2013-14 SAAC Tigers of the Month

In 2006, Wittenberg University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiated a program to recognize the accomplishments of their peers. SAAC members vote during their regularly scheduled meeting to select student-athletes who have turned in a noteworthy performance that should be celebrated.

Abby Baker

Abby Baker

Softball (4/24/14):  Freshman outfielder Abby Baker has put together a tremendous inaugural collegiate campaign for the Tiger softball team. Through April 24, Baker ranks second on the team and in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) with a .417 batting average. She also ranks among the team and league leaders in runs scored (21), runs batted in (17) and home runs (2) for the Tigers, who are one of the top contenders for the four-team NCAC Tournament heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Baker also has a perfect seven stolen bases in seven attempts, and she has committed just one error while starting all 26 games.
Justin Yates

Justin Yates

Women's Track and Field (4/24/14):  After missing most of the indoor season due to injury, junior Justin Yates has rebounded well in the outdoor campaign. Yates earned North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Athlete of the Week honors after a record-breaking performance in the All-Ohio Championships on April 12, where he crossed the finish line in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.9 seconds. The time broke his own school record and tied the meet record, and it ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division III (as of April 24).
Becah Delp

Becah Delp

Women's Track and Field (4/24/14):  Sophomore Becah Delp has been outstanding for the Tiger women’s track and field teams while competing in a wide variety of events. Delp scores points for the Tigers in jumping events, sprints and relays. Among the highlights of the 2014 season are a second-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Indoor pentathlon, good for all-conference honors, and a first-place finish in the long jump at the Kenyon Invitational in the outdoor season.
Jordan Shoger

Jordan Shoger

Men's Lacrosse (4/24/14):  Senior attackman Jordan Shoger capped a stellar collegiate career with 25 goals and five assists for the Tiger men’s lacrosse team, which finished the 2014 season 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Shoger’s 25 goals ranked second on the team and his 30 points tied him for third amongst Wittenberg players in 2014. After missing his first season in the Red & White due to injury, Shoger finished his career with 56 points, including 47 goals and nine assists as the Tigers compiled a four-year record of 40-17.
Jay Dolan

Jay Dolan

Men's Lacrosse (4/3/14):  In his first year as the starting goalkeeper for the Wittenberg University men’s lacrosse team, junior Jay Dolan has responded with outstanding play through the first half of the season. Dolan started the first eight games of the 2014 campaign, making 92 saves while allowing 50 goals for a sparkling 6.68 goals against average. Dolan’s saves percentage of .648 ranks first in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and 14th in all of NCAA Division III. The Tigers stand 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC (through April 3) heading into a five-game stretch run of league games.
Carrie Kubasta

Carrie Kubasta

Women's Lacrosse (4/3/14):  In her first year in the Red & White, sophomore Carrie Kubasta has made a significant impact on the Tiger women’s lacrosse team. Kubasta contributed six goals, including the score credited as the game-winner against Adrian, and one assist from her midfield position, in addition to 22 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and 16 draw controls, all of which rank among the team leaders, through the first five games of the season. The Tigers have extended their North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season winning streak to 16 games spanning three seasons, and through April 3 Wittenberg stands 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Loren Combs

Loren Combs

Softball (4/3/14):  Sophomore Loren Combs is off to a fast start to the 2014 season. It is no coincidence that Wittenberg’s softball team is as well. Combs leads the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) in batting average (.480), stolen bases per game (1.50) and on-base percentage (.519), each of which rank in the top 30 nationally as well (through April 3). The 2013 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, Combs’ stellar play from the lead-off spot in the batting order and at the heart of the Tigers’ defensive alignment at shortstop has helped Wittenberg to a 12-2 overall record, including a mark of 2-0 in the NCAC. The preseason league favorite, Wittenberg recently broke into the national rankings for the first time since 2000.
Laike Wallace

Laike Wallace

Men's Track & Field (4/3/14):  Sophomore Laike Wallace scored big points for the Wittenberg University men’s track & field team throughout the 2014 indoor season, culminating in a fine performance at the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship meet March 7-8 at Denison University. Wallace picked up a pair of All-NCAC designations with third-place finishes in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Wallace also lowered his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles during the 2014 indoor season. The Tigers placed fourth in the NCAC indoor championships, and hopes are high for continued success in the outdoor campaign, which kicked off with a road trip to Emory March 21-22.
Aaron Melsop

Aaron Melsop

Men's Track & Field (2/28/14):  Sophomore Aaron Melsop has shown steady improvement in his two years in the Red & White, most recently topping the school record in the long jump with a mark of 7.05 meters. That performance was good for second place in the tremendously competitive All-Ohio Meet on Saturday, Feb. 15, and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Field Events Athlete of the Week honors. Melsop is one the team’s top scorers in jumping events, sprints and relays, and he has helped the Tigers to their first top 25 national ranking in at least a decade. He will be one of the favorites in the long jump at the upcoming NCAC Championship meet.
Molly Gustafson

Molly Gustafson

Women's Swimming & Diving (2/28/14):  Senior breaststroke specialist Molly Gustafson has established herself as one of the most decorated swimmers in Wittenberg’s program history, and now she has earned one more opportunity to add to her tremendous legacy. After posting the 19th-fastest time in all of NCAA Division III in the 100-yard breaststroke, Gustafson earned a spot in the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship meet March 19-22 at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. The national meet appearance will be Gustafson’s third in four collegiate seasons. She claimed All-America honors in 2011 in the 100-yard breaststroke, and she repeated the feat in 2012 as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team. Gustafson earned a pair of All-North Coast Athletic Conference awards at the 2014 championship meet as she led the Tigers to a fifth-place team finish.
Zack Leahy

Zack Leahy

Men's Basketball (2/28/14):  Senior guard Zack Leahy has picked up his game at the most important time of his career. En route to North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Week honors on Feb. 10, Leahy poured in a career-high 27 points in a win over nationally ranked Ohio Wesleyan and followed that up with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a seven-point win at Oberlin. Since the start of February, Leahy has reached double figures in scoring in all eight games. He averages 11.6 points per game for the 22nd-ranked Tigers, who bring records of 20-6 overall and 13-5 in the NCAC into an NCAC Tournament semifinal game against DePauw on Friday, Feb. 28.
4x400-Meter Relay

4x400-Meter Relay

Women's Track & Field (2/28/14):  The members of the 4x400-meter relay team are quickly making quite an impression on the Wittenberg women’s track and field record book. The quartet of sophomore Brea Medlock, freshman Frankie Bowsher, freshman Alaina Longshore and sophomore Jordan Crow have set and re-set the school record in the event on multiple occasions, most recently posting a time of 4:01.67 at the Buckeye Tune-Up hosted by The Ohio State University on Friday, Feb. 21. That time puts Wittenberg in the top 15 in all of NCAA Division III heading into the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championship meet March 7-8 at Denison.
Victor Banjo

Victor Banjo

Men's Track & Field (2/4/14):  Victor Banjo has made quite a mark in the Red and White worn by both the Tiger football and track & field teams in his three years at Wittenberg. He has earned varsity letters following each of the last three football seasons, including the 2013 campaign in which he was a starting cornerback and responsible for four blocked kicks on special teams. But he has enjoyed his greatest success on the track as a sprinter, earning All-America honors in 2012 in the 60-meter dash during the indoor season and the 100-meter dash in the outdoor season. After struggling with injuries a year ago, Banjo has burst back onto the national track scene in 2014, posting one of the top times in the nation in the 60-meter dash and breaking the school record in the 200-meter dash. He is a favorite to win the conference title and contend for All-America honors in both events, and he was recently honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference as a member of the 30th Anniversary Indoor Track & Field All-Decade Team.
Ben Bowen

Ben Bowen

Men's Basketball (2/4/14):  Junior Ben Bowen has provided a spark for the Tiger men’s basketball team. He has worked his way into the playing rotation for the Tigers, who stand 15-4 overall and 9-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) as of Feb. 4, including a starting assignment in a win at Kenyon on Jan. 22. Bowen has been particularly efficient on the offensive end, making 11-of-16 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range.
Shelby Kaho

Shelby Kaho

Women's Track & Field (2/4/14):  Junior Shelby Kaho is off to another fast start in 2013-14 after excelling in both hurdles and sprint events her first two collegiate seasons. Kaho, who was recently honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference as a member of the 30th Anniversary Indoor Track & Field All-Decade Team, has consistently scored points for the Tigers again this year. The highlights in the early going of the indoor campaign came at the Denison Lid-Lifter on Jan. 25 with a pair of second-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash.
Heather Schroeder

Heather Schroeder

Women's Basketball (2/4/14):  Junior Heather Schroeder has put together a breakout 2013-14 season for the Tiger women’s basketball team, stepping into the starting lineup to rank among the team’s top players in numerous statistical categories, including scoring (9.5 points per game), rebounds (4.2 per game), assists (41) and steals (15). Schroeder is shooting nearly 44 percent from the field and a team-leading 81.7 percent from the free throw line. Schroeder poured in a career-high 21 points in a win over Kenyon on Jan. 22 for the Tigers, who have posted records of 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference through Feb. 4.
Amber Rice

Amber Rice

Women's Basketball (1/17/14):  Senior guard Amber Rice has emerged as the Tiger women’s basketball team’s go-to scorer in 2013-14, pouring in 17.9 points per game to rank third in the North Coast Athletic Conference. If the season ended today, her scoring average would be the best in program history, topping the school record of 17.0 held by Pam Evans and Stephanie Boardman. Rice has reached double figures in scoring in 13 of the team’s first 14 games, highlighted by a 36-point performance in a 90-45 victory over Wooster on Jan. 11. That point total set a new standard for Wittenberg women’s basketball, breaking a record that had stood since the 1979-80 season. Rice has led the Tigers to records of 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the NCAC through Jan. 17.
Steven Newell

Steven Newell

Men's Basketball (1/17/14):  Senior guard Steven Newell has been a steadying influence for the Tiger men’s basketball team for four years, anchoring the starting line-up from his point guard position. For his career, Newell has a tremendous assist to turnover ratio of 2.27 (175 assists and 77 turnovers), with his 2013-14 numbers being the best of his career. Through the first 14 games, Newell has 26 assists and a mere nine turnovers, despite playing more than 27 minutes per game as the team’s primary ballhandler. He is averaging a career-best 7.3 points per game while shooting 46 percent from three-point range with a team-high 30 treys on the season for the ninth-ranked Tigers, who have a 12-2 overall record through Jan. 17.
Nathan Yoder

Nathan Yoder

Men's Swimming and Diving (1/17/14):  Freshman Nathan Yoder stepped up for the sake of his team recently, volunteering to make the move from the swimming lanes to the diving boards. Listed as a freestyle specialist on the 2013-14 Wittenberg men’s swimming and diving roster, Yoder made contributions in various individual and relay swimming events before agreeing to fill in as a diver for the second half of his inaugural collegiate season. According to diving coach Jim Smith, Yoder has made “the fastest progression on the diving boards we’ve seen at Wittenberg.” In just two weeks of practice, Yoder learned enough dives to score points in the one-meter event and even took first place in a dual meet against Hiram on Jan. 11. Head Coach Natalie Koukis said, “He prioritized the team’s needs over his own. He has shown an excellent attitude.”
Kiley McCollough

Kiley McCollough

Women's Basketball (1/17/14):  Senior guard Kiley McCollough inspired her teammates in a most unique way. After struggles with illness and injury had limited her to just four varsity games in her first three collegiate seasons, McCollough learned that her troublesome knee was going to require yet another surgery, this time ensuring the end of her basketball career. With surgery scheduled, McCollough had one final opportunity to take the court – for the first time ever in a varsity game at Pam Evans Smith Arena – against Case Western on Dec. 28. It turned out to be a fitting finale for McCollough, who contributed eight points, three assists and four rebounds in 18 quality minutes.
Scott Masin

Scott Masin

Men's Basketball (12/18/13):  Senior post Scott Masin is doing it all in the early going of the 2013-14 season for the 11th-ranked Tiger men’s basketball team. Coming off a breakout 2012-13 season that ended with first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honors, Masin has been even better in his senior season, leading the Tigers with 17.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as Wittenberg has jumped out to records of 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC (thru Dec. 19). Masin is shooting a phenomenal 71 percent from the field through the first eight games, which leads the NCAC by a wide margin and ranks eighth nationally.
Emily Allen

Emily Allen

Women's Swimming & Diving (12/18/13): Freshman diver Emily Allen has been nothing short of sensational in her inaugural collegiate campaign. After winning nearly every dual meet competition in the first half of the 2013-14 season, Allen capped her fall campaign with a first-place finish in the 1-meter diving event and second place in the 3-meter at the Transylvania Invitational. Her performance in the 1-meter diving event was good for an NCAA B Cut, making Allen provisionally qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III meet. In her first collegiate dual meet against Wooster, Allen set a school record in the 1-meter diving.
Kevin Duhl

Kevin Duhl

Men's Swimming & Diving (12/18/13):  Sophomore diver Kevin Duhl has been outstanding in the first half of the 2013-14 season, culminating with a pair of victories in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at the Transylvania Invitational. His mark in the 1-meter even was good for an NCAA B Cut and a school record, meaning that he is provisionally qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III championship meet. Duhl and junior teammate Eric Roberts have dominated the competition in the fall, finishing 1-2 in nearly every meet.
Ali Miller

Ali Miller

Women's Basketball (12/18/13):  Sophomore post Ali Miller has burst onto the scene for the Tiger women’s basketball team, stepping into the starting lineup and performing at a high level after primarily playing for the junior varsity team in 2012-13. Miller is averaging 4.5 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. She also has 17 blocked shots (the team has a total of 24), good for an average of 2.1 per game that ranks second in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and 50th in all of NCAA Division III. The Tigers have compiled records of 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC through Dec. 19.

Dani Lacy

Women's Swimming & Diving (11/18/13): Sophomore Dani Lacy has been outstanding for the Wittenberg women’s swimming and diving team, dominating most of her dual meet competition in the sprint freestyle events and serving as an anchor on multiple relays. She has played a key role in the Tigers’ 5-2 dual meet record in the first half of the 2013-14 season.

Reed Florence

Football (11/18/13): Senior quarterback Reed Florence led the 10th-ranked Wittenberg football team to its fourth North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship in the last five years and a league-best 12th since joining the league in 1989. Florence has piled up 2,695 yards and 30 touchdowns passing in 2013, while ranking among the top five in all of NCAA Division III in passing efficiency with a rating of 186.1. In addition, Florence ranks third on the team with 329 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. The 2013 NCAC Offensive Player of the Year is quickly moving up the Wittenberg and NCAC charts in numerous statistical categories as he prepares for a first round game in the NCAA Division III Tournament against Lebanon Valley on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Andrea Behling

Volleyball (11/18/13): Senior middle hitter Andrea Behling led the 10th-ranked Wittenberg volleyball team to another outstanding season in 2013, one that culminated with the 19th North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season and tournament championships, more than three times as many as any other program. Behling was named 2013 NCAC Player of the Year to cap a tremendous collegiate career that included all-conference and all-region awards each of the last two years and 2012 NCAC Tournament MVP honors. Behling ranked second on the team in 2013 with 339 kills and 48 blocks, to go along with 23 service aces and 135 digs.

James Dumstorf

Men's Swimming & Diving (11/18/13): Junior James Dumstorf has been nothing short of sensational in the first half of the 2013-14 season for the Wittenberg men’s swimming and diving team. He is unbeaten in dual meet competition in the breaststroke and Individual Medley events, and he has been just as good in the relay events as the Tigers have a deceiving 2-5 record (through Nov. 21). Dumstorf currently has the 10th-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke in all of NCAA Division III.

Brady Vanover

Football (10/17/13): Freshman defensive lineman Brady Vanover had made quite an impression in the first five games of his collegiate career, forcing his way into a senior-laden starting lineup with outstanding play. His breakout performance came against Hiram on Oct. 5 as he was credited with 11 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks. His final sack resulted in a forced fumble and fumble recovery that set up the final touchdown in a 49-9 victory. Vanover ranks ninth on the team with 17 total tackles through Oct. 17, but he leads Wittenberg with seven tackles for loss and three sacks. Ranked 18th nationally by D3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association, the Tigers stand 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference heading into an Oct. 19 game against Wooster.

Maggie Smith

Women's Golf (10/17/13): Sophomore Maggie Smith has been steady atop the lineup for the Wittenberg women’s golf team in the first half of the 2013-14 season. After earning All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honors a year ago, Smith has picked up right where she left off, averaging a team-best 79.7 in her first 10 rounds of the new campaign. In Wittenberg’s first five tournaments of the season, Smith has three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place finish out of 60 golfers at the DePauw Small College Classic. The Tigers rank 16th nationally after finishing in the top five in each of the first five tournaments of the 2013-14 season.

Erin Rowell

Women's Soccer (10/17/13): Senior defensive back Erin Rowell has been nothing short of outstanding in her first season as a starter. The Tiger women’s soccer team has allowed a mere 11 goals in 14 games in 2013 while recording five shutouts en route to a 6-5-3 overall record, including a mark of 2-0-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) (as of Oct. 17). Rowell has spearheaded a Tiger defense that has allowed just 167 shots (67 less than the number taken by Wittenberg) and a shooting percentage of just .066.

John Chaney

Men's Golf (10/17/13): The Wittenberg men’s golf team is a perfect 2-for-2 with junior John Chaney in the starting lineup so far in the 2013-14 season. His debut came in the prestigious Gordin Classic, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan at Columbus Country Club, and all he did was blow away the 12-team field to claim medalist honors as Wittenberg claimed its second straight Gordin championship. Chaney came back the next week to help the Tigers win the DePauw Small College Classic by a whopping 27 strokes. In five rounds so far in 2013-14, Chaney ranks third on the team with a stroke average of 73.4. As a team, Wittenberg put together a top-three finish in each of its first five tournaments, and at the conclusion of the fall season the Tigers rank second nationally in scoring average and tied for first in the Golf World NCAA Division III poll.

Zoe Curry

Women's Soccer (9/13/13): The Wittenberg women’s soccer team is off to a deceptively strong 2-3-1 start to the 2013 season, with all three losses and both victories coming by a one goal margin through Sept. 13. With every game proving to be a dogfight, first-year Head Coach Matt Fannon has really leaned on his defense to both keep opponents out of the Tigers’ net and to push forward in support of Wittenberg’s offense. Sophomore Zoe Curry has started all six games for the Tigers, playing stout defense and scoring the equalizing goal in a 1-1 tie against Wilmington.

Meghan Vodopich

Volleyball (9/13/13): As the 10th-ranked Wittenberg volleyball team looks for a consistently winning combination on the floor, junior setter Meghan Vodopich has been a steadying influence with her play. Through Sept. 13, Wittenberg stood 2-4 overall on the season, but Vodopich has already dished out 180 assists and knocked 34 kills to the floor to rank third on the team. In addition, Vodopich, the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, has 47 digs, six blocks and four service aces as the Tigers have played four nationally ranked opponents in the first two weeks of the 2013 campaign.

Kevin Bond

Men’s Soccer (9/13/13): Wittenberg men’s soccer senior Kevin Bond has carried the offense in the early going of the 2013 season, scoring four goals in the first six games after scoring two goals in his first three collegiate seasons. Bond tallied twice in the second-opening 4-2 victory over Muskingum, and he added the team’s lone score against Thomas More. His fourth, and most recent, goal came against Marietta in the first round of the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic when he buried a free kick from just outside the Pioneers’ penalty box with 0.8 showing on the clock to secure a 2-1 victory for the Tigers. Through Sept. 13, Wittenberg had a 2-4 record.

Jon Osman

Men’s Cross Country (9/13/13): Freshman Jon Osman has made a tremendous impact on the Tiger men’s cross country team in the first two weeks of the 2013 season. He opened his collegiate career with a first-place finish in the Class B standings of the University of Dayton’s Meijer Flyer Invitational as he covered the 5K course in a blistering time of 16:30. Seven days later, Osman led Wittenberg again, this time crossing the finish line at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational in 15th place with an 8K time of 26:36. The field included 168 runners. Osman’s strong individual showing propelled the Tigers to sixth place in the 12-team field.