College Notebook: Ephs' Justin Harris named NESCAC defensive player of week


HADLEY — It doesn't happen often in NESCAC, but a player off a team that lost its opening game was named a conference player of the week. That player happens to come from Williams.

Linebacker Justin Harris, a senior from Matteson, Ill., was named the NESCAC defensive player of the week. Harris, making his first-ever college start, had 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops for the Ephs in Saturday's 9-7 loss to Colby.

Four of Harris' tackles were for loss, and the Mules lost 32 yards on those. One of those tackles came on a failed two-point conversion. He also forced a fumble.

Harris is the leading tackler in NESCAC, while Eph safety Alex Brandeis is tied for second with 11. He is tied with Tufts linebacker Greg Holt.

The NESCAC offensive player of the week was Middlebury junior quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who was 26 of 39 for 369 yards and five touchdown passes.

The special teams player of the week was Colby kicker-punter John Baron, who booted a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Colby the win. He punted nine times for a 35.4 yard average, including a 63-yard boot.


WESTFIELD >> MCLA men's soccer player Issa Jalloh is the MASCAC rookie of the week.

Jalloh, a freshman from Lynn, came off the bench to score his first career goal in a 1-1 draw with Salem State.

Heading into the week, MCLA is 1-0-1 in conference play, and in a three-way tie for second with Mass. Maritime and Westfield State.


BUZZARDS BAY >> The inaugural Grinold Chapter New England Division III football rankings are out, and four NESCAC schools are in the top 10.

Western New England received nine first-place votes and is the No. 1 team in the first poll. Amherst received two first-place votes and is second, while Framingham State is third and had one first-place vote.

Trinity is ranked sixth, Middlebury seventh and Tufts is eighth. Springfield College is ranked ninth.


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