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, Bethel, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 30 - October 6, 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.
Sid Boros had a breakout game for Bethel in wet and slippery conditions by using his game-changing speed on three long touchdowns. Boros led the Royals with 181 all-purpose yards on just eight touches. His two touchdown runs went for 66 and 20 yards and his touchdown reception went for 43 yards. The sophomore averaged 22 yards per touch.
Alex Taylor totaled eight tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and 1.5 tackles for loss in less than three quarters of play for the Tommies last week. Taylor and the St. Thomas defense held Concordia to 89 total yards in the first 49 plays of the game. Taylor leads St. Thomas with 14.5 tackles this season.
Le'Andre Benion left his mark on three Augsburg single-game records for kickoff returns in last Saturday's loss at No. 4 Saint John's. Benion tied the program record for total kickoff returns with eight and set a new mark for total kickoff return yards with 212, breaking the previous single-game record of 193, set by Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane in 2013. His 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter also set a new school record, surpassing Dan Nayman's 1980 mark of 94 yards. Benion's eight kickoff return ties the single-game MIAC record, while his 212 yards is a new conference best.
Lauren Rewers tallied 50 kills and averaged 4.17 kills per set in a 3-0 week for St. Olaf that included a five-set win over No. 11 Augsburg last Wednesday. The senior had 18 kills to help the Oles hand the Auggies their first MIAC loss of the season and posted 21 kills on Saturday in a five-set victory at St. Catherine. Rewers had double-digit kills in all three victories and added 30 digs, nine blocks, and six aces.
Emily Jarnigan averaged 5.67 digs per set and totaled 17-plus digs in all three of St. Olaf's victories last week. The senior posted 30 digs - the second-highest total of her career - in a five-set victory over No. 11 Augsburg last Wednesday. She also added 17 digs in a sweep of Northwestern two days later and 21 digs in a four-set win at St. Catherine on Saturday.
Garrett Kaelin claimed three straight shutouts as Augsburg went 2-0-1 last week. Kaelin had five saves - including three in the second half - as Augsburg preserved a 1-0 conference win over Gustavus last Tuesday. On Saturday, Augsburg was outshot by a 16-7 margin, but Kaelin stopped all four shots on-goal he faced in the Auggies' 2-0 win over Wis.-Platteville. Kaelin had his second-most saves in a game this season with seven, as Augsburg played to a scoreless, two-overtime draw with Neb. Wesleyan on Sunday.
Tessa Trettel scored both goals, including the game-winner, in overtime on Sunday to lead St. Thomas to a 2-1 road victory over national vote-getter Bethel. The victory ended BU's 12-game regular-season home win streak. Trettel scored in the 58th minute for a 1-0 lead. She scored again with 61 seconds left in the second overtime, marking her first career overtime goal and first multi-goal game. The Toms are 5-0 in games on her career when Trettel has scored a goal.