Nine Washington University Student-Athletes Nab UAA Athlete of the Week Honors
St. Louis, Mo., October 29, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis had nine student-athletes selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Sophomore Lucy Cheadle of the No. 27 women’s cross country team; junior quarterback Eric Daginella, freshman kicker Alex Hallwachs and junior defensive lineman Seth Wight of the football team; senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave and senior libero Kelly Pang of the No. 1 volleyball team; senior midfielder/forward Zac Query of the men’s soccer team; junior Kevin Sparks of the 10th-ranked men’s cross country team; and sophomore midfielder Anna Zambricki of the No. 5-ranked women’s soccer team each received Athlete of the Week accolades. Daginella, Sparks, Wight, and Zambricki each picked up the honors for the second time this season, while Cheadle and Hargrave were named UAA Athletes of the Week for the fourth time in 2012 and Pang picked up her sixth weekly accolades of the season.
Cheadle earned UAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after capturing the UAA women’s individual championship Saturday. She was named the UAA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the 6K race by more than 30 seconds. Cheadle is the seventh women’s cross country runner in school history to race to the conference title.
Daginella was selected as the UAA Football Offensive Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row. He had a career-high 223 yards of total offense in the Bears’ 15-3 win against Carnegie Mellon University Saturday. Daginella completed 12-of-26 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, and added nine carries for 52 yards on the ground. He is 3-1 in his four starts this season.
Hallwachs picked up UAA Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week recognition for the first time in his career after tying a school record with three field goals in Washington University’s 15-3 win against Carnegie Mellon. He attempted all four of his field goals in the third quarter, connecting on kicks of 33, 46 and 41 yards. The 46-yarder was a career-long. Hallwachs is the fourth player in school history to make three field goals in a game. In just three games, he is 5-of-6 in field goals and 2-of-3 in extra points.
Hargrave was tabbed the UAA Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this year. She led Washington U. offensively in three wins and was named to the Halloween Invitational all-tournament team. She averaged 4.78 kills per set and hit .351 in wins over Alverno College, No. 24 Juniata College and St. Ambrose University. Hargrave leads the UAA with an average of 3.85 kills per set this season.
Pang received UAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades for the sixth time this season after helping the Bears win three matches to finish the regular season with a 27-2 record. She was named to the Halloween Invitational all-tournament team after topping the 30-dig mark in the Bears’ wins over No. 24 Juniata College and St. Ambrose University. Pang has now recorded at least 30 digs in five matches this season. She also increased her season total to 581 digs, which ranks fifth on the Washington U. all-time single-season list and gives her four of the top-eight single-season digs marks in school history.
Query earned UAA Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week honors after helping the Bears to a pair of UAA road wins over the weekend. He was part of all three of Washington U.’s goals in the Bears’ 3-2 double-overtime win at Case Western Reserve University Sunday. Query assisted on the first goal for Washington U. in the 42nd minute to tie the score (1-1), then scored his first goal of the season with five seconds left in the first half to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. After Case Western Reserve tied the score late in regulation, Query scored his fourth-career game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to give the Bears the win.
Sparks was selected as the UAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time in 2012 following his UAA men’s individual championship Saturday. Sparks earned UAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year honors after winning the men’s 8K race and helping the Bears earn their third-straight UAA Men’s Cross Country Championship. He became just the third runner in school history to win the conference men’s cross country individual title.
Wight was named the UAA Football Defensive Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after helping the Bears to a 15-3 win against Carnegie Mellon. He tied his career high with five tackles, including two tackles for loss and two sacks, and also forced a fumble in the win. Wight helped the Bears’ defense limit the Tartans to a season-low 226 yards of total offense and three points. CMU entered the weekend leading the UAA in total offense (443.9) and scoring (34.4).
Zambricki received UAA Women’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season. She recorded the third hat trick of her career to lead the Bears to a 3-0 victory at Case Western Reserve Sunday. Zambricki leads the UAA in goals scored in conference games (seven) and overall (12). She has 22 goals in her career, tied for 10th on the Washington University all-time leaders list.