AOW 9-11-17

Athletes of the Week for September 18, 2017

Women’s Cross Country

Emily Bryson  —  Brandeis University  —  Quincy, MA (North Quincy)

Brandeis University junior Emily Bryson finished as the runner-up at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Shriner’s Invitational. She completed the five-kilometer course in 18:02.18 to help the Judges place third in the 40-team meet.

Men’s Cross Country

David O’Gara  —  Washington University  —  Glenview, IL (Glenbrook South)

Washington University senior David O’Gara placed first in the 180-runner field at the Wheaton College (IL) Gil Dodds Invitational. He completed the eight-kilometer course in 25:06 and helped lead the Bears to their third consecutive title for the meet.

Football — Offense

Jacob Burke  —  Case Western Reserve University  —  Johnstown, OH (Northridge)

Senior running back Jacob Burke rushed for 104 yards and matched his own program single-game record with four touchdowns to lead 17th-ranked Case Western Reserve University to a 42-10 home win over Grove City College. He scored once in each quarter and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

Football — Defense

Ian Henderson  —  Case Western Reserve University  —  Detroit, MI (Detroit Country Day)

Case Western Reserve University junior defensive lineman Ian Henderson recorded eight tackles and forced a pair of fumbles in the 17th-ranked Spartans’ 42-10 win over Grove City College in their home opener. His effort helped the defense hold Grove City scoreless in the second half and limit the Wolverines to 238 yards of total offense.

Football — Special Teams

Tyler Kohman  —  Carnegie Mellon University  —  Pataskala, OH (Columbus Academy)

Senior Tyler Kohman averaged 45.8 yards on five punts in a 30-20 Carnegie Mellon University win over Waynesburg University. He dropped two punts inside the 20-yard line and he also converted a 33-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to give the Tartans a two-score lead. 

Women’s Golf

Arisa Kimura  —  NYU  —  Bethesda, MD (Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart)

NYU sophomore Arisa Kimura tied for the individual title at the NCAA Division III Fall Preview at Mission Inn Golf Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida on Sunday and Monday. She shot a three-under-par 70 in the opening round and her second-round 78 helped lead the Violets to the team title in the 14-team field, finishing 33 strokes ahead of runner-up Carnegie Mellon University.

Men’s Golf

Matt Organisak  —  Emory University  —  Sudbury, MA (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional)

Emory University sophomore Matt Organisak tied for medalist honors in the 98-player field at the Rhodes College Fall Classic. He fired a 10-under-par 206 with rounds of 71-67-68, a program record for three rounds, to lead the Eagles to a first-place team finish. The Eagles shattered the program three-round record with a nine-under-par 855 to earn the title at the 19-team tournament.

Women’s Soccer — Offense

Jesse Rubin  —  Washington University  —  Bryn Mawr, PA (Friends’ Central School)

Sophomore midfielder Jesse Rubin scored a pair of game-winning goals as top-ranked Washington University remained undefeated with road victories over Illinois Wesleyan University and eighth-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She netted the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Illinois Wesleyan and tallied the game’s only score in the 81st minute in Sunday’s victory over UW-Whitewater.

Women’s Soccer — Defense

Emma Greenfield  —  Washington University  —  Saint Paul, MN (Minnehaha Academy)

Washington University first-year goalkeeper Emma Greenfield posted a pair of shutouts as the top-ranked Bears posted two road wins. She made five saves in a 2-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University and added a save in a 1-0 victory over eighth-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Men’s Soccer — Offense

Keegan McCombie  —  Emory University  —  Frisco, TX (Centennial)

Emory University sophomore Keegan McCombie scored the first three goals of his collegiate career to lead the Eagles past Sewanee: The University of the South and Birmingham-Southern College. He tallied a pair of goals in a 3-2 win over Sewanee and then scored the game’s first goal in a 3-0 victory over Birmingham-Southern.

Geoffrey Rouin  —  University of Rochester  —  Penn Yan, NY (Penn Yan)

University of Rochester senior midfielder Geoffrey Rouin produced just the 12th hat trick in program history to lead the Yellowjackets to a 5-1 win over local rival Rochester Institute of Technology. It marked the first three-goal performance by a Rochester player in 13 years.

Men’s Soccer — Defense

Nate Johnson  —  University of Chicago  —  McLean, VA (St. Albans)

Sophomore defender Nate Johnson led the University of Chicago defense to a pair of shutout victories. The third-ranked Maroons allowed a combined two shots on goal in a 3-0 victory over 19th-ranked Loras College and a 6-0 win over Aurora University.

Women’s Tennis

Alex Iordache  —  Carnegie Mellon University  —  Princeton, NJ (South Brunswick)

First-year player Alex Iordache earned titles in both the singles and doubles competition at the Kenyon College Invitational. In third singles play, she posted two wins over Kenyon opponents and one over a John Carroll University foe in earning the title. Iordache and classmate Hannah Rosenfield captured the second doubles title with victories over opponents from John Carroll, Ohio Northern University, and Denison University.

Men’s Tennis

Vivi Vemula  —  Case Western Reserve University  —  Montgomery, NJ (Montgomery)

Freshman Vivi Vemula won the fifth singles title against NCAA Division I competition as Case Western Reserve University competed at the Western and Southern Collegiate Invitational. He posted back-to-back victories over opponents from Xavier University in the semifinals and final.

Konrad Kozlowski  —  Washington University  —  Irvine, CA (University)

Junior Konrad Kozlowski advanced to the doubles final and singles semifinals at the Purdue University Fall Invitational. He and senior Jason Haugen reached the “A” flight final with three victories, including a pair of wins over NCAA Division I teams, before falling 7-6 to a duo from Cleveland State University. Kozlowski recorded a straight-set win over his Ball State University opponent in the quarterfinals.


Morgan McKnight  —  Emory University  —  Manassas, VA (Flint Hill)

Sophomore outside hitter Morgan McKnight was named Most Valuable Player of the Emory University National Classic after leading the Eagles to a pair of wins over nationally ranked foes. She averaged a team-best 4.14 kills per set, while hitting .289. McKnight matched a career-high with 15 kills in a four-set victory over eighth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Friday and followed that with 14 terminations and a .462 hitting percentage in a sweep of sixth-ranked Juniata College.

Emma Griffith  —  University of Chicago —  New York, NY (Calhoun)

First-year setter Emma Griffith averaged 12.33 assists per set in four matches and earned all-tournament honors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Nike/Eastbay Classic. She recorded 41 assists in sweeps of Concordia College and UW-Eau Claire.


Athlete of the Week selections are drawn from nominees submitted by member institution coaches and sports information directors. UAA Athletes of the Week are selected in each sport in which the UAA sponsors competition. They are selected on the basis of their individual performances and contributions to team efforts during the past week in both Association and non-Association competition.