BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with Monday's announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in basketball and hockey. Student-athletes from Hamline, Saint Benedict, Saint John's and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The two MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week both put up career-best numbers in big games for their teams last week. Saint John's David Stokman won the men's honor after averaging 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while leading SJU to a 2-1 record in three road games. St. Thomas' Kaitlin Langer won her third honor of the season after putting up averages of 22 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, as her team won three times to improve to 21-0 and remain unbeaten in 2016-17.
It was a big week for goalies in the MIAC, as a pair of netminders took home the Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week awards. Hamline's Justin Quale helped his team take four of six points from Augsburg by making 76 "official" saves in a pair of overtime thrillers, then stopped another 12 shootout attempts to help the Pipers prevail in both. Saint Benedict goalie Julia Carle made 66 saves and allowed just three goals as her team tied and defeated St. Catherine to earn its first MIAC win of the season.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
Saint John's University
Sophomore – Guard
Maple Lake, Minn.
Saint John's David Stokman averaged 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 72.2 percent (26-for-36)
University of St. Thomas
Senior – Center
Stillwater, Minn. – Hill-Murray
|Kaitlin Langer helped unbeaten St. Thomas add three more wins on the week as she averaged 22 points and 7.7 rebounds
while making 22-of-39 shots (.564) and 22-of-26 free throws (.846) to earn her third MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week award of
the season. In Wednesday's 75-69 road win over previously unbeaten Gustavus, Langer tied her career high with 32 points
and added 10 rebounds. She added 23 points and six boards in Saturday's 62-53 win over St. Catherine and also helped
UST score a 69-54 win over Luther Sunday. Langer's 19.7 points per game leads the MIAC and she's sixth with 8.4
rebounds per game. St. Thomas is 21-0 and one of just 11 unbeaten teams in the NCAA.
Sophomore – Goalie
Hopkins, Minn. – Benilde-St. Margaret's
|Hamline goalie Justin Quale had an impressive weekend in net as the Pipers took four of six points from Augsburg by
winning a pair of intense shootouts. Quale made 76 "official" saves in the two games – 31 in Friday's 4-4 overtime tie
and 45 in Saturday's 2-2 overtime tie – but he may have been even more impressive in the two shootouts. He stopped
all 12 shootout attempts he faced – two Friday and 10 on Saturday in the second-longest shootout in MIAC history – as
his team prevailed 2-0 and 1-0 to earn the extra point in each game. This is Quale's third MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week
award of the 2016-17 season. Hamline is now in a three-way tie for second place, and Quale's 503 saves lead the MIAC.
College of Saint Benedict
Sophomore – Goalie
North St. Paul, Minn. – Minnehaha Academy
|The Saint Benedict women's hockey team entered last weekend in search of its first MIAC win of the season, but
outstanding goaltending from Julia Carle helped the Blazers get that elusive victory in a three-point weekend against
St. Catherine. Carle made 39 saves in Friday's 1-1 overtime tie, then had a 27-save performance in Saturday's 3-2
victory. She made 66 saves in the series while allowing just three goals in 125:00 of ice time for a .957 save percentage
and a 1.44 goals against average (GAA). This season Carle is second in the MIAC with 457 saves and
fourth with a .923 save percentage.