Week at a Glance: April 29-May 5

Athletes of the week, van Biezen and Elder pictured.

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (April 29- May 5, 2019)
 

Female Athlete of the Week: Ashley Elder - Women's Track & Field - Sr.
Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) helped SNHU place fifth - its best finish in program history - at the Northeast-10 Championships on Friday and Saturday. In front of a home crowd, Elder earned the lone Penmen win of the weekend, coming away victorious in the shot put with a throw of 14.34m.

Male Athlete of the Week: Bas van Biezen - Men's Tennis - Jr.
Bas van Biezen went 4-0 last week to guide SNHU to its fourth straight Northeast-10 title and earn NE10 Championship Most Valuable Player honors. van Biezen polished off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in the finals when he finished off Conrad Koch, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 singles to clinch the victory.

Baseball (36-11, 22-6 NE10, 17-4 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
4/30 vs. Franklin Pierce - W, 11-0
5/2 vs. Merrimack - W, 8-7
5/4 vs. Merrimack - W, 6-2
5/4 vs. Merrimack - W, 3-0
This Week's Games:
5/7 vs. Franklin Pierce - 11 a.m. (Northeast-10 Championship)
If win...
5/9-5/11 at NE10 Championship Weekend

Notes:
- Baseball, ranked 15th in the NCBWA Division II Poll, went 4-0 last week to claim its third straight NE10 Northeast Division title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship.
Sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) was 5-for-10 (.500) with four RBI and two runs scored, as he reached base at a .545 clip and slugged .600 for an OPS of 1.145. Taveras' top performance came in Thursday's 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Merrimack, as he finished off a three-run bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run single, snatching the win for the Penmen in their final at bat. Taveras finished the contest 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Fellow sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) batted .444 (8-18) with four RBI and four runs scored during the week, slashing .444/.556/1.000. Henrie collected multiple hits in three of the four games during the week, starting with a 2-for-4, two-run performance in Tuesday's 11-0 triumph over Franklin Pierce. Henrie was then 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in the come-from-behind win against Merrimack, before going 4-for-9 with two RBI and a run in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Warriors.
- Graduate student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) fired eight shutout innings in the regular-season finale, allowing just three hits, while striking out 11 and walking only one, as the Penmen blanked Merrimack, 3-0, Saturday. Murphy held the Warriors to just a .111 batting average.
- Classmate Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) clinched a postseason berth for the Penmen with seven shutout innings in the shutout of Franklin Pierce. Walkinshaw (7-0) allowed just three hits, while fanning 10 and walking only one. He limited the Ravens to a .136 average.
- Redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) went the distance in Saturday's 6-2 win against Merrimack that clinched SNHU its third straight NE10 Northeast Division title. He allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out a pair and walking one.
- Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) led the Penmen with seven RBI during the week. He drove in three in the shutout of Franklin Pierce, knocked in the first run of the three-run ninth in the comeback win over Merrimack  and then plated three in the game-one victory Saturday, including a two-run homer.

Softball (36-13, 20-7 NE10, 14-7 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
5/2 vs. Pace - L, 1-3 (Northeast-10 Championship second round)
This Week's Games:
5/9 vs. Georgian Court - 2:30 p.m. (NCAA East Regional at Saint Anselm)
If win Thursday...
5/10 vs. Saint Anselm/Bridgeport - 11:30 a.m. (NCAA East Regional at Saint Anselm)
If lose Thursday... 
5/10 vs. Saint Anselm/Bridgeport - 2 p.m. (NCAA East Regional at Saint Anselm)

Notes:
- Softball, the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division, suffered a 3-1 loss in the final inning Thursday against Pace, bowing out of the Northeast-10 Championship in the second round.
- Sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, as she hit a solo home run to tie the game in the fourth inning.
- Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) allowed three runs - two earned - on nine hits, while striking out four and walking one, over seven innings.
- Senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) finished 1-for-3, as she passed Ali Maloof for most hits in a career at SNHU with No. 235.  

Women's Track & Field
Last Week's Results:
5/3 - Northeast-10 Championship - 6th/12
5/4 - Northeast-10 Championship - 5th/12
This Week's Meets:

5/10 at New England Championships
5/11 at New England Championships

Notes:
- Women's track & field finished fifth at the Northeast-10 Championships on Friday and Saturday, as SNHU hosted the event for the first time at Penmen Stadium. The fifth-place finish was the best in program history.
- Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) earned the lone Penmen win of the weekend, coming away victorious in the shot put with a throw of 14.34m.  
- Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) wound up in second place in the 800m run, with her time of 2:13.95 setting a personal best and a new program record for SNHU.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) was also second in the long jump, recording a 5.59m on her final attempt to etch a new personal best and program record.
- Senior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) also set a new career and SNHU mark, clearing a height of 3.15m in the pole vault.
- Junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) added to the list of new personal and program records with a 1:05.96 in the 400-meter hurdles.
- Junior Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) did the same in the 3000-meter steeplechase, setting a personal best/program record with an 11:16.64.
- All three SNHU relay teams set program records. The 4x800 quartet of freshmen Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.), Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.), and Brand finished in 9:30.15. The 4x400 team of freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.), Couto, freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Lorenzen turned in a time of 4:00.91. The 4x100 squad of senior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), Murphy and Lorenzen completed the race in 48.59.

Men's Tennis (16-3, 9-0 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
5/2 vs. Le Moyne - W, 4-2 (Northeast-10 Championship semifinal)
5/4 vs. Merrimack - W, 4-3 (Northeast-10 Championship final)
This Week's Matches:
TBA

Notes:
- Top-seeded men's tennis went 2-0 last week, topping fourth-seeded Le Moyne, 4-2, Thursday and third-seeded Merrimack, 4-3, Saturday to capture its fourth straight Northeast-10 title.
- The Penmen, who defeated Merrimack in the final for the third straight year, did so in dramatic fashion, as they fell behind, 3-0, before rallying back for the win. Junior Bas van Biezen finished off Conrad Koch, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 singles to clinch the victory.
- van Biezen was selected as the NE10 Championship Most Valuable Player - going a perfect 4-0 during the week - and was joined on the All-Championship Team by brother and classmate Willem van Biezen (Sassenheim, The Netherlands), and graduate student Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal).

Men's Golf
Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Matches:
5/9 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional
5/10 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional
5/11 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional

Notes:
- Men's golf was idle last week and will compete at the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional on May 9-11 at Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa.

COMPLETED SEASONS

Men's Soccer (13-4-2, 8-3-2 NE10)

Notes:
- Men's soccer won 13 matches for the second straight season, earning the No. 3 seed for the Northeast-10 Championship.
- The team hosted an NE10 quarterfinal match against Franklin Pierce and then posted a 3-0 victory - its first in the NE10 postseason since 2015. It then fell, 1-0, at Adelphi in the semifinal round.
- The Penmen were the first team out when the NCAA Selection Committee announced its field for the East Regional.
- Senior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) was chosen as a United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team and D2CCA All-America Second Team selection, feted with All-East Region First Team nods from both organizations and named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year after tallying 19 goals and two assists for 40 points in just 14 matches. Despite missing four contests, Satrustegui led the league in goals, tied for first in points and notched the most game-winning tallies. Nationally, the three-time NE10 Player of the Week ranked fifth in goals and eighth in points. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by sophomore Tom Marriott (Nottingham, England) and graduate student Collyns Laokandi (Paris, France).
- Senior goalkeeper Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario) and sophomore Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain) earned spots on the Second Team, with sophomores Nadjib Chibout (Lyon, France) and Jannik Mohr (Koblenz, Germany) garnering Third Team spots. Redshirt-sophomore Andre Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) received an All-Rookie Team nod.
- Marriott (Second Team), Laokandi (Second Team) and Hernandez (Third Team) joined Satrustegui on the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Team, while Marriott (First Team) and Laokandi (Second Team) were both featured on the D2CCA All-East Region squad.
- Junior Chaney Nash-Gibney (So. Burlington, Vt.) was named a Google Cloud Academic All-American after earning a spot on the All-District First Team.

Women's Soccer (14-4-2, 10-2-2 NE10)

Notes:
- Women's soccer tallied up 14 victories, including 10 in Northeast-10 play, as it earned the No. 2 seed for the NE10 Championship for the second straight season.
- After pulling out a 2-1 overtime victory against Southern Connecticut in the quarterfinals, the Penmen were upset by sixth-seeded Assumption, 2-0, in the semifinals.
- The team earned its fifth NCAA Tournament berth with the No. 4 seed in the East Region, but fell to fifth-seeded LIU Post on penalty kicks, 4-3, following 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
- Senior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region Second Team after anchoring a back line that led the league with a 0.90 goals-against average and 20 goals allowed (amongst teams that played at least 17 matches). She was also chosen as a Second Teamer on the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Team, where she was joined by classmate Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.) and graduate student Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.), who both garnered Third Team nods.
- Sparda was also named to the NE10 All-Conference First Team and was joined by Silvia.
- Crema, senior Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) and freshman Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) all garnered Second Team accolades, while freshmen Dorthea Glorud (Brumunddal, Norway) and Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario), junior Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.), and sophomore Lydia Kinsman (Granville, Mass.) each received Third Team honors. 
- Carney, Glorud and Rose also received All-Rookie nods.

Women's Volleyball (10-13, 8-6 NE10)

Notes:
- Volleyball for the second straight season enjoyed a second-half surge, winning nine of 14 to end the regular season and nab the No. 5 seed for the Northeast-10 Championship, as it earned a postseason bert for the first time in three seasons.
- The team went on the road to fourth-seeded Southern Connecticut and suffered a 3-0 loss, dropping the first and third sets, 25-23, in a close battle.
- Junior Irem Bat (Istanbul, Turkey) captured NE10 All-Conference Third Team honors, as she recorded 251 kills (3.14 k/s) on .202 hitting, while tallying 23 service aces (0.29 sa/s), 278 digs (3.35 d/s) and 43 blocks (0.54 b/s).

Field Hockey (10-9, 8-5 NE10)

Notes:
- Field hockey set a new program record with 10 wins and finished above .500 for the first time in program history.
- The team earned its first Northeast-10 postseason berth ever as the No. 5 seed for the NE10 Championship and traveled across town to fourth-seeded Saint Anselm, where it suffered a 4-2 loss.
- Redshirt-junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) became the program's first All-American with a 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division II All-America Second Team selection, after starting all 19 games and leading the Penmen in goals with 13 and total points with 30. 
- Huckins and junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) were also the first Penmen in program history to garner NE10 All-Conference First Team honors. van der Doorn started all 19 contests and scored six goals, while dishing five assists, to rank third on the team in points.
- Senior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) and freshman Faye Turkmen (Bergen, The Netherlands) were named to the Second and Third Team, respectively, with Turkmen also receiving an All-Rookie Team nod.

Cross Country

Notes:
- The men's cross country team turned in its most successful season to date, qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championship for the first time. After winning the Shacklette Invitational and the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Invite to open the season, the Penmen claimed fourth place at the Northeast-10 Championship and then submitted a second fourth-place showing at the NCAA Division II East Regional, which helped it earn an at-large bid to nationals, which were held at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course in Pittsburgh, Pa. The team finished 34th.
- Sophomore Cedric Jocelyn (Nyack, N.Y.) led the Penmen in four of their seven races, with classmate Micah Hewitson (New Market, Md.) doing so in two, including at the NCAA National Championship, where he ran in 36:28.8. Hewitson, freshman Ethan Matthews (Ayer, Mass.) and junior Michael Moreno (Houston, Texas) were named USTFCCCA All-Region for their performances at the East Regional, while Jocelyn was an NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection, with Matthews and Moreno both garnering Third Team nods.
- The youthful women's squad finished sixth at the Northeast-10 Championship before closing the year with a 14th-place showing at the NCAA Division II East Regional.
- Junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) was the top Penmen finisher in all four meets she competed in, including at NE10s when she crossed the finish line in 22:09.72, which was a personal best and the third fastest 6K in program history. Couto earned USTFCCCA All-Region and NE10 First Team honors for the second straight year.

Women's Basketball (17-12, 11-10 NE10)

Notes:
- Women's basketball finished 17-12 for the second straight season and also earned its second consecutive Northeast-10 Championship berth as the Northeast Division's No. 5 seed. The Penmen saw their season come to end in the first round, however, with a loss at American Int'l, the Southwest's No. 4 seed.
- The team began the season 6-0 and also put together a four-game winning streak that spanned January and February.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) capped her stellar career with her second straight selections to the WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, D2CCA All-East Region Second Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, she averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 steals per contest, while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor and 82.6 percent from the stripe. Lorenzen became the program's all-time leading scorer in a Feb. 16 win versus Merrimack and then its all-time leading rebounder Feb. 26 against Assumption College. She wrapped up her career first all-time in the program's record book in scoring (1,798), rebounding (932), field goals made (654), free throws made (462) and free throws attempted (575), as well as third in games played (113) and 10th in steals (173).
- Lorenzen also shined in the classroom, as she garnered her second consecutive CoSIDA Academic All-District honor.

Men's Basketball (12-14, 8-13 NE10)

Notes:
- Despite beginning the season 3-0 and winning four straight games in December and January, men's basketball missed the NE10 postseason after tying for fifth in the Northeast Division, but losing the tiebreaker.
- The squad dropped nine of its last 12, including four straight, as it made its playoff push.
- Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) captured the first D2CCA All-East Region Second Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team nods of his career, following a season in which he averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest, while shooting 41.9 percent from the floor and 70.6 percent from the stripe. He reached 20 points on 16 occasions and 30 points five times, as he ranked third in the league in scoring.

Men's Ice Hockey (14-9-4, 7-5-3 NE10)

Notes:
- Men's ice hockey captured its second Northeast-10 title and first since 2014, knocking the monkey off its back with a 4-3 win at crosstown-rival Saint Anselm. The second-seeded Penmen scored a late goal in the semifinals to slip past third-seeded Saint Michael's at home before taking down the tournament's top seed.
- Junior goalie Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) earned NE10 Championship Most Outstanding Player, while joining freshman Joe Fiorino (Willow Grove, Pa.) and senior Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) on the All-Championship Team.
- Head coach Sean Walsh was honored as the NE10 Coach of the Year in just his second season with the Penmen. Gutting was also named the NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year, in addition to be selected as an All-Conference First Teamer, following a season in which he went 11-5-4 with a 2.17 GAA and .935 save percentage. Senior Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) also earned a First Team nod with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Fiorino and Jake Cox (Columbus, Ga.) also received All-Rookie accolades.
- The 14 victories were also the most for the program since it won 17 games during the 2013-14 season.

Men's Lacrosse (4-10, 3-8 NE10)

Notes:
- Men's lacrosse went 2-2 to start the season and again to end it, but lost six straight in between.
- Junior Tyler Mello (Acushnet, Mass.) was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team, while freshmen Tristan Pietz (Dudley, Mass.) and Chris Valentine (Derry, N.H.) were selected to the All-Rookie Team. Mello raked in a career-high 31 ground balls to go along with 13 caused turnovers to help anchor the Penmen defense. Pietz, a first-year attackman, tied for the team lead with 30 points and led the Penmen with 16 assists in 14 games, while Valentine also burst onto the scene in his inaugural campaign to the tune of 25 points in 14 games. Valentine was tied for second on the team in goals with 17 and also collected 20 ground balls, while finishing fourth on Southern New Hampshire in total points.

Women's Lacrosse (7-10, 4-9 NE10)

Notes:
- Women's lacrosse began the season 2-2, but lost six of its next eight, before finishing on a strong note by winning three of five to end the campaign.
- Senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.), who became the program's all-time goals and points leader during the season, received her third straight selection to the Northeast-10 Third Team. She racked up 74 points on 63 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in both goals and points, while ranking third and sixth in the league in those respective categories at the end of the regular season. Her 63 goals ranked third all-time in the program's single-season record book, with her 74 points slotting in sixth. Wilder was joined on the Third Team by freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.), who also earned an All-Rookie Team nod. Long registered 38 goals and 16 assists for 54 points, placing second on the team in helpers and third in both goals and points. She also led the squad in draw controls (98) and ground balls (40), as well as second in caused turnovers (16). Her 98 draw controls shattered the previous program record by 10.

Women's Tennis (9-9, 6-5 NE10)

Notes:
- Women's tennis endured a tough season, health-wise, as it never played a match with its entire lineup intact. The result was the team missing the NE10 postseason for the first time since 2004 and snapping a run of 11 straight seasons it advanced to the semifinals.
- Freshman Alexxa Etienne (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) earned Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year honors, as she went 15-7, including 9-2 in league play. She also made the NE10 All-Conference First Team at No. 3 singles and received an All-Rookie Team nod.
- Seniors Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain) and Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) received First Team recognition at No. 1 doubles for the second straight year after producing a 17-5 mark, including 10-1 in league play. Individually, Morais was a Third Team selection at No. 2 singles, where she went 16-7 on the season, including 8-3 in NE10 action. 

Women's Golf

Notes:
- Women's golf turned in five top-three finishes during the season - the top mark since the program began in 2014.
- Freshman Hannah May (Phoenix, Ariz.) set a new single-season program record with an average round of 80.5. May placed inside the top five on three occasions and was a top-10 finisher five times.
- Senior Morgan Mitchell (Charlton, Mass.) also wrote a new program record with the first sub-par round in school history, firing a 71 at the opening round of the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic on March 25.