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►  MEC Announces Football Week 8 Awards

Connor Jessop (Shepherd), John Cominsky (Charleston) and Sam Keil (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the eighth week of the season.

Jessop, a senior from Ashburn, Va., is the Offensive Player Of The Week after directing the No. 2 Shepherd Rams to a 48-14 win over Urbana. In addition to throwing for 259 yards and four touchdowns, he also rushed for 45 yards for a score and caught a TD pass from six yards out. Jessop had a role in all six SU touchdowns on the day.

Cominsky, a junior from Barberton, Ohio, is the league’s Defensive Player Of The Week for helping the Golden Eagles get past UVa-Wise last week. He helped the UC defense hold the Cavs to just 52 yards rushing and 229 yards of total offense. He was in on nine tackles in the game, including four for a loss and one sack, and also batted down a pair of passes. Cominsky is second in the country in tackles for a loss this season with 16.5

Keil, a senior from Carmichael, Calif., is the Special Teams Player Of The Week after providing all the scoring for Fairmont State in an 18-15 overtime win over Glenville State. He tied an NCAA Division II record with six field goals in the game hitting from 20, 46, 25, 37 and 34 yards out. Keil’s made 15 field goals so far this season, tied for the most at FSU in a single season, and has hit three decisive field goals to win games this year for FSU.

Other Top Performances

Offense: Juawan Etheredge (WVSU) needed just 14 carries to rack up 111 yards and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime against West Liberty ... Jamal Petty (CU) had 167 all-purpose yards with 120 rushing with a touchdown and 47 receveiving with another score ... Jeremiah Ortiz (WLU) led all rushers last week with 179 yards on 30 carries ... Trevon Saunders (UU) notched his 29th career touchdown reception against Shepherd ... Tra Jackson (WVWC) had 106 yards rushing and his first career touchdown ... Tevion Cappe (UC) had 109 yards on the ground with a score ... Jaylen McNair (GSC) was 16-of-30 for 202 yards vs. Fairmont State.

Defense: Cody Goode (WVWC) had 12 tackles with two for a loss and a sack in the Bobcats win over Notre Dame ... Jonathan Roebuck (CU) had a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Mountain Lions non-conference win over UNC Pembroke ... Stephen Turner (FSU) had six tackles and an interception for the Falcons ... Darius Goode (WVSU) recorded 15 tackles (seven solo) ... Andre Dalton (GSC) had 12 solo tackles and broke up two passes ... Logan Deri (WLU) posted a career-high 14 tackles, including two for a loss ... L.A. Kelly (UU) had nine tackles and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown against Shepherd.

Special Teams: Zach Wise (SU) made two field goals and all six of his PAT ... Zack Keaton (CU) made three field goals for the Mountain Lions in a win over UNC Pembroke ... Aaron Ball (WVSU) went 4-for-4 on field goal tries in a 39-33 win over West Liberty ... Kelvin Flores (GSC) had three field goals for the Pioneers.

►  Shepherd, Notre Dame In Region Rankings

Two teams from the Mountain East Conference are in the first edition of the NCAA Super Region 1 football rankings.

The Shepherd Rams came in at No. 3 in the rankings, while Notre Dame College was No. 8. The top seven teams in the final regional rankings will earn a berth in the playoffs.

Super Region 1 includes the MEC, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the Northeast 10.

Indiana (Pa.) is first in the rankings, followed by Assumption.

After Shepherd, Findlay was fourth, followed by Slippery Rock, West Chester and Kutztown. The Falcons were eighth, while Shippensburg and LIU Post rounded out the rankings.

►  Falcons Sweep Men’s Soccer Awards Again

For the second-straight week, Notre Dame has swept the weeky honors for men’s soccer in the Mountain East Conference with Guilherme Gloria Albuquerque earning Offensive Player of the Week honors, while teammate Daniele De Angelis is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight time.

Albuquerque, a sophomore from Santo Andre, Brazil, tallied three goals in two games last week for the Falcons. He opened the week with a brace in a 4-0 win over Shepherd, and then scored the lone goal in a key MEC win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday.

De Angelis, a sophomore from Parma, Italy, continued his strong play between the pipes adding two more clean sheets to his total last week. The Falcons blanked Shepherd and West Virginia Wesleyan last week with De Angelis coming up with five saves in the win over the Bobcats.

►  Elias, McDowell Earn Women’s Soccer Honors

Concord’s Pilar Elias is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Notre Dame’s Kyra McDowell is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Elias, a junior from Waterville, Maine, produced a hat trick in a come-from-behind win against Wheeling Jesuit. She put CU up early, and then had an equalizing goal, and her third score proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals. She also had three shots in a win over Fairmont State, a victory that clinched an MEC Tournament berth for the Mountain Lions.

McDowell, a freshman from Ogden, Utah, had two shutouts last week for the Falcons. After making two saves in a 4-0 win over Shepherd, she made five saves to help preserve a 2-0 win over No. 10 West Virginia Wesleyan.

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