Women’s soccer goalkeeper Deanna Persico and track veteran Connor Darlington are McMaster’s Pita Pit Athletes of the Week.
Sidelined after the opening weekend of Ontario University Athletics play, goalkeeper Deanna Persico was forced to watch as the McMaster Marauders women’s soccer team struggled in her absence. But she returned to the lineup Sept. 21 and made her influence felt immediately, saving 11 shots and backstopping Mac to its first win of 2016 against the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines.
Persico was back in fine form four days later, stopping all eight shots that she faced to record her second consecutive clean sheet, as the Marauders shut out the Waterloo Warriors 2-0 for their second straight road win.
He has one season left in maroon, and Connor Darlington seems determined to make it count.
The Marauders veteran led his team for a second consecutive week, providing the low stick at the Western International Sept. 24. Darlington finished fifth in a time of 25.01.7, good for the seventh-fastest time in the history of the long-running meet.
It was a mark of the incredible pace of this year’s field that the Marauder’s time wasn’t sufficient to crack the individual podium. It did, however, contribute to McMaster defending its men’s silver medal at the event.