BY ZACH GILLELAND
New to this fall season, The Flyer will be honoring two Salisbury University student athletes with the Sea Gull Players of the Week Award. Each Monday, following the packed weekends, the sports staff will release the top male and female athletes from the week that was. This is always up for debate and is a tough decision, so be sure to comment and reply with your thoughts as the fall season moves ahead.
Senior Blake Joppy (Football)
Receiving New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Special Team’s Player of the Week honors for his performance against William Paterson on Saturday, Joppy’s returns on kick and punt returns boosted the Salisbury offense by allowing them to work with great field position.
The senior returned the opening kickoff 59 yards to the Pioneers’ 30-yard line. Working with a short field, the Sea Gulls scored just three plays later.
Joppy nearly returned scored his first touchdown of the season, returning a punt 67 yards to the William Paterson 1-yard line. Senior Brady Curley punched it in on the next play for Salisbury.
Joppy’s returned three punts with an average of 36 yards per return. He also saw some time later on in the game at the slot back position due to an injury to start Ryan Kolb. Joppy was an important foundation for Salisbury’s 63-7 win over William Patterson with his strong field position gained in the first quarter especially.
Senior Tressie Windsor (Field Hockey)
The senior goalkeeper receives the Sea Gull Player of the Week Award for her performance against defending National Champion Messiah College on Saturday night.
Windsor has been a mainstay in net for the Sea Gulls throughout her career. The 2016 second team All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) performer holds a 35-7 career record while starting 40 career games for the maroon and gold.
Facing one of the top offenses in the country in Messiah, Windsor saved eight shots. The senior and the Salisbury defense stopped eight Falcon penalty corners and held Messiah forward Carissa Gehman scoreless.
Gehman had scored five goals in her previous two games. The senior finished second in Division III with 28 goals a season ago.
Windsor was quick to her spots throughout the game, making it difficult for the opposing offense to find rhythm in the game. A rarity in field hockey, two hard hit shots also hit the near-post for Messiah during the game.
“These are the kind of games that are fun,” Windsor said following Saturday’s matchup. “I’d rather get up to them first than give them to opportunity to shoot on me.”