Golden Bear Athletics Announces Latest Student-Athletes of the Week Winners

Golden Bear Athletics Announces Latest Student-Athletes of the Week Winners
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Athletics Department has announced that men's golfer John Abbott (Hugganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth High School) and baseball infielder Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela/Henry Clay HS) along with women's lacrosse attacker/midfielder Kaitlynn Stevens (Stratford, Conn.) are the student-athletes of the week, for the period ending Sunday.

Abbott and Colmenares are the co-winners on the men's side after they both won Player of the Week from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

Stevens, a senior, became a seven-time CCC offensive player of the week selection with her latest award on Monday. Last week, she had a total of 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists to help the Golden Bears finish 2-1. In an 18-13 win over Roger Williams, Stevens contributed six goals, three assists, won three draw controls, caused two turnovers, and picked up three ground balls. In a 15-11 loss at Williams, she scored three goals, had five assists, won seven draw controls, and picked up a ground ball. In a 15-12 victory over Endicott, she had a total of nine points with three goals and six assists. On the season, the biology major tops the conference with career bests of 65 goals, 52 points, and 117 total points.

Abbott, a freshman, not only was named Golfer of the Week but Rookie of the Week by the CCC. These are the first such awards for Abbott after transferring from NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University. In his Golden Bears debut, he helped the team win its own WNE Invitational on Thursday, April 16, leading 56 individuals with a 1-over-par 73. Then over the weekend, he led the Golden Bears (316+318=634) to a seventh-place tie out of 21 teams at the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats Spring Invitational. Abbott finished the day tied for 25th overall with a 78+76=154 on the course.

Colmenares, a junior second baseman, became the first Golden Bear baseball student-athlete this season to be named CCC Player of the Week. During a 5-3 weekly record (5-1 against CCC opponents), he batted .435 (10-for-23) and had two doubles, one triple, six runs batted in, and three runs scored. He hit safely in seven of the eight games and had three multiple-hit performances while slugging .609. With four walks, he finished the week with a .500 on-base percentage. On the season, Colmenares is hitting .310 and leads the team with a .517 slugging percentage.