BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Soccer captain Miranda Famestad and Jake Krause, of the football team, were named 2017-18 Female and Male Athletes of the Year as a part of the Beaver Nation Celebration athletic appreciation banquet Thursday at the Beaux Arts Ballroom. The award winners were selected from a pool of nominated student-athletes from all 15 of BSU’s intercollegiate sport programs.
In addition, Allyson Smith, also of the soccer team, and football standout Andrew Lackowski were selected BSU’s 2017-18 Female and Male Newcomers of the Year, while Lauren Bench, Anna Fobbe and Ben Skaar picked up Female and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
In all, over 60 seniors were recognized in addition to public recognition of BSU’s top academic teams, it’s women’s and men’s hockey programs, BSU’s three NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award winners and Volunteer of the Year Dave Thomas, with the presentation of the athletes and newcomers of the year, serving as the culminating event of the program.
Miranda Famestad – Soccer (Senior, Defense, Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Famestad, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., was a Division II Collegiate Commissioner’s Association First Team All-American, First-Team All-NSIC selection and NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. She was also named to the Division II United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region First Team in addition to a First Team All-Region pick by D2CCA at the conclusion of the season. She anchored a BSU defensive unit that surrendered just 10 goals and seven goals in league play to rank second in the NSIC. She led a unit that posted 12 shutouts in 20 matches, which included a 377:18 shutout streak to open the season. In all, the BSU defense allowed just 213 shots in 20 matches (10.65 spg) and 98 (4.9 sogpg) shots on goal. The BSU back line protected a goalkeeping duo that ranked second in the league in goals allowed (0.50) and goals allowed average (0.48). Offensively, the senior was sixth on the team in scoring with three goals and a career-high two assists for eight points, logging 1,484 minutes, while starting 19-of-20 BSU contests to sit fourth on the team. At the conclusion of the season she signed a contract to play professional soccer in Sweden.
Jake Krause – Football (Senior, Offensive Line, Wadena, Minn.)
Krause, a native of Wadena, Minn., became just the third BSU football player to earn D2Football.com All-American Honorable Mention status at the conclusion of 2017. He was named All-NSIC First Team after starting all but one game in his career. He helped drive BSU’s 35.3 points per game, which ranked third in the NSIC in 2017. The Beavers also ranked third in the league with 202.5 rushing yards per game and fourth with 396.5 total yards per game. Krause, a team captain, started all 11 games and finished his career on a 33-game start streak.
Allyson Smith– Soccer (Freshman, Forward, Brainerd, Minn.)
Smith, the first BSU freshman to earn the NSIC’s Freshman/Newcomer of the Year Award, also became the first Beaver rookie to be named to an all-regional team. The Brainerd, Minn., native, was second on the team with nine goals, including three game-winners, nine assists and 27 points. She was second in the league with nine assists, while she was third in the NSIC in points (27), points per game (1.50), goals (9) and goals per game (0.50). In addition, she ranked second in the NSIC averaging 3.67 shots per game.
Smith’s nine goals tied her for 12th on BSU’s single-season goal scoring list, while her nine assists was good for third and her 27 points is tied for seventh.
Andrew Lackowski – Football (Junior, Running Back, Alvin, Texas)
Lackowski, a junior running back from Rocklin, Calif., finished his first season with BSU ranked fourth in the NSIC with 959 rushing yards. He had a streak of three consecutive games with at least 150 yards rushing, culminating with a 184-yard performance Oct. 21 at Northern State. Lackowski punched in five touchdowns on the ground and added another four receiving scores.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.