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MAC Players of the Week

11/2: Mike Leitzel – Men’s Soccer

Sophomore Mike Leitzel was recognized by the MAC Conference as the Freedom Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 2. The center back is the second Eastern men’s soccer player to receive this honor.

Leitzel led Eastern’s defense in their hard-fought wins against DeSales and Misericordia in the regular season. On Nov. 1, he scored his one goal of the season against the Cougars in the game that clinched Eastern’s presence in the postseason.

11/2: Corie Brant and Ashley Hackman – Women’s Soccer

The MAC Conference named seniors Corie Brant and Ashley Hackman as the Defender of the Week and Player of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Nov. 2.

Brant has helped Eastern’s defense register 13 shutouts during the season. The left back even scored the game-winning goal against DeSales to clinch the top seed in the playoffs.

Hackman, this year’s MVP, scored the team’s only goal in the MAC Championship on Nov. 8. She also scored the winning goals in the team’s first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament.

11/2: Courtney Reinhold – Volleyball

For the second week in a row, first-year Courtney Reinhold has been honored as the Freedom Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. She is one of four Eastern players to earn the award this season.

With a season record of 423 kills and 408 defensive digs, Reinhold has accumulated a hitting percentage of .351. The outside hitter also won MVP of the Freedom Conference Championship in Eastern’s win over DeSales.

11/2: Leslie Messick – Field Hockey

Senior Leslie Messick earned the Freedom Conference Defensive Player of the week, the third field hockey player to receive it this season. The central defender played a huge role in Eastern’s journey to the postseason.

During the NCAA first round game against Skidmore, Messick had to leave the game early for an injury. Throughout the season, Messick started 21 of the 23 games she played in.

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