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      Spotlight on Sports

      Widener Student-Athletes Enjoy Early Season Success and Conference Recognition

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      Jordan Katz

      Katz was named the MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week.

      Widener has started the fall 2017 sports season with some high praise from the Middle Atlantic Conference as five student-athletes have been named Athletes of the Week by the MAC in the first three weeks of the year.

      Opening the season with a bang was Jordan Katz, who was named the MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week, beginning the year with two straight shutouts for the men's soccer team in a win against Penn State Abington and a draw against Cabrini. The pair of blankings were the first clean sheets of his collegiate career.

      In the second week of the year, two Pride players received accolades. Jordan Powell was named the MAC Football Defensive Player of the Week and to the Team of the Week after a sterling performance against FDU-Florham that saw him score two defensive touchdowns including a 100-yard interception return.

      Not to be outdone, Eliza Newlin of field hockey was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week. In a pair of games, she netted five goals and an assist as Widener beat Drew and Delaware Valley. Newlin has already eclipsed her career-high for goals this season.

      Week three saw another field hockey player honored as Kayla Herr garnered MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week accolades for a week where she scored four goals and added two assists. She netted the game-winner against Immaculata and set up the winner against Virginia Wesleyan.

      Also picking up the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week award in her sport was Shea Scannell who tied a Widener single-match record with eight points on the strength of three goals and two assists against Bryn Mawr. She then had a goal and an assist in an overtime win against Wesley.

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