Springfield, Mass. - September 12, 2017 - Four Springfield College student-athletes were recognized by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for their standout performances this past week, as they each earned weekly honors in their respective sport, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Senior fullback Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) of the football team was named the NEWMAC Football Offensive Player of the Week, while for the second-straight week, Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) of the women's volleyball team earned NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors. Additionally, senior forward Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) of the women's soccer team was named the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) of men's soccer was the NEWMAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Wilcox was dominant in helping lead Springfield to a 28-8 non-conference victory over Kean University to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2013. The senior fullback racked up a career-best 223 yards on 27 carries, averaging 8.3 per carry, and rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 51-yarder in the first quarter. He also added a touchdown reception of eight yards. Through two weeks, the Finance major has carried the ball 57 times for 371 yards.
Sanchez had another outstanding week defensively for Springfield, totaling 79 digs, 18 assists, and four service aces as the Pride won three of its fourth matches. After posting 16 digs and two aces in a win over Amherst, Sanchez notched 23 digs and six assists at Endicott in a rematch of last year's NCAA First Round meeting. She later posted 16 digs and five assists in a loss to nationally-ranked La Verne and closed out the weekend producing 24 digs and six assists in a five-set win over Geneseo. Through two weeks, Sanchez has 40 more digs than anyone else in the NEWMAC and ranks first in digs per set.
Quiles, an Applied Exercise Science major at Springfield College, had an incredible week for the Pride as she registered nine points on three goals, leading the maroon and white to a pair of victories over non-conference opponents. In a 1-0 win over Western New England on Wednesday, Quiles had the game-deciding goal in the 37th minute, before coming back on Saturday and mounting a come-from-behind victory over Endicott with two goals to open the second half. The Pride is now off to its best start since 2007 and stands at 4-0 heading into this week.
Deckel, a Criminal Justice major at Springfield College, helped the Pride to a 3-0 week including wins over Gordon, Westfield State and Stevens. The two games that Deckel played in this week were both shutout victories for Springfield College, as he scored once to aid the Pride to a 3-0 win over Gordon before converting a penalty kick in the first overtime period against Westfield State, leading the Maroon and White to a 1-0 win over the Owls.