2022-23 Wildcats of the Week
Entering its eighth 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, November 21, 2022:
Male – Randy Rickards – Sr. – Men's Basketball:
Randy Rickards led the Wildcats in averaging 17 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.5 steals a game while shooting .609 from the floor in two games last week. The forward shot 8-of-11 from the floor for 17 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assists against Shippensburg in the team's 2022-23 home opener. He then went on the road and had 17 points, five rebounds, and four steals at Lock Haven.
Female – Amber Washington – Jr. – Women's Basketball:
Amber Washington led the Wildcats in averaging 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in two games last week. The junior guard scored 11 points while grabbing three rebounds at NCAA Division I opponent Delaware State. She then then grabbed a career high 17 rebounds while scoring nine points at Mercy on Saturday.
Monday, October 3, 2022:
Male – Trent Taylor – So. – Men's Cross Country:
Sophomore Trent Taylor led the Wildcats at the Don Cathcart Invitational as he turned in a time of 26:26.3, which earned him 7th overall out of 87 runners. Taylor held a 3:18 average pace per kilometer. It was his second fastest 8K time of the year, helping the Wildcats to a third place finish overall.
Female – Heather Pedrick – Jr. – Volleyball:
The junior right side hitter led the Wildcats with 21 kills in two matches last week, leading the team to a 2-0 CACC mark. She also led the team with five aces, tied the team lead with five blocks, and finished third overall with 14 digs. She started with seven kills, six digs, two aces, and two blocks at Goldey-Beacom in the Wildcats' 3-0 win. She then led the team with 14 kills while hitting .321, eight digs, three aces, and three blocks at Alliance in another 3-0 match for the Wildcats. She averaged 3.50 kills, 2.33 digs, and 0.83 blocks per set last week
Monday, September 19, 2022:
Male – Tajhay Williams – So. – Men's Soccer:
The sophomore has scored in three straight games, including the game-winner against Dominican on Saturday. He scored the game's second goal of a 3-0 victory at Chestnut Hill, getting on the end of a Richard Thompson cross in the 48th minute. He then scored the third goal of a 5-2 victory against Dominican, ultimately being the game-winner for the Wildcats. He is now tied for second on the team with six points this season.
Female – Samantha Emmi – Jr. – Women's Soccer:
The junior has now scored in three straight games, including three goals last week in two games. She scored both goals of a 2-2 tie at Chestnut Hill, getting on the end of a corner for the first and then blasting in a 20-yard freekick for the second. She then got on the end of another corner on Saturday against Dominican, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead going into the halftime break. She is now tied for fifth in the CACC with four goals on the year.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022:
Male – Tyler Cleaves – So. – Men's Golf:
Tyler Cleaves finished tied 10th overall out of 120 golfers at the Wildcats for invitational of the year at the Vulcan Invitational. Cleaves finished at the top of the board in Par 4 scoring, with an overall score of -6, and finished top on the team in birdies with 10. His lowest scoring round was a 68 (-3) on Sunday. Cleaves helps the Wildcats finish 6th overall out of 18 teams.
Female - Kacey Affrunti - Gr. - Volleyball
Kacey Affrunti led the Wildcats to their first victory of the 2022 season over Davis & Elkins last Saturday, September 3, in Pueblo, Colorado. The Wildcats were trailing 2-1 and clawed their way back to a 3-2 victory. In the match, Affrunti finished with 18 kills and a hitting percentage of .412. Affrunti finished the weekend with 37 kills on 70 attempts, for a percentage of .400. Affrunti and the Wildcats return home this Friday, September 9, as they host their Wildcat Regional.
Monday, August 29, 2022:
Male – Marius Skattum Dahl – Jr. – Men's Soccer:
Marius Skattum Dahl scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in their 2022 season-opening weekend. He gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead against American International in the 48th minute. He made a great run to the back post and was rewarded with a low cross from Mads-Emil Roestbjaerg with an open net in front of him. They would go on to tie the Yellow Jackets, 1-1, and go 0-1-1 on the weekend.
Female – Emilie Larsen – So. – Women's Soccer:
The sophomore transfer had a great debut weekend for the Wildcats, scoring both of their goals in a 0-1-1 week to start the season. Trailing 1-0 against Bentley, she put a left-footed blast into the top left corner from 20-yards out in the 83rd minute to ensure the 1-1 draw in the season opener. Then she came out and put early pressure on Adelphi, causing a turnover on their back line and waltzed in for an easy goal in the fifth minute against the Panthers. She had two goals and four points over the week.