Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 29: Alex Besl and Caitlyn VonFeldt

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 29: Alex Besl and Caitlyn VonFeldt

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Case Western Reserve University senior Alex Besl, a forward on the men’s soccer team, and sophomore Caitlyn VonFeldt, a swimmer on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Besl led the Spartans to three wins in as many games this past week, as he scored two goals and registered one assist for five points. In Monday’s 3-1 win over Westminster (Pa.), Besl assisted on the first goal of the game as he sent a pass into the box that was redirected into the goal by junior Marques Manta. Over the weekend, Besl scored the game-winning goal in each match. On Friday, he connected on a header just over three minutes into the first overtime period to give CWRU a 3-2 overtime victory over the ninth-ranked University of Rochester. Besl followed that performance on Sunday by scoring the game-winner in a 3-0 shutout victory over Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For the season, Besl ranks tied for first on the team with eight goals and ranks tied for second with 19 points. In addition, he currently ranks tied for fourth among all University Athletic Association players in goals and tied for fifth in points. Case Western Reserve improved to 14-2-1 overall on the season, including a 4-1-1 mark in UAA play.

VonFeldt led the CWRU women on Saturday as she won the 100-yard backstroke during the Spartans’ dual-meet against Carnegie Mellon University. VonFeldt won the 100 Back with a time of 59.35, which currently ranks second among all University Athletic Association swimmers. In addition, her time in the 100 Back on Saturday was the top-time in the UAA during this past week of competition. The Case Western Reserve University women’s swimming and diving team currently ranks 23rd in Division III and sixth in the Central Region.

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: Cameron Brown (football) broke the program’s single-season sack record during the 22nd-ranked Spartans’ 34-3 win at Bethany College on Saturday.  Brown finished the game with three sacks (totaling 53 yards lost), four total tackles (all solo), forced one fumble, and returned the first interception of his career 15 yards for a touchdown.  His effort helped CWRU hold Bethany to just 98 yards of total offense in the game, including just 17 rushing yards.  He now has 9.5 sacks over the last three games, and has tallied a program-record 14 sacks this year, breaking the previous school record of 13, set by Derek Messmer in 1995.  Through eight games, Brown has 43 tackles (24 solo) with three forced fumbles and 17 total tackles for a loss.  The Spartans improved to 7-1 overall and moved into a first place tie in the PAC with a 6-1 league record.

Robertson Albrecht (football) accounted for 10 total points during the 22nd-ranked Spartans’ 34-3 win at Bethany College on Saturday.  Albrecht connected on both of his field goal tries, hitting a 24-yard kick to give CWRU a 3-0 lead with 9:48 remaining in the opening quarter, and a 22-yard try with 13:04 remaining in the game that extended the Spartans’ lead to 20-3.  He was also a perfect four-for-four on extra point attempts in the game. 

Luke DiFrancesco (football) caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, helping lead the 22nd-ranked Spartans to a 34-3 win at Bethany College on Saturday.  Included in his slate of catches was a 14-yard touchdown reception with 7:58 remaining in the second quarter that helped CWRU take a 10-0 lead at the time. 

Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) helped CWRU post three wins this past week, as he scored two goals and played a major role on the Spartans’ backline. During CWRU’s 3-1 win over Westminster (Pa.) on Monday, Ekberg scored the second goal of the game after he received a long free kick from sophomore Connor Weber and headed it into the goal. In the Spartan’s 3-2 overtime victory over ninth-ranked Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday, Ekberg once again scored the second goal of the game as he received a corner kick from Weber and headed it into the goal. In addition to Ekberg’s offense, he led a defensive unit that limited its three opponents to 35 shots over the three games, including only 14 shots on goal.

Karley King (volleyball) led the Spartans with 35 kills over two games this past week. In Saturday’s match against the College of Wooster, King tallied a team-high 23 digs, while also recording four digs and three total blocks. King ranks first on the team with 335 kills (3.32 per set) for the season. Her 335 kills also rank second among all University Athletic Association players, while her 3.32 kills per set rank fourth in the UAA.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) set up the Spartans offense this past week, as she tallied a team-high 56 assists (7.00 per set) over two games. In Saturday’s game against Wooster, Ellis led the Spartans with 32 assists and 12 digs. For the season, she leads the team with 600 assists (5.94 per set).

Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer) registered one goal for two points during this past weekend of play. In Friday’s game against the University of Rochester (N.Y.), Chen launched a shot on a free kick from 19-yards out that got past the Yellowjackets keeper to give CWRU the 1-0 advantage. For the season, Chen ranks first on the team with 16 points as she has scored six goals and tallied four assists.

Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country) was the team’s top finisher at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships on Sunday.  Lindemann finished 15th overall out of the 79 runners in the 6K race, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:46.6.  It marked the fifth time in as many races this season that she has paced the squad.  The Spartans finished seventh at the conference championship meet.

Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) earned All-University Athletic Association Second Team honors after finishing second at the conference championship meet on Sunday.  Razanauskas was the team’s top finisher for the first time this season, placing 14thoverall out of the 77 runners in the 8K race, while crossing the finish line in a time of 26:12.4.  His performance helped the Spartans place fifth out of eight teams at the UAA Championships, the team’s best finish at the conference meet since 2012.

Neil Wible (men’s swimming and diving) won the 100-yard freestyle to lead the Spartan men against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Wible won the 100 Free with a time of 48.08, which ranks as the 13th-best mark in the UAA. In addition, he was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished second (1:38.24) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team that placed second (1:27.12).

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)

October 8th: Colt Morgan (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 15th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 22nd: Cameron Brown (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 29th: Alex Besl (men’s soccer) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)