MADISON, N.J. - A busy week of Landmark Conference spring sports action earned fourteen student-athletes selections as Landmark Players of the Week. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Dave Zubia powered the Moravian offense in a 4-1 week, including a series victory over Landmark foe Scranton. He had 10 hits in 13 at-bats in the three-game series against Scranton, and for the week hit .619 with a 1.333 slugging percentage. Seven of his 10 hits against Scranton went for extra bases with four doubles, two triples and a home run. For the week he notched 13 hits, six doubles, three triples, a home run and six RBI. He also scored 10 runs, walked once and stole a pair of bases.
Rocky Sawyer pitched a pair of complete games to earn two wins in Landmark outings this past week. He opened the week with a nine-inning one hitter as Scranton blanked Susquehanna 3-0. He fanned eight and walked only one in the outing. He then helped Scranton claim the last game of a three-game series with Moravian, allowing four runs in nine innings with six strikeouts. For the week he had a 2.00 ERA over 18 innings, striking out 14 and walking four.
Drew's Sean McGown was a key part of Drew's offensive attack with strong all-around play in a pair of wins. McGowan was dominant in face-off action in a Landmark win over USMMA, winning 13-of-14 face offs to help the Rangers control possession, and he also scored a goal and assisted on two others. In a non-conference win against Swarthmore he was 19-of-25 in face offs and added a goal. He also had 21 ground balls for the week, 11 of them coming against USMMA.
Washington & Jefferson junior goalkeeper Ran Kirby was stellar in net as the President's went 1-1 last week. In a win over Marymount he stopped 19 shots while conceding only seven goals, good for a 73-percent save percentage as the team captured a 10-7 victory. Earlier in the week he allowed just nine goals with 16 saves in a tight loss to St. Vincent. For the week he posted an 8.00 goals against average with a save percentage of 68.6-percent.
In the team's only action of the week Lyndsay Rossi provided offensive punch as Drew knocked off Goucher for its first Landmark win of the year. She scored a game-high five goals in the match, and assisted on another school as Drew matched its season high with 19 goals. She also had two draw controls in the match, and scored her five goals on just seven shots.
Yasmeen Ajdari played 90 strong minutes in goal for Catholic this week. She made the start and played all 60 minutes for Catholic in a win over Susquehanna that gave the Cardinals sole possession of first place. She made nine saves while allowing only nine goals as the Cardinals pulled out a 13-9 victory. Earlier in the week she came on at halftime and made seven saves with only three goals allowed against fourth-ranked Gettysburg. She produced a goals against average of 8.00 for the week with a 57-percent save percentage over two games.
Dior George paced the Moravian offensive attack during a 5-1 week. She hit safely in five of the six games, including four multi-hit games, finishing the week with a .550 average (11-for-20). She had three doubles, and scored seven runs, and two of the hits came in a win over Landmark foe Scranton. She also drew five walks for the week, giving her a .640 on-base percentage, and added five stolen bases.
Allison Cullen went 2-0 last week for Susquehanna, helping the team to a perfect 4-0 record. She tossed a complete-game shutout over Juniata as the team swept a weekend series to take sole possession of first place in the Landmark standings. She allowed only four hits with three strikeouts in the win. Earlier in the week she tossed seven innings and surrendered just two runs with a pair of strikeouts in a 3-2 win over Wilkes. Her ERA for the week was 2.00 over 14 innings, and she struck out five during the period.
Tim McGurrin was 4-0 in singles and doubles action this week as Scranton earned two Landmark wins and clinched a postseason berth. In a tight 5-4 win over Moravian he was responsible for two victories, earning a 6-4, 6-3 victory at first singles and capturing an 8-5 win at second doubles. He repeated the feat against Susquehanna, dropping only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory and winning by an 8-3 score in doubles.
Ariel Lin was unbeaten for Goucher in two Landmark matches as the team went 1-1 to stay in the thick of the postseason race. She earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at second singles against Catholic, and also teamed with Mara Bergman for an 8-2 win at first doubles. She then closed the week with a 6-1, 6-1 singles win against Juniata which tied the program record for singles victories in a season. She and Bagman also posted an 8-4 victory at first doubles.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field:
In his first time competing in the event, Moravian's Nicco Dalpiaz won the decathlon at the Mondschein Multi hosted by Kutztown over the weekend. He piled up 6211 points in the 10-event competition, the fifth-highest total in Division III this season. He cleared 4.85-meters in the pole vault to earn 865 points for his highest total in any event, and had at least 448 points in each of the 10 events.
Ceth Parker led Juniata with a top performance at the Bucknell Classic. He set a new school record and ran the fastest time in the Landmark this season in the 1,500, covering the distance in a time of 3:56.38. The time was more than four seconds better than his previous best, and placed him 27th in the highly-competitive field.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field:
Juniata's Angela Shaffer won the heptathlon event at the Messiah Invitational for the second-consecutive season. Her point total of 4,042 points broke her own school record of 3,510 and ranks her 18th in NCAA Division III in that event. She set two new personal bests in individual events at the meet and one season best. Her new personal best in the high jump is tied for ninth in Division III this season.
Camelia Mayfield produced one of four first-place finishes for Catholic at the Messiah Invitational over the weekend. The sophomore posted a winning time of 11:48.55 to place first among 10 competitors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The time is the second fastest in the conference outdoor season this year, behind only her own.