St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 19, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior Brad Hodkinson of the NCAA runner-up men's cross-country team, junior Paige Lawler of the national champion women's cross-country team, senior midfielders Maggie Crist and Caroline Dempsey of the No. 1-ranked women's soccer team and senior Madeline Homoly of the No. 18 women's basketball team each earned the honor.
Hodkinson put forth an amazing effort to become just the fourth WashU men's cross-country student-athlete to post a top-10 time at the national championship 8K race. He placed seventh overall with a time of 24:39.1 after making a push for the national title leading at the 7.1K marker. WashU placed second overall at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championship, the top finish in program history.
Lawler was crowned the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Individual Cross Country National Champion after crossing the 6K finish line in 20:55.0 and in the process helped guide the women's cross-country team to a one-point edge over No. 1 Johns Hopkins for the second team national title in program history.
Crist, the Defensive Player of the Week, was part of the defense that allowed four shots on goal in a pair of victories last weekend as the Bears advanced to the Final Four for the third time in the last four years. She had a goal and an assist and was on the back line that held No. 23 UW-La Crosse to one shot on goal in a 3-0 win Friday in the Sectional Semifinal. On Saturday, the Bears posted a 2-1 win over No. 15 Wheaton in the Sectional Final, limiting the Thunder to three shots on goal.
Dempsey, the Offensive Player of the Week, converted the game-winning penalty kick in No. 1 WashU's 2-1 victory over No. 15 Wheaton Saturday in the Sectional Championship game in St. Louis. The game-winning goal for Dempsey was her first of the season and fifth of her career.
Homoly led the Bears in scoring during its season-opening weekend, duplicating 22-point efforts as WashU went 1-1 in the 18th Annual McWilliams Classic. She was also named to the McWilliams Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts while she totaled a team-high 16 rebounds in addition to three assists and a steal.