BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Megan Lushanko (F, Jr., Chisago City, Minn.) Ryan Shields (QB, 6-1, 181, So., Roseville, Calif.) and have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding individual athletic performances during the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Lushanko helped the Bemidji State women’s hockey team defeat both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Vermont at home last weekend, netting a goal and two assists. Lushanko ended the weekend with a +3 plus/minus rating and currently leads the team with five points (2G, 3A).
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of Lushanko’s season and the second of the season for a member of the BSU women’s hockey team. She follows Stephanie Anderson (F, 5-9, Jr., North St. Paul, Minn.), who earned the award last week.
Shields led the BSU football team to its first victory of the season Saturday, completing 17-of-38 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns to earn a 21-20 victory over University of Mary. His 276 yards of passing goes down as a career best and marks his third consecutive game with at least 250 yards through the air. He added 24 yards rushing on five carries, including a season-long, 18-yard run.
The Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award also marks the second of Shields’ career and the fourth for the BSU football team in 2014. In addition to Shields’ Oct. 1 selection, he follows the Sept. 17th selection Blake Holder (WR, 6-2, 198, Fr., Steamwood, Ill.) and last week’s honoree Jordan Noskowiak (WR, 6-3, 216, Sr., Sun Prairie, Wis.).
The BSU football team, now 1-4 on the season, welcomes University of Minnesota Crookston to Chet Anderson Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Oct. 11.
The BSU women’s hockey team, which is off to a program-best 4-0-0 start, is idle this weekend but will return Oct. 17-18 when it opens WCHA play at the Ohio State University. The puck drops at 5:07 p.m. and 11:07 a.m., respectively from Columbus, Ohio.