St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 29, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis had six student-athletes recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced Monday 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, freshman Erin Flynn and senior Hannah Menard of the No. 1 women's soccer team and junior Zoe Baxter and senior Julianne Malek of the No. 12 volleyball team each earned the honor.
Lawler helped the Bears capture their fifth-straight UAA women's title by winning the 6K race in Somers, Wis., Sunday with a season-best time of 21:15.7. The Bears posted five top-10 times and had six individuals earn all-UAA distinction.
Hodkinson was the 2018 men's UAA champion as the Bears claimed their third-straight conference title. He was the first of three Bears to cross the finish line, doing so in 25:19.8, matching his second fastest time in a WashU uniform.
Flynn, the Offensive Athlete of the Week, assisted on both game-winning goals as WashU wrapped up its fourth-straight UAA title with two wins. She found junior Taylor Cohen open for the game-winner with 56 seconds left in regulation in a 1-0 win over No. 13 Brandeis Friday, and then slid a pass to classmate Ariana Miles in the 58th minute for the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over New York Sunday.
Menard, the Defensive Athlete of the Week, anchored the defense to a pair of shutouts last weekend at home. The Bears limited No. 13 Brandeis to one shot on goal in the 1-0 win, and then did not allow a shot on goal for the eighth time this season in a 2-0 victory over New York Sunday. WashU outshot its opponents 39-4 for the week, allowing just one shot on goal.
Baxter, the Defensive Player of the Week, was also named to the Baden Invitational All-Tournament Team after guiding the Bears to a 3-1 weekend and 4-1 week overall. Baxter totaled 93 digs in the five matches, averaging 5.5 digs per set, as she exceeded 20 digs altogether in three matches. She also assisted the Bears attack with 20 assists for the week.
Malek, the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week, posted a .461 hitting percentage, averaging 10 kills per match, in a 4-1 week for WashU. She also added 21 blocks (six solo), 10 digs and six service aces. Malek's best match came against regionally ranked Texas-Dallas when she produced 11 kills on 12 attempts with two solo blocks and two block assists in a 3-0 victory. She was also named to the Baden Invitational All-Tournament Team.