Rodriguez, DaSilva Secure NJAC Weekly Honors
PITMAN, NJ – The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) announced its weekly winners today, Monday, Feb. 14, and the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights saw two of their own merits. Second-year co-captain and NJCU women’s basketball guard Damaris Rodriguez (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus) was named NJAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while co-captain of Jersey City Men’s Volleyball Junior Center Blocker Brandon DaSilva (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) was named Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.
Rodriguez led his Gothic Knights to a 2-0 record this week with huge wins over Rowan University and Montclair State University. She averaged a near-triple-double over the two games, averaging 37.7 minutes per game. She scored 19.0 points per game to go with 9.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game and currently ranks second nationally in all of Division III with 7.2 assists per game on the season. She started with a game-high 23 points, team-high 11 assists and nine rebounds, for a near-triple-double and her sixth double-double of the season in the 73-win. 59 on Rowan at home on Wednesday, February 9. Then, in the first win at Montclair State since 1970 on Saturday, Feb. 12, Rodriguez recorded his third straight double-double and seventh of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with five digs and two steals in the past. Full 40 minutes of the 59-55 win over the Red Hawks.
DaSilva threw a block party last week as the Gothic Knights went 1-1, including a strong showing against No. 7 Rutgers-Newark and the first win over Kean University in program history. The junior finished with a total of 11 blocks (1.83/set) to go with 14 kills (2.33/set) and five digs (0.83/set). He started with five kills on 12 swings with just one error (.333 hitting percentage) in Tuesday, Feb. 8’s tough three-set loss at Rutgers-Newark, adding three digs and a total of five blocks. Then, in the Cougars’ monumental three-set sweep on Thursday, Feb. 10, DaSilva again hit .333, scoring nine kills on 18 with three errors to go with two digs and a total of six blocks in the game-best.
The honor gives Rodriguez her third career Player of the Week award, in addition to the four Rookie of the Week honors she earned last season. For DaSilva, he now has two NJAC Defensive Player of the Week awards. He was also selected for the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll.
Rodriguez and company are back in action tonight for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with 11th Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. DaSilva and the men’s volleyball team also return to the court tonight for a 7:00 p.m. game at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, NJ