2011-12 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 7 (Oct. 10-16)

October 17, 2011
Football - Defense: Jimmy Hall, Defensive Line, 6-4, 268, Junior, Howards Grove, Wis.
Hall played an important role on defense this weekend as the Blugolds beat UW-La Crosse 31-21. He finished the game with four tackles, including two and a half sacks for a loss of 21 yards. One of his sacks came late in the fourth quarter on a 4th-and-10 play, giving the Blugolds the ball back. Another sack, late in the third quarter, pushed the Eagles back eight yards and the following play La Crosse attempted a field goal from 49 yards out but it came up short.

October 17, 2011
Football - Offense: Paul Santi, Offensive Line, 6-1, 282, Junior, Kingsford, Mich.
Starting at center Saturday against UW-La Crosse, Santi helped the Blugolds to a 31-21 win. Santi made some keys blocks which allowed the Blugolds to rush for 168 yards and pass for 152 yards.

October 17, 2011
Football - Special Teams: David Goodman, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 182, Senior, Neenah, Wis.
Goodman blocked a punt and also caught a pass on a fake punt to help the Blugolds convert in a 31-21 win at UW-La Crosse on Saturday. In the first quarter with the Eagles on their own 34, Goodman blocked a punt that Eau Claire’s Mitch Olson recovered and the Blugolds scored a touchdown on the very next drive. In the fourth quarter with the score 24-21, Goodman caught a nine-yard pass on a fake punt to give the Blugolds a first down. A few plays later, the Blugolds scored their final touchdown of the game.

October 17, 2011
Men's Cross Country - Aaron Easker, Junior, Eland, Wis./Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Easker led the Blugolds to a fourth place finish out of 25 teams at UW-La Crosse’s Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday. Despite having his shoe partially dislodged from the heel of his foot at the one and a half mile mark and finally loosing it completely at the four-mile mark, Easker was able to move up throughout the race and finished the 8,000-meter course with a time of 25:42.6. He was the fourth collegiate finisher, second from Division III and the top WIAC finisher in the field.

October 17, 2011
Women's Cross Country - Ashlyn Mauer, Junior, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Mauer led the Blugolds to a first place finish out of 23 teams at the UW-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational on Saturday. She finished in fourth place overall with a time of 22:33.6 on the 6,000-meter course and was the top finisher from the WIAC.

October 17, 2011
Soccer - Defense: Emily Moore, Defender, 5-10, Junior, Brookfield, Wis./Central
Moore and the rest of the Blugold defense gave up just one goal in one game this weekend, helping the Blugolds to tie Carleton College (Minn.) 1-1 in double overtime Sunday. Carleton finished with just seven shots, four of which were on-goal.

October 17, 2011
Soccer - Offense: Paige LeGate, Forward, 5-5, Sophomore, Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port
In one game this week, the Blugolds tied opponent Carleton College (Minn.) 1-1 in double overtime. With the Blugolds down 1-0 in the final minutes, LeGate scored her seventh goal of the season with just over three minutes left in regulation to tie the game.

October 17, 2011
Women's Swimming - Sara Eggebrecht, Junior, Abbotsford, Wis./Colby
Eggebrecht was part of two first place finishes Friday as the Blugolds opened the season again Minnesota State University-Mankato. She led off the winning 400-yard medley relay team and also took the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:17.06. Eggebrecht also took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle.

October 17, 2011
Women's Tennis - Doubles: Taylor Heltne, Junior, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley & Katie Gillman, Sophomore, Red Wing, Minn.
Heltne and Gillman swept conference opponents this weekend at No. 1 doubles, beating their UW-La Crosse opponents 8-3 Saturday while coming away with an 8-4 win Sunday against their UW-Whitewater opponents. The pair finished the regular season winning nine straight matches and had an overall record of 15-2 and a conference record of 6-0.

October 17, 2011
Women's Tennis - Singles: Katie Gillman, Sophomore, Red Wing, Minn.
Gillman went 1-1 this weekend at No. 3 singles, beating her UW-La Crosse opponent 7-6, 6-3 Saturday while falling to her UW-Whitewater opponent 6-3, 6-3 Sunday. She finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-4 and a conference record of 5-1.

October 17, 2011
Volleyball - Liz Amici, Middle Hitter, 6-1, Senior, Whitewater, Wis.
Amici helped the Blugolds to a 3-0 victory Wednesday against conference opponent UW-Superior. In the match, she had 13 kills in 20 attempts, a .600 hitting percentage. She also came away with one solo block and a block assist.