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Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Oct. 10-16

Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Oct. 10-16

LANCASTER, Pa. -- We are now past the mid-point of October, meaning that fall Centennial Conference championship season is nearly here. This marks the final week of awards for cross country as the majority of Centennial teams take this week off from competition in preparation for the CC Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Haverford. Meanwhile, just two weeks remain in the regular season for field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. 

Standouts Ryan Kredell of Haverford men's cross country, Alex Ross of Johns Hopkins women's cross country and Anna Scott of Johns Hopkins field hockey each earned CC weekly awards for the third time, with Scott three-peating as Defensive Player of the Week. Other winners this week include Kat Esposito of Washington College field hockey, Chris Richards of Muhlenberg men's soccer, Sam Farrell of Franklin & Marshall men's soccer, Rebecca Rosen of Johns Hopkins women's soccer, Nora Greer of Swarthmore women's soccer, Helena Swaak of Johns Hopkins volleyball and Ellie Streeper of Swarthmore volleyball. 

See below for more details on each of this week's award winners. 

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Athlete of the Week
Ryan Kredell, Sr., Haverford
Geneva, Ill. | Geneva Community
Kredell nabbed Athlete of the Week accolades for the third time this fall after notching a top-10 finish at the Connecticut College Invitational that featured 10 nationally-ranked teams. Kredell crossed ninth in the 382-runner field with an 8k time of 24:20 to pace the Fords. Kredell has been the top Haverford finisher in each race this season. The 13th-ranked Fords finished fifth out of 23 teams. 

Athlete of the Week
Alex Ross, Gr., Johns Hopkins
Glastonbury, Conn. | Glastonbury
Ross secured Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season after leading the Blue Jays at the University of Virginia's Panorama Farms Invitational. She placed 20th in a field of 173 entries and covered the 5k course in 17:18.3. Johns Hopkins was the only Division II or III school in the 18-team field.

Offensive Player of the Week
Kat Esposito, So., F, Washington College
Severna Park, Md. | Severna Park
Esposito tallied three goals and added an assist in a 2-0 week for the Shorewomen. On Saturday at Gettysburg in a 6-2 win, she scored the team's first two goals and assisted on the third score as Washington raced out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. In WC's 3-2 win over visiting Swarthmore on Wednesday night, the sophomore scored a goal to give Washington a 2-0 lead.
Defensive Player of the Week
Anna Scott, Sr., D, Johns Hopkins
Ann Arbor, Mich. | Huron
Scott three-peated as Defensive Player of the Week after once again helping the Blue Jays to a pair of shutout wins. She and the JHU defense held McDaniel to just two shots and one penalty corner in a 4-0 win Wednesday. Scott also notched an assist in the win over the Green Terror. On Saturday, she led the JHU defense to a 1-0 win over Muhlenberg. The defense held the Mules to just four shots on goal. Scott had a defensive save in the third quarter of the one-goal win.

Offensive Player of the Week
Chris Richards, Sr., F/M, Muhlenberg
Lancaster, Pa. | Lancaster Catholic
Richards recorded his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the first half of the Mules' 5-1 win at Dickinson. After converting a penalty kick in the 27th minute to tie the game at 1-1, Richards scored twice in a span of five minutes late in the half to put Muhlenberg ahead to stay. It was the Mules' first hat trick since 2012 and their first where all three goals were scored in the first half since 1997.
Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Farrell, Sr., GK, Franklin & Marshall
Severna Park, Md. | Severna Park
Farrell recorded a pair of shutouts to help Franklin & Marshall extend its unbeaten streak to 12 straight matches with a pair of shutouts this week. He made a match-high five saves against both Lancaster Bible and Swarthmore as the Diplomats posted their fourth and fifth shutouts of the season.


Offensive Player of the Week
Rebecca Rosen, Gr., M/F, Johns Hopkins
Port Washington, N.Y. | Paul D. Schreiber
In a 2-0 week that saw the Blue Jays score nine goals, Rosen had a hand in five of them. She scored twice in a 4-1 win over defending Centennial champion McDaniel and then added a goal and two assists in a 5-0 win against Ursinus.
Defensive Player of the Week
Nora Greer, Jr., GK, Swarthmore
Doylestown, Pa. | George School
Greer made 14 saves and earned a shutout in a 2-0 week for the Garnet. Greer made five saves in a 1-0 shutout at Ursinus before ending the week with a nine save effort in a 2-1 win over Franklin & Marshall. For the week, Greer registered a .933 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average in 180 minutes between the pipes. 


Offensive Player of the Week
Helena Swaak, Fr., S, Johns Hopkins
McLean, Va. | Langley
Swaak efficiently ran the Blue Jay offense in three sweeps last week. She totaled 90 assists in nine sets (10.0/set) with a career-high 36 in a win against Eastern. She had at least 26 assists in all three matches and added 20 digs (2.22/set) and nine service aces, including a career-high six in a win at McDaniel, in the three wins.
Defensive Player of the Week
Ellie Streeper, Fr., DS, Swarthmore
Needham, Mass. | Needham
Streeper tallied 35 digs in two victories as the Garnet swept Washington College and Franklin & Marshall. Streeper had 17 digs at Washington College and 18 digs versus the Diplomats for an average of 5.83 digs per set. She posted a game-high for digs in both contests.