Erickson and Bjorge earn All-NSIC honors
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Erickson and Bjorge earn All-NSIC honors
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Kathryn Bjorge (Sr., D, Prior Lake, Minn.) have been selected for All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors.  Erickson was named Third-Team All-NSIC, while Bjorge earned a spot on the honorable mention team. The announcement of the 2011 All-NSIC teams came from the league office today.

Erickson started all 19 of the Beavers’ matches as a senior and led the team in scoring with nine goals to go with four assists and finished the season with 22 points.  Her six goals and two assists in NSIC play, placed her in a tie for sixth place on the league leader board in points (14) and sixth in goals scored (6), while she was seventh in shots attempted (54). Of the Beavers’ eight wins in 2011, Erickson accounted for five game-winning goals.

Erickson finished her career with 12 goals and 10 assists for 34 points.  She sits tied with Lauren Williams (1999-01) in career goals scored and  is sole possession of the eighth spot on BSU’s all-time list of career points, while her five game-wining goals place her fifth in the history of the program.

Bjorge, who started 19 matches for BSU in 2011, was a vital cog for a BSU back line that finished third in the NSIC with just 10 goals allowed in conference play.  The Prior Lake, Minn. native and her fellow defenders helped Bemidji State post eight shutouts during the course of the season to rank third in the league. Bjorge also contributed a goal and two assists for a career-high four points this season to sit fifth on the team in scoring and lead all BSU defenders.

Bjorge totaled two goals and six assists in a green and white uniform.  She played in 67 matches, starting 57 since she stepped on campus in the fall of 2008.

Bemidji State completed the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 8-8-3, while it finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 6-4-2 mark in league play.