Monday, October 5, 2009

Pena, Thachuk shine; Freshman make their mark

It was an action packed weekend at Northeastern with lots of great competition  going on for the Huskies athletic programs. We've highlighted just a few of the many accomplishments from our current and former student-athletes this weekend.

Former baseball standout Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays finished tied for the American League lead in home runs, totaling 39 on the season. He shares the honor with Mark Teixeira of the Yankees. In three seasons with Tampa Bay, Pena has gone deep 116 times.

The volleyball team snagged a weekend sweep on its southern swing in the conference, defeating Georgia State 3-1, and UNC Wilmington 3-2. Senior Jessica Tkachuk recorded triple-doubles in both games, making it four-straight games she has accomplished the feat. Tkachuk has totaled five triple-doubles on the season, which is among the nation's best. Pretty good for someone who had never done so until this season.

In case you haven't noticed, Northeastern freshman have been a force this season in many different sports. One of the most prolific of the newcomers is Devin Petta of the women's soccer team. Petta leads the team in scoring with 23 points (nine goals, three assists), shots on goal (20), and has tallied four game-winning goals. She is tied for first in the CAA in points and holds the top honor in points per game with 1.21. Her nine goals is second-best in the CAA.

Petta has already made her mark on the Northeastern record book, scoring the fastest hat-trick in NU history with three-consecutive goals in the span of four minutes and four seconds against Drexel. Her two goals in 26 seconds in that game ranks first for the fastest two goals in Huskies history. Currently, her nine goals are tied for fourth all-time in a single season, while her 21 points is good for fifth all-time in a single season.

Petta and the Huskies are at home Friday, October 4, taking on William & Mary at 6 p.m. at Parsons Field.

The field hockey team has received a big boost from freshman Crystal Poland. The Crofton, British Columbia native leads the team with 24 points (10 goals, four assists), has a team-high 38 shots on goal and has recorded two game-winning goals. This past weekend, Poland asserted her dominance scoring a hat-trick and adding two assists in a 6-0 rout of Harvard. On Sunday against New Hampshire, Poland scored two goals to give the Huskies a 3-2 win over the Wildcats on Alumnae Day. She has been honored as CAA Rookie of the Week twice this season.

Poland and the Huskies are riding a three-game win streak. Be sure to catch them at Sweeney Field on Friday, October 9 when they face Towson at 2 p.m.

One of the biggest bright spots for the football team has been the emergence of wide receiver Jordan Batts. Saturday against Holy Cross, Batts set the Northeastern single game record for catches with 13, tallying 104 yards and two touchdowns. In the previous week against Villanova, Batts recorded his first career touchdown reception, a 48-yarder from Alex Dulski, and had 92 receiving yards. The Weston, Fla. native's 259 total yards leads the Huskies wide receiver corps.

The Huskies are home this Saturday, facing William & Mary at Parsons Field at 1 p.m.

If you haven't seen any of these standout student-athletes yet, what are you waiting for? Go Huskies!

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