Three named NCAC AOW

(L-R) Chip Phillips, Casey Cempre and Nick Marsit
(L-R) Chip Phillips, Casey Cempre and Nick Marsit

Denison junior Chip Phillips, and sophomores Casey Cempre and Nick Marsit earned North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors in their respective sports.

Phillips was named Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week after helping the Big Red secure its 14th NCAC Championship.  The junior face-off specialist won 17-of-20 face-offs in a key match-up against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday.  Phillips accounted for all of Denison’s face-off wins at OWU.  On the week, he was 25-for-29 (.862) and he tied the team lead with 12 ground balls in the Big Red’s victories over the Battling Bishops and Hiram.  DU’s eighth-straight win over Ohio Wesleyan clinched the program’s 14th conference title and the top seed in the first-ever NCAC Tournament.

Cempre earned Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honors after leading the Big Reed to a 3-0 record on the week.  The sophomore went a combined 6-0 in three singles and three doubles matches.  Cempre posted straight-set wins over Wooster (6-2, 6-1) and Wabash (6-0, 6-3), and added a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 victory over Wittenberg.  All three of his singles wins came at the top flight.  In doubles, Cempre and junior Andrew Marczak recorded 8-3 and 8-1 wins over the Scots and Tigers, respectively, before edging Wabash (9-8) in the regular season finale on Saturday.

Marsit received NCAC Hitter of the Week honors in baseball after helping Denison split its final NCAC West Division series with Wabash.  Against the Little Giants, the sophomore outfielder hit .600 (9-for-15) with five run, two RBIs and a stolen base.  Marsit, who logged four multi-hit games in the series with Wabash, finished the week with a .500 (10-for-20) average, two doubles, eight runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases.  He also logged a .600 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage.

All three teams return to action this week.  The Denison men’s lacrosse team will host Kenyon in the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m.  The Big Red baseball team travels to Otterbein for a 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.  The men’s tennis team opens the NCAC Tournament Friday against the host Yeomen.  Match time is scheduled for 3 p.m.