Kathryn Larson, Bethel

Kathryn Larson, Bethel

Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View

The Bethel women's hockey team certainly had a successful and high-scoring start to its season over the weekend, as the Royals racked up 10 goals in a nonconference sweep of UW-Eau Claire. Leading the way was sophomore forward Kathryn Larson, who had a five-point weekend with three goals and two assists, including one game-winner. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Larson Monday with the first MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2014-15 season.

Bethel was brilliant in the season opener, scoring a 5-0 home-ice win over the Blugolds, with Larson factoring in on three of the goals, as she racked up two goals and an assist in her season debut. The next day, the Royals picked up a 5-2 win to complete the sweep on the road, with Larson scoring the game-winning goal and handing out an assist. After one weekend, Larson shares the MIAC lead in both points (five) and goals (three) and she's tied for fourth with her two assists, and her plus-3 rating is also tied for the best plus-minus in the league.

Thanks to the two season-opening wins, Bethel's record is perfect at 2-0 after one weekend of play. In fact, the Royals were the only MIAC team to pick up a win last weekend, let alone two. The Royals hope to keep a zero in the loss column with a tough home-and-home nonconference series this coming weekend. Friday, the Royals will hit the road for a 7:05 game at UW-River Falls, and Saturday the Falcons will come to Bethel's rink for a 2 p.m. start.

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE     NAME     SCHOOL    
2/23/2015   Kathryn Larson   Bethel  
2/16/2015   Kelsey Vandegrift   Concordia  
2/9/2015   Erica Power   Gustavus  
2/2/2015   Lindsey Hibbard   Gustavus  
1/26/2015   Kathryn Larson   Bethel  
1/19/2015   Tori Hermann   Saint Mary's  
1/12/2015   Lauren Kolak   Bethel  
1/5/2014   Breanna Peterson   Saint Mary's  
12/15/2014   Allison Eder-Zdechlik   Gustavus  
12/8/2014   Megan Robertson   Augsburg  
12/1/2014   Carolyn Draayer   Gustavus  
11/24/2014   Erika Allen   Augsburg  
11/17/2014   Tori Herrmann   Saint Mary's  
11/10/2014   Lindsay Burman   Bethel  
11/3/2014   Kathryn Larson   Bethel