First WNE Student-Athletes of the Week Named for Calendar Year 2014

First WNE Student-Athletes of the Week Named for Calendar Year 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Department of Athletics has named Sean McAllister and Chelsea Vujs as the first WNE student-athletes of the week for calendar year 2014. The period, which ended Sunday, dated back to competitions since Dec. 29-30.

McAllister is a junior captain for the Golden Bears wrestling team. He won the Citrus Invitational championship at 141 pounds, going 4-0 during the tournament which took place on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 29-30. The Colchester, Conn. (Bacon Academy), product dominated Connor Medlang of Case Western Reserve, 19-3 in 6 minutes and 28 seconds, in the first bout; defeated Alex Funderburg from nationally-ranked University of Mount Union in a 2:30 fall during the second round; shut out Elisha Gaylor out of Ursinus College, 9-0, in the semifinals; and edged then-No. 17 ranked Cornell (Iowa) College's Samuel Chalkley, 3-1, in the title match.

Western New England finished ahead of NCAA Division I opponent Florida Gulf Coast University in the team standings.

At the Bridgewater State triangular on Wednesday, Jan. 8, McAllister beat Kevin Moore from the University of Southern Maine, 12-6, and then pinned Bridgewater's Kevin Pappadopolous in 2:42.

On Sunday, the accounting major pinned Paul Rivard of USM in 2:54 before seeing his seven-match win streak come to an end in a medical default to Fred Reisch of Plymouth State University. McAllister owns an 18-4 won-lost record this season, leading the team in wins.   

Vujs, a sophomore in the women's basketball program, posted three double-doubles (points, rebounds) in four contests as WNE went 2-2 during the stretch. She averaged team bests of 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, plus compiled eight steals and 11 assists to top the team in those categories as well.

The guard/forward from Berlin (Conn.) High School pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds at Roger Williams University on Saturday, Jan. 4; recorded game highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds--tying her career high in the former and setting a personal best in the latter--at Nichols last Thursday; and had 12 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a come-from-behind win at home against Eastern Nazarene on Saturday.

On the season, the psychology major paces WNE with 13.2 points per game and leads the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 10.5 rebounding average as the only player in the conference in double-figures.