College notes: Union football’s Anderson honored by Liberty League

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Union football’s Jonathan Anderson was named Liberty League rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday.

In a win against Buffalo State, Anderson led the team with 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Union improved to 5-0 with its most-recent win.

Anderson is the third Union player to win rookie of the week. Previously, Robbie Tolbert and Michael Fiore won the award.

Union, ranked No. 12 in one national poll and No. 14 in another, plays host this weekend to St. Lawrence.

UNION’S FRIDAY EARNS LEAGUE HONOR

Union women’s hockey’s Maren Friday was named Monday the ECAC Hockey rookie of the week.

Friday registered two goals and two assists during Union’s 2-0 start to the season. Friday scored a goal and registered an assist in each of the team’s wins against RIT.

BENTSIANOV COLLECTS AWARD

Union women’s golf’s Elizabeth Bentsianov was named Liberty League rookie of the week on Monday.

Bentsianov tied for 11th place at the Williams Women’s Golf Classic this past weekend.

MARINOPOLOUS EARNS LIBERTY LEAGUE HONOR

RPI quarterback George Marinopolous was named Liberty League offensive performer of the week after connecting on 25 of 37 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-22 victory against Rochester.

At 5-0, RPI is now ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll.

FUENTES BREAKS OWN SAINT ROSE RECORD

Saint Rose women’s golf sophomore Erika Fuentes broke her own two-round school-best mark, which she set a week ago, with a score of 140 to take medalist honors at the Stonehill Invitational.

Fuentes set a single-round school record Sunday with a 69 before registering a 71 Monday on the par-70, 5,601-yard Dorset Field Club layout

Fuentes topped the second-place finisher, Jacquelyn Stiles of Division I Merrimack, by seven strokes.

MEDICI REPEATS

Maki Medici, a Shaker High School graduate playing for Utica football, was named Empire 8 Conference special teams player of the week for the second consecutive week.

Medici made three field goals and an extra point in Utica’s 16-10 win last weekend against Hartwick, and averaged 39.5 yards on five punts.

CLIFTON PARK’S DECKER COLLECTS AWARD

Drew Decker, a Clifton Park native and CBA graduate, was named Empire 8 Conference men’s soccer offensive player of the week.

The Nazareth freshman scored a goal and tied a school record with three assists in a 6-1 win against Russell Sage.

RPI RUNNERS TAKE TOP HONORS

RPI’s Matt Lecky and Nia Goddard were named the Liberty League’s performers of the week in cross country.

Lecky won the men’s award after winning the 340-competitor Men’s College Brown 8k at Lehigh in 24:30.2. Goddard earned the women’s award after finishing seventh out of 342 competitors at the Women’s College Brown 6k with a time of 21:27.1.

SKIDMORE’S GROSSO HONORED

Skidmore senior Harry Grosso played as an independent at the 2021 Liberty League Fall Preview, and shot a 4-under second round of 68 on Sunday to win the event with a 5-under 139 (71-68). 

Grosso was named Monday the league’s men’s golf performer of the week.

ELJAIEK TAKES AWARD

Skidmore women’s soccer senior Vanessa Eljaiek was named Liberty League offensive performer of the week.

Eljaiek scored two goals in a 4-1 win against RPI last week, plus scored Skidmore’s goal in its 1-1 tie at Clarkson.

RPI, SKIDMORE ATHLETES SWEEP TENNIS HONORS

Athletes from Skidmore and RPI made a clean sweep of the Liberty League’s weekly tennis honors.

Skidmore’s John Rado was the men’s singles performer of the week after winning the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship. RPI freshman Emilio Van Cotthem, whom Rado beat in the semifinals of that tournament, was named the league’s men’s rookie of the week,, The Skidmore duo of ajunior Alper Kulturel and senior Noah Williamson were the men’s doubles team of the week after their USTA/ITA Northeast Regional win.

RPI junior Alex Mednikova scored a pair of No. 1 singles wins during the week to earn the league’s women’s singles performer of the week award. Mednikova also earned doubles team of the week honors alongside fellow junior Rani Jones after a 2-0 week, while Skidmore’s Grace Truong earned rookie of the week honors after going 4-0 between singles and doubles play during the week.

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