Merrimack trio earn NE-10 weekly honors

It was a terrific weekend in the NE-10 for Merrimack College, with three players earning weekly Northeast-10 honors.

After a career afternoon under center that featured career-highs in pasing yards, touchdowns, completions and completion percentage, first-year junior quarterback Nick Davis (Oxnard, Calif.) of the Merrimack College football team has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Co-Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday.

Earning the Warriors’ first league-wide award of the season, Davis’ honors were quite deserving; the Oxnard, California, native passed for a career-high 310 yards, completing a personal-best 29 passes on 39 attempts (74.4%) while averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He tied a previous career-high by tossing for three scores while also rushing for 68 more yards and another touchdown in the process.

On the year, Davis now has tossed for over 1500 passing yards and 14 touchdowns while only being intercepted six times. He averages 214.6 passing yards per game and 6.8 per attempt. He has completed 58.4 percent of his passes (129-for-221) and also has added 263 yards rushing (37.6/game).

Davis and the rest of the Warriors, who have won four out of their last five games to keep pace within the jam-packed NE-10 standings, travel to last year’s league runner-up, AIC, for a Halloween afternoon showdown this coming Saturday at 1 p.m.

Senior goalkeeper Meghan Gulbrandsen (Haverhill, Mass.)  of the Merrimack College women’s soccer team has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, as announced by the league offices Monday afternoon.

Gulbrandsen allowed no goals and totaled six saves across two wins last week, including three saves in the first half of a 3-0 win over Saint Anselm on Saturday. That victory over the Hawks would be the fifth combined-shutout this season that Gulbrandsen is a part of along with sophomore goalkeeper Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.), the second member of the goalkeeping tandem that has manned the net for the Warriors this season. Gulbrandsen’s two wins on the week improve her undefeated record on the season to 7-0-1.

The senior becomes the first member of the women’s soccer team to earn weekly conference honors this year, while this is also Gulbrandsen’s first conference honor in her career. On top of the five combined-shutouts and undefeated 7-0-1 record, Gulbrandsen has also posted an impressive 0.83 goals-against average and a .837 save percentage on the year to help guide Merrimack to a 10-3-3 record so far this season.

The Warriors will close out the 2015 regular season with two at home this week. They host Stonehill on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., and the squad’s Senior Day will be celebrated on Saturday before a 1:00 p.m. matchup with Saint Rose in the team’s regular season finale.

Following a two-goal week that helped lead the Merrimack College men’s soccer team to a pair of victories including a 2-0 defeat of second-ranked Southern New Hampshire, senior forward Augusto Silva(Hudson, Mass.) was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week as announced by the league offices on Monday afternoon.

Silva began the week by scoring the game-winner against Stonehill College in a 3-0 victory for the Warriors. He followed that up with his second strike against the Penmen as the Navy and Gold held on to hand the conference leaders their first loss of the season. The defeat also marked the Penmen’s first regular season loss at home in over two years.

It is the second time this season and first time since the second week of September that Silva has been named the leauge’s Player of the Week. With his second goal of the week, the senior set new career highs in goals (9) and points (22). Additionally, his four assists this year ties his personal best set in 2014 as a junior. In four years, Silva now has 23 goals and 60 points, both of which rank among the top-15 marks in program history.

The Warriors conclude the regular season with two NE-10 games this week, beginning on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Silva will joined by teammates Constantinos Vakalfotis(Burlington, Mass.)Jonathan Fletcher (New Plymouth, New Zealand)Douglas Searl (Westford, Mass.) and Julio Leon Garcia (Caracas, Venezuela) as Merrimack celebrates Senior Night against Saint Anselm.

About the Author

Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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