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College roundup: SLU’s Leigh named LL’s top defensive player

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St. Lawrence University freshman linebacker Jayson Leigh made his first collegiate game count as he was named Liberty League defensive performer of the week.

Leigh made two interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown, in SLU’s 21-17 victory over the Coast Guard on Saturday. Fellow Saints’ linebacker James Holley-Grisham was named rookie of the week after making 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops.

St. Lawrence cross country runners Scott Smolensky and Ariel Beccia swept the men’s and women’s cross country runners of the week, respectively, after their performances at the Cardinal Invitational at SUNY Plattsburgh.

SLU’s Julia Friesen earned women’s soccer performer of the week after getting both game-winning goals in wins on Friday and Saturday over SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Oswego. St. Lawrence goalkeeper Aaron Costello was tabbed as the men’s soccer defensive performer, and Morgan Smith was selected as rookie of the week.

St. Lawrence junior Elkie Vandenbeemt won women’s tennis performer of the week with a 5-1 record, winning the Doubles “A” title at the William Smith Invitational.

Clarkson’s Ryan Reccia and Catherine Zarnofsky in cross country and Erika Chin in volleyball were named to the league’s honor roll.

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