MOUNTAIN EAST FOOTBALL
Michael Anderson - West Virginia Wesleyan
Anderson, a freshman running back from Elkridge, Md., carried the ball 32 times for 224 yards and one touchdown to help lead the Bobcats to a 40-37 win over Fairmont State. Anderson averaged over seven yards per carry and had a long rush of 41 yards for WVWC.
GREAT MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER
James Pucci - Davis and Elkins
James Pucci has been named G-MAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week for the third time this season after leading his team to a conference win, which the Senators needed in order to secure the top spot in the four-team postseason conference tournament, plus an upset win over #14 Mercyhurst.
This past week, with one conference game remaining, D&E needed a win in order to hold off Cedarville in the race to host the 2013 Men's Soccer Championships. In fact, since their win over Cedarville, D&E needed to win out in order to keep a hold on the top spot, and that's just what they did, winning its last five conference games in a row and six overall.
In the team's 2-1 victory over #14 Mercyhurst this past week, Pucci scored the game's first goal in the seventh minute of the game. He then assisted on the second goal to go up 2-0, which proved to be the game-winner as he assisted to Mason Carle in the 36th minute. Mercyhurst scored at 58:02, but that was all they could manage.
To wrap up the regular-season, D&E needed the win to secure homefield for the conference tournament, and after trailing 1-0 early, Pucci assisted on the game-tying goal by Bastien Batrin before putting in the game-winner in the 59th minute of the game.
Pucci now has 23 goals on the season and 11 assists for 57 points. Last week in the national statistical rankings - and for a majority of the season - Pucci ranked #1 in the nation in goals, points, and was seventh in assists. With two goals and two assists, he should remain the nation's leader as the regular-season comes to an end nationally.