The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) has announced its Athletes of the Week selections in the sports of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's golf, and women's tennis for the period running from September 11-17.
Men's Cross Country: PS-Behrend FR Zach Wortman led the charge for the Lions, finishing the race with a time of 26:27.2. In his second career race, the freshman finished first for Behrend, helping the Lions win their home invitational with a score of 37. Wortman came in second place out of 146 runners.
Women's Cross Country: PS-Behrend FR Savanna Carr led the Lions for the second straight meet with a first place overall finish at the Behrend Invitational which featured 209 runners. Carr crossed the 5K finish line with a final time of 19:35.0.
Men's Soccer (Offensive): Pitt-Bradford M Ryuta Hayakawa put up staggering offensive numbers while twice came through in the clutch for Pitt-Bradford in the two games in front of his home crowd. On Wednesday against Alfred State, he scored a pair of goals, one of which coming on a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes of the game to give the Panthers a late 3-2 lead. UPB went on to work a draw in the contest, but if not for Hayakawa's two goals, the Panthers would not have suffered their sixth straight loss. Again on Saturday, Hayakawa scored in the final 10 minutes, but this time, his goal stood as the game-winner. With the game tied a 2-2 after the Panthers battled from being down 2-0, Hayakawa received a through ball with three minutes to go in regulation, and with one touch, he sent the ball low past the charging keeper to give the Panthers the late 3-2 lead, and eventually, give them their first victory of the season. He also put all five of his total shots this week on goal.
Men's Soccer (Defensive): Mount Aloysius GK James Eyre continued his strong play in goal for the Mounties allowing just two goals and making 15 saves in 270 minutes of play in a 3-0 week for Mount Aloysius. His highlight was his second penalty kick save of the season in a 3-1 victory over Thiel College on Sunday. He currently leads the AMCC in save percentage, goals against average and total goals against.
Women's Soccer (Offensive): PS-Behrend F Jordan Oberlander netted five goals in two games in a 1-1 week for the Lions. She tallied two of the three goals in a 3-2 win over undefeated Mt. Union and then tallied all three goals against W&J on Saturday.
Women's Soccer (Defensive): Pitt-Bradford GK Sarah Dailey stopped seven shots in the team's home opener Wednesday, surrendering just one goal for a tough 1-0 loss decision. On Friday, Dailey was peppered with shots and tied her career high with 13 saves, keeping Geneva out of the net to back up a strong offensive showing for the 2-0 clean sheet. Friday's win gave Dailey her third-straight shutout win on the road. After collecting 20 saves on the week, Dailey now ranks second in the AMCC with 58 saves and is fifth with a 1.57 goals against average.
Men's Golf: La Roche SR Ben Mullins had an incredible week, winning two invitationals and tying for third in another. He shot a 2-under par 70 on Tuesday at Grove City and then defended his 2016 Penn State Invitational title with a 2-under 70 at Sinking Valley Country Club. He then helped the Redhawks take the team title at the Mt. Aloysius Invitational with a third place finish on Sunday.
Women's Volleyball: D'Youville S McKenna Cartonia played a very big role for the Spartans this week as they went 2-1 overall and head into conference play with a winning record. Over the three games, Cartonia averaged 2.11 digs, 1.11 kills per set, and 5.44 assists per set. Her totals included seven service aces, one block, and 49 assists, while swinging at a .714 clip. She recorded a double-double in a 3-0 win over Cazenovia with 15 assists and 12 digs, adding five services aces. Against Medaille on Saturday, Cartonia had a season-high 24 assists in the 3-0 victory. Currently, McKenna leads the team with 137 assists, 15 service aces, and is third with 62 digs.
Women's Tennis: Pitt-Bradford SO Ashley Stoltz is a perfect 5-0 in singles action so far this season, and earned a pair of scores that reflect that blemish-free record with 8-0 (Wednesday) and 6-0, 6-0 (Saturday), without dropping a single set. She was also perfect in No. 1 doubles this week, and her two wins Saturday helped the Panthers to their first victory and conference win of the season against La Roche, 5-4.