MADISON, N.J. - Another busy week of spring sports competition has earned fourteen student-athletes Landmark Player of the Week selections for their performances over the past seven days. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Dimitri Deoudes was nearly impossible to keep off base for Catholic as the Cardinals swept a weekend series against Scranton. He piled up eight hits in the three games, and reached base in nine of his 11 plate appearances for the Cardinals. He also drove in nine runs, scored five times and added a stolen base in the series. Over the five games on the week he had nine hits and hit .500.
Moravian’s Brendan Close tossed a complete game for a victory in a Landmark win over Drew. He went all seven innings, scattering four hits and surrendering just one unearned run in a 2-1 Greyhound win. He fanned seven hitters, and did not allow an extra base hit in the contest.
Kyle Boncaro was a major offensive force as the Gophers picked up two more Landmark wins to remain unbeaten in conference play. He scored four times and added an assist in a win over local rival Catholic, and then struck for nine points (four goals, five assists) as the Gophers topped Moravian. He also had six ground balls and six caused turnovers in the two games, while averaging 7.5 points per contest.
In his fourth start of the year freshman Will Torrence helped Susquehanna earn a 7-6 win over Landmark opponent Drew. He stopped 17 shots in the match, his second-highest total of the season, while only allowing six goals, the lowest total of any of his three Landmark starts. His final save came with just three seconds left to preserve the one-goal win.
Sarah Wright led the Susquehanna offense in a Landmark victory over Goucher. The junior scored six times, and added two assists for a game-high eight points. She also had six draw controls to go along with a pair of ground balls and two caused turnovers on the defensive end.
Sophomore Brittany McCann helped Susquehanna clinch a Landmark postseason berth with a win over Goucher in its only action of the week. She tied for the team high with 7 ground balls and six caused turnovers and helped the Crusader defense limit Goucher to just seven goals in a 17-7 win. The Crusaders allowed only 22 shots, the fewest they’ve conceded in a Landmark match..
Rachel Nagy hit .583 as Juniata posted a 3-1 week to close out its Landmark regular season. She had seven hits for the week, including a pair of 3-for-3 performances, and four of the six hits went for extra bases as she collected two home runs and two doubles. She drove in eight runs and scored five times as Juniata split with Susquehanna to give the Crusaders their first Landmark loss of the year then swept a twinbill with USMMA.
Jenna Carmon earned three wins while pitching in four games for Moravian as the Greyhounds picked up four Landmark wins. She tossed 21 innings over the week, allowing only four runs, three earned, for a 1.00 ERA. She did not allow more than five hits in any of the four appearances, and struck out 13 while walking just four in the 21 innings.
Scranton’s Scott Melideo was a perfect 3-0 playing at number one singles as the Royals had a 2-1 week, including two Landmark wins. He won at first singles in straight sets as the Royals topped Moravian, and won again in straight sets in singles in a win over USMMA. He also added a doubles win against the Mariners to help the Royals earn the 9-0 win. He added his third straight-set win at first singles in a non-conference match against Wilkes.
Hayley Downing went 4-0 in singles and doubles including earning the final point as Drew outlasted Susquehanna to remain unbeaten in Landmark play. She rallied from a one-set deficit to claim a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win at third singles, which came after her 8-3 win with Sarit Ashkenazi at second doubles as Drew picked up a 5-4 win over Susquehanna. She also earned straight-set wins at the same singles and doubles positions in a 5-4 non-conference win over Mt. St. Mary.
Men's Track & Field
Moravian’s Nicco Dalpiaz won the pole vault event for the Greyhounds at the non-scored Lehigh games. The sophomore cleared 4.57 meters, his best mark of the season, which ranks in a tie for the second-best mark in the Landmark this season and is also an ECAC qualifying height.
Paul Thistle ran the fastest time in the Landmark this season as he placed second among 15 runners from all three Divisions in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays. His time of 9:06.15 was more than nine seconds faster than his previous best this year, and automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships in that event.
Women's Track & Field
Moravian’s Anna Heim had another big week in the pole vault, posting NCAA automatic qualifying heights in two meets. She placed fourth behind only three Division I athletes in the pole vault at the Penn Relays by clearing 3.95 meters, the second-best height in school history. Later in the week she won the pole vault at the Lehigh Games with a best effort of 3.85 meters.
Symonne Scott performed well at a pair of meets for Moravian this past week. Individually she placed first in the 100 in a time of 12.86 and ran 27.97 to place ninth in the 200 at the Lehigh Games. She was also a part of an NCAA provisional qualifying 4x100 relay which ran 48.52 at the Penn Relays and then followed it with a faster winning time of 48.20 to win the event at Lehigh.