Boston, Mass. - January 3, 2017 - Springfield College first-year Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was recognized for his outstanding play by earning a pair of weekly honors from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Ross was tabbed the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the NEWMAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while the ECAC selected him as the New England Player of the Week and the New England Rookie of the Week.
Ross was sensational as he closed out 2016 helping the Pride win the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic. The first-year was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Classic after pacing Springfield to wins over Elizabethtown and Connecticut College, averaging 25.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while also totaling seven assists and seven steals. He shot 54.3% from the floor (19-for-35), including 7-for-12 from beyond the arc (58.3%).
In the opening game of the Classic, Ross was dominant, pouring in 28 points in just 19 minutes to go along with seven boards, five steals, and three assists. In the championship game, Ross notched 23 points and 10 boards for his seventh double double of the season and chipped in four assists and a pair of steals. To date, Ross leads the NEWMAC in steals and ranks second in both points and rebounds per game.
Ross and the Pride will play their first NEWMAC game of the season on Wednesday night when they travel to face rival WPI for a 5:00 contest.