Erickson and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Erickson and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Emily Erickson (Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Lance Rongstad (Jr., QB, Eleva, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 10-16.

Erickson tallied three goals and one assist in a nonconference series as the BSU women’s ice hockey team picked up a weekend sweep at University of Maine. Erickson’s goal Friday came with less than two minutes left in the third period as BSU pulled goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) for an extra attacker on the power play. The goal, her third of the season, helped spur a comeback that eventually saw the Beavers defeat Maine 3-2 in overtime. Saturday, Erickson tallied two goals and one assist as the Beavers had their best scoring output since 2001 with a 7-0 win over the Black Bears. Erickson’s second goal was a short-handed goal and her assist was on Montana Vichorek’s (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) game-winner. Erickson was +4 on the weekend.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of the season for Erickson and marks the second occasion a member of the BSU women’s hockey team has been recognized during the 2011-12 campaign. She follows Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.), who garnered the award last week.

Rongstad led the BSU football team to a 35-10 victory against Minnesota State University Moorhead Oct. 14, scoring four touchdowns and accounting for 312 yards of offense.  He completed 14-of-22 (63.6%) pass attempts for 226 yards and three touchdowns, establishing career-highs for passing yards and passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 86 yards (8.6 yards per carry) and a touchdown, which stands as a season-high in rushing yards for the quarterback. Rongstad’s rushing touchdown was from 17 yards out to give BSU a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. His three passing scores all came in a 28-point second half from 24, four and 30 yards out, respectfully. He hit six different receivers in the game, four of which posted more than 49 receiving yards.

Rongstad’s award marks the second time this season he has been selected for Beaver Pride’s weekly award, while it is the seventh consecutive week a member of the BSU football team has been honored.  In addition to Rongstad (9/7 and 10/19), Brodie Scheff (Sr., S, Waconia, Minn.) earned the award Sept. 7, 27 and Oct. 12, Dustin Kroeplin (Jr., RB, Withee, Wis.) Sept. 21 and Zach Pulkinen (So., K, Minot, N.D.) was Beaver Pride’s Oct. 5 selection.

The No. 20 BSU football team, now 6-1 (5-1 NSIC, 1-1 NSIC North) for the first time since 2000, travels to Bismarck, N.D. Saturday for an NSIC North Division contest versus the University of Mary.  The game is set for a 2:30 p.m. opening kickoff at Bismarck Bowl.

The Bemidji State women’s hockey team (3-1-2; 0-1-1-1 WCHA) looks to extend is current winning streak beyond two games this weekend as it welcomes St. Cloud State University for a WCHA series.  The two-game set gets underway at 2:07 p.m. Friday with the opening face off Saturday set for the same time.  Both games will be played at Sanford Center.