OXFORD, Ohio - Leading their respective teams to Mid-American Conference Tournament championships over the weekend, the Co-Miami Female Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 are senior forward Jess Kodiak and freshman midfielder Bea Dechant. After breaking a school record, the Miami Male Athlete of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 is senior quarterback Zac Dysert.
Dechant (Mannheim, Germany) was selected MAC Tournament MVP as she led the RedHawks field hockey team to the MAC Tournament Championship for the first time in school history last weekend. In both games, Dechant scored the game-winning goal. Against Ohio Friday, she scored eight minutes into overtime to give the RedHawks a 3-2 victory. The next day against Kent State, she scored midway through the second half to break a 1-1 tie with the eventual game-winner. It wasn't the only award Dechant received last week. On Thursday she was named MAC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) captained Miami's soccer team to the 2012 MAC Tournament title, the fourth in program history and first since 2002. She scored two goals and added two assists in the semifinals and championship for a six-point weekend, as she earned All-MAC Tournament Team honors. In Friday's 3-1 semifinal win over Kent State, Kodiak totaled five points on two goals and an assist as she had a hand in all three goals. She assisted on Miami's first goal of the match before scoring the eventual game-winner on a redirection in the 80th minute. She also converted Miami's first penalty kick of the year to ice the game late. In Sunday's championship match, she set up Miami's first goal just 4:17 into the contest with a perfect through ball as the RedHawks went on to win, 2-1 over Central Michigan. The assist was her 11th of the season, breaking the school's single-season mark. On Thursday, Kodiak was named the MAC's Offensive Player of the Year and was a repeat First-Team All-MAC selection.
Kodiak has now earned Miami Female Athlete of the Week four times in her career, including twice this year, while the honor was the first of Dechant's young career.
Dysert (Ada, Ohio) threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-24 loss at Buffalo Saturday. His third TD pass to Nick Harwell came with just 23 seconds remaining to tie the game at 24-24. In the third quarter with a 13-yard completion to Harwell, Dysert became Miami's all-time career passing yardage leader by eclipsing Ben Roethlisberger's (2001-03) nine-year-old RedHawk record of 10,829 yards. Miami's three-time captain currently sits in 41st place on the NCAA's all-time passing yardage list with 10,997 yards and ranks sixth among the MAC's all-time passing yardage leaders. Among the famed NCAA FBS players that Dysert passed last week were Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and Purdue's Drew Brees. Dysert also ranks third all-time among MAC quarterbacks with a school-record 977 completions and is 13th in touchdown passes with 66.
Dysert has now won Miami Male Athlete of the Week three times this year and five times in his RedHawk career.
Dechant's rookie season with the field hockey team is now complete after the RedHawks fell in Tuesday's NCAA Play-In Game against Stanford while Kodiak leads the soccer team into NCAA Tournament action Sunday when the 'Hawks play at No. 20 Tennessee at 2 p.m. Dysert and the football team return home to host MAC East leading Kent State Saturday at 1 p.m. at Yager Stadium.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 13. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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