BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Hamline, Macalester, Saint Benedict, Saint John's, St. Olaf and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Oct. 16 – Oct. 22, 2017.
The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances. This week, St. Olaf had a pair of student-athletes honored, while Hamline, Macalester, Saint Benedict, Saint John's and St. Thomas each had one.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country, swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons.
MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Saint John's University
So. – Quarterback
Jackson Erdmann passed for 320 yards and five touchdowns, completing 20 of his 30 attempts in the Johnnies' 41-17 victory over Gustavus. The sophomore quarterback logged 274 yards and all of his touchdowns in the first two quarters alone, becoming the first Johnnie since 2000 to toss five first-half scoring strikes. Erdmann ranks second among all NCAA Division III passers with an efficiency rating of 191.5 this season.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Sr. – Defensive Back
Green Bay, Wis. | Notre Dame Academy
St. Thomas senior Isaac Seering returned an interception 25 yards for the first touchdown of his collegiate career in Saturday's shutout victory over Hamline. The three-year starter helped St. Thomas record its third Conference shutout of the year while holding the Pipers to minus-one net rushing yard and just five first downs on the day.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
St. Olaf College
So. – Wide Receiver/Kicker
Doral, Fla. | Ronald W. Reagan/Doral
Sophomore Gonzalo Pirela was responsible for nine of St. Olaf's 29 points – including the game-winning touchdown – in the Oles' 29-26 victory over their crosstown rivals, Carleton College. Pirela was 3-for-3 on extra point tries and managed to haul in a 31-yard touchdown pass in traffic to secure St. Olaf's third consecutive victory and the coveted "Goat" rivalry trophy.
MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
St. Olaf College
Fy. – Outside Hitter
Spokane, Wash. | Ferris
St. Olaf's Summer Reid posted a .348 hitting percentage in a pair of MIAC road matches last week, highlighted by a season-best .467 in a five-set marathon loss at Saint Benedict. The first-year hitter now ranks third in the MIAC with 110 kills this season as well.
MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
College of Saint Benedict
Sr. – Setter
Plymouth, Minn. | Osseo
For the third time this year and eighth time in her career, Saint Benedict's Megan Pekarek has earned MIAC Athlete of the Week honors. The senior setter added two more double-doubles to her 2017 total in a pair of MIAC wins last week for CSB. Pekarek totaled 50 assists to go along with 10 digs and eight kills in a five-set win over St. Olaf on Friday before adding 39 assists and 13 digs in a Saturday victory over No. 11-ranked Gustavus.
MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
So. – Goalkeeper
North St. Paul, Minn. | North
Hamline sophomore Malachy Zamacona stretched his scoreless streak in goal to 316:55 in the Pipers' overtime win at Saint John's on Friday – a victory that secured a home playoff game for the first time in program history. Zamacona is 4-0 with three shutouts in Conference play this season, leading the MIAC with a goals-allowed average of 0.25 against Conference opponents.
MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Jr. – Defender
San Francisco, Calif. | Urban School of San Francisco
Junior defender Clara Webby scored three goals in as many games for the Scots last week, erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of second-half scores to register a double-overtime tie with St. Scholastica, in addition to finding the net in a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday. Macalester's central defender, Webby had not scored yet this year before Monday.