May 25, 2011

By Andrew J. Bowman

OXFORD, Ohio - Along with Miami’s team successes this season, several individual RedHawks were also recognized during the 2010-11 school year as Miami touted the second-most Players of the Week for combined men’s and women’s sports among Mid-American Conference schools. In total, the RedHawks grabbed 66 of the 536 spots awarded for Players of the Week, as determined by the MAC and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

The men claimed 32 awards, good for second place. Ice hockey was the top award winner with 10 Players of the Week – seven were for Offensive Player of the Week (three alone by senior Andy Miele), two for Defensive Player of the Week and one for Goaltender of the Week. The other two men’s sports that had the most winners were cross country and golf. Cross country finished in a three-way tie with two Runners of the Week while golf tied Kent State with five recipients, mostly because of the efforts from senior Nathan Sutherland, who was named the Player of the Week or Co-Player of the Week on three different occasions.

The women were led by junior softball pitching standout Anastasia Dracheva.

Kent State secured the most weekly award winners with a total of 71 on the year. The Golden Flashes finished with 36 winners from men’s sports and 35 winners from female athletes.

In addition to the RedHawks’ individual prowess in the athletic arena, on 12 different occasions a Miami student-athlete was named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, tying the RedHawks for the most honorees with the University at Buffalo. The men tied for second with seven awards, behind Buffalo’s eight, while the women tied for third with five, one behind Bowling Green and Central Michigan. Of the 38 weeks a scholar athlete was declared, a RedHawk won roughly once every three weeks out of the 12 teams in the MAC.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Rachel Patterson, a cross country/distance runner who graduated with a degree in exercise science, was also a three-time winner for Female Scholar Athlete of the Week to lead the women. Other Miami Scholar Athletes of the Week included John Eick (swimming) while senior infielder Jon Edgington (baseball) was honored twice with the award.

Individual Players of the Week are selected by league offices (MAC and CCHA) while Scholar Athletes of the Week are voted on by a committee of MAC Faculty Athletic Representatives.