Third Installment of WNE Student-Athletes of the Week Announced

Third Installment of WNE Student-Athletes of the Week Announced
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Linda Mustafa of women's tennis and Alex Mazzella from men's soccer have been selected the Western New England University Student-Athletes of the Week, for the period Sep. 9-15.

A graduate student in the rigorous pharmacy program, Mustafa went undefeated at 4-0 while playing no lower than No. 2 singles or doubles during the Golden Bears' 2-0 week. The Springfield Cathedral High School product from Chicopee helped WNE defeat Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 8-1 on Monday, Sep. 9, and Saint Joseph's (Conn.), 9-0 on Saturday--both on the road--as the Golden Bears have their best start (3-1 through four matches) in four seasons. This fall, she is 3-2 in both singles and doubles play.

A senior midfielder from Chesire (Conn.) High, Mazzella picked an opportunistic time to deposit his first career goal of his 35-game WNE career in a 1-0 non-conference win at Keene State last Wednesday, and he helped the Golden Bears' defense make that lone tally stand up. He scored the decisive tally on a counter play in the 18th minute, as WNE played most of the contest a man down due to a red card. The international business major is third on the team with three shots on goal this season.