Quick hits: Mencotti earns GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for third time

Lanthorn Staff

Mencotti earns GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for third time this season

Grand Valley State women’s soccer player Gabriella Mencotti earned her third GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week of the season. She won the award two consecutive weeks during the weeks of Sept. 19 and 26.

Mencotti was a key contributor in the Lakers’ two wins over the weekend. She tallied a goal and an assist in the first game against Ohio Dominican, followed by a five-goal performance in Sunday’s match against Findlay.

Her five goals were a GVSU record for most goals in a single game and a GLIAC record for most goals in a single-conference game.

The six-goal weekend bumped her to the top of the list in most points and goals in all of Division II. She has 20 goals on the season along with eight assists.

Seven former GV basketball players competing overseas

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team has seven former players competing professionally abroad. Former center Callistus Eziukwu, a 2008 graduate, signed with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel for the upcoming season. Last season, Eziukwu played for Apoel Nicosia and averaged 11.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Eziukwu’s teammate, Nick Freer (2008), is playing for Hapa Ansbach in Germany this season. Through three games, Freer is averaging 21 points per game. Former forward Nick Waddell is playing for Athletico Welcome in Uruguay this season. Through the team’s first five games, Waddell is averaging 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds per game.

Tyrone Lee (2013) is another GVSU center that is playing professionally. Lee plays for Club Deportes Castro in Chile. He leads the team in points (17.7) and minutes (35.7) per game. Former point guard Rob Woodson (2014) recently resigned with BC Kremen Kremenchuk in Ukraine. Woodson helped the team to the Superleague semifinals last season.

GVSU’s 2015 graduate Darren Washington signed with Italy’s New Basket Mola in the Serie C Silver Division. Last season, he played for the Lake Michigan Admirals. Last year, graduate Chaz Rollins plays for the Surrey Scorchers in the United Kingdom BBL. He is averaging 10.2 points and eight rebounds per game.

Former Laker cross country and track athlete wins marathon

Alan Peterson, a former cross country and track athlete for Grand Valley State, won the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon Sunday, Oct. 16. He placed first in a field of nearly 1,900 runners. Peterson finished with a time of 2:19:20, five minutes faster than the second-place runner.

During his time at GVSU, Peterson was named a USTFCCCA All-American in 2013 and was a three time USTFCCCA Cross-Country All-Region honoree.