Miami's Roethlisberger and WMU's Girsang MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 10/17/2001

Oct. 17, 2001

CLEVELAND - Western Michigan's Frederika Girsang (tennis) and Miami's Ben Roethlisberger (football) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 16, 2001.

Girsang (So., 3.12, education, Jakarta, Indonesia) won both the "A" singles and doubles flight at the Houston Cougar Invitational. She posted a 6-0 mark overall in the tournament. Girsang won all three of her singles matches in straight sets and defeated Jennifer Langer of SMU 6-3, 6-2 in the finals to the win the championship. She teamed with Melanie Remynse to post three wins in the doubles tournament. Their closest match was 8-4 and they won the final match over Hagedoorn/Goodrich of Rice, 8-0. Girsang is a perfect 7-0 in singles, as she won the Bronco Inviational "A" flight earlier this season. She sports a 6-1 mark in doubles action.

Roethlisberger (R-Fr., 3.07, physical education, Findlay, Ohio) completed 23-of-40 passes for three touchdowns and just one interception in a last-second win over Akron on Saturday, Oct. 13. His 399 yards passing set a new single-game school record, breaking Mike Bath's 358 yards vs. Vanderbilt last season. His 458 yards of total offense (59 rushing, 399 passing) also set a school record, eclipsing Travis Prentice's 376 yards against Akron in 1999. Roethlisberger completed a 70-yard pass to Eddie Tillitz as time elapsed to beat Akron, 30-27. He continued his streak of throwing at least one touchdown in every game and completed passes to eight different receivers versus Akron. Roethlisberger is on pace to break every school passing record.

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: Natalie Becker (volleyball, Sr., 3.22, biology, Frankfort, Ill.) hit a team-high .333 as BGSU went 2-1 last week. She averaged 11.40 assists and 1.80 digs per game. The Falcons played three five-game matches, beating Kent State and Eastern Michigan, but losing at Toledo. Becker hit .444 (4-0-9) with 56 assists, 13 digs and a solo block in the come-from-behind win over KSU. She had 59 assists at UT and hit .462 (7-1-13) with 56 assists and eight digs at EMU. On the season, she is hitting .248 with 11.62 assists and 2.09 digs per game.

Central Michigan: Allison Campbell (soccer, Sr., 3.08, health fitness, Livonia, Mich.) posted two goals and two assists in three matches last week. She tallied two goals in a win over Bowling Green, including the game-winner, and had a pair of assists against Toledo. CMU went 2-1 on the week thanks to Campbell's six points. CMU is in second place in the MAC.

Kent State: Bethany Sanker (soccer, Jr., 4.00, marketing, Lakewood, Ohio) scored the game winning goal in Kent State's 1-0 win against Toledo Oct. 14 to give the Golden Flashes its first road win of the season. Sanker is now tied for second on team in goals with two.

Marshall: Sarah Gupton (soccer, So., 3.53, undecided, Richmond, Ind.) scored the game-winning goal against top-ranked Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 12.

Miami: Andrea Kremer (cross country, So., 3.81, mathematics, Indianapolis, Ind.) finished 18th out of 246 runners in the Silver race at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, hosted by Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Her time of 21:27 was 19 seconds faster than the next-best Mid-American Conference runner. Kremer's performance helped Miami place 15th out of 37 teams in the Silver race and finish eight spots ahead of No. 25 Baylor. Her finish represents a dramatic improvement at this meet from last year, when she came in 204th out of 374 participants.

Ohio: Christel Schiering (soccer, So., 3.26, early childhood education, Cincinnati, Ohio) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season on Friday to help Ohio to a 2-0 win over Miami in women's soccer. Schiering ranks among the Mid-American Conference leaders in goals and points (15), and she also leads Ohio (6-6, 5-2 MAC) with 33 shots this season. A second-year Bobcat, she is already third on the all-time goal scoring list with 16 and she needs just one goal to move into a tie for second place in the career record books.

Toledo: Heidi Neumeister (volleyball, Jr., 3.73, multi-age education, Olmsted Falls, Ohio) posted 4.15 kills per game and a .333 attack percentage to lead the Rockets to a 3-0 record last week. She also led the team with 0.62 blocks per game and 0.46 service aces per game. In the Rockets' 3-2 win over arch-rival Bowling Green on Friday, she registered a season-high .429 attack percentage with a season-high 24 kills.

Male Nominees:

Akron: Kyle Milligan (soccer, Sr., 3.58, exercise science/physiology, Hudson, Ohio) posted a shutout in goal for the second game in a row with a 1-0 win over Wright State. Since his return from an injury six games ago, Milligan has posted a record of 6-0 with three shutouts and has a save percentage of .833. His goals against average is 0.69. Against WSU on Sunday, Milligan faced five shots and totaled four saves. Akron is now 6-3-1 overall and 4-0 in MAC play.

Bowling Green: David DeGraff (soccer, So., 3.22, criminal justice, Naperville, Ill.) had a 1-1 record and a goals against average of 0.50 last week. He posted a 1-0 victory at Michigan, and the Falcons lost a 1-0 decision at Marshall. DeGraff held the two opponents to a combined shooting percentage of .019 (one goal in 52 total shot attempts). He had 18 saves for a .947 save percentage in the two matches. In the Marshall contest, he made a career-high 13 saves. DeGraff now has 55 saves in 10 matches for a save percentage of .821 on the year.

Buffalo: Andre Forde (football, Jr., 3.03, business management, Penfield, N.Y.) moved into third place all-time in kickoff return yardage with 107 yards on six returns on Saturday, Oct. 13. That upped his career total to 854 yards and also moved him into third place all-time in kickoff returns (44). Forde accounted for a career-high 228 all-purpose yards in the loss to Marshall.

Central Michigan: Rick Bauer (cross country, Jr., 3.07, physical education, Howell, Mich.) placed 16th at the Pre-Nationals meet at Furman. He ran :24.46 to lead CMU to a 16th-place finish out of 34 teams. He has been the top Chippewa in each meet he has participated in this season.

Kent State: David Alston (football, So., 3.00, justice studies, Willingboro, N.J.) scored two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 141 yards on 8.8 yards a carry in the 44-34 win over Northern Illinois. Alston ran 37 yards to set up the game-winning touchdown from teammate Mikal Lundy and ran 25 yards to set up a 26-yard field goal from Dave Pavich. The Golden Flashes are now 2-0 at home.

Marshall: Wayne Bennett (soccer, Sr., 3.37, psychology, Boksburg, South Africa) led a defense that held Bowling Green to only six shots. He also assisted the game-winning goal versus BGSU.

Ohio: Dave Zastudil (football, Sr., 3.21, marketing, Bay Village, Ohio) kicked a season-high six times on Saturday, against Central Michigan. He has now punted 20 times this season, enough to qualify for national and conference rankings. Zastudil averaged 55.0 yards per kick, the second-best in school history for one game. He kicked five-of-six attempts over 50 yards, including a season-long 61-yarder. His kicks covered 53, 49, 55, 58, 61 and 54 yards and he had a 43-yard effort into the endzone negated when he was roughed, giving Ohio a first down. Zastudil has booted 11 of his 20 punts this season for 50-plus yards and he averages 48.0 yards per kick.

Western Michigan: Ravishankar Pathanjali (tennis, So., 3.10, business, Tamilnadu, Ind.) reached the "A" flight finals in both singles and doubles at the Purdue Invitational. He posted a team-high five wins and earned singles wins over players from Indiana State (finished last season No. 28 in the country) and Purdue in straight sets. Ravishankar teamed with Ryan Maarschalk to reach the finals of "A" doubles after downing Skogman/Wilson of Iowa 9-8 in the semifinals.

Previous Winners:

Female

Week 1 (Sept. 5) Amanda Kulikowski, EMU (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Katie Kuzior, UA (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andrea Kremer, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Megan Ramey, WMU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Jennifer Eaton, MIA (volleyball)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Frederika Girsang, WMU (tennis)

Male Week 1 (Sept. 5) Zac Derr, UA (football) Week 2 (Sept. 11) Thomas Hammock, NIU (football) Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andy Avery, UB (football) Week 5 (Oct. 2) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country) Week 6 (Oct. 9) Bill Norberg, UB (soccer) Week 7 (Oct. 16) Ben Roethlisberger, MIA (football)