Ninth WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards Bestowed to Briana Kubik, Patrick Donahue

Ninth WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards Bestowed to Briana Kubik, Patrick Donahue
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Briana Kubik of women's soccer and Patrick Donahue with men's golf have been recognized as the Western New England University student-athletes of the week, for the period ending Sunday. This is the ninth installment of the 2013-14 academic year.

For the first time in her career, Kubik was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The sophomore goalie from Blandford who graduated from Westfield High School posted a stingy 0.90 goals-against average and made 19 total saves on the week as the Golden Bears went 1-0-1 in conference play. Kubik stopped seven shots as WNE came away with the 2-1 victory over Salve Regina University on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Kubik then made a season-high 12 saves, including two in overtime, to preserve a 1-1 tie against Curry College on the road Saturday.

The elementary education major's season-to-date GAA now ranks fourth among CCC leaders at 1.09.

Donahue, a senior co-captain, helped the Golden Bears to the Division III team title at the 79th annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships held for two days that ended Monday on Cape Cod.

Western New England shot a 300+316=616 to edge fellow D-III foe Husson by three strokes (311+308=619) as the two teams were among 37 that had complete scores. The Golden Bears trailed only NCAA Division I scholarship programs Central Connecticut State (288+309=597), Rhode Island (297+303=600) and Bryant (298+313=611).

For his part, Donahue led the WNE charge with a 72+75=147 (+3) for second among D-III competitors and fourth overall--just four shots off the pace of medalist Joseph Leavitt from Division I Rhode Island. There were 189 total competitors.

The accounting major had an even par 72 to lead the D-III field (and fourth overall) after the first 18 holes on Sunday, setting a team season-low score and a career-best.