Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 1: Charlie Fink and Madeline Lindemann

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 1: Charlie Fink and Madeline Lindemann

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Case Western Reserve University freshman Charlie Fink, a goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team, and junior Madeline Lindemann, a runner on the women’s cross country team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Fink played 200 shutout minutes for the Spartans this past week, as the squad posted a 1-0-1 record. Fink made seven saves throughout the 200 minutes of action. On Wednesday evening, he helped the Spartans to a 3-0 upset win over seventh-ranked Kenyon College. Fink went the distance and made two saves during his 90 minutes of action. In Saturday’s scoreless tie against Brandeis University, Fink recorded his fourth individual clean sheet while making five saves (one short of his season high). He raised his save percentage to .824, while lowering his goals against average 0.61. Fink currently ranks third in the University Athletic Association with 28 saves, fourth with a 0.61 goals-against average and fifth with a .824 save percentage. The Spartans moved to 8-1-1 on the 2018 campaign.

Lindemann helped the 24th-ranked Spartans finish second among Division III teams and 14th overall at the 2018 All-Ohio Championships in Norton, Ohio on Saturday.  Lindemann led the Spartans with a 43rd-place finish out of 307 total competitors in the women’s 6K, and eighth out of 142 Division III runners.  She crossed the finish line with a time of 22:46.8, marking the third time through three meets this season and the fourth time overall in her career that she has been CWRU's top finisher at a meet. 

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: Justin Phan (football) caught 10 passes for a season-high 128 yards and two touchdowns during the 19th-ranked Spartans 35-14 win at Westminster College on Saturday night.  The game marked Phan’s second 100-yard receiving effort of the campaign, and the second time this season that he has caught at least 10 passes in a game. Phan leads the PAC and is 16th among all Division III receivers with 8.3 receptions per game, while leading all Spartan receivers with 33 receptions and 361 yards.  Case Western Reserve improved to 4-0 overall and to 3-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with Saturday night’s victory.

Patrick Crossey (football) finished the game with a career-best 15 tackles (four solo), as his effort aided a Spartans’ defense that held the Titans scoreless over the second half of the game, and yielded just 304 total yards of offense.  He also tallied his team-leading second interception of the year with 3:19 to play in the game, preventing a potential Westminster score by picking off a first and goal pass on the CWRU one yard line and returning it 55 yards.  Crossey has totaled 28 tackles this season (14 solo), and has broken up three passes, in addition to his two interceptions.

Alex Besl (men’s soccer) helped the Spartans upset seventh-ranked Kenyon College on Wednesday, as he registered his fifth goal of the campaign. The score came in the 21st minute when he received a cross from junior Garrett Winter and laced a shot into the back of the net. Besl currently ranks fifth in the UAA with five goals.

Karley King (volleyball) helped the Spartans to two wins this past week of play. King recorded a team-high 54 kills throughout the week, while also tallying 14 digs and eight total blocks. During the team’s 3-1 win over Brandeis University on Sunday, King led the attack with a season-high 20 kills while hitting .513. For the season, King currently leads the team with 207 kills (3.00 per set) and has also registered 76 digs and 35 total blocks.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) contributed 85 assists for the Spartans this past week, as she averaged 6.07 assists per set. During the team’s 3-1 win over Brandeis, Ellis tallied a game-high 31 assists, 12 digs and two service aces.

Christina Hickson (women’s soccer) scored the Spartans lone goal this past week, as CWRU dropped two tough matches to Denison University and 12th-ranked Brandeis University. In the 2-1 loss to Denison on Tuesday, Hickson recovered the ball after freshman Taylor Bova laced a shot at the Denison keeper and then gathered it and shot the ball into the back of the net. The score was Hickson’s team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Mira Amin (women’s tennis) picked a pair of victories at the Detroit Mercy Invitational this past weekend. Amin earned a 3-6, 7-5, 13-11 victory over Oakland's Samantha Galloway on Friday in singles play, and also teamed with freshman Sneha Karnam to defeat Akron's Carla Flores and Alexis Steer 7-5 in doubles play.

Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) reached the round of 32 of the singles tournament and the semifinals of the doubles draw at the 2018 ITA Fall Central Region Championships in St. Louis, Missouri over the weekend.  Chen teamed with junior Zach Hennessey to go 4-1 in the doubles draw.  The duo, seeded 11th overall, won its first four matches, including an 8-4 win over 15th-seeded Tim Cianciola and Mitchell Thai of Denison, before falling to the top-seeded pairing in the semifinals.  He was also seeded 12th in the singles draw, and won his first two matches in straight sets before dropping a contest to 23rd-seeded teammate Max Vicario.

David Hall (men’s cross country) was the team’s top finisher at the All-Ohio Championships in Norton, Ohio on Saturday.  Hall crossed the finish line of the men’s 8K race in a time of 25:06.2, good for a 30th place finish overall out of 324 total runners and sixth among the 148 Division III competitors.  Hall became the third different Spartan to lead the team through three meets this season, and this marked the first time over his career that he has been the team’s top finisher.  The Spartans finished eighth out of 39 total collegiate teams, and second among NCAA Division III squads at the All-Ohio Championships.

2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 10th: Garrett Winter (men's soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

September 17th: Drew Saxton (football) & Christina Hickson (women's soccer)

September 24th: Ian Henderson (football) & Jessica Liu and Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis)

October 1st: Charlie Fink (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)