MIAC Athletes of the Week – September 10, 2018

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Bethel, Gustavus, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 3-9, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Ricardo Johnson III
St. Olaf College

Sr. | Quarterback
St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall

Ricardo Johnson III accounted for all 414 yards of offense for St. Olaf and had a hand in all five of the Oles' touchdowns in a 34-29 victory over Luther on Saturday. The senior quarterback threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns in addition to gaining 192 yards and two more scores on the ground, averaging 8.7 yards per rush in the win. His 192 rushing yards marked the highest total for a St. Olaf runner since J.J. Strnad totaled 226 yards against Carleton on October 17, 2015.

MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Derek Glynn
Augsburg University

Jr. | Linebacker
Lonsdale, Minn. | Faribault

Derek Glynn claimed his fourth straight double-digit tackle game and the ninth of his career on Saturday by leading the Auggies with 13 tackles, including a half-tackle-for-loss to go along with a pass breakup, in Augsburg's 27-24 victory at Concordia-Wisconsin. Through the first two games of the season, Glynn has 23 total tackles and ranks second among MIAC defenders in both total tackles and tackles per game with an average of 11.5 per contest.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Tavian Swanson
Bethel University

So. | Cornerback
Burlington, Wash. | Burlington-Edison

Tavian Swanson returned four punts for 110 yards with an average of 27.5 yards per return in the Royals' 32-27 win over Wis.-River Falls on Saturday. After the BU defense forced its third straight three-and-out to open the game, Swanson returned a Falcon punt 53 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown run and put Bethel on top 20-0 late in the first quarter of play.

MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Lauren Hanson
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr. | Outside Hitter
Redwood Falls, Minn. | Redwood Valley

Lauren Hanson posted a .262 attack percentage and totaled 46 kills as Gustavus won the Loras Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record over the weekend. Hanson tallied a season-high 18 kills to go along with 9 blocks and a .326 hitting percentage in a 3-2 win over No. 14-ranked Northwestern-St. Paul on Saturday and in the process became just the 14th Gustie in history to reach 1,000 career kills.

MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Nora Holtan
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr. | Setter
Rochester, Minn. | Rochester Mayo

Nora Holtan recorded triple-doubles in two of her four matches over the weekend, including an 11-43-14 kill-assist-dig performance against Dominican (Ill.) on Friday and a 12-53-10 showing against No. 14 Northwestern-St. Paul on Saturday. The two-time MIAC Player of the Year finished the weekend with 171 assists, 45 digs, and 33 kills for the Gusties, earning Loras Invitational All-Tournament Team honors for her efforts.

MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Lucas Horton
University of St. Thomas

So. | Forward
Maple Plain, Minn. | Benilde-St. Margaret's

Lucas Horton scored a goal in both games of UST's 2-0 weekend road trip, including an unassisted chip shot 5:31 into overtime that found the back of the net and enabled the No. 6-ranked Tommies to edge North Central (Ill.), 3-2. Horton also scored once in Saturday's 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Lake Forest. The Tommies have now won 18 consecutive regular-season games and have captured their last 36 contests when they score two or more goals.

MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Ashley St. Aubin
Augsburg University

Jr. | Midfielder
Burnsville, Minn.

Ashley St. Aubin scored four goals with one assist in a pair of victories for Augsburg last week, moving the Auggies to a .500 record after a set of close losses on opening weekend to nationally-ranked opponents. St. Aubin claimed her first collegiate hat trick in Augsburg's 3-0 win over St. Scholastica on Wednesday before adding another goal plus an assist in a 3-0 road win at Wis.-Eau Claire on Saturday. The MIAC's goals and assists leader each of the last two seasons, her four goals are tied for the league lead while her nine points rank second among all conference scorers.