By Kaie Quigley – Features Editor
Throughout the past month, eight student-athletes have been recognized by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for outstanding performances in their respective sports. Members of the baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were given the conference honors.
One of these athletes, graduate student Jordan McComb, was selected as the women’s lacrosse “Player of the Week” all four weeks of April for her performances against conference opponents. McComb put up six goals and three assists against Johnson & Wales University (JWU), nine goals and two assists versus Anna Maria College, and had ten goals and ten assists in two games against Dean College as part of her dominant month.
Another women’s lacrosse player, graduate student Morgan Choquet, earned honors alongside her teammate. She was named “Goalie of the Week” after tallying 11 saves in the team’s 16-13 win versus JWU.
Lacrosse players on the men’s side were also highlighted by the GNAC this month. Senior attackman Andrew Fidalgo and junior Bash Cunningham were each named “Player of the Week,” and junior goalie Alex Beauchemin was named “Goalie of the Week,” twice in the month.
Fidalgo had two goals, including a last-minute go-ahead score in the team’s 12-11 win against Norwich University en route to earning his honors, while Cunningham scored a career-high five goals in a 19-8 rout of Rivier University to help the Lasers clinch the regular season GNAC title. Beauchemin was recognized twice, as he had 59 saves, and boasted a save percentage of over 60 percent in his two honorary weeks combined. In the team’s game against Rivier, Beauchemin also broke the school wins record. His now 24 victories put him past Laser Hall of Fame member Mark DeMieri (‘08).
The awards in April don’t stop there for the Lasers, as three members of the baseball team and one member of the softball team were recognized by the GNAC. Junior first baseman/pitcher Matt Motyka was named “Player of the Week” after going 6-14 at the plate over a four-game week. Motyka was 3-4 with a double, and two runs batted in the team’s loss to Trinity College.
Two first-years, Darek Lallo and CJ Mills, were each named “Pitcher of the Week” during the month. Lallo pitched five scoreless innings and struck out five batters in a 5-1 win versus Norwich. Mills pitched nine innings throughout two games for the Lasers, striking out nine batters. He struck out five batters in a win versus Albertus Magnus College and only gave up one earned run.
Another first-year shined this month as softball’s Katie Hopkins was named “Co-Player of the Week” and “Co-Rookie of the Week” after putting on a hitting clinic over a four-game stretch. In a doubleheader against Fisher College, Hopkins recorded a double and five runs batted in. In the team’s next set of back-to-back games versus Johnson & Wales, she recorded three runs batted in and had two solo home runs in the second game alone.
As playoffs have now begun, these players look to lead their respective teams to a GNAC championship.