Week at a Glance: November 25-December 1

Shawn Montague and Gyanna Russell, SNHU Athletes of the Week

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (November 24-December 1, 2019)

Female Athlete of the Week: Gyanna Russell - Women's Basketball - Jr., G
Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) recorded 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) from the field, including 50 percent (2-4) from behind the arc, and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the line, during a 1-1 week for women's basketball. Russell exploded for a career-high 30 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 6-6 FT), to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, in an 84-83 loss to eighth-ranked Saint Anselm on Tuesday, before posting 11 points (3-9 FG, 5-10 FT) and nine boards Sunday in an 82-73 win over Bridgeport.

Male Athlete of the Week: Shawn Montague - Men's Basketball - Sr., F
Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 24.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game, during a 1-1 week for men's basketball, while shooting 62.5 percent (20-32) from the floor, including 40 percent (2-5) from beyond the arc. Montague dropped 21 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 5-11 FT), grabbed six rebounds and made a pair of steals in a 104-93 overtime loss to 19th-ranked Saint Anselm on Tuesday, before matching his career high with 27 points (13-18 FG, 1-2 FT) and corralling 13 rebounds in an 86-74 come-from-behind win at Post on Sunday.

Women's Basketball (5-3, 0-2 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/26 vs. Saint Anselm - L, 83-84
12/1 vs. Bridgeport - W, 82-73
This Week's Games:
12/4 at Saint Michael's - 5:30 p.m.
12/7 vs. New York Tech - 1:30 p.m.

Notes:
- Women's basketball went 1-1 last week, dropping a close one at the buzzer to Saint Anselm, before snapping a two-game skid with a non-conference victory.
- Junior Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) recorded 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) from the field, including 50 percent (2-4) from behind the arc, and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the line. Russell exploded for a career-high 30 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 6-6 FT), to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, in an 84-83 loss to eighth-ranked Saint Anselm on Tuesday, before posting 11 points (3-9 FG, 5-10 FT) and nine boards Sunday in an 82-73 win over Bridgeport.
- Senior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while hitting on 53.6 percent (15-28) of her shots from the floor, including 56.3 percent (9-16) from long distance. Dean started out the week on fire, going for a career-best 29 points (11-22 FG, 7-12 3-FG), four rebounds and two assists against the crosstown-rival Hawks. She capped the week with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and four boards against the Purple Knights.
- Sophomore Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) led the way in the win over Briddeport with a career-high 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-8 FT), five rebounds and three steals.

Men's Basketball (5-2, 1-2 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/26 vs. Saint Anselm - L, 93-104 (OT)
12/1 at Post - W, 86-74
This Week's Games:
12/4 at Saint Michael's - 7:30 p.m.
12/7 vs. Queens (N.Y.) - 3:30 p.m.

Notes:
- Men's basketball went 1-1 last week in a pair of thrilling contests.
- Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 24.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 62.5 percent (20-32) from the floor, including 40 percent (2-5) from beyond the arc. Montague dropped 21 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 5-11 FT), grabbed six rebounds and made a pair of steals in a 104-93 overtime loss to 19th-ranked Saint Anselm on Tuesday, before matching his career high with 27 points (13-18 FG, 1-2 FT) and corralling 13 rebounds in an 86-74 come-from-behind win at Post on Sunday.
- Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) registered 21.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, shooting 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-9) from the stripe. Sanders went off for a career-high 27 points (12-19 FG, 3-5 FT), to go with four assists and a pair of rebounds, against Saint Anselm, before chipping in 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 3-4 FT), three assists and two rebounds at Post.
- Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) put together a solid week with 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting 45.8 percent (11-24) from the field, 54.5 percent (6-11) from downtown and a perfect 3-for-3 from the stripe. Almonacy scored 16 points (5-14 FG, 5-9, 3-FG, 1-1 FT) and snatched three rebounds against the Hawks, and netted 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-2, 3-FG, 2-2 FT), to go with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals versus the Eagles.

Men's Ice Hockey (6-3-0, 4-0-0 NE10)

Last Week's Results:
11/26 at Colby - L, 1-2
11/30 vs. Morrisville - L, 1-4 (Manchester PAL/Stovepipe)
12/1 vs. UMass Dartmouth - PPD (Manchester PAL/Stovepipe)
This Week's Games:

12/6 at Saint Michael's - 7 p.m.
12/7 vs. Assumption - 7:20 p.m.

Notes:
- Men's ice hockey went 0-2 last week in non-conference action and had a third game postponed.
- Sophomore Cole Stewart (Alpharetta, Ga.) scored the lone Penmen goal in a 2-1 loss at Colby on Tuesday, tying the contest at 12:58 of the second period.
- Freshman George Thurston (Plymouth, Mass.) tallied his team-leading eighth goal (in eight games) Saturday in a 4-1 defeat against Morrisville in the Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament.
- Senior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) stopped a career-high 61 shots in the setback at Colby. Sophomore JT Kossakowski (Elburn, Ill.) settled down after a tough start against Morrisville to record 22 saves.

Women's Indoor Track & Field

Last Week's Results:
Idle
This Week's Meets:
12/7 at Emmanuel College Invitational

Notes:
- Women's track & field kicks off its indoor season Saturday with the Emmanuel College Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

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.

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

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

Notes:
- Women's soccer earned the No. 5 seed for the Northeast-10 Championship and traveled to Bentley for a quarterfinal match, falling, 1-0.
- The team did enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, claiming the No. 7 seed and a first round date with second-seeded and 24th-ranked Mercy. After playing to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes, the mach went to penalty kicks, where Mercy prevailed, 4-2. It was the second straight season the Penmen had their campaign ended in the first round of NCAAs on PKs, following a 0-0 tie.
- It was the fifth straight year the team posted 10 or more wins.
- SNHU finished the season 3-0-1 against nationally-ranked foes.
- The Penmen had three 20-point scorers for the first time since 1997.
- Junior Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team and also received both CoSIDA Academic All-District and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team accolades.
- Patterson was joined on the NE10 First Team by sophomore Dorthea Glorud (Brumunddal, Norway). Senior Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) earned spots on the Second Team, while junior Morgan Mscisz (Danvers, Mass.) and freshman Alyssa McCarthy (Stoneham, Mass.) received Third Team recognition. Freshmen Jordan Butters (Beverly, Mass.) and Victoria Roulston (E. Falmouth, Mass.) joined McCarthy on the All-Rookie Team.

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.

Cross Country

Notes:
- The women's cross country team turned in its best season in program history, qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championship for the first time. The Penmen started off the season on the right foot, winning the Shacklette Invitational, before eventually posting their best showing ever at the Northeast-10 Championships with a runner-up finish and then placing third at the NCAA DII East Regional Championship. The team traveled to the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course in Sacramento, Calif., for nationals, where it checked in 32nd, overall. 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.
- In addition to All-America honors, Corcoran was also named an NE10 All-Conference First Team selection, with freshman Lydia Mathson (Nashua, N.H.) earning Second Team accolades, and sophomore Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) and freshman Alexarae Clark (Deer Park, N.Y.) receiving Third Team nods.
- The men's squad narrowly missed out on advancing to nationals for the second consecutive season, as it finished sixth at regionals. The team captured the Shacklette to start the year and turned in a fifth-place showing at NE10s. Junior Micah Hewitson (New Market, Md.) qualified for nationals as an individual, finishing finishing 154th, overall, in a time of 32:03.3. The time was just two seconds off his best 10K of the season, which he set at the NCAA East Regional Championship on Nov. 9 (32:01).
- Hewitson earned NE10 Second Team honors and was joined by classmate Cedric Jocelyn (Nyack, N.Y.). Sophomore Conner Leone (Southington, Conn.) received Third Team accolades.