NESCAC Weekly Release - April 15, 2019

Kevin McMorrow, Wesleyan

NESCAC Spring Weekly Release #7

Mason Pollack, Tufts Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week

Mason Pollack
Tufts University
Junior • Goalie • Arlington, Va.

Pollack made 19 saves and scored a goal, his second of the season, as Tufts won a NESCAC battle at Amherst, 15-14. He scored the first goal of the game 28 seconds into the contest after Tufts won the opening faceoff. His 19 saves were a season-high and included two saves in the final three minutes as Tufts protected its one-goal lead. Six of his saves came in the fourth quarter alone.

Emma TenBarge, Williams Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week

Emma TenBarge
Williams College
Senior • Midfield/Attack • Peapack, N.J.

TenBarge had 16 goals over three games for the Ephs last week. Williams went 2-0 in conference play with wins over Hamilton (13-10) and Colby (15-12). Against Colby, TenBarge had six goals, 12 draw controls, two ground balls, and a caused turnover. In the win over Hamilton, she scored three times, had seven draw controls, recorded two ground balls, and caused one turnover. In a loss to Skidmore, TenBarge scored seven of the Ephs’ 11 goals. She finished the week with 16 points, 23 draw controls, nine ground balls, and five caused turnovers.

Matt Koperniak, Trinity Baseball Player of the Week 

Matt Koperniak
Trinity College
Junior • Outfield • Adams, Mass.

Koperniak went 10-for-16 with a .625 average at the plate for the Bantams. He posted a .684 on-base percentage and .875 slugging percentage in four wins for Trinity. He scored four times, drove in three runs and stole six bases. He had multiple hits in all four games including a pair of three-hit performances. He clubbed a solo homer in a 3-2 win over Williams and added a double against Colby on Saturday.

Aidan Tucker, Tufts Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Aidan Tucker
Tufts University
First Year • Pitcher • Oradell, N.J.

Tucker had a save and a win in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep over Bowdoin. After Tufts scored in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead in Game 1 (7 inn.), Tucker pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh including two strikeouts to finish off the win. He started Game 2 and allowed just four hits and no runs in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Bowdoin had its best threat in the first inning with runners on second and third with one out. Tucker retired the next two hitters on a pop-up and a strikeout to leave the runners stranded. The win improved his record to 4-0.

Melanie Mandell, Middlebury Softball Player of the Week
Melanie Mandell
Middlebury College
Junior • Outfield • Harrison, N.Y.

Mandell hit .579 last week, knocking out a hit in every game, including four multi-hit games. She notched an RBI in every game, finishing the week with eight. She recorded two doubles, two triples, and scored five runs scored in a 4-1 week for the Panthers. She went 8-for-12 (.667) in a three-game sweep at Wesleyan, driving in five runs and owning an on-base percentage of .714. In the middle game of the series against Wesleyan, a 3-2 victory, Mandell drove in the first run and what proved to be the game-winning run for the Panthers. She also hit a two-RBI single to tie up the game and set up the game-winning running in a victory over Keene State. She also had 11 putouts and no errors in the outfield.

Morgan Hartranft, Hamilton Softball Pitcher of the Week
Morgan Hartranft
Hamilton College
First Year • Pitcher • West Newton, Mass.

Hartranft allowed one earned run in four appearances over 12.1 innings. She struck out seven and gave up 11 hits. She picked up her 10th win by giving up one earned run on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings of a 14-13 victory over SUNY Oneonta. Hartranft earned a save in all three wins at Amherst. She allowed two unearned runs on eight hits and fanned three in 5.1 innings in Friday’s 6-5 triumph. She tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in a 3-2 win on Saturday and recorded the final two outs after she entered with two runners on base in a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.

Kevin McMorrow, Wesleyan Men's Track Performer of the Week
Kevin McMorrow
Wesleyan University
Junior • Wingdale, N.Y.

McMorrow earned runner-up honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Silfen Invitational. He crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 9:19.71, which ranks first in the conference for the event.

Troy Colleran, Amherst Men's Field Performer of the Week
Troy Colleran
Amherst College
First Year • Boise, Idaho

At the Mondschein Multi, Colleran earned a season-best mark of 6.82 meters in the long jump and finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.21 while competing in the Men’s Gold Decathlon.

Anna Passannante, Williams Women's Track Performer of the Week
Anna Passannante
Williams College
Junior • Chapel Hill, N.C.

Passannante won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:33.19 at the Farley-Kelly Dual Meet to help the Ephs defeat MIT, 108-76. Passannante’s time ranks first in the NESCAC.

Kelsie Hao, Williams Women's Track Performer of the Week
Kelsie Hao
Williams College
Sophomore • McLean, Va.

Hao set a new school record in the pole vault, recording a mark of 3.91 meters to win the event at the Farley-Kelly Dual meet with MIT. The mark ranks first on the national performance list. Hao also earned a third-place finish in the long jump, notching a mark of 5.43 meters.