Penmen, going 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA, as she allowed seven runs - six earned, on 16 hits, while fanning seven and walking one. In the win over the Setters, Barone went the distance, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three and not issuing a walk.
Baseball (33-13, 19-6 NE10, 18-3 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
5/1 vs. Saint Michael's - W, 2-0 (FOX College Sports)
5/1 vs. Saint Michael's - W, 10-1
5/4 vs. Assumption - W, 15-2
5/4 vs. Assumption - W, 15-2
This Week's Games:
5/8 vs. Bentley - 6 p.m.
5/10 vs. Adelphi/New Haven
- Baseball went 4-0 last week, as it clinch the NE10 Northeast Division and earned the top seed in the division for the upcoming NE10 Championship.
- Senior Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) tossed a perfect game Tuesday, striking out 11 of the 27 batters he retired in order, as the Penmen blanked Saint Michael's 2-0, in the first game of an eventual doubleheader sweep that clinched them the division. Powers was named the NE10 Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
- Sophomore Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) slashed .375/.500/.625/1.125, going 6-for-16 with three extra-base hits, three walks, four RBI and six runs scored. Blandini was 3-for-5 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored in a 10-1 win against Saint Michael's in Tuesday's nightcap. In a 15-2 victory in game one of a doubleheader sweep of Assumption on Friday, Blandini went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Senior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio), in just two games last week, went 3-for-8 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a home run, four RBI and three runs scored, while slashing .375/.444/.875/1.319. Potter was 2-for-4 with a walk, double, grand slam and two runs scored in the game one victory over Assumption and then went 1-for-4 with a run scored in another 15-2 triumph in game two.
- Junior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) put together a nice week in a pair of starts, going 4-for-9 (.444) with a walk, two extra-base hits, including a home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Zbierski went 2-for-5, swatting a three-run homer, in the Saint Michael's nightcap, before turning in a 2-for-4 performance in the second game against Assumption, with a walk, double, two RBI and a run scored.
- Freshman Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) claimed his second NE10 Rookie of the Week honor Monday after batting .308 (4-13), drawing five walks, driving in four runs and scoring three times, as he was on base at a .500 clip to post an .885 OPS. Mulcay had a hit in all four games, including both of ends of Friday's doubleheader sweep of Assumption in which he was 2-for-6 with three walks, four RBI and three runs scored.
Women's Track & Field
Last Week's Results:
5/4 at Northeast-10 Championships - 11th/12
5/5 at Northeast-10 Championships - 6th/12
This Week's Meets:
5/11 at New England Championships
5/12 at New England Championships
- Women's track & field turned in its highest finish ever at the Northeast-10 Championships on Friday and Saturday, placing sixth, overall.
- Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) won the discus by hurling it 42.28 meters (138 feet, eight inches) to win by more than two full meters. In the shot put, Elder registered her second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance with a heave of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches). The mark was a new personal best for the junior, and was .10 meters (four inches) outside of the top spot. Elder was also eighth in the hammer throw, as she unleashed a toss of 46.59 meters (152 feet, 10 inches).
- Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) clocked an official time of 14.86 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, which was the second-fastest time in the event, coming in behind a mark that tied the NE10 Championship record. Murphy also finished third in the triple jump, as she propelled herself a distance of 11.47 meters (37 feet, 7.75 inches).
Men's Tennis (16-7, 9-0 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
4/30 vs. Merrimack - W, 5-4
5/1 vs. Concordia (N.Y.) - L, 1-5
This Week's Matches:
- Men's tennis was 1-1 last week at the NCAA East 1 Regional, as it captured its first NCAA postseason win in program history.
- Senior Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) was a perfect 2-0 at No. 1 singles, defeating Denis Davydov, 6-2, 7-5, in a 5-4 eding of Merrimack on Monday, before taking down Eymeric Chevalier, 6-1, 7-5, in a 5-1 loss to Concordia (N.Y.). Fernandes was also an 8-6 winner over Merrimack's Tyler Clontz and Paul Weidinger at No. 3 doubles with classmate Jeremy Reichentahl (Cheshire, Conn.), but they had their 12-match winning streak snapped against the Clippers.
Last Week's Results:
This Week's Matches:
5/7 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional
5/8 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional
5/9 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional
- Men's golf finished was idle last week, but will compete at the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional on Monday-Wednesday at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.
Women's Soccer (15-3-5, 9-1-4 NE10)
- Women's soccer, which was ranked as high as No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll during the season, put together a historic season, winning the sixth most number of matches in program history.
- The Penmen earned the highest Northeast-10finish ever with the No. 2 seed and went on to capture their second NE10 crown and first since 2012.
- The team garnered the program's fourth berth into NCAA Tournament, where it notched the first NCAA postseason win in program history in the first round.
- Senior Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) was named to the D2CCA East All-Region First Team, with classmate Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) earning a spot on the Second Team. Fasanello anchored a back line that led the league in GAA (0.62) and goals allowed (15), while scoring her first career goal in a 1-0 win against Assumption on Oct. 17. Luis led the team in both goals (11) and points (27), checking in third in the league in both categories.
-Fasanello was also an NE10 major award winner, being selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, with fourth-year head coach receiving Coach of the Year honors. Fasanello was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Luis, while Senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine), junior Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) were all Second Team selections. Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon(W. Hempstead, N.Y.), senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) and junior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) also were tabbed for the Third Team, while freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) received an All-Rookie Team nod.
Men's Soccer (11-3-3, 8-3-2 NE10)
- Men's soccer, which was ranked as high as No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll during the season, finished fourth in the Northeast-10standings and played to a 0-0 draw against fifth-seeded Le Moyne in the quarterfinal round of the NE10 Championship, before falling on penalty kicks.
- The team missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, bringing the nation's longest active streak to an end at nine appearances.
- Junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) was selected to the NE10 All-Conference First Team after a 15-goal, four-assist, 34-point campaign that saw him rank second in the league in goal goals and points, as well as fourth in game-winnign tallies (4). He found the back of the net in 13 of 17 matches, including a season-high five straight from Oct. 7-21. Sophomore Louka Masset (Paris France) was also a First Team selection with six goals for 12 points, in addition to helping anchor a back line that was fourth in the league in GAA (0.95) and goals allowed (17). Masset also had a flair for the dramatic, with five of his six goals coming as either game winners or equalizers in the 70th minute or later.
- Sophomore Romain Daniellou (Brest, France) and freshman Daniel Jones (W. Hartford, Conn.) were tabbed for the Second Team, while freshman Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain) earned a spot on the Third Team. Jones and Hernandez also received All-Rookie nods.
Women's Volleyball (11-12, 7-7 NE10)
- Volleyball narrowly missed the Northeast-10 postseason, but turned its season around down the stretch, winning seven of its final 10 matches to get to .500 in the league.
- The team posted a 3-1 victory against NE10 runner-up Southern Connecticut on Oct. 28 as part of that span, while narrowly falling at eventual NE10 Champion New Haven, 3-2, on Nov. 4.
- Senior Marisa Coronis(Hudson, N.H.) earned the third NE10 All-Conference selection of her career with a Second Team honor. Coronis set a new single-season program record with 346 kills, while leading the league in kills per set (3.89) and ranking 15th in service aces per set (0.34). She wrapped up er career second all-time in kills (1,166) and matches played (104), as well as seventh in both hitting percentage (.241) and blocks (202).
Field Hockey (8-9, 4-8 NE10)
- Field hockey began the season 5-1, including 2-0 in the Northeast-10, before hitting an eight-game slide and then wrapping up the year with three straight wins.
- Five of the losses during the eight-game skid came by just a single goal.
- Freshman Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) was crowned the Northeast-10Rookie of the Year - the first member of the program ever to earn a major award from the league - after posting 19 points on eight goals and three assists.
- Sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) was named to the NE10 All-Conference Second Team after turning in a 10-goal, four-assist, 24-point campaign.
- The women's cross country team twice finished runner-up at meets this season, in addition to placing seventh at the Northeast-10Championship and ninth out of 25 teams at the NCAA East Regional Championship.
- Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) paced the team all year, capturing first place at both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup. Couto also finished 13th at the NE10 Championship to earn All-Conference Second Team honors, as well as 17th at the NCAA East Regional to claim United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region accolades.
- On the men's side, the team won the Bruce Kirsch Cup, was runner-up at the Vermont Tech Invite, finished third at the NE10 Championship and was fifth of 23 teams at the NCAA East Regional.
- Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) turned in a magnificent season, winning both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup, while finishing runner-up at the New England Championship, NE10 Championship and NCAA East Regional. McLaren, who garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team and USTFCCCA All-Region honors, became the second runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where he turned in the highest finish at the meet for a Penmen, placing 43rd out of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8. McLaren topped the previous SNHU best by 32 spots, while finishing just three spots shy of attaining All-America status.
Women's Basketball (17-12, 12-9 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
- Women's basketball posted its highest overall win total (17) and conference win total (12) since the 2011-12 season and earned its first NE10 Championship berth with the Northeast Division's No. 4 seed since that same campaign.
- The team, which won 11 of 13 from Nov. 15-Jan. 6, hosted its first postseason game ever Feb. 23 and won that NE10 first round contest against Saint Rose, 75-62, for its first NE10 Championship win since 2011. The Penmen then fell just short of its first-ever semifinal berth with a 75-64 loss at Southern Connecticut two days later.
- The Penmen posted a 73-68 win at third-ranked Bentley on Dec. 6 and then captured lightning in a bottle a second time, recording a 66-55 home win against the Falcons on Feb. 7 when they were ranked seventh, to earn the first regular-season sweep of Bentley in program history.
- Junior Kylie Lorenzen(Holliston, Mass.), who scored her 1,000th career point Jan. 3 versus Pace, was named a Northeast-10All-Conference First Team selection after starting all 29 games and averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 47.5 percent (182-383) from the field and 82.5 percent (132-160) from the stripe.
Men's Basketball (15-12, 11-10 NE10)
- Men's basketball began the season 9-0, falling just one game shy of matching the program's best start since the 1989-90 campaign.
- The team would win three of its last five, including the last two games of the season, to earn a NE10 Championship berth as the Northeast Division's No. 5 seed. The Penmen suffered a heartbreaking, 76-74 loss at the buzzer against Southern Connecticut to exit in the first round for the first time since 2008.
- Legendary head coach Stan Spirou announced his retirement after the season, bringing to an end a 33-year career that saw him post 640 wins, eight conference championships, five Elite Eight berths and a pair of Final Four appearances.
- Senior Chris Walters(Stamford, Conn.) was an NE10 All-Conference First Team pick for the second straight season. He started all 27 games and averaged 23.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting 49.3 percent (198-402) from the field, 44.1 percent (52-118) from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent (191-223) from the stripe. His 191 free throws made are the most in single season in program history, while his 639 total points rank fourth and his scoring average places fifth.
- Junior Daquaise Andrews(Queens, N.Y.), who netted his 1,000th career point at Stonehill on Feb. 3, was a Third Team honoree after starting all 27 contests and recording 17.9 points per game on 47.6 percent (182-82) shooting, in addition to tallying 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.
Men's Ice Hockey (12-9-3, 6-7-2 NE10)
- Men's ice hockey won 12 games and captured the No. 4 seed to earn its first NE10 Championship berth in two seasons. The Penmen traveled across town to top-seeded Saint Anselm and dropped a 3-1 decision in the semifinals to the eventual champions.
- The team went 7-1-1 over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 17-Jan. 16 and then won four-in-a-row from Feb. 2-10.
- Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) garnered Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team recognition, registering career highs in both goals (20) and points (28).
- Fellow senior Matt McLelland (Reading, Mass.) was a Second Team choice, anchoring the defensive unit and collecting a career-best 14 points on a goal and 13 helpers. Freshmen Zack Ciampa (Revere, Mass.; 1-7-8), Kyle Galloway (Sugar Hill, Ga.; 4-6-10) and Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.; 1-11-12) were tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.
Women's Lacrosse (4-13, 3-10 NE10)
- Women's lacrosse won two of its last four contests, but had dug themselves too large a hole to climb out of.
- The team played a tough schedule, with 11 of its 17 games coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
- Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) were both named to the NE10 All-Conference Third Team. Bedell scored 43 goals and dished 26 assists for 69 points, while also racking up 88 draw controls and 24 ground balls. She ranks eighth in the single-season record book in points and ninth in assists. Wilder found the back of the net 56 times, while handing out a career-high 12 assists, for 68 points. The 56 goals are the fourth most in a single season in program history, with the 68 points checking in as the 10th most.
Men's Lacrosse (5-9, 3-8 NE10)
- Men's lacrosse won its first two games and was ranked as high as No. 19 in the country, before hitting a five-game skid it did not recover from.
- Freshmen Nolan Isabella (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and Cole Jacobsen (Dartmouth, Mass.) were selected to the NE10 All-Rookie Team. Isabella helped anchor one of the youngest defensive corps in the league, as he registered a team-high 15 caused turnovers, ranked third on the team with 26 groundballs and was one of three student-athletes to start all 14 contests. Jacobsen registered the fifth-highest point total on the team, tallying 15 goals and handing out four assists for 19 points.
Women's Tennis (11-6, 9-3 NE10)
- Women's tennis reached the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship for the 11th straight season, but extended its finals drought to five seasons.
- Six individuals were honored with NE10 All-Conference accolades, including junior Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain) and freshman Casey Burns (Westbrook, Conn.), who earned Second Team honors and No. 1 and No 4 singles, respectively. Junior Rachel Wagner (Framingham, Mass.) and senior Lindsay Baum (N. Salem, N.Y.) were Third Team selections at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
- At doubles, Sala and classmate Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) were First Team selections at No. 1, with Burns and Kaitlyn Poje (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.) making the Third Team at No. 2.
- Women's golf turned in its best finish of the season at the Penmen Labor Day Classic on Sept. 3-4 when it finished third. The team was also fifth at the Northeast-10 Championship on Sept. 24-25.
- Freshman Makyla Lewellen (Zainesville, Ohio) averaged a team-best 86.5 strokes per round, with junior Kaitlyn Lutinski (Derry, N.H.) a close second at 89.6.