HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Northwest Conference is proud to announce this week's NWC Student-Athlete of the Week recipients.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Leif Ericksen, Whitworth (Jr., QB)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Colten Chelin, Whitworth (Fr., DB)
Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week – Willy Warne, Linfield (Jr., K)
Ericksen (Kalispel, Mont.) played only two and a half quarters and led the Pirates to a 52-13 lead at that point. He completed 77.5% of his passes (31-40) for 303 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Chelin (Kennewick, Wash.) led Whitworth's defensive effort on Saturday. The Pirates held the Lutes to 146 total yards and only seven first downs. PLU was only 3 of 13 on third down conversions. Colten led the Pirate defense with six tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss. He Intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. The Whitworth defense was on the field for less than 19 minutes of game play.
Warne (Vancouver, Wash.) made a career-long 54-yard field goal, the longest made field goal of the season in the NWC. He went 3-4 on field goals with 26, 42 and 54 yards. He was 4 of 5 on extra points with one of his attempts blocked. Accounting for 13 points, Warne was accounted for the most points in a 43-26 win over Lewis & Clark.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Jessica Schmautz, Whitworth (Sr., OH)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Sophia Lawrence, George Fox (So., DS)
Schmautz (Spokane, Wash.) averaged 4.58 kills per set and hit .264. The senior hit over .300 in two NWC road victories, adding 35 digs, three service aces and two block assists. She helped guide Whitworth to sole possession of first place in the NWC standings.
Lawrence (Bellingham, Wash.) led the Bruins with 51 digs on the weekend. The sophomore was crucial in the Bruins' 3-0 win over Puget Sound.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Sean Hamel, Puget Sound (So., M)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – RJ Noll, Pacific Lutheran (Sr., GK)
Hamel (Portland, Ore.) recorded four points from one goal and two assists in a tie at George Fox, 3-3.
Noll (Yelm, Wash.) tallied a pair of road shutouts as the Lutes extended their win streak to five. The senior goalkeeper finished with four saves on the weekend and currently ranks second in the NWC in saves on the season.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Leah Magee, Pacific Lutheran (Jr., M)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Jamie Lange, Puget Sound (So., GK)
Magee (Olympia, Wash.) tallied a pair of game winning goals as the Lutes escaped eastern Washington with two conference wins.
Lange (Lake Tapps, Wash.) hasn't allowed a goal in her last 525 minutes of play. She recorded three saves at Whitman and four saves at Whitworth to record a 1.000 save percentage.
Men's Cross Country
Student-Athlete of the Week – Colin Monaghan, Puget Sound (Fr.)
For the fourth time in as many races, Monaghan (Puyallup, Wash.) was the top runner among all NCAA Division III runners. He finished fourth out of 135 runners with a time of 24:23.1, guiding the Loggers to a sixth-place team finish out of 13.
Women's Cross Country
Student-Athlete of the Week – Hazel Carr, Willamette (Sr.)
Carr (Seattle, Wash.) placed 3rd out of 328 athletes in the Women's 6-kilometer NCAA Division III Pre-National Open Race with a time of 23:40.40.
Student-Athlete of the Week – Jordan Brajcich, Pacific Lutheran (So.)
Brajcich (Mill Creek, Wash.) was the individual medalist at the NWC Fall Classic out of 44 golfers. He shot a 68 in the opening round, finishing with a score of 144 to claim the individual title by one stroke.
Student-Athlete of the Week – Shiyang Fan, Whitman (Sr.)
Fan (San Diego, Calif.) claimed the NWC Fall Classic individual title out of 40 golfers, shooting five over par and winning by eight strokes with a total of 149.