Roundup: Hornets’ Pollard MEAC women’s hoop Preseason Player of Year

Delaware State junior forward NaJai Pollard was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.

Pollard led the MEAC in both scoring and rebounding in 2016-17, averaging 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. Her .571 field goal percentage was also the best in the conference, and she also tied for fifth in blocked shots (2.0 per game.) She was seventh in the nation with 12 double-doubles last season, and Pollard also ranked among the top 25 nationally in offensive rebounding (4.0 per game) and made free throws (150).

Last season the Hornets star forward was named First Team All-American by BOXTOROW. In addition, she was the MEAC Player of the Week four times, MEAC Defensive Player of the Week two times and was honored as D1 Women’s Basketball HERO of The Week once.

This is the first time since Mandy Clark (2004-2005) that a Hornet has been named Preseason Player of the Year.

Volleyball

Delmarva Christian 3, Sussex Academy 1: Camryn Breasure had six kills while Gabrielle Book recorded five kills to help the Royals pick up a four-set victory.

Set scores were 25-18, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-12. Taylor Tucker and Hannah Picconi had four kills each.

Boys’ soccer

Seaford 2, Lake Forest 0: The Blue Jays scored a pair of goals in the second half to earn the Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.

Design Lab 4, St. Thomas More 0: The Ravens fell in the nonconference matchup as they gave up two goals in each half.

Field hockey

Sussex Academy 4, St. Thomas More 1: Marguerite Mitchell’s two goals paced Sussex Academy over the Ravens.

Isabella Kwan and Gabrielle McCormick also scored for Sussex Academy. Sophia Stafford had the lone goal for St. Thomas More with an assist by Lily Fannin.

Milford 1, Woodbridge 0: Sollie scored the game-winner for the Buccaneers in a game contested on Tuesday.

Women’s golf

Dingman earns weekly honor: Delaware junior Ashley Dingman was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golfer of the Week on Wednesday after her outstanding performance at the Delaware Invitational last weekend.

Dingman earned medalist honors at the Blue Hens’ home tournament on Saturday and Sunday, posting a two-shot victory with a two under par 73-73-68-214 on the par 72, 6,180-yard course at Rehoboth Beach Country Club.

Dingman, who earned her first career individual title, fired the second lowest 54-hole score in Blue Hen history. Her final round 68 also is tied for the second lowest round in UD history.

Dingman helped lead Delaware to a second place team finish at the invitational, as the Blue Hens placed among the top three squads in four of their five fall tournaments.

College track and field

Kaplan added to Wesley staff: Head cross country and track and field coach Stephen Kimes announced on Wednesday the addition of Wesley College alumnus Dylan Kaplan to the track & field staff, with a focus on the javelin.

“Dylan brings a tremendous enthusiasm and spirit to our team,” said coach Kimes. “I am very excited to have him back at Wesley and helping out our young javelin throwers.”

A four-year captain during his undergraduate career at Wesley, Kaplan competed in the throws, specializing in the javelin, and the short sprints. In the javelin, Kaplan was a top-10 Capital Athletic Conference thrower in three outdoor conference championships.

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