Each week during the sports seasons, Tompkins Cortland Community College recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a student athlete with the Panther Athlete of the Week.
Anasah (Elmira H.S./Elmira) helped the Panthers to a big week, especially on the defensive end of the field. In Wednesday's game at Cayuga, Anasah and her teammates controlled play while posting a convincing win. On Sunday the defense held Mohawk Valley to just three shots over 110 minutes of play. The 0-0 tie was the team's second shutout this month and kept the post-season hopes alive.
Tara (Newark Valley H.S./Berkshire) anchored the defensive unit during a strong week. On Wednesday, the Panthers shut out Corning, limiting the Red Barons to just three shots on goal the whole game. The sophomore had another big game Saturday against nationally ranked Finger Lakes, helping limit the Lakers to just two goals.
Cali (Coventry H.S./Coventry, Conn.) helped the Panthers break out of a slump and earn two wins this week. On Wednesday, she picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win at Mercyhurst North East. She followed that up with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 overtime win Saturday against Jamestown. In that contest, Daly scored the game winner late in overtime, helping the Panthers put together back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
J.D. (Plattsburgh H.S./Plattsburgh) earned the first shutout of his collegiate career, helping the Panthers post a very important 1-0 win over Onondaga Saturday. The freshman controlled the box the entire game, finishing with six saves against a Lazers team that entered the day with a 6-2 record. The win keeps the Panthers undefeated in conference play while also breathing life into the team's NJCAA playoff hopes.
Nakia (Middletown H.S./Middletown) continued to lead the Panthers with her solid play this week. In the four matches this week the sophomore led the team in aces and assists, and was second on the team in digs and kills. For the season she leads the Panthers in assists with 73 and aces with 18. She is third on the tam in kills with 20 and digs with 55.
Adam (Candor H.S./Candor) is the first Athlete of the Week for this season, thanks to a pair of big games. After recording an assist early in Wednesday's game against Niagara, the freshman scored the first goal of his collegiate career midway through the first half of the Panthers win. He followed that up with another goal and assist in Saturday's game against nationally ranked Genesee. Nichols' weekly stat line of two goals and two assists led the Panthers.
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