Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 17: Drew Saxton and Christina Hickson

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 17: Drew Saxton and Christina Hickson

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Case Western Reserve University freshman Drew Saxton, a quarterback on the football team, and freshman Christina Hickson, a forward on the women's soccer team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Saxton led the 19th-ranked Spartans to a 49-23 win at Grove City College on Saturday night, completing 24-of-34 passes for 361 yards and five touchdowns in just the second game of his collegiate career.  Saxton (who did not take a snap in the fourth quarter with the game in hand) completed his first seven passes of the game and 12 of his first 13.  He threw four of his touchdown passes to Colt Morgan, hitting the sophomore receiver on passes of 18 yards and five yards in the first quarter, and five yards and 28 yards in the third quarter.  His fifth touchdown pass came on a season-long 71 yard pass to junior running back Sam Jenkins on the first play of the second quarter.  Through two games this season, he has completed 68.1% of his passes for 595 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception, and rushed for an additional score.  The Spartans improved to 2-0 on the season and to 1-0 in Presidents' Athletic Conference games with the win.

Hickson scored three goals to help the Spartans pick up two wins in as many games this past week. In Friday's 3-0 win over Hiram College, Hickson recorded her first-multiple game of her career as she scored goals in the 4th and 6th minutes of play. On Saturday, Hickson connected on a 'golden goal' in the first overtime period to give the Spartans a 1-0 win over Chatham University. The game was scoreless throughout regulation, before Hickson struck for the game-winning score with just 7:19 left to play in the first overtime period. Hickson currently leads the Spartans with five goals and 10 points. She also currently ranks tied for first among all University Athletic Association players with five goals. Case Western Reserve improved to 3-2 overall on the 2018 campaign.

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: Isaac Withrow (football) notched a career-high 10 tackles (five solo) during the 19th-ranked Spartans' 49-23 win at Grove City on Saturday night.  Included in his 10 tackles was an assisted sack, coming during the first quarter of the game.  Withrow leads all CWRU players this year with 16 tackles, including six unassisted stops.

Chase Witte (football) made an impact as both a punter and a kick returner during the 19th-ranked Spartans' 49-23 win at Grove City College on Saturday night.  Witte punted three times for an average of 33.3 yards, including a long punt of 39 yards.  In addition, he returned three kicks for an average of 29.0 yards, including a long return of 37 yards.

Maximillian Klemm (men's soccer) connected on a 'golden goal' in the first overtime period on Saturday evening to give the Spartan men a 1-0 win over 22nd-ranked Capital University. Klemm struck for the game-winning score, his second of the season, just 17 second into the first overtime period. The sophomore received a beautiful cross from junior Zachary Senft and drilled a shot into the back of the net.

Charlie Fink (men's soccer) played over 182 minutes in goal this past week as he helped the Spartan men to two victories in as many games. Fink allowed only one goal and made four saves in the Spartans 2-1 overtime win at John Carroll, and then recorded over 90 minutes of shutout play in Saturday's 1-0 overtime win against #22 Capital. The 5-1 record to begin the season is the best start for the Spartans through six games since the 2011 season when CWRU also began the campaign with a 5-1 record.

Haley Sims (volleyball) led the Spartans to three wins in four matches this past week. Sims recorded a .307 hitting percentage for the week, notching a team-high 34 kills (2.62 per set) and 14 total blocks (including four solo).

Anna Jaskoviak (volleyball) helped the Spartans collect three wins this past week. During the team's perfect 3-0 weekend at the Buffalo State Bengal Challenge, Jaskoviak was named the Spartans representative for the All-Tournament Team as she led the squad with 50 digs throughout the three games.

Lauren Metz (women's soccer) allowed zero goals and made five saves to help the Spartans to two wins this past week. She played 45 shutout minutes in net on Wednesday against Hiram, and followed that performance with a 1-0 shutout victory over Chatham on Saturday.

Jonathan Powell (men's tennis) won his singles draw to remain undefeated in singles matches over his collegiate career, despite facing higher-division competition at the Greater Cincinnati Invitational over the weekend. Powell improved to 10-0 for his career in singles play, and to 7-1 this season and 23-6 over his career in doubles matches.

Madeline Lindemann (women's cross country) was the team's top finisher at the Allegheny Classic on Saturday, placing second overall in the field of 121 finishers.  Lindemann crossed the finish line in a time of 18:26, leading all CWRU runners at the meet.  Her performance helped the Spartans place second out of 10 teams at the meet.

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro (men's cross country) was the team's top finisher in a race for the first time in his career, placing sixth out of a field of 116 runners at the Allegheny Classic in Meadville, Pennsylvania on Saturday.  He completed the four-mile course in a time of 20:53, a one-minute, 36-second improvement on his time at the meet last season.  Pinal-Alfaro's performance helped the Spartans place second out of 10 teams at the meet. 

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)