HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Northwest Conference is proud to announced its Student-Athlete of the Week recipients for the week of September 4th to September 10th.
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Patrick Pipitone, Linfield
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Jewell Day, Puget Sound
Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week – Dillon Savage, Pacific (Ore.)
Pipitone (Pleasanton, Calif.) led all Wildcats with 10 tackles in a 21-14 loss at NAIA Carroll College. The senior linebacker added 1.5 tackles for loss with a second half interception that led to a game-tying score on the ensuing Linfield possession.
Day (Olympia, Wash.) had a career-high 163 receiving yards in a 28-21 loss against Redlands. The wide receiver went for 64 yards in his first touchdown, and 53 yards for his second of the game.
Savage (Draper, Utah) had eight punts against Dubuque - the most since Ryan Carhart had an eight-punt day for the Boxers in 2016. The junior landed four of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line, which is the most by a Pacific punter since the program's return in 2010. His 54-yard punt against the Spartans was the eighth-longest since 2010. Savage totaled 349 yards.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Chloe Shumaker, George Fox
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Natalie Robinson, Pacific Lutheran
Shumaker (Sherwood, Ore.) scored the game-winner against UC Santa Cruz on Saturday and assisted on the second goal of the match to put the Bruins ahead by two in the eventual 3-0 victory. She scored one goal and dished out one assist for a team-high three points. The win marked the second straight shutout for George Fox.
Robinson (Seattle, Wash.) made nine saves to log a shutout on Friday against Mary Hardin-Baylor before logging five saves in a double overtime draw against Calvin the following day. The senior averaged a .933 save percentage, allowing only one goal in two games.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Cale Spence, Puget Sound
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Mason Kelliher, Willamette
Spence (Seattle, Wash.) logged two game-winning goals in two games this past weekend. The sophomore scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Northwest Christian before netting the first of 12 logger goals in a victory over Brooklyn College.
Kelliher (Wellington, New Zealand) was in goal for all 200 minutes of the first two games, and then played the final 39:58 in the next game, as the Bearcats went 2-0-1 despite playing three games in four days. He allowed just one goal in 239:58 for a 0.38 goals against average. The Bearcats led 3-0 before UC Santa Cruz scored a goal in Willamette's 3-1 win, as Kelliher earned three saves. He added five saves in a 0-0 double overtime tie against Albion (Mich.) for a complete-game shutout. Against Wisconsin Lutheran he entered the game with WU trailing 3-0, but did not allow a goal as the Bearcats rallied for a 4-3 OT win.
Men's Cross Country
Student-Athlete of the Week – Keith Carlson, Willamette
Carlson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) placed third out of 67 runners in the Ash Creek Preserve Invitational hosted by Western Oregon University on Friday, September 7. He finished the 7-kilometer race in 21:14.9 and was just 12.4 seconds out of first place. He led the Bearcats to a second-place team finish out of nine, as Willamette trailed only Western Oregon.
Women's Cross Country
Student-Athlete of the Week – Hazel Carr, Willamette
Carr (Seattle, Wash.) won the individual women's championship out of 55 runners at the Ash Creek Preserve Invitational hosted by Western Oregon University on Friday, September 7. She earned a time of 19:30.6 over the 5-kilometer course, winning the race by 24 seconds. Willamette took third place as a team behind Western Oregon and Corban.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Kortney Meyer, Lewis & Clark
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Taylor Souza, Linfield
Meyer (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the MVP of the Washington & Lee Invitational and made the Pios the only undefeated team in the NWC (7-0) with her 42-kill performance over three games to claim the tournament championship last weekend. Meyer ranks second in the conference in kills per set (3.22) and hitting percentage (.314) after averaging 3.00 kills per set and a .268 kill percentage over the weekend. She had a season-high 14 digs against DeSales and averaged 1.43 digs over the weekend while totaling 12 blocks and four aces.
Souza (Kane'ohe, Hawaii) was dominant on the back line for the Wildcats at the Austin College Invitational, averaging 4.21 digs per set and totaling 59 digs over four matches as the team went 1-3 on the weekend.