Boston, Mass. - January 9, 2017 - Three Springfield College student-athletes earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly honors after standout performances on both the hardwood and the pool. Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was named the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week for the third this season, Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) earned her second NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Week honor, and Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) was chosen as the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week.
In the first two NEWMAC games of his collegiate career, Ross led Springfield to a road win at WPI and nearly knocked off top-ranked Babson. The first-year averaged 29.5 points per game, while shooting 43.% (21-for-48) from the field to go along with 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. At WPI, Ross tied totaled 29 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists before turning turning in his NEWMAC-leading eighth double double of the season with a career-best 30 points and 11 boards and three assists versus Babson.
Medeiros was instrumental in the Pride's tri-meet sweep of Hartwick and Union on Saturday. Beginning the day, Medeiros helped the 200 medley relay team to a first-place finish, before the Preseason All-American produced a first-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:31.42, a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:01.18) and a third-place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:17.68).
Adamopoulos was dominant in a pair of NEWMAC wins for the Pride this past week, as she averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per contest on the week. In a 72-63 win over Clark, Adamopoulos netted 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks, before leading Springfield College to a convincing 73-55 win over MIT with 21 points on 10-of-14 (71.4%) shooting, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in just 24 minutes.