Miami's Godsey and Bowling Greens Flanders Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 9/26/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (Sept. 26) - Miami's Brian Godsey (cross country) and Bowling Greens Erika Flanders (soccer) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on Sept. 26.

Godsey (So., 3.68, physics, West Chester, Ohio) led Miami to a first-place finish at the Miami Fall Classic, which featured Ohio State, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville and IUPUI, with his dominant first-place individual finish. He has two first-place finishes and one second-place finish this season and has led Miami in all three of its meets during the 2000 campaign, including two team titles. There was no team scoring in the first meet of the season. He won the Purdue Invitational in the RedHawks' first meet of the season, and led the Red and White at the Miami Invitational to a first-place team finish two weeks ago.

Flanders (So., 3.53, art education, Mason, Ohio) led the Falcons to a pair of road wins last weekend. She made seven saves in a 2-1 win at arch-rival Toledo, then made 10 saves in a 1-0, overtime shutout of preseason league-favorite Eastern Michigan. In the EMU match, her save total included a diving stop of a penalty-kick attempt by Brandy Jones. She also stopped a point-blank shot with 30 seconds left in regulation. Flanders has led the Falcons to their first-ever 3-0 league start. Just a sophmore, she already holds the school career records in victories, saves and shutouts.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees

Akron: Katie Kuzior (volleyball, So., 3.48, biology, Tallmadge, Ohio) posted a triple-double against NIU with 23 kills, 10 digs and 14 blocks. Her four solo blocks were a career high. She followed that game with a career-high 25 kills in a win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Kuzior also had five blocks and 10 digs at BGSU.

Buffalo: Paula Listrani (soccer, Jr., 3.26, social sciences, Rochester, N.Y.) scored one goal and added an assist in UB's 2-0 win over Marshall Sunday. Listrani scored the goal in the 88th minute to seal the win for the Bulls. She leads the team with seven goals and 17 total points this season and is in the all-time top four in career goals, assists and points.

Central Michigan: Melissa Lazarevski (field hockey, Jr., 3.81, business, Rochester, N.Y.) scored four goals in CMU's 5-1 win over Ball State, marking her second straight multi-goal game. She also scored three goals against Saint Louis on Sept. 16. Lazarevski leads CMU with 10 goals and 20 points.

Eastern Michigan: Sarah Willis (soccer, Sr., 3.13, special education, Milan, Mich.) posted a shutout and a 0.45 goals against average in helping EMU to a 1-1 record in MAC play for the week. Willis made 18 saves, posting nine saves in each contest.

Toledo: Kacy Stevens (volleyball, So., 3.869, recreation/leisure studies, Archbold, Ohio) collected 53 assists in the Rockets' only match of the week, a 3-1 victory at Marshall to open the MAC season. She also registered one kill (.500 ATK%), two digs and one block.

Western Michigan: Megan Ramey (soccer, Jr., 3.81, psychology, Sylvania, Ohio) set a school record with aherfourth consecutive shutout. Her 374 consecutive shutout minutes are also a school record. She sports a goals against average of 1.04. Ramey collected 13 saves in 2-0 shutouts over Ball State and Miami for the weekend.

Male Nominees

Akron: Kyle Milligon (soccer, Jr., 3.151, physical therapy, Independence, Ohio) posted his third shutout of the season and recorded three saves in the Zips' 3-0 win over Buffalo to open the MAC season. It was Milligon's third shutout in his last four regular-season MAC games, dating back to the 1999 season.

Bowling Green: Craig Jarret (football, R-Fr., 4.00, biology, Bellevue, Ohio) saw his first-ever action on offense against Buffalo, and responded with 42 yards rushing on seven carries, an average of 6.0 yards per carry. He had a long run of 12 yards in the loss to the Bulls.

Buffalo: Marquis Dwarte (football, R-Fr., 3.20, psychology, Baltimore, Md.) scored the winning touchdown in UB's 20-17 win over Bowling Green to break UB's string of 18 consecutive losses. His 27-yard burst gave the Bulls the lead with just 1:27 left in the game. Finished with 23 yards on three carries after replacing the injured Bam McDonald in the backfield in the second half.

Eastern Michigan: Kenny Christian (football, Jr., 3.04, criminal justice, Arcadia, Fla.) set a new school and MAC record with 20 catches at Temple Saturday night. The 20 catches are also fifth-best all-time in the NCAA Division I record books, while his 198 yards are the third best ever by an EMU receiver.

Marshall: Wayne Bennet (soccer, Jr., 3.16, psychology, Boksburg, South Africa) scored one goal and one assist to help Marshall to a 2-0 record for the week. Bennet scored a goal in the Herd's 3-2 victory over Western Michigan and added an assist to help Marshall to a 2-1 win over Winthrop.

Ohio: Tom Weilbacher (football, So., 3.07, education, Columbus, Ohio) posted 14 tackles in game against Akron. He also added a pair of hurries.

Toledo: Kevin Kornowa (golf, Jr., 3.905, accounting, Sylvania, Ohio) led the Rockets to a second-place finish at the Wolverine Invitational by shooting a two-under par 211 (73-69-69) to finish in third place overall. Minnesota finished first with 869, four strokes better than Toledo's 873.

Western Michigan: Mike Bravo (soccer, So., 3.04, psychology, Lake Zurich, Ill.) scored both of WMU's goals against Marshall on Friday. They were his first collegiate goals. Bravo now ranks second on Broncos' team with seven total points (two goals and three assists).

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 19) Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 26) Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Jim Harding, Toledo (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Eddie Tillitz, Miami (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 19) Todd France, UT (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)