HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Fortier gets the chance to play at famous tennis center

Jacques Fortier, Western Connecticut State University tennis

Fortier (WCSU athletics)

Jacques Fortier and the Western Connecticut State University men’s tennis team got to play in a unique setting on March 30.
The Colonials played against John Jay College at the world famous USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Why does this location sound familiar? It happens to be the home of the U.S. Open and Arthur Ashe Stadium, site of many a great moment in tennis history.
Fortier, a native of Southbury and graduate of Kaynor Tech, played in a singles match and a doubles match in WCSU’s 9-0 win over John Jay.
At No. 5 singles, Fortier swept Maxwell Famularo 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Fortier teamed with Myckland Cothias to defeat John Jay’s Kevin LaTorre and Jowel Ahmed 8-3.
It was a terrific experience for Fortier, who is just a freshman with the Colonials.

Nate Carney (SCSU athletics)

Nate Carney, Southern Connecticut State University baseball
The freshman left-hander earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week honors after picking up his second win of the season.
Carney shut out Saint Rose 10-0 on Sunday. He gave up four hits and struck out seven over nine innings of work.
For the season, Carney is 2-1 in five games, all starts. Carney has an ERA of 2.12 in 34 innings pitched. He has given up 13 runs (eight earned) on 39 hits, struck out 19 and walked five. Carney originally committed to Central Connecticut State University.
Carney picked up his first collegiate win, 10-3 over Caldwell on March 15. He gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings in that game.

Elder (SNHU athletics)

Ashley Elder, Southern New Hampshire University
outdoor track and field

The former Bristol Central standout had Top 10 finishes in three different throwing events at the Tufts University Snowflake Classic on Sunday.
Elder generated the most points of any one SNHU competitor, 14, at the meet. She garnered 10 points with a second place finish in the discus, and she had four points for a sixth place finish in the hammer throw. 
Elder threw the discus 134 feet, 10 inches to finish second place. In the hammer throw, Elder’s best went up 128 feet, four inches.
Elder threw the shot put 35 feet, 10 inches to finish in 10th place.
Elder, a sophomore, competes again this Saturday in the AIC Yellow Jacket Invite at American International College in Springfield, Mass.

MacLean (WCSU athletics)

Kyle MacLean, Western Connecticut State University baseball
This former St. Paul player has been hot at the plate for the Colonials.
MacLean went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 6-2 WCSU win over Ramopo College on Monday in Mahwah, N.J. The Colonials were able to knock off a Roadrunner team that was ranked sixth in the country earlier in the season.
For the season, MacLean is tied for the team lead in doubles with five and sits in fourth place in runs scored with 12. MacLean is hitting .400, 14 hits in 35 at bats. He has driven in seven runs and has a .436 on-base percentage. MacLean has played in 11 games for WCSU this season. 
MacLean has had two or more hits in the last five games.

Hannah Lemek, University of Saint Joseph lacrosse

Lemek (USJ athletics)

This former multi-sport athlete at Bristol Central couldn’t have had a better start to her junior season with the Blue Jays.
Lemek erupted for eight goals in a 14-7 season-opening win over Daniel Webster College on March 21. She had six goals and one assist in the first half as USJ jumped out to an 11-3 lead. Lemek added her last two goals in the second half as the Blue Jays coasted to the victory.
Through three games, Lemek has a team-leading 12 goals and three assists, which adds up to a team-leading 15 points. 

Statistics are from the website of each athlete’s team.