Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Players of the Week

Athletes from area small colleges who were weekly award winners:

* Waynesburg University junior cornerback Sean Hunt earned his first Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor after making life miserable for Thiel quarterbacks Saturday. During the Yellow Jackets’ 34-6 win over the Tomcats, Hunt intercepted two passes, running the second back 18 yards for a touchdown that put Waynesburg up 34-0.

* The Waynesburg soccer teams were front and center when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released their player of the week honors.

On the men’s side, junior midfielder Erick Burke was honored as the PAC Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Katrina Kelly was lauded as the Defensive/Goalkeeper of the Week. Kelly also was the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III South Defensive Player of the Week.

Burke led the Waynesburg men during a 2-1 week with four goals and an assist. He recorded his first collegiate hat trick during a 5-0 win at Mt. Aloysius, and followed that with an assist during the Yellow Jackets’ 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win at Hood.

Kelly didn’t allow a goal in more than 200 minutes of play, making 15 saves for the 2-0-1 Yellow Jacket women. Kelly was 1-0-1 with two shutouts during the week. She made two saves in a 4-0 win over Pitt-Greensburg, and was spectacular with 13 saves in a 0-0 double-overtime tie at undefeated Penn State Altoona.

* Washington & Jefferson was recently awarded its third consecutive Empire 8 Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week honor as freshman Alexandra Kania was selected for the Presidents.

Kania joined seniors Julianne Zackey and Kim Marcius to give the Presidents the first three conference player of the week winners this season.

Kania took seven shots and scored two goals during W&J’s 3-2 win over Wooster last Wednesday at Cameron Stadium. The forward opened the scoring at the 32:30 mark with an unassisted goal and broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second half off a feed from Marcius.

Kania is tied with Zackey for the team lead in goals with three, and is fourth on the team with 11 shots.

* The Presidents’ Athletic Conference chose Washington & Jefferson kicker Colin Kracinovsky as its football Special Teams Player of the Week.

Kracinovsky, playing in his second game in place of injured kicker Joe Kelly, was 9-for-9 on his kick attempts for the Presidents, who rolled to a 59-21 victory over Bethany Saturday night at Cameron Stadium.

Kracinovsky made eight extra-point attempts and booted a 27-yard field goal. It was the sophomore’s first career field goal.


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