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Albright’s Lofton Named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week

Jan 18, 2017 • by The MAC Conferences and Albright College
Alysha Lofton

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Conference News) – Albright junior Alysha Lofton earned her second MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week award this season, announced on Monday, Jan. 16 by the conference.

Lofton led the Lions to a 2-1 week, including a road win over previously unbeaten No. 22 Messiah. Lofton scored a career and game-high 31 points on 11-of-15 (73 percent) shooting against the Falcons. She also had seven rebounds, four assists and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the 85-82 win. Lofton recorded a double-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals in a 63-50 win over Lycoming.

She finished the week shooting 60 percent (21-of-35) from the field while averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and four assists. Albright now sits atop the conference as the only unbeaten team in conference play.

The Lions return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at home against Alvernia. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Below is the complete list of this week’s weekly award recipients for the week ending Jan. 15.

 MEN’S BASKETBALL (#MACmbb)

 MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week

Travis Conrad (Lebanon Valley / Sr. / G / Lewisburg, Pa.) was perfect in Lebanon Valley’s lone game last week. Conrad set a pair of program records in the Dutchmen’s 83-82 conference road win at Arcadia. The senior was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, including an impressive 7-for-7 from behind the arc. Both program records. Conrad was also perfect from the charity stripe, going 4-for-4 to finish the game with a career and game-high 27 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the win.

 MAC Freedom Player of the Week

Austin Carroll (Eastern / Sr. / G / Odenton, Md.) led Eastern to a pair of conference wins over Misericordia and Wilkes last week. Carroll came up huge in the Eagles’ 112-107 overtime win over Misericordia. The senior made a buzzer-beating layup to force overtime. He finished the game shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) from the floor with 14 points and a career-best eight assists and two steals. Carroll finished the week nearly perfect from the floor shooting 6-of-7 (86 percent), including 3-of-4 from behind the arc for 15 points in just 23 minutes of action in a 83-70 win over Wilkes.

  

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (#MACwbb)

 MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week

Alysha Lofton (Albright / Jr. / G-F / Warrington, Pa.) earns her second conference weekly award of the season. She led the Lions to a 2-1 week, including a road win over previously unbeaten No. 22 Messiah. Lofton scored a career and game-high 31 points on 11-of-15 (73%) shooting against the Falcons. She also had seven rebounds, four assist and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe in the 85-82 win.  Lofton recorded a double-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals in a 63-50 win over Lycoming. She finished the week shooting 60 percent (21-of-35) from the field while averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and four assists. Albright now sits atop the conference as the only unbeaten team in conference play.

 MAC Freedom Player of the Week

Alyssa McDonough (FDU-Florham / Sr. / F / Parlin, N.J.) earns her second conference weekly award of the season. She led the Devils to a 2-0 week in conference action to sit atop the conference as the only unbeaten team in conference play. McDonough finished the week averaging 15 points, 15 rebounds, 6.5 assists and three steals. The senior flirted with a triple-double in an 83-51 win over conference favorite DeSales with 19 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. She also shot 9-of-13 for 69 percent from the floor in the win. McDonough opened the week with 11 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 69-59 win over King’s.

  

SWIMMING (#MACswim)

 MAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week

Tom Scott (Misericordia / Sr. / Huntington Station, N.Y.) earns his second conference weekly award of the season. Scott collected three victories, two pool record and three top-4 conference marks, including a top mark, in Misericordia’s 139-115 win over Scranton. Scott set the pool record in the 400-yard with a winning time of 4:23.27, which ranks fourth in the conference this season. He also won the 200-yard breaststroke with a conference best time of 2:11.32. The senior was then part of the pool record in the 400-yard medley relay winning team with a time of 3:37.63.

 MAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Katie Wingert (Messiah / Sr. / Lebanon, Pa.) earns her second conference weekly award of the season. She led Messiah to a 2-1 week with win over King’s and Stevenson that included four victories, four pool records and three top-three conference performances. Wingert won the 50-yard freestyle (24.90), 200-yard freestyle (1:59.05) and 200-yard IM (1:00.54) with pool record times in each event. She then anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay team with a pool record time of 1:40.52 at King’s.

  

WRESTLING (#MACwrestle)

 MAC Wrestler of the Week

Lucas Malmberg (Messiah / Sr. / Marathon, N.Y.) earns his second conference weekly award of the season. He went 5-0 at the 125 lbs. weight class and was named the Budd Whitehill Duals MVP and to the all-tournament team after leading Messiah to the team title with a 5-0 team record. Malmberg recorded two majors and a tech fall and now has 27 win on the season and remains undefeated against Division III wrestlers. Malmberg had a 16-5 major decision over York’ Dylan Nuttall, a 19-4 tech fall over Lycoming’s Garrett Lockwood, a 16-6 major decision over Williams’ Matt Morris and an 11-4 decision over SUNY Cortland’s Andrew Roden.

 INDOOR TRACK & FIELD (#MACtf)

 MAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Devonte Williams (Stevenson / Sr. / Clinton, Md.) earns his second conference weekly award of the season. Williams ran two conference best times at Division I Towson’s Tiger Invitational. Running against Division I and II competition, Williams finished third in the 200-yard dash with a conference best time of 22.13 seconds. The senior then placed eighth in the 400-yard dash with a conference best time of 50.90 seconds.

 MAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week

Daniel Herbster (Widener / Sr. / Garnett Valley, Pa.) won the weigh throw event at the Coach I Open with a toss of 15.41 meters. His mark now ranks No. 1 in the conference and 41st in the nation.

 MAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

Kelty Fairchild (Misericordia / Sr. / Sussex, N.J.) was part of two top conference mark at the Ramapo season opener. Fairchild finished third in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:18.22 which ranks top in the MAC and seventh in Division III. The senior was then part of the 4×400-meter relay team that finished eighth in a conference bet time of 4:07.94. The time also ranks 25th in Division III.

 MAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

Danika Ani (Stevenson / Fr. / Westminster, Md.) won the shot put event at the Towson Tiger Invitational with a throw of 13.82 meters, setting a program record in the process. Ani competed in a field that consisted primarily of NCAA Division I and II athletics. Her throw is the third longest in NCAA Division III this season.

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