McElhinney and Crosby earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
McElhinney and Crosby earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Alana McElhinney (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta) and Cory Crosby (So., ILB, 6-0, 234, Cold Spring, Minn.)  have been tabbed Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after posting outstanding athletic accomplishments during the week of Oct. 11-17.

Making a career-high 56 saves, McElhinney, a goaltender for the BSU women’s ice hockey team, backstopped the Beavers to their first-ever win over a No. 1 team, defeating Mercyhurst College 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. McElhinney played one of the finest games of her career, making numerous odd-man-rush saves and denied Mercyhurst’s Olympic gold medal-winner Megan Agosta from scoring, as she picked up her second-ever win over a nationally ranked team. Of the three goals conceded, two were the result of defensive turnovers in the BSU end and one came on the Mercyhurst power play. She also set the BSU record for most saves in a win.

This week’s award marks the third time Beaver Pride has recognized McElhinney as its athlete of the week.  She was also honored Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 of last season.  She stands as the first member of the BSU women’s hockey team to be honored by the organization this season.

Crosby led the BSU football team for the second straight week piling up 10 tackles (four solo), as the Gang Green defense guided the Beavers to 14-6 win at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He also sacked MSUM quarterback Bryson Pluta, forcing and recovering a fumble halfway through the fourth quarter after the Dragons had picked-up first downs on back-to-back plays of 14 and 19 yards, respectfully.  

Crosby leads the team in tackles with 55 and sits tied for fourth in the NSIC.

The award marks the first of its kind for Crosby, while it stands as the sixth for a member of the BSU football team in 2010-11.

The BSU football team, now 4-3 on the season and 3-3 in NSIC play, hosts University of Mary Saturday.  Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

McElhinney and the BSU women’s hockey team, 2-4-0 overall and 0-2-0-0 versus the WCHA, welcomes the Minnesota Whitecaps in exhibition play this weekend.  Friday the team hosts the Whitecaps for a 7 p.m. affair in Eveleth, Minn., while the teams will return to the Bemidji Regional Event Center for a 4 p.m. contest Saturday.