BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Concordia, Hamline, Saint Benedict, Saint John's, Saint Mary's, and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 23-29, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer, and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Jackson Erdmann broke the conference and Saint John's records for career touchdown passes in the Johnnies' 56-10 victory last Saturday at Carleton. He entered the game needing two touchdown passes to tie the record of 100 held by Alex Kofoed (2004-07) and finished 17-of-20 for 334 yards and four touchdowns in only one half of play. Erdmann has now thrown for 300 yards or more in four of his last five games dating back to last season.
Brandon Foster had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup for St. Olaf in a 48-26 victory at Augsburg on Saturday. The sophomore's strip-sack early in the second quarter halted an Augsburg drive at the St. Olaf 29-yard line and was the first strip-sack fumble recovery of Foster's career.
Alex Berg punted twice on Saturday, averaging 47.5 yards per kick to maintain his NCAA Division III lead. Berg - who also had four tackles and a sack on defense in the Cobbers' shutout win at Hamline - ranks seventh among all divisions of NCAA football with an average of 47.7 yards per punt in 2019.
Madison Weiss had another big week that included career-high numbers to help Saint Benedict pick up a trio of road victories last week, including a five-set conference win at St. Catherine. Weiss started the week with a career-high 26 kills and five solo blocks against the Wildcats. She finished the night hitting .523 with 12 total blocks. Weiss added 23 blocks in two nonconference wins at the Simpson Invite and finished the week with 49 kills, 20 total blocks, and a .512 hitting percentage.
Megan Rubbelke totaled 77 assists and 23 digs in a pair of matches for the Pipers last week. The junior registered a 43-assist, 18-dig double-double in a five-set loss to Bethel on Wednesday, her eighth double-double of the year. Rubbelke added a season-high four service aces in a sweep of Northland on Saturday.
Eli Szymanski scored three goals in the Cardinals' two games last week, netting a pair of late second-half tallies in Saint Mary's 5-2 loss to Simpson, before recording the game-winner three minutes into overtime in SMU's 4-3 win over Augsburg on Saturday. His performance against Simpson was the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career, while his game-winner against the Auggies snapped Saint Mary's 13-game losing streak against Augsburg.
Emily Chapman recorded a pair of shutouts to open conference play last week, as Augsburg improved to 6-2-0 overall. She recorded six saves in Augsburg's 1-0 home win over No. 12-ranked St. Thomas on Wednesday, then had one save on Saturday in a 1-0 victory at Saint Mary's for her 18th career shutout. Chapman has played in all but 21:35 minutes this season.