NEW WILMINGTON –– The Westminster College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected football wide receiver Connor Cox as its Titan Athlete of the Week for his performance during the week of Sept. 30.
Cox set a career-mark at No. 25 nationally-ranked Case Western Reservewith 172 receiving yards, the most by a Titan in a single game in 10 years (213 - Jon Gubish, 2009), to go with 2 TDs.
Cox’s team-high 516 receiving yards ranks 2nd in the conference and is tied for 17th in NCAA Division III. Cox is currently 7th all-time in Westminster history for career receiving yards with 1,721. He only needs 279 more receiving yards to become the 3rd Titan to earn over 2,000 yards in a career. Cox needs 129 more receiving yards to surpass Titan Sports Hall-of-Famer Tim McNeil ‘96 (1,849) for 6th all-time.
Westminster will next host Grove City College on Saturday at 1 p.m. for its Homecoming game.
• WACO, Texas – The Slippery Rock University football team moved up one spot to No. 9 in the NCAA Division II national rankings released by the American Football Coaches Assn.
The Rock ranked 10th in the preseason poll, but slipped to No. 11 after the 1st week of the season and held there after week 2. SRU rose to No. 10 for the last 2 weeks before climbing to its highest ranking at No. 9 after a convincing 45-14 road win at Mercyhurst Saturday.
Slippery Rock is one of 5 undefeated teams from Super Region One listed among the nation’s top 25 this week. Notre Dame (Ohio) held steady at No. 5 and Slippery Rock rose to No. 9 to give the region two top 10 teams. West Chester moved up to No. 12, Indiana (Pa.) climbed to No. 16, Kutztown also rose to No. 24, and East Stroudsburg received 13 votes after starting the season 5-0.
Super Region One includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference, the Northeast-10 Conference and the Great-Midwest Athletic Conference. Of the 6 teams from the region that are listed in this week’s poll, only the PSAC (5) and MEC (1) are represented.
Slippery Rock shut out Mercyhurst in the 2nd half on the way to a 45-14 win to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in PSAC Western Division play.
Through 5 weeks The Rock ranks 1st in the nation in passing efficiency (216.3), 2nd in scoring offense (53 points/game), 3rd in completion percentage (73.9 percent) and Red Zone defense (50 percent), 4th in sacks (4.2/ game), tackles for loss (10.2/game), and passing offense (339.8 yards/game), 6th in total offense (509 yards/game), 7th in turnover margin (+1.7), 9th in fewest interceptions thrown (2) and rushing defense (68 yards/ game) and 11th in 3rd-down conversions (52.5 percent).
QB Roland Rivers III has thrown for 1,620 yards with 23 TDs and 2 interceptions while completing 75.2 percent of his passes. He has also run for 286 yards and 4 TDs and is averaging 5.7 yards/carry. Rivers ranks 1st in the nation in passing efficiency (222.7), passing TDs (23), points responsible for (162 total, 32.4/game) and passing yards/attempt (11.49). He also ranks 2nd in total passing yards (1,620) and total offense (381.2 yards/game), while ranking 3rd in completion percentage (75.2 percent).
Henry Litwin ranks 3rd in the nation in receiving TDs (8) and 7th in total TDs (8), while Jermaine Wynn Jr. ranks 7th in TDs (8), 8th in receiving TDs (7), 10th in receiving yards (105.8/game) and 7th in punt returns (16 yards/return).
Kicker Jake Chapla, who broke the all-time SRU career scoring record last week, now has 324 points and ranks 9th in the nation in scoring (49), while ranking 12th in the nation in ppg. (9.8) and 15th in field goal percentage (83.3).
End Chad Kuhn leads defensive players on the national lists, ranking 5th in the country in sacks per game (1.3).
SRU will face its toughest test of the season this Saturday when No. 16 IUP Mihalik-Thompson Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Homecoming Saturday.
• Women’s volleyball –– The Tomcats swept the Washington & Jefferson Presidents in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference match at Henry Events Center, Washington, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
The Tomcats have won 5 straight PAC matches. Thiel also defeated W&J in straight sets at Beeghly Gymnasium.
Thiel setter Courtney Grubbs recorded 43 assists to match her season-best. Natalie Zucco, the PAC Player of the Week, tallied 15 digs and 14 kills. Rebecca Dougherty contributed 12 kills while Taylor Williams registered 24 digs. Raquel McDonald came up with 9 kills while Alexis Orton notched 9 digs. Makenzie Coughlin paced W&J with 22 digs. Mallory O’Brien recorded 18 assists and 10 digs.
Thiel will play a tri-match on Saturday at Geneva College, Beaver Falls. The Tomcats will face the Golden Tornadoes at 11 a.m. before taking on the Westminster Titans at 1 p.m.