Week at a Glance: November 18-24

Kurt Gutting and Ashley Corcoran, SNHU Athletes of the Week

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (November 18-24, 2019)

Female Athlete of the Week: Ashley Corcoran - Women's Cross Country - So.
Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) capped a terrific season with a 26th-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday at the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course in Sacramento, Calif. Corcoran, who became the first All-American in SNHU history, clocked the fastest 6k in program history at 20:51.7. The Penmen, who qualified as a team for the first time in program history, finished 32nd.

Male Athlete of the Week: Kurt Gutting - Men's Ice Hockey - Sr., G
Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.), who was selected as the NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time earlier Monday, made 50 saves Friday night in a 4-3 victory over crosstown-rival Saint Anselm. It was his largest save total since he turned aside 54 shots in a win over UMass Boston in last year's Manchester PAL/Stovepipe tournament.

Women's Soccer (10-6-2, 7-5-1 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/22 at #24 Mercy - T, 0-0 (2OT - Mercy advanced on PKs, 4-2)
This Week's Games:
Idle

Notes:
- Women's soccer played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes with 24th-ranked Mercy on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Championship, but fell in penalty kicks, 4-2.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario) made all three saves she needed to during regulation and the two overtime sessions.

Women's Basketball (4-2, 0-1 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/20 at Queens (N.Y.) - W, 59-49
11/23 at Assumption - L, 51-61
This Week's Games:
11/26 vs. Saint Anselm - 5:30 p.m.
12/1 vs. Bridgeport - 1:30 p.m.

Notes:
- Women's basketball went 1-1 last week, running its winning streak to four games, before seeing it snapped Saturday.
- Junior Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 57.9 percent (11-19) from the field and 77.8 percent (7-9) from the line. Russell dropped in 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-6 FT) and tallied three assists, two rebounds, and two steals in a 59-48 win at Queens (N.Y.) on Wednesday, before chipping in 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 FT) and six rebounds in a 61-51 loss at Assumption on Saturday.
- Senior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) registered 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists per contest, while shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from the floor. Ziliak recorded 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds against the Knights, and then posted 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 3-FG), three rebounds and two steals in the loss against the Greyhounds.
- In the win, senior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) posted a double-double of 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and 10 rebounds, while freshman Adriana Timberlake (Braintree, Mass.) submitted an all-around solid line of 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3-FG), seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Men's Basketball (4-1, 1-1 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/20 vs. Stonehill - W, 77-61
11/23 at Assumption - L, 86-87
This Week's Games:
11/26 vs. Saint Anselm - 7:30 p.m.
12/1 at Post - 2:00 p.m.

Notes:
- Men's basketball moved to 4-0 to begin the year, before dropping a heartbreaker in the final seconds to finish the week 1-1.
- Senior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted 22.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 53.6 percent (15-28) from the floor, including 41.7 percent (5-12) from beyond the arc, and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the stripe. Joyce poured in a career-high 30 points (11-18 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 5-7 FT), including 21 after halftime, to go with 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a 77-61 triumph over Stonehill on Wednesday, before adding 14 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 4-4 FT) and nine boards in Saturday's 87-86 defeat at Assumption.
- Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while hitting on 59.3 percent (16-27) of his shots from the field, including 53.3 percent (8-15) from downtown, and 80 percent (4-5) at the stripe. Almonacy dropped a career-best 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-9 3-FG, 2-2 FT), grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists against Stonehill, and then scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 2-3 FT), including 15 in the second half, and corralled six rebounds at Assumption.
- Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas), who was named the NE10 Rookie of the Week earlier Monday, notched 12.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per contest, while shooting 50 percent (9-18) from the field. Sanders chipped in five points (2-8 FG, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds and a pair against the Skyhawks, before erupting for a career-best 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-10 FT), including 14 in the second stanza, to go with three rebounds and three helpers at Assumption.

Men's Ice Hockey (6-1-0, 4-0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/22 at Saint Anselm - W, 4-3
This Week's Games:
11/26 at Colby - 8 p.m.
11/30 vs. Morrisville - 1:50 p.m. (Manchester PAL/Stovepipe)
12/1 vs. Wentwork/UMass Dartmouth - 1:50 OR 4:50 p.m. (Manchester PAL/Stovepipe)

Notes:
- Men's ice hockey won its only game of the week, downing crosstown-rival Saint Anselm, 4-3, Friday night.
- Freshman George Thurston (Plymouth, Mass.) scored the game winner against the Hawks with a power-play tally at 11:25 of the second period and also assisted on two other goals. Thurston was named the NE10 Rookie of the Week for the third straight week earlier Monday.
- Sophomore Travis Quigley (North Babylon, N.Y.) dished a pair of helpers in the victory.
- Senior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.), who was selected as the NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time earlier Monday, made 50 saves against Saint Anselm. It was his largest save total since he turned aside 54 shots in a win over UMass Boston in last year's Manchester PAL/Stovepipe tournament.

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:
11/23 at NCAA Division II National Championship - W: 32nd/34; M: NTS
This Week's Races:
Idle

Notes:
- Cross country ran at the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday at the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course in Sacramento, Calif.
- The women, who qualified as a team for the first time in program history, finished 32nd. Sophomore Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) capped a terrific season with a 26th-place finish to earn All-American status. Corcoran, the first All-American in SNHU history, clocked the fastest 6k in program history at 20:51.7.
- Junior Micah Hewitson (New Market, Md.), who qualified as an individual for the men, finished 154th, overall, in a time of 32:03.3. The time was just two seconds of his best 10K of the season, which he set at the NCAA East Regional Championship on Nov. 9 (32:01).

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

Completed Seasons

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

Notes:
- Men's soccer finished as the No. 3 seed in the Northeast-10 standings and hosted a quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Saint Rose. The two teams played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, before Saint Rose advanced in penalty kicks, 6-5.
- SNHU then narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship.
- The Penmen had won 10 or more matches in 11 straight years entering the season.
- The team ended the season having gone unbeaten in 10 straight contests (7-0-3) and had not taken a loss since Sept. 28 when it dropped a 2-1 decision at No. 1 ranked Adelphi.
- Freshman Sinisa Sprecakovic (Mannheim, Germany) and junior Jannik Mohr (Koblenz, Germany) were named to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) East All-Region Team, earning First and Second Team honors, respectively.
- Sprecakovic, an NE10 All-Conference Second Teamer, was also the conference's Co-Rookie of the Year. Mohr was joined on the All-Conference First Team by fellow junior Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain), while graduate students Alex Satrustegui (San Sebastian, Spain) and João Brum (Ribeira Grande, Portugal) received Second Team nods, along with Sprecakovic. Senior Michael Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.)  received Third Team accolades, with freshman Lianick Comba (Montfermeil, France) and redshirt-sophomore Rafael Raposo (No. Dartmouth, Mass.) also joining Sprecakovic on the All-Rookie squad.

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

Notes:
- Volleyball finished in ninth place in the Northeast-10 standings, winding up just one game out of a playoff spot.
- The team recorded its highest number of wins since the 2014 campaign when it won 17 games. That was also the last time the squad finished above .500.
- The Penmen went 11-4 in the middle portion of their schedule, but dropped their final four matches to end the season.
- Freshman Juliana Pacini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the lone NE10 All-Conference member for SNHU, receiving an All-Rookie Team selection.

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

Notes:
- Field hockey put together its best season in program history, as it set new marks for wins, conference victories and postseason wins.
- Ranked as high as No. 5 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Poll, the team earned its first NCAA Championship berth after winning a pair of games in the Northeast-10 Championship to advance to its first title game, where it fell to top-seeded Saint Anselm, which would finish as the national runner-up.
- In its first round NCAA match, which it hosted at Larkin Field, the Penmen played 80 scoreless minutes against fourth-ranked Kutztown, before succumbing in penalty strokes, 3-1.
- Senior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) was named the NE10 Player of the Year, with freshman Lisa Hagel (Driehuis, The Netherlands) also taking home Rookie of the Year honors. van der Doorn and Hagel were joined on the All-Conference First Team by junior Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium), while sophomore Emily Campbell (Raynham, Mass.) and graduate student Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) each garnered Third Team recognition.