Week at a Glance: November 11-17

Jake Cox and Gyanna Russell, SNHU Athletes of the Week

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (November 11-17, 2019)

Female Athlete of the Week: Gyanna Russell - Women's Basketball - Jr., G
Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 60.9 percent (14-23) from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, as well as a perfect 7-for-7 from the line, during a 2-0 week for women's basketball. Russell dropped 20 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 5-5 FT) to go with five rebounds and a pair of steals in an 83-70 win at American Int'l on Wednesday, before adding 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists in Sunday's 91-50 triumph over Staten Island.

Male Athlete of the Week: Jake Cox - Men's Ice Hockey - So., F
Jake Cox (Columbus, Ga.) had a big weekend for men's ice hockey in a sweep at Post. He assisted on a goal in Friday's 5-3 win, before scoring twice and adding two assists in a 10-4 victory Saturday. Cox finished the weekend with a plus-6.

Women's Soccer (10-6-1, 7-5-1 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Games:
Idle

Notes:
- Women's soccer was idle last week and will await word on a potential NCAA Championship berth. The NCAA Selection Show will air Monday night at 6 p.m.

Men's Soccer (9-4-4, 7-3-2 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Games:
Idle

Notes:
- Men's soccer was idle last week and will see if it has done enough to warrant an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. The NCAA Selection Show will air Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (14-13, 6-7 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/12 at Franklin Pierce - 7 p.m.
11/15 vs. Southern Connecticut - 7 p.m.
11/16 vs. American Int'l - 1 p.m.
This Week's Games:
Idle

Notes:
- Volleyball went 0-3 last week to end its season. The team finished in ninth place, just one game out of a Northeast-10 playoff spot, and finished with its highest number of wins since the 2014 campaign.
- Senior Baylee Lippincott (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted 37 kills (2.85 k/s), 12 digs (0.92 d/s) and four blocks (0.31 b/s) during the week. Lippincott ripped off a match-high 15 kills (.263 hitting) to go with eight digs in a three-set loss at Franklin Pierce on Tuesday, before submitting 12- and 10-kill performances in a pair of five-set defeats against American Int'l and Southern Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
- Freshman Grace Pierce (Fairfax, Va.) recorded 18 kills (1.38 k/s) on .234 hitting, to go with 11 blocks (0.85 b/s), two aces (0.15 sa/s) and four digs (0.31 d/s). Pierce opened the week with six kills (.308 hitting) at Franklin Pierce. She then tallied seven kills, five blocks and four digs against American Int'l, before posting five kills and six blocks versus Southern Connecticut.
- Sophomore Ramona Fontaine (Chelsea, Mass.) produced 22 kills (1.69 k/s) on .286 hitting, nine blocks (0.69 b/s) and three digs (0.23 d/s). She matched her career high with 10 kills to go with five blocks against AIC and added seven blocks with two more stuffs versus the Owls.

Field Hockey (17-5, 12-2 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/16 vs. #4 Kutztown - L, 0-1 - Penalty Strokes (NCAA Championship First Round)
This Week's Games:
Idle

Notes:
- Field hockey, ranked No. 5 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Poll, went 0-1 last week, as it fell to fourth-ranked Kutztown in the first round of the NCAA Championship, which it hosted at Larkin Field. The team played 80 minutes of scorless field hockey before being toppled in penalty strokes, 3-1.
- It was the first NCAA Championship appearance for the Penmen, who set program records for wins (17), conference victories (12) and postseason wins (2).
- Graduate student Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) stopped both shots she faced against Kutztown.

Women's Basketball (3-1, 0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/13 at American Int'l - W, 83-70
11/17 vs. Staten Island - W, 91-50
This Week's Games:
11/20 at Queens (N.Y.) - 5:00 p.m.
11/23 at Assumption - 1:30 p.m.

Notes:
- Women's basketball went 2-0 last week and has now won three straight. It also marked the first time since  Jan. 27-31, 1990 the team logged back-to-back 80- and 90-point games.
- Junior Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 60.9 percent (14-23) from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, as well as a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. Russell dropped 20 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 5-5 FT) to go with five rebounds and a pair of steals in an 83-70 win at American Int'l on Wednesday, before adding 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists in Sunday's 91-50 triumph over Staten Island.
- Freshman Adriana Timberlake (Braintree, Mass.) posted 14.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game, while shooting 73.3 percent (11-15) from the floor and 83.3 percent (5-6) from beyond the arc. Timberlake registered 15 points (5-6 3-FG, 4-4 3-FG, 1-2 FT), three assists and three steals at AIC, and then tallied 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-2 FT), six helpers, five boards and three steals versus Staten Island.
- Junior Maddie Murphy (Norton, Mass.) enjoyed a career day against Staten Island with a career-best 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and a career-high five rebounds.
- Sophomore Samantha Chapps (Old Saybrook, Conn.) also set career highs in points (11 - 5-6 FG, 1-1 3-FG) and rebounds (3) against the Dolphins.

Men's Basketball (3-0, 0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/17 vs. Staten Island - W, 84-54
This Week's Games:
11/20 vs. Stonehill - 7 p.m.
11/23 at Assumption - 3:30 p.m.

Notes:
- Men's basketball won its only game of the week - an 84-54 defeat of Staten Island - to improve to 3-0 for the fourth straight year.
- Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded a double-double of 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 FT), 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the win. Montague opened the scoring just 14 seconds in with a thunderous dunk and provided six points during a game-opening 14-0 run over the initial 5:36.
- Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) led the Penmen with 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-6 3-FG) to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Junior Corry Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3-FG) and three rebounds.
- Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) each dished six assists.

Men's Ice Hockey (5-1-0, 3-0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/15 at Post - W, 5-3
11/16 at Post - W, 10-4
This Week's Games:
11/22 at Saint Anselm - 7:00 p.m.

Notes:
- Men's ice hockey went 2-0 last week to run its win streak to five and improve to a perfect 3-0 in league play.
- Sophomore Jake Cox (Columbus, Ga.) had a big weekend for the Penmen in the sweep at Post. He assisted on a goal in Friday's 5-3 win, before scoring twice and adding two assists in a 10-4 victory Saturday. Cox finished the weekend with a plus-6.
- Fellow sophomore Joe Fiorino (Willow Grove, Pa.) submitted a plus-5 and scored goals in both wins for SNHU. Both of his goals were game-winners, while he also added an assist Friday.
- Freshman George Thurston (Plymouth, Mass.) put together another productive weekend with goals in both games. Thurston also had two assists Saturday to claim a four-point week.
- Fellow freshman James Nash (Hampton, N.H.) scored two power-play goals and added an assist Saturday, skating to a plus-5 for the week.
- Senior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) earned wins in both games at Post, stopping 38 of 44 shots, as he made 19 saves in both games. Sophomore Alec Marshall (Nashua, N.H.) turned aside eight of nine shots in the final 9:09 Saturday.

Women's Tennis (11-2, 9-1 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Matches:
Idle

Notes:
- Women's tennis is off until the spring.

Men's Tennis (4-0, 0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Matches:
Idle

Notes:
- Men's tennis is off until the spring.

Cross Country

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Races:
11/23 at NCAA Division II National Championship - W: 1:00 p.m.; M: 2:15 p.m.

Notes:
- Cross country was idle last week, but wraps up the season Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Championship, which takes place at the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course in Sacramento, Calif. The women qualified for the first time in program history and will be one of 34 teams competing. The men missed out on advancing for a second consecutive season, but junior Micah Hewitson (New Market, Md.) qualified as an individual and will run.

Women's Golf

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Matches:
Idle

Notes:
- Women's golf is off until the spring.

Men's Golf

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Matches:
Idle

Notes:
-  Men's golf is off until the spring