NEAC Honors Student-Athletes of the Week in Field Hockey

Lauren Kellum (left) and Kassidy Valentine (right) have earned the first two weekly awards of the 2017 season.
Lauren Kellum (left) and Kassidy Valentine (right) have earned the first two weekly awards of the 2017 season.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in field hockey for the week ending Sept. 3. The pair marks the first weekly selections of the 2017-18 year.

Lauren Kellum (Eaton, N.Y.) from Morrisville State College has been named NEAC Women’s Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after helping guide the Mustangs to a 1-1 weekend. Kellum posted five points in two games and was involved in all but one of her team’s scoring plays. The Mustangs’ senior added an assist in the season opener against Castleton before registering a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over Elmira on Sept. 3.

Kassidy Valentine (Glendora, Calif.) from Keuka College has been chosen as NEAC Women’s Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week with 24 combined saves on the weekend. Valentine made 14 saves to hold Brockport scoreless through regulation and overtime in the season opener, marking the longest game in program history. The sophomore goalkeeper added 10 saves in a 6-1 loss at Hartwick on Sept. 3, ending the week with a 2.27 goals-against average.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.