2011-12 Graduates Named Student-Athletes of the Week

May 21, 2012

The Opus Group

MILWAUKEE - Nearly 40 Marquette University student-athletes earned degrees Sunday in the University's commencement activities and for that have been named the GoMarquette.com Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by The Opus Group.

Members of the men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball teams completed their respective athletic careers at MU in 2011-12 and are now proud graduates of Marquette.

A total of 12 Golden Eagles earned 4.0 grade point averages for the spring semester and 62 percent of the total student-athlete population collected a GPA of 3.0-or-better. Of the nearly 250 competitors at MU, 56 percent have a cumulative GPA of 3.0-or-above.

Men's Track & Field/CC 
Robert Bleem (Business Economics/Finance)
Peter Bolgert (Physics/Math)
Jack Hackett (Physiological Science)
Blake Johnson (Exercise Physiology)
Patrick Keeley (Math/Finance)
Jonathan Kusowski (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
James Muehleman (Finance)
Tyler O'Brien (Marketing)
Dominick Rosario (International Business/Economics)
Billy Schlottke (Corporate Communications)
Keith Schueller (Civil Engineering)

Women's Track & Field/CC
Lauren Benjamin (Psychology)
Alyssa Beste (Accounting)
Stephanie Grant (Elementary Education)
Kate Horan (Accounting)
Olivia Johnson (Accounting)
Courtney Kelly (Accounting)
Bekki Misanin (Exercise Physiology)
Alyssa Stevens (Physical Therapy)
Carly Windt (Biomedical Sciences)
Jenny Zahn (Journalism)

Men's Soccer
Michael Alfano (International Business/Marketing)
Ben Calvopina (Chemistry/Education)
Amilcar Herrera (Criminology & Legal Studies)
Patrick Kelly (Electrical Engineering)
Chris Madsen (History)
Paul Monsen (Business Administration)

Women's Soccer
Kerry McBride (Civil Engineering)
Lindsey Page (Nursing)

Men's Basketball
Darius Johnson-Odom (Communication Studies)

Women's Basketball
Jasmine Collins (Communication Studies/Criminology)
Tatiyiana McMorris (Sociology)

Women's Tennis
Gillian Hush (Public Relations)

Men's Tennis
Drake Kakar (Finance)
Jonathan Schwerin (Finance)

Ciara Jones (Broadcasting)

2011-12 GoMarquette.com Student-Athlete of the Week

Date Student-Athlete Sport Weekly Accomplishments
May 21 2011-12 Graduates All Sports Nearly 40 Golden Eagles received their degrees in ceremonies throughout Milwaukee on Sunday, May 20.
May 14 Gillian Hush Women's Tennis Hush was named the recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Midwest Region.
May 7 Jonathan Kusowski Track & Field Kusowski took third place on Friday afternoon in the men's hammer throw at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships and followed that up with a sixth-place showing in the javelin on Saturday. 
April 30 Olga Fischer Women's Tennis Fischer, a senior from Berlin, Germany, is the first women's tennis all-conference honoree from Marquette since the program joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
April 23 James Muehleman Track & Field Muehleman notched a personal-record in the triple jump at the Bryan Clay Invitational and recorded a mark above his previous PR on each jump over the weekend. The Chicago native's distance of 47 feet, 5 3/4 inches (14.47 meters) at the Bryan Clay Invitational is the No. 3 distance in program history.
April 16 Logon Collins Men's Tennis Collins helped claim two points for the Golden Eagles in their 4-3 victory over DePaul, including a win at No. 3 singles over DePaul's Sven Kasper (7-5, 7-5) and a double victory at the No. 2 spot.
April 9 Drake Kakar Men's Tennis Kakar clinched a victory for Marquette over Northern Illinois in the final home match of his career with singles and doubles victories Sunday afternoon at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
April 2 Samantha Kennedy Track & Field Kennedy broke Marquette's freshman record in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 177 feet, 3 inches (54.03 meters) at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. That mark qualifies her for the BIG EAST Confernce Outdoor Championships and is sixth in MU history.
March 26 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball Crowder was one of 10 players named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and he was also tabbed Second Team All-America by the Associated Press.
March 19 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball Crowder led Marquette to its second-straight Sweet 16 appearance while averaging 21.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists per game in wins over BYU and Murray State.
March 12 Vanessa Legault-Cordisco Women's Soccer

Legault-Cordisco helped Team Canada to a second-place finish at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Panama City, Panama. Team Canada went 4-1 and qualified for the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup slated for Aug. 18-Sept. 8 in Japan.  

March 5 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball Crowder was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team Sunday after helping the men's basketball team to a program-record 14-4 mark in BIG EAST Conference play. Crowder averaged 21.5 points 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in a win over No. 11 Georgetown and a loss at Cincinnati.
Feb. 27 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball

Crowder averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.5 blocked shots and 2.5 assists in Marquette's victories over Rutgers and West Virginia. The senior forward shot 78.5 percent (11-of-14) from the field in the win over the Scarlet Knights. His performance this past week also earned him the BIG EAST Player of the Week nod for the second straight week.

Feb. 20 Kyle Winter Men's Track & Field

Winter came from behind and captured Marquette's first BIG EAST Conference indoor title on Sunday with a 800-meter finals time of 1:52.99 at The Armory in New York. His 10 points helped the Marquette men to a ninth-place finish with 33 total points.

Feb. 13 Jamil Wilson Men's Basketball

Wilson averaged 16.5 points and seven rebounds in MU's wins over DePaul and Cincinnati and recorded his first career double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Blue Demons. He also had 15 points and four rebounds in Saturday's win over Cincinnati.

Feb. 6 Jack Hackett Men's Track & Field

Hackett won the unseeded men's mile at the Meyo Invitational Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. His time of 4:06.69 is a personal best and the third-fastest by a Marquette student-athlete in program history.

Jan. 30 Darius Johnson-Odom Men's Basketball

Johnson-Odom was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over USF and Villanova. 

Jan. 23 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball

Crowder averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in wins over Louisville and Providence. The senior earned his second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll nod of the season Monday afternoon.

Jan. 16 Calum Mallace Men's Soccer Mallace became the first Marquette men's soccer player selected in the MLS SuperDraft when the Montreal Impact selected him with the first pick of the second round Thursday afternoon. He was the 2011 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year.
Jan. 9 Katie Young Women's Basketball Young scored a career-high 18 points in Saturday's 69-60 win over Seton Hall, while shooting 6-of-9 from the floor in 21 minutes of action. The Kenosha, Wis., native also notched career bests of five 3-pointers and five rebounds without a turnover.
Jan. 2 Darius Johnson-Odom Men's Basketball Johnson-Odom matched a season high with 24 points against Villanova Sunday afternoon, helping Marquette begin BIG EAST play 1-0 for the second-straight season with a 81-77 win over the Wildcats.
Dec. 26 Katherine Plouffe Women's Basketball Plouffe was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll after helping the women's basketball team to a 2-0 week with wins over South Dakota State and Vermont. Plouffe averaged 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the victories.
Dec. 19 Todd Mayo Men's Basketball Mayo was named to the BIG EAST Conference Men's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll Monday for his 22-point outburst in Marquette's 93-72 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday, Dec.17 at the Bradley Center.
Dec. 12 Jae Crowder Men's Basketball Crowder began the week by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds to play Tuesday against Washington in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden and ended it with a team-high 21 points in Saturday's win over Green Bay.
Dec. 5 Ciara Jones Women's Volleyball

Jones helped Marquette to a 3-1 victory over No. 24 Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a match-high 17 kills. The Orlando, Fla., native also notched 10 kills in the Golden Eagles' second round loss at No. 7 Illinois. Jones ends her career with 1,140 kills, tying her for sixth place on Marquette's all-time list, while her hitting percentage of .234 ties her for ninth in program history.

Nov. 28 Chelsea Heier Women's Volleyball Heier was named the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year and helped the women's volleyball team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. She led the conference and finished seventh in the NCAA with 11.90 assists per set as a first-year player.
Nov. 21 Sarina Simmons Women's Basketball Simmons notched a career-high 23 points in Tuesday's 54-52 win over the Badgers and 22 points, the second-highest of her career, in Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech at the Bradley Center. 
Nov. 14 Taylor Madigan Women's Soccer Madigan notched her sixth game-winning goal of the season to send Marquette past Toledo in the first round of the NCAA Championship. It was her eighth tally of the season and second overtime game winner as MU moves on to face Penn State in the NCAA Second Round on Friday.
Nov. 7 Kerry McBride Women's Soccer McBride earned repeat BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 First Team. She anchored an MU back line that limited the opposition to just 2.5 shots on goal per game and is a civil engineering major with a 3.52 GPA.
Oct. 31 Chelsea Heier Women's Volleyball Heier averaged 12.83 assists per set in 3-0 sweeps at Pittsburgh and West Virginia, while helping the Golden Eagles hit a season-high .396 against the Panthers. The San Clemente, Calif., native earned her fourth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor Monday afternoon for her role in the perfect weekend.
Oct. 24 C. Nortey Men's Soccer Nortey recorded his first collegiate hat trick in MU's 3-0 victory at Seton Hall on Oct. 22. Nortey leads the team in goals scored and has helped the team to first place in the BIG EAST Blue Division standings, with 18 points in league play.
Oct. 17 Sebastian Jansson Men's Soccer Jansson scored both game-winning goals in Marquette's back-to-back wins over nationally ranked opponents this week as the Golden Eagles improved to 5-0-0 in the BIG EAST, MU's best start in league play in 47 years of men's soccer.
Oct. 10 Michael Motz Men's Golf Motz finished tied for second place after shooting a 1-under-par 71 Sunday in the final round of the John Dallio Memorial in Lemont, Ill. Motz opened with rounds of 74 and 72, respectively. The sophomore then made five birdies Sunday to finish at 217 for the tourney and posted his best finish in 11 collegiate events.
Oct. 3 Danielle Carlson Women's Volleyball Carlson hit .508 over the weekend to improve her BIG EAST-leading hitting percentage to .412 on the season. She also helped MU improve to 3-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time in program history. The Golden Eagles are 13-4 overall and winners of 10 of their last 11 matches.
Sept. 26 C. Nortey Men's Soccer Nortey scored two goals in men's soccer's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Syracuse, including the game winner in the 87th minute, Saturday evening. Nortey has notched five goals on the season with three coming in the last two wins over Michigan and Syracuse.
Sept. 19 David Check Men's Soccer Check helped the Marquette University men's soccer team to a 1-0-1 record over the weekend. He made nine saves and assisted on the game-winning goal with 51 seconds remaining in double-overtime in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Sunday at Michigan.
Sept. 12 Ashley Beyer Women's Volleyball Beyer averaged 4.22 kills and 2.33 digs per set in sweeps of Southern Miss, Akron and Milwaukee on her way to claiming Marquette/Milwaukee Invitational MVP honors. The Bloomington, Ill., native also notched her second double-double of the season against Southern Miss with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Sept. 5 Maegan Kelly Women's Soccer Kelly notched four goals and two assists in Marquette's 9-0 victory over North Dakota on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Kansas City native's 10 points and four goals both tied program records and she is the seventh Marquette player to record a hat trick.
Aug. 29 Ally Miller Women's Soccer

Miller earned 2011 MKE Cup MVP honors for her efforts in MU's two wins over Saint Louis and No. RV/23 Long Beach State. She was integral in the Golden Eagles' defensive effort in the two wins, as she helped limit the Billikens and the 49ers to seven shots and only three on goal. Miller was also named the BIG EAST Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time of her career Monday.

Aug. 22 Lindsey Page Women's Soccer

Page notched the overtime winner in women's soccer's 1-0 triumph over Northwestern Sunday, Aug. 27 at Valley Fields. The Alsip, Ill., native scored the golden goal in the 94th minute of play on a 12-yard shot to beat the Wildcats' goalkeeper Anna Cassell to the far post.

Aug. 15 Kate Reigle Women's Soccer

Reigle scored one of Marquette's two goals in its preseason opener at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday, Aug. 13. Reigle gave Marquette a 2-0 advantage at the 66:42 mark on a header served up by freshman Haley Fritzlen.

Aug. 8 Junior Cadougan Men's Basketball Cadougan earned most valuable player honors for the second-straight season at the Scion Dental Milwaukee Summer Pro-Am. He averaged 22.2 points, 11.4 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game, while leading his squad to a perfect 9-0 mark during the regular season. He notched two triple-doubles in league play, including a 14-point, 12-rebound and 39-assist performance on Friday, July 22 against MU teammates Vander Blue and Jamail Jones.
Aug. 1 Katherine Plouffe Women's Basketball Plouffe played an integral role in the Team Canada's fifth place finish at the U19 FIBA Women's World Championship  as she averaged 8.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while connecting on 46.2 percent of her attempts from the floor over the nine-game tournament. The Canadians finished 8-1 overall.
July 25 Sam Kennedy Track & Field Kennedy placed sixth in the hammer throw at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Fla., on July 22. She recorded a top toss of 169 feet, 5 inches (51.65 meters) to earn three points for Team Canada.
July 18 Maegan Kelly Women's Soccer Kelly led all scorers with five goals at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II U19 Championship while playing with her club team, Mallorca. Kelly scored both goals in a 2-1 win over CASA (Ohio) and in a 2-0 win over Iowa Rush in the preliminary round. She added a goal in a 2-2 draw with Eclipse Select before Mallorca won in penalty kicks, 3-2, in the semifinals to advance to the Region II Championship game. Mallorca fell in the title game, 2-0, to Minnesota's Woodbury Inferno.
July 11 David Check Men's Soccer Check posted a clean sheet in a 5-0 win for Milwaukee Bavarian SC over Eau Claire Aris FC on Saturday, July 9, as the goalkeeper helped Bavarian clinch its first National Premier Soccer League Midwest Division Championship and earn a berth in the NPSL finals later this month.
July 5 Olivia Johnson Track & Field/Cross Country Johnson earned Captial One Academic All-America® First Team regognition on June 23, joining men's runner Peter Bolgert as the first Marquette student-athletes to earn first team honors since 1997. The Milford, Iowa native sports a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Marquette's nationally recognized accounting program.

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