OXFORD, Ohio - Leading each of their respective teams to victory over the weekend, the Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Oct. 1-7 are sophomore forward Austin Czarnik on the men's side and junior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski on the women's side.
Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) paced the No. 9 Miami hockey team to a 6-2 win over Western Ontario Sunday in the team's lone exhibition of the season. He scored a pair of goals in the game, including the first goal of the afternoon just 4:28 into the contest. He added his other score on the power play in the second period. Czarnik had just one multi-goal game all of last season. The undersized center finished with a +2 rating for the game and fired six shots on goal. He also blocked two shots while not committing a penalty.
Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) led the soccer team to a pair of MAC wins, keeping the RedHawks undefeated in MAC play at 6-0 while extending Miami's win streak to seven games, its longest streak since 2002. She scored a pair of goals and handed out two assists in the two matches for a six-point weekend. In Friday's 3-0 shutout of Western Michigan, Zakrzewski had a hand in all three goals with two assists and a goal for a four-point afternoon. On Sunday, Zakrzewski came up huge again as she scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 85th minute to break a 3-3 tie and give the RedHawks a 4-3 win over Eastern Michigan. She now has six goals on the year and leads the team with eight assists this season.
The Miami Athlete of the Week award is the first such honor of either Czarnik's or Zakrzewski's career. Zakrzewski was also named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday for her performance last weekend as well.
Czarnik and the hockey team open the regular season this weekend hosting Colgate Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 at Steve Cady Arena. Zakrzewski leads the soccer team on the road this weekend with matches at Northern Illinois Friday and at Toledo, Sunday, Oct. 14.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 16. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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