CLEVELAND, Ohio - Miami's Brian Potter (football) and Ohio's Emily Bresser (swimming) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on Nov. 7.
Potter (Sr., 3.50, finance, San Diego, Calif.) nailed a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best nine solo tackles, to help Miami defeat Ohio, 27-24, and keep its run at the MAC Championship alive. Potter's fumble recovery in the waning moments of the contest sealed the RedHawk victory.
Bresser (Sr., 3.89, communications, Crestview Hills, Ky.) had a spectacular weekend in the pool. She captured first in the 200 I.M. and second in the 200 breaststoke against Kenyon. Bresser finished first in the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke against Akron. She finished the week with two first place finishes in the 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke against Buffalo. Bresser also placed second in the 200 freestyle against the Bulls. She has a 3.89 GPA in Communications.
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.
Erika Flanders (soccer, So., 3.53, art education, Mason, Ohio) posted a 2-1 record as the seventh-seeded Falcons advanced all the way to the championship match of the MAC Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team with a goals against average of 0.92 for the week and a save percentage of 87.0%. Flanders had seven saves in a 2-1 road win to upset No. 2 Eastern Michigan in the quarterfinals. She backstopped the Brown and Orange to a 2-1 victory in the semifinals against Western Michigan and made 10 saves in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Miami in the Championship match.
Keri Shiels (volleyball, Jr., 3.23, psychology, Baldwin, N.Y.) moved into ninth place on UB's all-time career kills list with 879. Shiels had 14 kills and seven digs in a non-conference loss to Cornell. She also had a double-double with 15 kills and 21 digs vs. Ohio and added six kills and nine digs against Miami.
Kent State: Kristen Johnson (field hockey, So., 3.29, visual communication design, McLean Falls Church, Va.) had two goals and an assist in Kent State's 6-1 win over Miami in the MAC Field Hockey Tournament semifinal. Johnson, an All-MAC second-team member, is fourth in scoring with 36 points for the Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament champions.
Danielle Berkemeier (soccer, So., 3.03, sport organization, Fairfield, Ohio) launched both game- winning goals in Miami's MAC semifinal and championship contests en route to all-tournament team plaudits. She led the RedHawks to their first MAC Tournament Championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance in only the fourth year of the program. Berkemeier's goal in the championship match came in the 111th minute in a double-overtime battle with Bowling Green to claim the crown. She also nailed the game-winning goal to knock No. 1 seed and host school Buffalo out of the tournament in the semifinal game. Berkemeirer tallied two of her four game-winning goals last weekend; she now has 10 goals this season.
Monyka Paul (volleyball, Sr., 3.02, physical education, St. Louis, Mich.) registered two double-doubles in two victories over the weekend. She had 10 kills, 10 digs and five blocks in a three-game win over Central Michigan. Paul totaled 10 kills, 15 digs and four blocks in a three game win over Eastern Michigan. She hit .438 against EMU and .333 for the weekend. Paul leads WMU in kills (267), kills per game (3.51), digs (205), and digs per game (2.70) for the season. The team has won 12 straight matches, dropping only four games in the streak.
Gene Braxton (soccer, Sr., 3.11, health science, Cincinnati, Ohio) scored BG's lone goal in Sunday's 1-0 win over Buffalo in a MAC semifinal match at Buffalo. It was his third goal of the season and second match-winner.
Andre Forde (football, So., 3.34, business management, Penfield, N.Y.) had career bests with 10 receptions for 158 yards in UB's 20-17 overtime win over Kent State. Forde and Dahnell Singfield also became the first UB tandem to each go over 100 yards receiving in a game since 1998. Singfield had 115 yards on six catches with a rushing TD and TD reception.
Stephen Stanley (swimming and diving, Jr., 3.02, microbiology, Yorktown, Va.,) had a strong performance this week. Against Kenyon he finished first in both the 200 I.M. and 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 breaststroke. Stanley placed first in the 400 I.M. and second in the 500 freestyle and 200 breaststroke against Buffalo. He has a 3.02 GPA in microbiology.
Colin Greczek (football, Sr., 3.00, management, River Forest, Ill.) helped the Broncos amass 524 yards of offense (210 rushing, 314 passing) as the starting center for WMU in a 42-3 win over Ball State. He allowed running back Robert Sanford to gain 151 yards and score three touchdowns in the game. Sanford has now rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games. WMU scored four rushing tds in the game. Greczak has started 32 straight games for the Broncos. WMU has now won eight consecutive games, a streak that ranks second nationally.
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)
Week 5 (Oct. 3): Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 10): Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (Oct. 17): Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 24): Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (Oct. 31): Beth Young, MIA (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 7): Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
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, Toledo (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 26): Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 3): Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country), Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 6 (Oct. 10): Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 7 (Oct. 17): Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 24): rjan Bjnes, Akron (soccer)
Week 9 (Oct. 31): Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 7): Brian Potter, MIA (football)