Empire 8 Conference Players of the Week – November 14, 2022

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Below are the Empire 8 Players of the Week, released on November 14, 2022, for matches played from November 7 through November 13. This is the 11th weekly Empire 8 Honors in the 2022-23 season. Sports featured include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s football, swimming and diving.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jonathan Park, Nazareth, Gr., F/C, Angola, NY/Lakeshore

Park was named Most Valuable Player at the Mike Daley Memorial Tournament in Nazareth as the Golden Flyers used dominant defense to win the league title. Park scored 39 points in the two games, including 25 against Cortland in the championship game. He added 24 rebounds including 15 against Cortland and also finished with nine blocks (six in the title game), while shooting 67% from the floor (18 to 27).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK – Esafe Taufahema, Houghton, Fr., F, West Jordan, UT/West Jordan

Taufahema started his college career strong last week, averaging 21.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line in three games. Taufahema was down 30 on 12 of 14 shooting in his Houghton University debut at Pitt-Bradford and notched a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) against York on Saturday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Erin Hardick, Medaille, Sr., G, Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart Academy

Hardick totaled 44 points in two games, while shooting 46% from the floor. She averaged 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. She opened the year with a double-double, picking up 20 points, 10 boards and six assists in a win over Cazenovia on Tuesday. She followed that up with 24 points at SUNY Brockport on Saturday.

CO-RECEIVED OF THE WEEK – Emma Cole, Houghton, Fr., F, Houghton, NY/Fillmore Central

Cole averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 69% from the floor (11 of 16) as the Highlanders won their first two games of 2022-23 . Cole scored eight of Houghton’s 11 overtime points at SUNY Canton on Saturday. She finished that contest with 16 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals.

CO-RECEIVED OF THE WEEK – Madelyn Cozzens, Utica, Fr., F, Clifton Park, NY/Shenedehowa

Cozzens finished one rebound from a double-double in his first career game for the Pioneers on Wednesday, leading the team to a 70-61 win over Rensselaer. Cozzens started and scored 13 points while recording nine rebounds, one block and one steal. Cozzens was nearly perfect from the free throw line, going 7-for-8.

RIDER OF THE WEEK – Nathan Bowers, Nazareth, Sr., Endicott, NY/Owego Free Academy

Bowers led Nazareth to an eighth-place team finish at the NCAA Niagara Regional on Saturday with an all-regions performance time of 26:19.0 on the 8,000-yard course at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. Bowers finished 24th overall and was Empire 8’s top rider in the peloton. This is his fourth weekly E8 honor of the 2022 season.

RIDER OF THE WEEK – Lilianna Hanning, Nazareth, Jr., Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney

Hanning led Nazareth to a team 10th place finish at the NCAA Niagara Regional on Saturday. She finished 21st overall with a time of 23:29.4 on the 6,000-meter course at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester and earned all-region honors. She was Empire 8’s top finisher in the race. This is Hanning’s second weekly E8 honor of 2022.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Steven Frerichs, SUNY Morrisville, Jr., QB, Wilson, NY/Wilson

Frerichs led Morrisville to a dominant 38-12 victory over Hartwick on Saturday, connecting on 14 of 19 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown through the air, while adding 68 more yards in the rushing game on 10 carries for three scores of additional hits. Frerichs’ first touchdown was a 21-yard run, before connecting minutes later on a 29-yard strike. He finished the afternoon with consecutive four rushing yards.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Stroughn, Utica, Sr., DL, Baldwin, NY/Holy Trinity
Stroughn led the Utica defense with season-high 12 total tackles, four tackles for a loss and four sacks, a season-high 11 yards in the Pioneers’ 35-21 win over St. John Fisher on Saturday.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Nick Andrade, Hartwick, Jr., K/P, Shelton, CT/Shelton
Andrade averaged 42 yards on four punts for Hartwick on Saturday and pinned Morrisville inside his own 15-yard line three times. His best punt was a 61-yard kick that pinned Morrisville on his own 5-yard line.


ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Michael Schultz, Hartwick, Jr., Freestyle/Butterfly/Individual Medley, Binghamton, NY/Chenango Valley
Schultz had another stellar week for the Hawks, helping the team defeat city rival Oneonta in a Saturday doubleheader 191-96. Schultz took first place in the 100 yards (52.80 seconds), 200 yards (1:56.31) and 200 yards IM (2:03.63). He also swam the lead leg for the team that finished first in the 200-yard medley relay to open the competition. It’s his third weekly E8 honor of 2022-23.


ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Courtney Pierce, Hartwick, Fr., Individual Medley/Breaststroke, Fulton, NY/G. Ray Bodley
Pierce took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.83), 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.57) and 200-yard individual medley (2:25.47) at Hartwick’s double meet against Oneonta. She also swam the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay which finished second.

Empire 8 conference members are committed to academic excellence above all else, and the league is considered an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. Members have distinguished themselves among their peer group for its quality institutions, spirited and athletic competition, exceptional services, and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to meeting the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of E8. To learn more about Empire 8, visit www.empire8.com.



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