2021 Wildcats of the Week
Entering its sixth year, the Wildcat of the Week award focuses on individual performances on the field/court/course over the past seven days. Every Monday, two student-athletes (one male and one female) will be selected and featured on the home page as this week's Wildcat of the Week.
Monday, March 29, 2021:
Male – Nic Hertzfedl – So. – Baseball:
Nic Hertzfeld hit his first two career homers, doing so in back-to-back at-bats on Saturday at USciences. He hit a three-run bomb in his second at-bat of the day, and then followed it with a two-run shot in his next at-bat. He finished 2-for-5 with five RBI in the game one win. Also batted 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the home opener against the Devils on Tuesday and ended the week by going 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base in game two on Saturday. Batted .333 (4-for-12) while slugging .917 with a .429 on-base percentage.
Female – Lauren Lopez – Jr. – Softball:
The junior batted 8-for-14 (.571) in four games to start the 2021 season, pouring in 12 RBI as well as five runs scored. She had a hit in every game, starting the season by going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI in a 7-0 win at USciences. Tacked on two more RBI in the nightcap at USciences, giving her six for the doubleheader. Batted 2-for-4 with two runs in a game one win at Felician on Saturday, and then finished her week by going 3-for-3 with a homer, six RBI, and two runs scored. Her two-run homer broke the all-time career RBI record of 112, set by Colby Wyatt '17. Lopez now has 116 career RBI after the weekend.
Monday, March 22, 2021:
Male – Giovanni Marino – Fr. – Men's Lacrosse:
Giovanni Marino paced the Wildcats' offense on Sunday, scoring twice while adding two assists in the season opener against Lake Erie. He scored the season's first goal, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the early going. He also assisted on the second goal of the quarter, giving the Wildcats the 2-1 lead after 15 minutes of play. He again scored to tie the game at 5-5 in the third frame.
Female – Tori Grubowski – So. – Women's Lacrosse:
Tori Grubowski was a wall in goal for the Wildcats in their 2021 season opener on Saturday, stopping 26 shots against Frostburg State, keeping the Wildcats in the contest. The 26 saves are the fourth most for a single game in program history. She recorded an outstanding .578 save percentage, facing 56 shots, 45 shots on goal. She also scooped up three ground balls and caused a turnover from inside the crease on Saturday.