MADISON, N.J. - Another full week of spring sports competition has earned 14 student-athletes Landmark Player of the Week honors for their performances. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Junior outfielder Dimitri Deoudes was an offensive force as Catholic remained perfect in Landmark play with a sweep of Juniata. He knocked out seven hits in nine at-bats over the three-game series, while also scoring three runs, and producing seven RBI. He had a double and a home run in the series finale, going 4-for-5 in that game with four RBI and two runs scored. He hit .778 for the series
Scranton’s Justin Champagne tossed a gem in his only action of the week to help Scranton earn a win over Rutgers-Newark. He went all seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader, allowing only one run on four hits while fanning 12 batters. The 12 Ks was a career high and was also a Landmark single-game high this year. His pitching helped Scranton earn a 2-1 win in the contest.
Goucher’s Rory Averett produced enjoyed a goal-scoring binge this past week in helping the team open Landmark play with a win. He scored a career-high seven goals, the highest total for a Goucher player in more than six years, as the Gophers topped Susquehanna 11-7. He also added three goals and an assist in a loss to Eastern Connecticut State earlier in the week. He also added five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for the week.
David Jadin was a strong defensive presence as Goucher opened up its Landmark season with a victory while going 1-1 for the week. In the Gophers’ win over Landmark-foe Susquehanna he came up with 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers while helping to limit the Crusaders to seven goals. Earlier in the week in a one-goal loss to Eastern Connecticut State he contributed seven ground balls and one caused turnover.
Scranton’s Katie Slade enjoyed a productive all-around week for the Royals who extended their win streak to three matches with a pair of wins. She set a new career high with seven points by scoring three goals and adding four assists in a win over Neumann. She followed it up with two goals in a triumph over SUNY New-Paltz. She also contributed defensively with four ground balls and four caused turnovers while limiting the two opponents to four goals apiece in the wins.
Emily Stankaitis had another strong week in net for the Susquehanna women’s lacrosse team as the team claimed two wins. She conceded just five goals in a win over Frostburg State, and then nine in a victory over Division II Shepherd. She totalled 21 saves in the two matches, while also contributing nine ground balls as part of Susquehanna’s defensive effort.
Catholic’s Megan Rizzi helped the Cardinals go 7-1 over the past week, including earning a split of its first Landmark series of the year. Rizzi produced 15 hits in 26 at-bats, including five multi-hit games, for a .577 batting average. Nine of her 15 hits went for extra bases with five triples and four doubles. She scored 12 runs and drove in 19 runs over the eight games, and closed the week by going 6-for-6 as the Cardinals swept a non-conference doubleheader over Gwynedd-Mercy.
Sophomore Jenna Carmon posted a 4-1 record in the circle for Moravian as the team went 5-1 over six games including a pair of Landmark wins. She was at her best in the conference games as she tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts against Drew, holding the Rangers to eight hits over the two games while fanning 18. For the week she tossed 29 1/3 innings, and had four complete games, allowing only one earned run for a 0.24 ERA and struck out 23 hitters while surrendering 19 hits and three walks.
Richard Fitzsimmons went 4-0 in singles and doubles play to help Susquehanna go 2-0 for the week, including a conference victory. He pulled out a three-set win at third singles after earning an 8-2 win at first doubles to help the Crusaders get past Landmark foe Goucher 5-4. Earlier in the week he again won at third singles and first doubles as the Crusaders topped non-conference foe Messiah.
Jami Fein of Moravian earns the honor for the second-consecutive week after helping the Greyhounds remain unbeaten in Landmark play. She cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at first singles against Juniata and then teamed with Kerry McKinley for an 8-1 victory at first doubles. The win improved her to 6-1 at first singles on the season.
Men's Track & Field
Susquehanna’s Bobby Eppleman produced strong efforts in three separate events for the Crusaders at the Jim Taylor Invitational. He placed third in the discus with a throw of 35.38-meters, added a third in the high jump by clearning 1.83-meters and then was fifth in the javelin with a best toss of 49.70-meters.
Paul Thistle opened his outdoor track season in fine fashion with a win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Susquehanna’s Jim Taylor Invitational. He posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time, running the event in a time of 9:17.85 to finish more than 40 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
Women's Track & Field
Kelly Carioto continued her strong start to the outdoor season, helping Catholic place second at the Goucher Classic with a pair of event wins. She placed first in the shot put, with a best toss of 11.79-meters, and was also the winner in the discus by posting a best effort of 32.02-meters. Both performances would have ranked in the top-5 in the Landmark last season.
Juniata’s Angela Shaffer won one track event and added a win in a field event for the Eagles at the Western PA Championships. In a field of primarily Division II competition she set a new school record in winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.90, which would have ranked as the third fastest time in the Landmark last season. She added a win in the high jump at the meet.