NACC Student-Athletes of the Week Announced for Sept. 3-9


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Sept. 11, 2018) --- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of September 3-9, 2018. A total of 13 student-athletes were honored across the NACC's nine fall sports.

The NACC Student-Athlete of the Week awards are selected by the league's sports information directors.
This week's winners are listed below with their respective achievements during last week's competition. 

NACC Football Offensive Player of the Week

Aaron Nixon, Concordia University Wisconsin

Nixon, a senior quarterback from North Prairie, Wisconsin, accounted for 503 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 27-24 setback against Augsburg. He completed 33 of 51 passes for 358 yards and two scores while adding 140 yards on the ground, including a 60-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter. Nixon averaged 7.0 yards per pass attempt 10.8 yards per rush. 

Other nominees -- Connor Olson, Aurora; Joshua Williams, Benedictine; Lance Moise, Concordia Chicago; Le'Anthony Reasnover, Eureka; Eric Mackey, Rockford; Patrick Mathieson, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Logan Noel, Eureka College

Noel, a sophomore linebacker from Westville, Illinois, led Eureka with six tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, in the Red Devils' 38-6 win over Iowa Wesleyan. Noel's effort allowed the Eureka defense to limit IWU to 98 total yards, including negative-13 rushing yards.

Other nominees -- Scottie Bobeck, Benedictine; Rodolfo Payan, Concordia Chicago; Octavio Galvez, Rockford

NACC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

Grant Klaver, Benedictine University

Klaver, a junior punter/quarterback from Mason, Michigan, punted six times for an average of 50.5 yards per kick in the Eagles' 39-20 loss to Loras. He played a significant role in turning field position, pinning the Duhawks inside their own 20 on three occasions. Four of his six kicks exceeded 40 yards, including two of 50-plus yards and an 84-yarder that ranks as the second longest boot in program history.

Other nominees -- Octavio Galves, Rockford

NACC Volleyball Athlete of the Week

Taylor Dunwell, Benedictine University

Dunwell, a junior outside hitter from Naperville, Illinois, registered double-digit kills in four of Benedictine's five matches as the Eagles went 4-1 last week. She posted team-high totals in kills in all five contests, averaging 4.42 kills per set en route to being named to the all-tournament team at the MSOE Invitational. In a four-set win over UW-Platteville, she tallied 26 kills and a .460 hitting percentage. She currently leads all NACC players in total kills and kills per set.

Other nominees -- Cailey Jeske, Alverno; Shannon Stamp, Concordia Chicago; Megan Mayer, Concordia Wisconsin; Mackenzie Doherty, Edgewood; Courtney Curcio, Illinois Tech; Alexandra Meidl, Marian; Hannah Pekarek, MSOE; Emily Johannes, Rockford; Cassidy Johnson, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Rade Novakovich, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Novakovich, a freshman forward from Muskego, Wisconsin, scored five of MSOE's eight goals as the Raiders posted a pair of victories last week. He tallied all four MSOE goals in a 4-1 victory over Ripon on Saturday, tied for the second-most in a single game for a Raider since 2004 and one of just three four-goal games by a Raider on record. Novakovich added a goal in a 4-0 rout against Lawrence on the road earlier in the week.

Other nominees -- Erik Stammer, Benedictine; Ryan Kuhlman, Concordia Chicago; Isaac Perez, Dominican; Sean Surtees, Edgewood; Ryoto Kinoshita, Lakeland; Kylar Narance, Marian; Alonzo Carrillo, Rockford

NACC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Ian Chacon, Marian University

Chacon, a senior goalkeeper from Cicero, Illinois, led Marian to a pair of shutouts last week. He did not face a shot on goal in the Sabres' 1-0 win over MacMurray Saturday, then kept out four second-half shots in a 2-0 victory over Northland Sunday. Chacon has allowed just one goal while recording 12 saves in just over 275 minutes this season for an 0.32 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Other nominees -- Shawn Chervets, Benedictine; Daniel Dominguez, Dominican; Tyler Nelson, Edgewood; Tyson Carter, Lakeland; Ron Marchionna, MSOE

NACC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Josseline Williams, Dominican University

Williams, a junior forward from Kaysville, Utah, scored three goals and tallied an assist as the Stars went 2-1-0 last week. The leading goal-scorer in the NACC a season ago, Williams knocked in the game-winner in the 82nd minute of a 1-0 win over St. Norbert Thursday, then scored two goals and notched an assist in a 3-0 victory over Olivet Sunday afternoon.

Other nominees -- Shaye Wolfe, Alverno; Katie Hoefgen, Illinois Tech; Amanda Buckler, Lakeland; Alexis Peterson, Marian; Brooke Zidek, MSOE

NACC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Catherine Klemp, Illinois Institute of Technology

Klemp, a freshman goalkeeper from Broomfield, Colorado, recorded a pair of shutout victories over the weekend. She played the first 80:14 of Saturday's 3-0 win over Lake Forest and the entirety of Sunday's 1-0 victory over Alma. Klemp organized a defense that did not allow a shot on goal in the Lake Forest match, then made a pair of saves against Alma.

Other nominees -- Olivia Kindt, Concordia Wisconsin; Grace Wildeboer, Edgewood; Marissa Brakob, Lakeland; Danielle Deltgen, Marian

NACC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Joe Chavez, Benedictine University

Chavez, a senior from Aurora, Illinois, was the highest-finishing eligible Benedictine runner and second finishing NCAA Division III runner at the Aurora Spartan Classic Friday afternoon. He ran to a sixth-place time of 25:49.9 in the 8-kilometer event that featured a field of over 200 runners. Benedictine finished third out of 13 teams.

Other nominees -- Carl Way, Aurora; Wesley Schiek, Concordia Wisconsin; Cole Dammeier, Illinois Tech; Kassahun Lehman, Lakeland; Jacob Leiden, Marian; Blake Bostwick, MSOE

NACC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Emma Roberts, Benedictine University

Roberts, a junior from Sandwich, Illinois, was the highest-finishing collegiate runner at Friday's Aurora Spartan Classic. She covered the 6-kilometer course in 22:18.7, placing second a field of 195 runners. Roberts also paced Benedictine to an eighth-place finish out of 16 teams.

Other nominees -- Jazzmine Reyes, Aurora; Emma Verbeke, Concordia Wisconsin; Erin Nelson, Illinois Tech; Nathalie Cairo, Lakeland; Alyssa Zuhlke, Marian; Patty Bray, MSOE

NACC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Ricki Budewitz, Concordia University Wisconsin

Budewitz, a freshman from Watertown, Wisconsin, helped extend the Falcons' NACC regular-season winning streak to 31 matches with three conference wins last week. She went 3-0 at No. 3 singles, winning all three matches in straight sets. Budewitz partnered with Baily Kelly for three doubles wins - one at the No. 1 spot and two from the No. 2 position. On Saturday, Budewitz won both matches in a 5-4 victory over Illinois Tech to help keep the streak alive.

Other nominees -- Kai Heineman, Edgewood; Abby Juozapaitis, Lakeland; Meg Hartzell, Marian; Sammy Soeder, MSOE

NACC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week

Stephen Bukielski, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Bukielski, a junior from Schaumburg, Illinois, was the top NACC finisher at the Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament hosted by Carthage College at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee, Illlinois. He fired rounds of 71 and 76 for a 5-over-par 147 to place seventh overall in the 107-golfer field. Wisconsin Lutheran placed sixth out of 21 teams at the event.

Other nominees -- Nathan Hermsen, Benedictine; Bryce Lindsley, MSOE

NACC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week

Kallie Sakamoto, Aurora University

Sakamoto, a freshman from Washougal, Washington, captured medalist honors at Sunday's NACC Championship Preview event at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Wisconsin. She fired a 7-over-par 80 to win by a whopping 12 strokes over teammate Lauren Anderson. The Spartans took the top three spots and placed sixth in the top 11 en route to a winning total of 361.

Other nominees -- Kayla McHale, Benedictine; Lauren Besler, Edgewood; Abigail Waltmon, Marian