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Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Sept. 19-25

Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Sept. 19-25

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Conference play is now underway in every Centennial fall sport as we approach the one-month mark of the 2022 campaign. 

A trio of repeat winners highlight this week's CC awards - Teddy Mercer of Dickinson men's cross country, Hazel Miller of Bryn Mawr field hockey and Simone Adam of Johns Hopkins volleyball. Other weekly winners for Sept. 19-25 include Amiyah Priebe of Dickinson women's cross country, Katie Roper of Franklin & Marshall field hockey, Axel Whamond of Johns Hopkins men's soccer, Noah Rodriguez of McDaniel men's soccer, Meg Tate of Dickinson women's soccer, Emma Nolan of Franklin & Marshall women's soccer, and Chelsea O'Leary of Gettysburg volleyball. 

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

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Athlete of the Week
Teddy Mercer, Sr., Dickinson
Cortland, N.Y. | Homer
Mercer led the Red Devils to the top team finish among Division III teams at the 34-team Lock Haven Invitational on Saturday. Mercer raced to 26th place in the 290-runner field, posting a time of 25:21.3 to be the sixth-best Division III finisher. Dickinson came in behind only Cornell and Wayne State in the team standings. 

Athlete of the Week
Amiyah Priebe, So., Dickinson
Newport, Pa. | Newport
Priebe finished 31st in a 285-runner field at the Lock Haven Invitational with a time of 22:32.7. She was the sixth Division III runner to finish and helped the Red and White to be the highest-finishing Division III team in a 34-team field that consisted of participants from all three divisions. 

Offensive Player of the Week
Hazel Miller, So., F, Bryn Mawr 
Newport, Pa. | Newport
Miller repeated as Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals in the Owls' 6-0 victory over Gettysburg. Miller's four goals tied the program record for most goals in a single game. The Owls are off to a 7-1 start to the 2022 season, and Miller leads the conference in both goals (8) and points (19). 
Defensive Player of the Week
Katie Roper, Sr., D/M, Franklin & Marshall
Reading, Pa. | Exeter Township
Roper came up with a huge defensive save with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Diplomats' 1-0 win over No. 20 Ursinus during the Centennial Conference opener for both squads. That was one of just three shots on goal all game for the Bears as F&M eventually scored the game-winning goal late in the fourth quarter. Roper was an all-region selection a season ago and has now made defensive saves during each of the team's last two matches against nationally-ranked competition.

Offensive Player of the Week
Axel Whamond, Sr., F, Johns Hopkins
Riverside, Conn. | Fairfield Prep
Whamond scored the game's only goal to lead Johns Hopkins to a 1-0 win over Haverford in the Blue Jays' only game of the week. It was his team-leading fourth goal of the season and his second game-winner.
Defensive Player of the Week
Noah Rodriguez, Fr., D, McDaniel
Falls Church, Va. | Meridian
Rodriguez was a key part of two shutouts on the week for the Green Terror. Against Gwynedd Mercy, Rodriguez cut off passing lanes, and pressured the Griffins all afternoon. He also tallied an assist on the first goal of the game to Nick Starr. On Saturday against Franklin & Marshall, Rodriguez helped withstand a late push by the Diplomats to keep the shutout alive as the Green Terror played to a 0-0 draw. 


Offensive Player of the Week
Meg Tate, Sr., F, Dickinson
Carlisle, Pa. | Carlisle 
Tate recorded eight points in victories against Arcadia and conference foe Ursinus on Homecoming. She opened the week with a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over Arcadia last Wednesday. In a Centennial Conference showdown vs. Ursinus, Tate found the back of the net twice, scoring what would prove to be the game-winner in the 27th minute before cashing in again just after halftime in the second 3-0 cleansheet of the week. For the season she is second in the conference for points (17) and tied for second in goals (6).
Defensive Player of the Week
Emma Nolan, Jr., GK, Franklin & Marshall
Flanders, N.J. | Blair Academy
Nolan posted two more shutouts for F&M as the Diplomats remained undefeated (6-0-2) on the year. She made four saves at Muhlenberg on Wednesday before two more at Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday. Nolan has now allowed a goal during her last 410 minutes of playing time while the Diplomats have not conceded a goal during their last 445 minutes of action. They are outscoring opponents 19-2 on the season.


Offensive Player of the Week
Simone Adam, Fr., OH, Johns Hopkins
Menlo Park, Calif. | Menlo School
Adam guided the Blue Jays to a 2-0 week with wins over Susquehanna (3-1) and Swarthmore (3-0). She rang up 37 kills (5.29/set) against just 5 errors and hit .444 in the two victories. Her .516 hitting percentage in the league-opener against Swarthmore is a season best and she added 13 digs and four services aces on the week as well.
Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea O'Leary, Jr., DS, Gettysburg
Mechanicsburg, Pa. | Cumberland Valley
O'Leary led the Bullets to a 2-0 week with 44 total digs. She averaged 4.89 digs per set to go with four aces and six assists.