Buffalo?s McDowell Named MAC Male Scholar Athlete

Updated 3/23/2009

Buffalo’s McDowell Named MAC Male Scholar Athlete


CLEVELAND, OH? Buffalo’s Michael McDowell (diving) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on March 19, 2009.

McDowell (Jr., 3.662, mathematics, Rush, N.Y.) earned his second consecutive trip to the NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships by placing second in the platform diving event at the NCAA Zone A Championships at UB. McDowell ended the platform competition with a total score of 600.20 points, finishing just behind Navy’s Jonathan Galinski with 613.25. McDowell was fifth on the three-meter board on Saturday and the one-meter board on Friday.

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 a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Brian Hangbers (baseball, Sr., pitcher/infield, 3.26, physical education, Hamilton, Ohio) led the Falcons with a .429 batting average in six games last week, as BG went 3-3 to conclude its spring trip. He had nine hits in 21 at-bats, scoring three runs. Hangbers had a double for a .476 slugging percentage in the six games. In the field, he made one error in 32 chances (.969 fielding percentage).

Central Michigan: Dan Taylor (baseball, Sr., 3.98, physical education, Jenison, Mich.) pitched the Chippewas to a 7-3 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday. He worked eight innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out four. He improved to 2-2 with the victory.

Eastern Michigan: Kyle Rhoad (baseball, centerfield, Sr., 3.91, supply chain management, Fostoria, Ohio) had a solid week for the Eagles, as he batted .500 (7-for-14) with one double, one triple and five stolen bases. Rhoad carries a 3.91 GPA in supply chain management and is currently pursuing an MBA.

Northern Illinois: Joe Buonavolanto (baseball, second base, Jr., 3.32, accounting, Willowbrook, Ill.) started in three of NIU's four games against Southeast Missouri State this weekend, going 6-for-13 at the plate with two multiple hit games, five runs scored, a double, a homer, a stolen base and three RBI along with a .533 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage. In the first game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. In the second game, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. In the final game, he helped NIU win 17-10 by tying a career-high with three hits in five at-bats, driving in two runs, hitting his first homerun of the year, drawing a walk and scoring a career-best four runs.

Ohio: Marc Krauss (baseball, Jr., 3.37, broadcast-journalism, Deshler, Ohio) helped Ohio go 3-2 this week with a pair of multi-homer games, the third and fourth of his career. He batted .611 in five games this week with 11 hits, four home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. He slugged 1.278 on the week and walked seven times, helping him to a .731 on-base percentage and moving him into a tie for sixth place on Ohio's all-time walks list in just over two seasons. He also stole a base. Krauss had a hit in all five games this week extending his hitting streak to 13 games and had multiple hits in four of the five games, with two three-hit games. He had multiple RBIs in three of the five games and drove in a season-high four runs in the win over Wright State (3/11).

Western Michigan: Billy Morrison (baseball, Jr., 3.71, management, Novi, Mich.) tossed Western Michigan's only win this past week, as the Broncos beat Cincinnati, 6-2. Morrison scattered six hits over 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs (one earned). He struck out three and had a 1.42 ERA for the week, holding opposing batters to a .240 batting average. It was Morrison's longest outing of the season and his second overall win in four starts.

Previous Male Winners                                              

Week 1 (Sept. 4)            Chandler Harnish, NIU (football)

Week 2 (Sept. 11)          Tim Hiller, WMU (football)

Week 3 (Sept. 18)          Tim Hiller, WMU (football)

Week 4 (Sept. 25)          Jacob Lawrence, BGSU (soccer)

Week 5 (Oct. 2)              Jon Brost, NIU (football)

Week 6 (Oct. 9)              Andy Schmitt, EMU (football)

Week 7 (Oct. 16)            John Eick, MIA (swimming)

Week 8 (Oct. 23)            Brian Brunner, CMU (football)

Week 9 (Oct. 30)            Javier Bernabe, NIU (tennis)

Week 10 (Nov. 6)           Brian Brunner, CMU (football)

Week 11 (Nov. 13)         Tim Hiller, WMU (football)

                                    Michael McDowell, UB (swimming & diving)

Week 12 (Nov. 20)         Kyle Knotek, NIU (soccer)

Week 13 (Nov. 24)         Andy Schmitt, EMU (football)

Week 14 (Dec. 4)           Cody Basler, BGSU (football)

Week 15 (Dec. 11)         Rantz, BSU (swimming & diving)

Week 16 (Dec. 18)         Joe Jakubowski, BGSU (basketball)

Week 17 (Jan. 8)            Jonathan Amos, Toledo (BGSU)

Week 18 (Jan. 15)          David Kool, WMU (basketball)

Week 19 (Jan. 22)          Kevin Smith, UB (wrestling)

Week 20 (Jan. 29)          Vince DiDona, CMU (wrestling)

Week 21 (Feb. 5)           Michael Calderone, WMU (tennis)

                                    Jared Miller, UT (tennis)

Week 22 (Feb. 12)         David Kool, WMU (basketball)

Week 23 (Feb. 19)         David Brent, EMU (track & field)

Week 24 (Feb. 26)         Don Ellison, EMU (swimming & diving)

Week 25 (Mar. 5)           Oz Lifshitz, CMU (track & field)

Week 26 (Mar. 12)         Zack Leonard, EMU (baseball)

Week 27 (Mar. 19)         Michael McDowell, UB (diving)