GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming for the period ending February 5, 2012.
Kucjok Ater (Syracuse, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for his outstanding play that helped the Morrisville State Mustangs remain undefeated in the NEAC. In three conference victories last week, the sophomore forward posted averages of 18.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 73 percent (19-for-26) from the floor and 81 percent (17-for-21) from the free throw line. Ater began the week with nine points, six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench during an 83-53 win over Keuka College Wednesday. His play would erupt over the weekend, as he posted a game- and career-best 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field while also grabbing 12 rebounds (eight offensive) and collecting three steals in a 76-67 victory over Gallaudet University Saturday. On Sunday, Ater scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 11 boards to help Morrisville top NEAC South Division leader Penn State Harrisburg 77-68, which also handed the Nittany Lions their first conference loss of the season. Ater shot 6-of-9 from the floor on the day in addition to 9-of-11 from the free throw line, which included going 4-for-4 in the closing seconds of the contest to help seal the win and give the Mustangs a perfect 11-0 record in conference play. Ater is currently shooting a conference-best 58.2 percent (107-for-184) from the field.
Sabrina Jarmolinski (Lakewood, N.J.) and Ashley Roser (Taberg, N.Y.) have both been selected as the NEAC Women’s Basketball Co-Student-Athletes of the Week after each posted phenomenal performances on the week. Jarmolinski led the College of Saint Elizabeth Screaming Eagles to three conference victories, averaging 29.3 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals per game while shooting 51 percent (38-for-74) from the field and 55 percent (6-for-11) from the 3-point line. The senior forward netted a game-high 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 75-55 victory over Penn State Abington Wednesday, while following that up with a career-high 33 points in addition to eight rebounds and three steals in a 63-55 win over Wells College Saturday. She closed the week with another double-double, posting game highs of 32 points and 14 rebounds in a 64-53 victory over Cazenovia College yesterday. Jarmolinski currently leads the NEAC in scoring at 21.6 points per game and is second in rebounds at 11.6 boards per contest.
Roser was sensational across the board as well, posting two-game averages of 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game during a 1-1 week for the Wells College Express. The sophomore forward also had a hot shooting hand, shooting 50 percent (19-for-38) from the field, while also hitting 13 out of 14 free throw attempts and nailing three of her four attempts from beyond the arc. Roser led the Express to a 66-56 win over Cazenovia Wednesday with game highs of 26 points, 23 rebounds and four steals and followed that up with team highs of 28 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and three blocks in a 63-55 loss to the College of Saint Elizabeth Saturday. Roser currently leads the NEAC in rebounds at 15.6 per game while being second in points at 19.4 per contest.
Veronica Lubsen (Toms River, N.J.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Swimming Student-Athlete of the Week after two strong performances for the College of Saint Elizabeth Screaming Eagles. Lubsen, a freshman, began the week with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (0:28.88) and a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.90) during a 52-42 setback to St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Wednesday, where she also helped lead the 200-yard medley relay team to a first place finish with a time of 2:15.63. Later in the week, Lubsen again won the 50-yard freestyle (0:28.03) during a dual against conference rival Gallaudet Saturday, while finishing in third place in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.22). She also swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay, which Saint Elizabeth won by a hundredth of a second with a time of 2:06.75 to clinch a 51-44 victory after the thrilling meet entered the final event tied at 44 all.
The Rest of the Week’s Highlights: Penn State Abington senior guard Will Alton (Pennington, N.J.) went 7-for-7 from the field and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe to finish with a team-high 22 points and lead the Nittany Lions to a 95-78 victory over Keuka College yesterday … Keuka College junior guard Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with a game-high 24 points in that same contest and finished the week with two-game averages of 16.5 points and 7 rebounds per game … Lancaster Bible College junior guard Keith Keltner (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) fell four assists short of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Chargers' 82-63 victory over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday … Gallaudet University senior guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) averaged 19.5 points per game on 62 percent (16-for-26) shooting from the field during a 1-1 week for the Bison … Wilson College junior guard Tara Fields (Berryville, Va.) scored her 1,000th career point during a 70-39 loss to Keuka Saturday, where she finished with a game-high 23 points … Keuka College sophomore guard Casey Chamberlain (Perry, N.Y.) set career bests with 16 points and 16 rebounds in the victory over Wilson and then topped that with 21 points in a 65-51 victory over Penn State Abington yesterday … Morrisville State College sophomore forward Nijah Townsend (Bronx, N.Y.) posted a collegiate-best 29 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds (11 offensive) in a 64-48 win over Gallaudet Saturday and followed that up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-62 loss to Penn State Harrisburg yesterday for her ninth and tenth double-doubles of the season, respectively … Penn State Harrisburg sophomore guard Brittani Guerre (Tobyhanna, Pa.) scored a career-high 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting while playing 43 of a possible 45 minutes in the Nittany Lions’ 79-66 overtime victory over Cazenovia Saturday … Lancaster Bible College junior guard Lauren Heliger (Reading, Pa.) had two 20-point performances for the Chargers, netting 20 in a 76-66 victory over Valley Forge Christian Monday before dropping 27 in a 55-52 victory over conference rival SUNY Cobleskill Saturday … SUNY Institute of Technology junior guard Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, N.Y.) averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two conference victories for the Wildcats to keep them atop the NEAC North Division standings at 10-1 … Gallaudet University freshman Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) won the 400-yard IM (5:14.7) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.8) during the Bison’s 51-44 loss to Saint Elizabeth Saturday.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of baseball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis.