Akron's Eaton and Ball State's Northcroft Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 11/2/1999

CLEVELAND, OH - Akron's Jon Eaton (football) and Ball State's Sally Northcroft (field hockey) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on November 2, 1999.

Northcroft (Sr., 3.56, physical education, Harara, Zimbabwe) broke the NCAA single-season scoring record for goals in leading BSU to a 3-1 victory over Louisville, which earned the Cardinals a share of their seventh straight and unprecedented 16th overall MAC regular-season title. Her record-breaking shot came with 14:13 left in the first period on a direct corner play. Northcroft was also responsible for both of BSU's goals in a 2-1 win over Miami on Friday. Her 49 goals, 100 points and 5.25 scoring average top the national rankings. She is also third on the NCAA's all-time list for career goals with 123 and fourth in career points with 263.

Eaton (Sr., 3.07, biology, Wheelersburg, Ohio) recorded a game-high 10 tackles (nine solo) against Western Michigan, marking the third time in the last four weeks that he has led the team in stops. Eaton also punted seven times for an average of 47.6 yards, including a 74-yarder.

The 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.

Other Nominees:
Akron: Michelle Rizzo (women's cross country, So., 3.25, business, Painesville, Ohio) won the MAC Championship at Kent on Saturday, leading the Zips to their first MAC team title. The finish earned Rizzo a spot on the All-MAC First Team.

Kent: Joel Reikowski (football, Fr.-R, 3.09, chemistry, New Berlin, Wis.) had two catches for 14 yards, including a five-yard catch for a touchdown in Kent's 41-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. He was part of the Kent offense that gained 581 yards of total offense, 34 first downs and 296 passing yards against the Bulls.

Miami: Andy Brumbergs (football, Fr.-R, 3.69, accountancy, Solon, Ohio) extended his consecutive field goal string to six by drilling three field goals (42, 30 and 41) and all three of his PAT attempts in Miami's 52-42 loss to Cincinnati. His first two field goals helped Miami open up a quick 6-0 lead over the Bearcats within the first five minutes of the game. Brubergs has now converted six of nine field goal attempts and 26 of 27 attempts this year. His 12 points were a single-game career best. Jennifer Eaton (volleyball, Fr.-R, 3.84, zoology, Cincinnati, Ohio) was a key offensive weapon as Miami captured a much-needed win in its lone match of the week against Marshall to boost its record to 8-4 in the MAC and claiming the top spot in the East Division. Avenging an earlier loss to the Herd, Eaton nailed 12 kills and recorded an impressive .579 hitting percentage playing mostly in the front row. She averaged 3.00 kills per game and had only one hitting error in 19 attacks. She also was a vital part of the Hawks' defensive effort, knocking down four blocks to help Miami register 11.0 blocks for the match.

Ohio: Joe Sherrill (football, Fr.-R, 3.12, biology/pre-med, Cincinnati, Ohio) helped Ohio to a 37-25 win over Ball State posting his second 100-yard rushing game in as many starts. He rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries and had a 47-yard rush that set up a Chad Brinker-score in the second quarter, and averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Kim Van Selm (swirmming & diving, So., 3.18, biology/physical therapy. Durban, South Africa) won three events to pace Ohio to a 130-113 win at Ohio State to open the season. She won the 200 free with a time of 1:53.12 and had nearly an 11-second advantage as she won the 500 free in a time of 4:59.74. She also won the 1000 free by just over 11 seconds with a time of 10:18.82.

Toledo: Dave Marhefka (men's cross country, Sr., 3.09, math, Westlake, Ohio) finished 33rd at the MAC Championships at Kent on Saturday. He was the Rockets' top runner at every meet during the season. Sara Vergote (women's cross country, So., 3.77, exercise science, Kalkaska, Mich.) placed 41st at the MAC Championships.


Previous Winners        Female                          
Week 1 (Sept. 7)        Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)       Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
     		        Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)       Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)       Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5) 	Alissia Thompson, MIA (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)        Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)        Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)        Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 2) 	Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
 
Previous Winners        Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7)        Chad Pennington, Marshall (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)       Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)       Jason Strasser, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)       Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5) 	Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)        Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)        Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)        Zac Derr, Akron (football)      
Week 9 (Nov. 2) 	Jon Eaton, Akron (football)