Miami's Young and Kent State's Bozan Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 10/31/2000
CLEVELAND -- Miami's Beth Young (field hockey) and Kent State's Karoly Bozan (cross country) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 31, 2000.

Young (Jr., 3.78, political science, Toledo, Ohio) scored two of Miamis four goals and an assist in the RedHawks 4-3 overtime victory over Ball State to give her five points for the day. She led Miami to three straight MAC contest wins for the first time since 1996. It also is the first time this year and only third time over past two seasons that Miami has won two straight games. The win over the Cardinals marked the first time Miami has ever swept Ball State in a single season and the first back-to-back wins against the Cardinals since 1978 and 1979 (the teams only played once during the season those years). Beth is now third on the team in points (16) and goals (five), while leading the team in assists (six), and is now just two goals shy of breaking into Miami's top 10 list for career goals. She is also just seven points short of cracking Miami's career top 10 list for points.

Bozan (Sr., 3.30, finance, Cegled, Hungary) finished third at the MAC Cross Country Championships with a time of 24:27, earning him first team all-conference honors. He finished just eight seconds behind the winner, Eastern Michigan's Blake McDowell.

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:

Bowling Green: Jill Conover (soccer, So., 3.89, computer science, Grand Island, N.Y.) had a hand in all three goals as the Falcons defeated UW-Green Bay, 3-1 on Friday. She assisted on the first goal of the match and scored the game-winner, breaking a 1-1 tie. She assisted on BG's final goal and now leads the team with five goals, eight assists and 18 points. She has tied her own school record for assists in a season. Just a sophomore, Conover already ranks second in school history with 16 career assists. She also carries the highest GPA on the team.

Buffalo: Melissa Burrows (cross country, So., 3.516, exercise science, Norwood, N.Y.) placed 39th among 94 runners at the Mid-American Conference Championships as UB's top finisher. She completed the five kilometer course in 18:31.

Central Michigan: Brook Creed (cross country, Jr., 3.66, earth science, Walkerville, Mich.) led the Chippewas with a fifth-place finish at the MAC Championships. She ran a personal best 17:30 and led the Chippewas to their second first-place finish in school history.

Kent State: Shiva Davis (volleyball, Sr., 3.76, pre-business, Shiloh, Ohio) helped the Golden Flashes go 2-1 on the week and had one of the best week's she's had in a Kent State uniform. Against Akron Oct. 25, Davis had eight kills and five digs in a 3-0 loss. Against Bowling Green, Oct. 27, Davis hit .444, recorded a career-high 24 kills and added 15 digs in a 3-2 victory. In the game against Buffalo, she had 16 kills and eight digs to lead Kent State to a 3-1 win.

Ohio: Kim van Selm (swimming, Jr., 3.23, pre-physical therapy, Durban, South Africa) won three individual events against Ohio State on Oct. 28. She captured the 1000 freestyle (10:25.16), 200 freestyle (1:53.15), and the 500 freestyle (5:02.52). van Selm has a 3.23 GPA in pre-physical therapy.

Toledo: Bitsy Mayhle (volleyball, So., 3.93, art/pre-med, Houghton, N.Y.) averaged 2.57 kills and 4.86 digs and registered a career-high 24 digs versus Eastern Michigan last Friday.

Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) totaled 17 kills in two matches over the weekend. She notched nine kills and four blocks in the three-game victory over Buffalo on Oct. 27, hitting .333 in the match. She recorded eight kills and six blocks versus Northern Illinois on Oct. 28, helping the team to a 2-0 record without dropping a game. Pope has totaled at least eight kills in eight straight matches.

Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Gene Braxton (soccer, Sr., 3.11, health science, Cincinnati, Ohio) scored BG's second goal in Friday's 3-0 win over Buffalo. He assisted on the Falcon's first goal in Sunday's win over three-time defending MAC Champion Akron. The win gave BG the No. 1 seed for the MAC tournament. The Falcons were one of four teams to tie for the MAC regular-season title.

Central Michigan: Lucas Humphrey (cross country, So., 3.28, health fitness, Sidney, Mich.) finished sixth with a personal best time of 24:41 to pace the second-place at the Mid-American Conference Championship on Saturday.

Miami: Brian Godsey (cross country. So., 3.67, physics, West Chester, Ohio) was Miami's top finisher at the Mid-American Conference Championships, finishing fourth with a personal best time of 24:30 en route to first-team all-MAC honors. He led the RedHawks to a second-place tie at the conference championship. Miami has not finished below second as a team since 1995. Brian has been the top finisher for Miami in every meet so far this season, collecting wins in two meets. He has finished second or better in four of Miami's six meets this season.

Ohio: Stephen Stanley (swimming and diving, Jr., 3.02, microbiology, Yorktown, Va.,) had a strong performance against Ohio State on Oct. 28. He finished first in the 200 breatstroke with a time of 2:18.62. Stanley also finished second in the 200 IM (1:58.2) and 200 backstroke (1:57.61). He has a 3.02 GPA in microbiology.

Toledo: David Gardner (football, So., 3.27, accounting, Ellwood City, Pa.) led the team with 16 tackles including three for losses in the Rockets' 35-14 non-conference win over Navy.

Western Michigan: Larry Charleston (football, Sr., 3.45, biomedical sciences, Detroit, Mich.) registered two tackles in a 42-0 win over Kent State on Saturday. He came off the bench to help the Broncos record their first road shutout in 106 games, dating back to 1982. The team held the Flashes to 121 total yards, with only 27 coming through the air.

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)

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) Orjan Bjaneso, Akron (soccer)
Week 9 (Oct. 31) Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)