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Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - March 29 - Apr. 4

Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - March 29 - Apr. 4

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Week three is in the books as the spring 2021 Centennial Conference season continues to roll on. Track & field programs opened their seasons this past weekend while the sports of baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's tennis and women's tennis continued play. 

Weekly conference awards were collected by J.J. Freeman and Kyle Roche from Franklin & Marshall baseball, Jamie Belfer and Sabrina Ryan from Franklin & Marshall softball, Luke Keating from Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse, Andrew Horn from Gettysburg men's lacrosse, Colleen Keefe from Washington College women's lacrosse, Shannon Twill from Gettysburg women's lacrosse, Alex Kagan from Gettysburg men's tennis, Irene Meng from Washington College women's tennis, Jared Pangallozzi from Johns Hopkins men's outdoor track & field, John Panny from Muhlenberg men's outdoor track & field, Ella Baran from Johns Hopkins women's outdoor track & field, and Isabelle Deal from Ursinus women's outdoor track & field. 

More information about the weekly award winners is provided below. 

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Player of the Week
J.J. Freeman, Sr., INF, Franklin & Marshall
Downingtown, Pa. | Downingtown West
Freeman had a monster doubleheader for the Diplomats on Saturday as he batted .500, slugged 1.375, and got on base at a .600 clip. Freeman was 2-for-4 in both games with four extra-base hits over the doubleheader split against Muhlenberg. He had a double and triple in the 19-4 game one victory while scoring five runs and driving in two more. Freeman homered and doubled in game two and finished the twinbill with six runs and six RBIs in addition to a stolen base. A shortstop for the Diplomats hitting in the heart of the order, Freeman was flawless in his nine defensive chances in the field, helping to turn a double play.
Pitcher of the Week 
Kyle Roche, Jr., RHP, Franklin & Marshall
Sandy Hook, Conn. | Newtown
Roche pitched five scoreless innings against Muhlenberg on Saturday, improving to 3-0 on the season. The junior righthander struck out eight while scattering just two hits and one walk. Through three weeks, Roche is the Centennial Conference leader in wins (3), innings pitched (17.0), and strikeouts (22). He ranks second in opponent's batting average (.123) and third in ERA (0.53). The Diplomats took game one of the doubleheader against the Mules by a 19-4 score.

Player of the Week
Jamie Belfer, Jr., OF, Franklin & Marshall
Berkley Heights, N.J. | Governor Livingston
Belfer went 4-for-7 with a double, triple, two runs scored, two RBIs, and two stolen bases during a Franklin & Marshall sweep of Muhlenberg on Saturday. Belfer's two-out triple in the top of the sixth inning drove in two runs to erase a 3-2 deficit and secure the win in game two of the sweep. Belfer leads the CC in runs (5) and stolen bases (4), while ranking second in hits (7) and third in both batting average (.636) and on-base percentage (.667).
Pitcher of the Week
Sabrina Ryan, Sr., P, Franklin & Marshall
Gap, Pa. | Pequea Valley
Ryan threw a complete-game shutout against Muhlenberg on Saturday to notch her first win of the 2021 campaign. The Diplomat senior scattered three hits over her seven innings of work and walked just one batter. The shutout was the 21st complete game of her career and her fifth career shutout.

Offensive Player of the Week
Luke Keating, Sr., A, Franklin & Marshall
Garden City, N.Y. | Garden City
Keating scored three goals and dished out three assists as Franklin & Marshall won its Centennial Conference opener in a 12-11 thriller against Muhlenberg. His final goal, with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, proved to be the difference maker in the final outcome. Keating recorded his 200th career point in the contest and now has 204 career points (125 goals, 79 assists) to rank seventh in school history.
Defensive Player of the Week
Andrew Horn, Sr., D, Gettysburg
Bronxville, N.Y. | Avon Old Farms 
Horn helped 12th-ranked Gettysburg stave off defeat with a sterling fourth-quarter defensive performance in a 9-7 victory at Dickinson. The Bullets blanked the Red Devils in the final period while running off a game-ending five-goal run. Horn scooped ground balls on back-to-back face-offs that resulted in the final two goals of the game and knocked the ball out of the stick of a Dickinson player in the game's final seconds. He finished with team highs in ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (2).

Offensive Player of the Week
Colleen Keefe, Jr., A, Washington College
Timonium, Md. | Notre Dame Prep
Keefe set career-bests in goals (7), assists (3) and points (10) in the Shorewomen's 18-3 win at Ursinus this past Saturday as she became just the seventh player in team history to reach double figures in points in a single game. She had three goals and two assists in the first half and four scores and a helper in the second half. During the 6-0 that the Shorewomen took control of the game, she factored in three of the goals with two goals and an assist, including scoring off of her lone ground ball pickup. The junior scored her seven goals on just nine shots for a 77.8% shooting percentage. 
Defensive Player of the Week
Shannon Twill, So., GK, Gettysburg
Warren, N.J. | Watchung Hills Regional
Twill recorded double-figure saves for the second time in three games as No. 5 Gettysburg knocked off Dickinson 17-5. Twill totaled 10 saves and two ground balls and a 66.7% save percentage in the victory with eight of those saves coming as part of a game-ending 13-1 run by the Bullets. Gettysburg held Dickinson scoreless over the final 21 minutes.


Player of the Week
Alex Kagan, Fr., Gettysburg
Guilford, Conn. | Guilford 
Kagan helped Gettysburg earn its first win of the season with convincing wins at No. 1 singles and doubles at Dickinson. The freshman tallied a victory at No. 1 doubles (8-2) before laying down a bagel in the second set of a 6-4, 6-0 victory at the top singles flight.


Player of the Week
Irene Meng, So., Washington College
Surrey, B.C., Canada | Pacific Academy
Meng won both of her matches on Saturday in the Shorewomen's 7-2 victory at Ursinus. In the No. 1 doubles match she teamed up with Alisha White and came away with an 8-2 win over Maddie Russell and Cara Freedman. At No. 1 singles she won, 6-2, 6-2, over Russell.

Track Athlete of the Week
Jared Pangallozzi, Sr., Johns Hopkins 
Maplewood, N.J. | Columbia High
Pangallozzi cruised to victory in the 5,000 meters at the Towson Invitational, winning the race by nearly seven seconds in a field of 13 runners. Pangallozzi's time of 14:27.69 is tops in the nation so far in Division III. 
Field Athlete of the Week
John Panny, So., Muhlenberg
Allentown, Pa. | Parkland
Panny won both horizontal jumps at the Muhlenberg Invitational, hitting the sand at 6.63 meters in the long jump and 13.26m in the triple. Both marks are the best in the Centennial Conference and in the top 10 in the Mideast Region this season. They also put Panny in the top 10 on the Mules' all-time performance list in both events.

Track Athlete of the Week
Ella Baran, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Plymouth, Minn. | Houston High
Baran dominated the 1,500 meters at the Towson Invitational, winning the event with a personal-record time of 4:33.58. Baran's time was four seconds better than second place and is currently the second-fastest time in Division III. 
Field Athlete of the Week
Isabelle Deal, So., Ursinus 
Blackwood, N.J. | Washington Twp.
Deal won the shot put, hammer, and javelin at the Muhlenberg Invitational. She notched conference-leading marks in the shot put (11.75m) and hammer (33.48m), and her winning javelin heave of 40.97 meters currently ranks eighth in Division III.