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 men’s and women’s swimming & diving for the period ending December 9, 2012.
Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, N.Y.) and Matt Perry (Massena, N.Y.) have both been named the NEAC Men’s Basketball Co-Student-Athletes of the Week after each recorded sensational performances for their respective teams.
Tuggles led the Keuka College Storm to a 2-0 week, with both wins coming in NEAC play and helping Keuka snap an 11-game losing streak that dated back to last season. The senior guard averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game in both victories, while also knocking down 83 percent (10-for-12) of his free throws. Tuggles opened the week with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists in the Storm’s 59-50 victory over the defending conference champion Morrisville State College Mustangs Wednesday, where he also converted on a three-point play that helped cap off a 7-0 run after the game was tied late in the second half and gave Keuka the lead for good. Tuggles followed that up with a season-high 23 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and a steal in an 82-69 overtime win at SUNY Cobleskill Saturday. Tuggles did most of his damage in the second half and overtime, as he scored a combined 21 points through both frames, including a big 3-pointer during an 8-2 run to start the extra session. For the season, Tuggles currently leads Keuka in scoring at 13.7 points per game.
Perry, a senior for the Cazenovia College Wildcats, earned the selection for his scoring dominance on the week. The 6-foot-4 forward etched his name into the conference record books, as he scored a career-high 39 points in a hard-fought 83-80 loss to conference rival Wells College Thursday, which saw five ties in the second half and wasn’t determined until the final few seconds of play. Perry went 12-of-18 from the field while sinking 13 of his 15 free throw attempts and hitting two 3-pointers in the contest to reach the point total, which was tied for the fifth highest mark in conference history and also marked the highest total ever scored by one individual against Wells in its program's history. Perry entered the contest with a hot hand, as he opened the week with a game-high 17 points in just 24 minutes of action in a 78-60 nonconference win over Davis Tuesday, where he also hauled in six boards. Perry finished the week averaging 28 points per game while shooting 58 percent (19-of-33) from the field and 87 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line, while also adding 6 rebounds and 2 assists per contest and not turning the ball over once in 64 combined minutes of action.
Lucky Snypse (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been chosen as the NEAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after a tremendous all-around performance for the Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions which helped guide her squad to a perfect 3-0 week in conference play. The freshman forward made the most of her playing time this past week, as she got it done on both ends of the floor as the top reserve for Harrisburg with three-game totals of 33 points, 23 rebounds (19 defensive), six steals and two blocks in just 19 minutes per game. Snypse’s best game of the week came in Thursday’s 60-58 victory over the previously undefeated Lancaster Bible College Chargers, where she put together a stellar defensive performance to the tune of 10 defensive rebounds, four steals and a block in just 22 minutes of play, while also adding 10 points on the offensive end that included back-to-back layups at the tail end of a 14-2 run that gave that the Lady Lions the lead for good after they trailed by as much as 10 in the second half. Snypse continued her strong play two days later, as she finished with a game- and season-best 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field while also grabbing a team-high seven boards in 22 minutes of action during an 81-55 win over Penn State Berks Saturday. Snypse opened the week with an efficient line of eight points, six rebounds and an assist in only 14 minutes of court time during Monday’s 77-58 victory over the College of Saint Elizabeth. The Nittany Lions now sit atop the NEAC South Division standings at 3-0 and are 5-1 overall on the year.
Kory Parsons (Holland Patent, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after an outstanding performance for the Cazenovia College Wildcats. Parsons, a junior, led the Wildcats to a 149-116 victory over NEAC rival SUNY Cobleskill Saturday after capturing three first-place finishes. Parsons won the 1650-yard freestyle in 19:23.78 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:21.31, with both times breaking the previous school records in those events. Parsons also took first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a finish time of 5:40.93.
Mackenzy Nutter (Cicero, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after a terrific performance for the Cazenovia College Wildcats. The freshman placed first in all three individual events that she competed in to help lead the Wildcats to a 183-88 victory over NEAC foe SUNY Cobleskill Saturday. Nutter won the 1650-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 20:04.08, while also breaking her own school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:53.30. Nutter also captured first place in the 200-yard freestyle after touching the wall in 2:07.59.
The Rest of the Week’s Highlights: Penn State Abington junior guard Kyle Battell (Readington, N.J.) averaged 20 points per game in two nonconference victories for the Nittany Lions … Penn State Harrisburg sophomore guard Joseph Farthing (Lancaster, Pa.) posted averages of 11.5 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in two conference wins for the Nittany Lions … Gallaudet University senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) scored a career-high 27 points in a 71-60 conference road win over the Lancaster Bible College Chargers Saturday … Wells College junior guard Jonathan Hurtado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied 19 points and a season-best 10 rebounds in the 83-80 victory over Cazenovia College Thursday, where he also hit a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch that both tied the game and granted the Express the final lead of the contest … SUNY Cobleskill junior guard Mike Marcelin (Dix Hills, N.Y.) averaged 22 points per game during a 1-1 week for the Fighting Tigers … Penn State Berks junior center Tom Smith (Norristown, Pa.) averaged 18 points in two conference contests last week, including matching a career high with 23 points in an 84-78 loss to Penn State Harrisburg Saturday … Penn State Abington junior guard Janay Winston (Phoenixville, Pa.) averaged 16.5 points during a 2-0 week for the Nittany Lions … Keuka College junior guard Danielle Gravel (Sidney, N.Y.) registered two-game averages of 14.5 points and 6 rebounds in two conference victories for the Storm … College of Saint Elizabeth freshman guard Ashley Pledger (Randolph, N.J.) netted 15 points to go along with eight boards and three steals in the Screaming Eagles’ 75-39 victory over Wilson College Saturday, and followed that up with her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in an 85-71 nonconference loss to Old Westbury Sunday … Wells College junior guard Ashley Roser (Taberg, N.Y.) scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Express’ 65-55 win over Cazenovia College Thursday … Cazenovia College senior forward Megan McDermott (Greene, N.Y.) had a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds in that same contest, which helped her become the Wildcats’ all-time leader in career rebounds … SUNY Institute of Technology senior guard Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, N.Y.) nailed six 3-pointers and scored a game-best 25 points to go along with team highs of five assists and three steals in the Wildcats’ 87-72 nonconference victory over Cortland State Friday … Penn State Berks junior guard Kellie Wilson (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Nittany Lions to a 62-56 conference victory over Gallaudet University Friday … SUNY Cobleskill freshman diver Sam Scott (Sandwich, Mass.) posted his third win in the one meter diving event this season after tallying 208 points during the Fighting Tigers’ dual meet against Cazenovia College Saturday … Gallaudet University sophomore Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) won both the 200-yard IM (2:22.82) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.53) during the Bison’s double-dual meet against York (Pa.) and Penn State Altoona Friday … SUNY Cobleskill freshman Rachael Degnan (Guilderland, N.Y.) won the 400-yard individual medley in a new program-record time of 5:11.10 and also broke a 25-year-old program record in the 1650-yard freestyle by finishing second in the event with a time of 20:04.08 during Saturday’s dual against Cazenovia College … College of Saint Elizabeth sophomore Maria Corall (Newton, N.J.) notched first-places finishes in both the 100 Freestyle (0:56.53) and the 400-yard IM (5:09.19) during the Screaming Eagles’ 78-42 loss to the College of Notre Dame (Md.) 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 & M Tennis). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.