St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 1, 2018– Washington University in St. Louis had a school-record 10 student-athletes honored as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association.
Junior Paige Lawler of the No. 2-ranked women's cross-country team, senior Brad Hodkinson of the No. 2 men's cross-country team, junior Samantha Haubenstock of the No. 1 women's golf team, freshman Gabbie Cesarone and senior Darcy Cunningham of the No. 1 women's soccer team, senior Marc VandenBerg of the men's soccer team, junior Mollie Seidner and sophomore Elizabeth Davidson of the women's swimming and diving team and senior Kevin Van Cleave and sophomore Matthew Grottkau of the men's swimming and diving team each earned the honor.
Lawler was the top Division III runner to finish at the Loyola Lakefront Invite on Saturday, placing 11th overall in the 5K course with a time of 17:17.09. She helped the Bears to a sixth place finish out of 33 teams competing, which was the top DIII mark amidst Division I competition.
Hodkinson raced to 14th place overall out of 349 runners at the Loyola Lakefront Invite on Saturday. He ran the 8K course in 24:40.50 and was one of only four Division III runners in the race to place in the top-25.
Haubenstock led the Bears to a second-place finish at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic by placing second. She had a two-day total of 146, firing an opening round two-over par 74 before finishing the tournament with an even-par 72.
Cesarone anchored the back line for the Bears in a pair of victories last week. The WashU defense held its opponents to three shots on goal. The Bears limited Webster to one shot on goal in a 5-0 win Wednesday, and allowed just two shots on frame in a 2-1 overtime win over Emory in the conference opener Saturday.
Cunningham scored a pair of goals in the 2-1 overtime victory over Emory Saturday. She bent a corner kick from the left side of the field into the net for the game winner in the first OT. She also had an assist in the 5-0 win at Webster Wednesday
VandenBerg scored a goal in each of WashU's wins last week. He found the back of the net in the second half in a 5-0 win at Greenville Monday, and then scored in the first half in the 2-1 upset win over No. 6 Emory Saturday in the UAA opener.
Seidner helped the Bears to victory over Division I Saint Louis University Friday. She took first individually in the 200-freestyle (1:56.79) while playing a crucial role in the first-place effort as the anchor in the 200-free relay (1:36.93).
Davidson won the one-meter dive (202.05), beating out a field of five divers in the lone dive of the dual meet.
Van Cleave won two individual events, showing his versatility winning the 200 IM (1:53.10) and the 100-breaststroke (57.09). He also paired with a trio of teammates for a first-place effort in the 400-medley relay (3:21.62).
Grottkau won the lone dive of the night, the one-meter (186.52), to help the Bears claim a season-opening win over Saint Louis University.