Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Nov. 6: Paul Darmstadter and Brianna Lemon

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Nov. 6: Paul Darmstadter and Brianna Lemon

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Case Western Reserve University junior Paul Darmstadter, a midfielder on the men’s soccer team, and sophomore Brianna Lemon, an outside hitter on the volleyball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performance’s this past weekend.

Darmstadter scored the game-winning goal on Saturday evening to give the Spartans a 2-1 win over Carnegie Mellon University. Darmstadter’s game-winner came in the 80th minute when he fired a free kick from approximately 25 yards and got it past the CMU keeper. Darmstadter also assisted on the Spartans first goal that evened the game at 1-1 in the 75th minute. Darmstadter, who will be graduating this December, was honored before the game with the five other seniors for their contributions to the program. He finishes the season with three goals and one assist for seven points. With Saturday’s win, CWRU concludes the 2017 campaign at 7-9-2 overall and 3-4-0 in the University Athletic Association.

Lemon led the Spartans to two wins at the 2017 UAA Championships this past weekend. Lemon recorded a .253 hitting percentage for the weekend, notching a team-high 37 kills (4.11 per set) and also added 22 digs (2.44 per set). During a 3-0 win over the University of Rochester on Saturday, Lemon tallied a game-high 14 kills and also contributed seven digs and three block assists. Lemon finishes the 2017 campaign with 339 kills (3.14 per set) and 353 digs (3.27 per set). Her 3.14 kills per set currently ranks fifth among all University Athletic Association players. The Spartans finished the season with a fifth-place finish at the UAA Championships and a 19-12 overall record.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Jacob Burke (football) paced the Spartans to a 41-10 win over Westminster College on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.  Burke carried the ball 26 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns against the Titans, who entered the game with the second-best rushing defense in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.  It was his fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season and his fifth multiple touchdown game, as he raised his season totals to 908 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.  In addition, he surpassed the 2,000-career rushing yard milestone in the game, and moved into second place in program history with 33 career rushing touchdowns.  The Spartans, who moved up to 14th in the D3football.com Top-25 following the game, improved to 9-0 and 7-0 in the PAC and can clinch both the PAC and UAA Championships with a win against Carnegie Mellon next weekend. 

Zach Lyon (football) helped lead a Spartans’ defense that shutout Westminster in the second half of Saturday’s 41-10 victory over the Titans in Cleveland, Ohio.  Lyon, a team co-captain, finished the game with three tackles, all solo, including a key stop of Westminster running back Kimu Kim for a loss of two yards on a fourth-and-two play from the CWRU 24-yard line in the second quarter.  He also made a key play on special teams on the final play of the first quarter, catching a 27-yard pass on a fake punt, extending a drive that resulted in a CWRU touchdown. 

Ben Carniol (football) converted both of his field goal tries and made all five of his extra point attempts, helping lead the Spartans to a 41-10 win over Westminster College on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.  Carniol converted field goals of 25 yards with 1:49 left in the third quarter and 27 yards with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter.  His 11 points in the game pushed his career total to 202, becoming just the fourth player in school history with over 200 career points.

Calvin Boyle (men’s soccer) played 45 shutout minutes for the Spartans during the team’s 2-1 season-finale win over Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Boyle entered the game at the start of the second half and made three saves to earn the win and improve to 6-9-2 on the season.

Elle Zadina (women’s soccer) scored the Spartans lone goal on Saturday evening against Carnegie Mellon University to finish the season with a team-high eight goals. Zadina’s goal came via a penalty kick in the 76th minute of the game. Zadina’s eight goals on the season ties her for 10th-most in a single-season in program history. The eight goals in a single-season are also the most Ana Arruda scored nine goals during the 2008 season. 

Faith Ellis (volleyball) tallied 78 assists (8.67 per set) over the three matches this past weekend, and also gathered 25 digs (2.78 per set). During the team’s 3-0 win over the University of Rochester, Ellis paced the offense with 28 assists and also contributed 10 digs on defense. Ellis concludes the season with 895 assists (7.99 per set) and 226 digs (2.02 per set). Her 7.99 assists per set currently ranks second among all University Athletic Association players.

Keith Erichsen (men’s swimming & diving) helped the Spartan men earn two wins this past weekend, defeating the College of Wooster on Friday and Oberlin College on Saturday. During Friday’s meet against Wooster, Erichsen won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:08.90. In Saturday’s meet against Oberlin, Erichsen claimed the win in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:51.30. His time of 16:51.30 in the 1,650 Free currently ranks in the University Athletic Association.

Cassiel Yuzik (men’s swimming & diving) swept the diving events against Wooster, recording a score of 218.80 in the one-meter dive and 198.20 in the three-meter dive. He added a win in the one-meter dive against Oberlin on Saturday, recording a score of 211.58.

Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming & diving) helped the Spartan women earn two wins this past weekend, defeating the College of Wooster on Friday and Oberlin College on Saturday. Against Wooster, Mestha claimed the top-spot in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.44. In Saturday’s meet against Oberlin, Mestha earned a win in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.66. Her time of 2:07.66 in the 200 Back currently ranks sixth in the UAA.

2017 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 5th: Justin Phan (football) & Elle Zadina (women's soccer)

September 11th: Zachary Senft (men's soccer) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 18th: Jacob Burke (football) & Danielle Kulpins (women's cross country)

September 25th: Calvin Boyle (men's soccer) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women's tennis)

October 2nd: Rob Cuda (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 9th: Andrew Banathy (football) & Kimberly Chen (women's soccer)

October 16th: Rob Cuda (football) & Karley King (volleyball)

October 23rd: Justin McMahon (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

October 30th: Michael Balog (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 6th: Paul Darmstadter (men’s soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)