NACC Student-Athletes of the Week Announced for Sept. 17-23


MILWAUKEE, Wis. ( --- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of September 17-23, 2018. A total of 12 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

Larry Rivers, Lakeland University

Rivers, a sophomore running back from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, ran for 92 yards on 20 carries - an average of 4.6 yards per carry - in Lakeland's 49-12 loss at UW-Platteville. He also returned six kickoffs for 100 yards, including a long of 20 yards.

NACC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Jerry Stokes, Lakeland University

Stokes, a junior linebacker from Missouri City, Texas, finished with nine tackles (eight solo), two sacks and an interception in the Muskies' 49-12 loss at UW-Platteville.

NACC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

No nominees

NACC Volleyball Athlete of the Week

Emily Lines, Aurora University

Lines, a senior setter from Omaha, Nebraska, led Aurora to a 3-1 week with a NACC opening win at Concordia Chicago and a win over (RV) Carthage College. She averaged 12.13 assists per set, handing out over 40 assists in all four matches on the week. Lines was named to the Aurora Jim Coleman Memorial Classic All-Tournament Team. In the tournament she collected two double-doubles.

Other nominees -- Taylor Dunwell, Benedictine; Amanda Schultz, Concordia Wisconsin; Gabija Sinickaite, Dominican; Mackenzie Doherty, Edgewood; Mia Phillips, Illinois Tech; Shannon Bishop, Lakeland; Jamie Schrauth, Marian; Mercedes Pye, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Joey Schauer, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Schauer, a sophomore midfielder, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, scored two goals and an assist in each of MSOE's two games last week. He also registered the game-winning goal in both matches - a 3-2 win over Edgewood and a 4-0 victory over Illinois Tech. The Raiders have now won six consecutive matches.

Other nominees -- Collin Foreman, Aurora; Erik Stammer, Benedictine; Ryan Kuhlman, Concordia Chicago; Zach Gyuricza, Concordia Wisconsin; Josh Prindle, Dominican; Victor Lombardino, Edgewood; Juan Herrera, Marian; Jason Cano, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Daniel Dominguez, Dominican University

Dominguez, a freshman goalkeeper from Elgin, Illinois, logged 135 shutout minutes in goal last week, picking up a 3-0 win over Rockford Wednesday before playing the first half in Saturday's 6-0 victory over Marian. He made seven saves in the Rockford match and made one save to keep the Sabres off the board.

Other nominees -- Benny Masi, Benedictine; Jose Retana, Concordia Chicago; Elliot Clough, Marian; Zach Hanson, MSOE

NACC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Helen Joyce, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Joyce, a senior midfielder/forward from De Pere, Wisconsin, scored five goals and assisted on another as she led the Warriors to a 2-0-0 start in NACC play for the second consecutive year. She scored twice in a 3-1 win at Lakeland Wednesday, then registered a hat trick in addition to an assist in a 6-0 win at Alverno Saturday afternoon. Joyce has scored nine goals this season.

Other nominees -- Giselle Torres, Aurora; Abbie Graham, Benedictine; Meghan Vasseur, Concordia Chicago; Alexandra Tomich, Concordia Wisconsin; Holli Cochran, Dominican; Mari Hubanks, Edgewood; Katie Hoefgen, Illinois Tech; Alicia Balken, Marian

NACC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Madison Harris, Illinois Institute of Technology

Harris, a junior center back from Franklin, Wisconsin, is the anchor of a Scarlet Hawk defense that recorded two shutouts to open conference play and allowed just 14 shots (six on net) in the two matches. A key cog in the backline, she is a big reason why the defense has left Tech's netminders untested on several occasions. 

Other nominees -- Cassidy Henson, Benedictine; Olivia Kindt, Concordia Wisconsin; Maggie McClure, Dominican; Grace Daehling, Lakeland; Amy Birner, Marian

NACC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Michael Skora, Benedictine University

Skora, a senior from St. Charles, Illinois, ran to a 49th-place finish among a field of 330 at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana. His 8K time of 26:55.1 helped Benedictine to a ninth-place team finish. This is Skora's second NACC weekly honor of the year.

Other nominees -- Evan Balizado, Illinois Tech; Kassahun Lehman, Lakeland; Jesse Lambrecht, MSOE

NACC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Emma Roberts, Benedictine University

Roberts, a junior from Sandwich, Illinois, finished as meet runner-up for the third time in three races this season with a 22:13.4 clocking at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitatioanl hosted by Augustana College. She outdistanced all but one runner in the 324-person field while leading Benedictine to an 11th-place finish in the 27-team field. This is Roberts' third NACC weekly honor this season.

Other nominees -- Erin Nelson, Illinois Tech; Nathalie Cairo, Lakeland; Rachel Ruona, MSOE

NACC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Cierra Smith, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Smith, a sophomore from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, went 4-0 last week while helping MSOE to a nonconference split as the Raiders fell to Ripon, 6-3, before toppling Beloit by an 8-1 score. She posted a pair of singles victories, despite playing up a flight at the No. 3 spot. Smith also teamed with Katie Clements for two wins at No. 2 doubles.

Other nominees -- Kai Heineman, Edgewood

NACC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week

Matthew Davidson, Edgewood College

Davidson, a sophomore from McFarland, Wisconsin, posted his second top-5 finish as an Eagle after shooting an even-par 144 at the Wisconsin Lutheran Fall Invitational at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin. He opened with a 74 before posting a 2-under 70 in the final round to take second in the medalist standings. The Eagles placed four in the top 10 to win the event by 25 strokes. This is Davidson's second consecutive NACC weekly honor.

Other nominees -- Nate Hermsen, Benedictine; Jordan Carlton, Concordia Wisconsin; Austin Hansen, Lakeland; AJ Rambaud, Marian; Garrett Schultz, MSOE

NACC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week

Kelly Barker, Benedictine University

Barker, a senior from Orland Park, Illinois, carded an 88 en route to a runner-up finish as Benedictine posted a one-stroke victory over Wheaton in a dual match completed Friday. She then tied for 33rd place with a 181 total in a crowded and competitive field at the UW-Whitewater Fall Invitational. This is Barker's second consecutive NACC weekly honor.

Other nominees -- Sarah Pophal, Edgewood; Ali Wilson, Lakeland; Allison Grosenick, Marian