Springfield, Mass. - December 4, 2017 - Springfield College had three student-athletes recognized for their impressive performances last week, as the weekly awards were announced by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Monday afternoon.
Representing the Springfield College men's swimming and diving program, freshman Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) was named the NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Week, while from the women's basketball team, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) was recognized as the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Co-Defensive Player of the Week. For the third time this season, Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) from the men's basketball team was recognized on the conference level, as he was named the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Offensive Player of the Week.
Pennington, a Computer Graphics major at Springfield College, continued to shine this past weekend at the Ithaca College Invitational, as he registered a pair of NCAA Regional Qualifying scores, notching a fifth-place finish in a field of 25 on the three-meter board with a score of 449.30, before taking third out of 23 competitors on the one-meter board with a score of 460.85. Out of the 12 opportunities for Pennington to qualify for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships this season, the first year has already posted 11 qualifying scores.
Restituyo, a Sports Biology major at Springfield College, helped lead the Pride to a pair of wins to begin its NEWMAC slate, as she averaged 7.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in victories over Coast Guard and Wellesley. In a 64-53 win over Coast Guard, Restituyo collected 13 rebounds to go along with six points and three steals, before matching her career high with 15 rebounds to go along with eight points and four assists in a 51-29 win over Wellesley.
In his two outings, Ross averaged 31.5 points and 14 rebounds per game to go along with 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists while shooting 58 percent from the floor in 34 minutes of action. Ross opened the week with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals in a 71-59 win over Becker before erupting for a career-high 37 points, shooting 14-for-20 from the floor, to go along with 16 boards as the Pride bested local-foe Westfield State. Ross has had a double-double in all four games this season and is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per outing.