College Notebook: McDaniel's Windisch nabs Player of the Year honors

McDaniel's Marty Windisch delivers against Ursinus at McDaniel College in Westminster Saturday, April 30.
McDaniel's Marty Windisch delivers against Ursinus at McDaniel College in Westminster Saturday, April 30. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

McDaniel's baseball team set a record for wins in a season and won a Centennial Conference tournament game for the first time in program history, so when it came time to hand out postseason awards the Green Terror weren't empty-handed.

In fact, they garnered a pair of conference player of the year awards.


Senior Marty Windisch, a Manchester Valley graduate, earned Player of the Year honors while senior Zach Kronick received Pitcher of the Year honors.

Windisch received all-Centennial first-team status as a third baseman and honorable mention honors as a pitcher. He's the first McDaniel player to win Player of the Year honors since Brian Van Deusen (1996) and third in school history.

Windisch has a .429 batting average to go with nine doubles, five triples, four home runs, and 47 RBIs. He also went 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 71 strikeouts, and led McDaniel (31-10) to its tourney win with a complete game May 7 against Gettysburg.

Not only that, but Windisch holds the program records for games played (135), hits (210), runs (134), and RBIs (130), while also tied for the most doubles (31).

Meanwhile, Kronick is the first Pitcher of the Year in Green Terror history and the only unanimous first-team all-conference pick. Kronick went 8-2 with one save and a 2.97 ERA in 14 appearances, totaling 98 strikeouts in 78 2-3 innings.

More conference honors

Towson junior Ryan Drenner and Maryland senior Alice Mercer each picked up some year-end awards in their respective conferences after solid lacrosse seasons.

Drenner, a Westminster graduate, shared the Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Year honors after leading the Tigers men's lacrosse team to the CAA title and a spot in the NCAA tournament. Drenner has 43 points (25 goals, 18 assists) and ranks second in the conference in assists per game (1.29) and third in points per game (3.07).

Mercer, a Century grad, is the Big Ten Defender of the Year for the Terps' women's lacrosse team. Mercer leads Maryland's sixth-ranked defensive unit (6.84 goals allowed per game) and has 28 ground balls, 16 draw controls, and 22 caused turnovers.

Watch out for these two

Mercer and Penn State senior Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) are among 25 women's players chosen as nominees for the annual Tewaaraton Award, which is lacrosse's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in college football.

Cyr leads the Nittany Lions with 65 points (48 goals, 17 assists) to go with 29 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers.

The list will be narrowed to five finalists on the men's and women's side by Thursday, and the national ceremony is set for June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Capital gains for York, Davis


York College's men's lacrosse team knocked off top-seeded Salisbury to win the Capital Athletic Conference tourney title April 30, holding off the Sea Gulls 10-9 to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. Spartans freshman attackman Hunter Davis (Westminster) scored twice and collected four ground balls in the victory.

Davis' second goal put York up 10-7 with less than 6 minutes to play and the Spartans' defense did enough to pull out the victory. Davis ranks third on the Spartans with 43 points (30 goals, 13 assists).

Sea Gulls make a racket

Salisbury's tennis teams feature a pair of former all-county players who had successful 2016 campaigns.

On the women's side, Liberty grad Megan Soderlund went 13-5 as a singles player. She was unbeaten (4-0) at No. 3 singles and 9-5 in the No. 4 slot.

Soderlund played doubles as well, going 11-7 with teammate Claudia Lohn.

Winters Mill graduate Michael Popielski, a junior, went 8-9 as a men's singles player and 9-10 as a doubles player with three different partners.

A-10 throws honors to Rhode Island's Wolf

Freshman Leah Wolf (Liberty) received Atlantic 10 rookie performer of the week honors after the Rhode Island track athlete won the discus at the Skyhawk Invitational (Stonehill College) and set a personal record in the javelin.

Wolf reached 130 feet, 2 inches in the discus, and 116-2 in the javelin (third place).

Wolf placed sixth in the javelin and eighth in the discus at the A-10 championship meet last weekend at George Mason.


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