BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Carleton, Concordia, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester and Saint Mary's claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 4 – 10, 2017.
The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances. This week, Augsburg and Concordia both had a pair of student-athletes honored, while Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester and Saint Mary's each had one.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons.
MIAC Football Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Jr. – Quarterback
Raleigh, N.C. | Woodberry Forest
Christian Zaytoun completed 34-of-53 passes for a career-best 459 passing yards in Carleton's 46-48 loss at Lake Forest in Week 2. Zaytoun accounted for four scores in the game, including a pair of touchdown passes in the contest's final 80 seconds. He also etched his name in the Knights' record book, amassing the fourth-highest single-game passing yardage mark in program history.
Sr. – Running Back
Glyndon, Minn. | Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Chad Johnson posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, totaling 146 yards on 20 carries while leading the Cobbers to an upset victory over No. 15-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. Johnson was responsible for the biggest momentum-changing play of the game, when he took a handoff up the middle 71 yards for a go-ahead touchdown to break a 10-10 tie early in the third quarter. He also crossed the goal line for the game's deciding score in the fourth.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Sr. – Defensive Back
Fargo, N.D. | Fargo South
Dallas Raftevold saved the best game of his career for the biggest game of his career, registering a personal-high 15 tackles to go along with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in Concordia's 25-17 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater. Raftevold's presence was felt all over the field on Saturday, but never more significantly than on his second quarter takeaway to preserve the Cobbers' lead. Immediately following a Concordia fumble on its own 26-yard line, the senior defensive back out-jumped a Warhawk receiver in the back corner of the end zone to secure an interception and the Cobbers' momentum.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Sr. – Punter
Senior punter Glenn Meyers played a key role in Augsburg's 38-16 rout of Concordia Wisconsin in Week 2. Meyers booted the ball four times for a 44-yard average, including a career-best 61-yarder in the third quarter that pinned the Falcons on their own five-yard line. Concordia Wisconsin was unable to return any of Meyers' kicks, with two fair catches and a pair of downed punts, all inside the CUW 32-yard line.
MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Sr. – Middle Blocker
Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View
Taylor Linn recorded a team-best 53 kills to go along with 44 digs and seven blocks, helping the Auggies to a 3-1 mark at its Augsburg Invitational over the weekend. The senior middle blocker boasted kill-dig double-doubles in the team's sweeps of Saint Benedict and No. 2-ranked Northwestern-St. Paul, and ranked first among all players at the tournament with a .367 attack percentage.
MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. – Defensive Specialist
Prior Lake, Minn.
Gustavus junior Brittany Luethmers guided the Gustie defense to a 3-1 weekend at the UW-Stevens Point Tournament. Totaling 81 digs in four matches, Luethmers averaged 5.4 digs per set, including a season-high 26 in the team's 3-1 win over the Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Luethmers was selected to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Saint Mary's University
Sr. – Midfielder
Cave Creek, Ariz. | Cactus Shadows
Sean Butcher was an offensive force in the Cardinal men's soccer team's three wins last week, collecting a goal and three assists to help Saint Mary's improve to 4-0-0 for the first time since 1986. The senior midfielder assisted on both Saint Mary's goals in a 2-1 win over Viterbo last Wednesday and added a third in the team's 3-1 victory over Finlandia in the opening game of the BIG Athletics/Adidas M Club Tournament on Saturday. He also netted one of the Cardinals' two goals in a 2-1 win over Nebraska Wesleyan the following day.
MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Midfielder
Racho Palos Verdes, Calif. | Palos Verdes Peninsula
Jaime Hasama scored two game-winning, overtime goals last week to help the Scots improve to 2-1 on the season. The senior leader found the net in the 92nd minute of Macalester's matchup with Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday for a 1-0 victory, and repeated the process in the 99th minute on Friday against Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hasama has now scored seven game-winning goals during her time at Macalester.