Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 28: Joshua Smith and Laura Gorjanc

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 28: Joshua Smith and Laura Gorjanc

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Case Western Reserve University junior Joshua Smith, a linebacker on the football team, and freshman Laura Gorjanc, a defender on the women’s soccer team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Smith helped lead the no. 21/17 Spartans to a 30-23 win over Geneva College at DiSanto Field on Saturday.  Smith led the Spartans with career high 14 tackles (five solo), surpassing his previous career-best mark of 13, set last year against the Golden Tornadoes.  He also forced a fumble in the second quarter of the game, and picked off a pass with 1:30 remaining in the game that locked up the win for the Spartans.  Smith has 40 tackles (23 solo) this season, including 10.5 for a loss and 7.5 sacks.  Case Western Reserve improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC following Saturday’s victory.

Gorjanc posted a career-day on Saturday to lead the Spartans to a 3-1 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University. Gorjanc scored her second goal of the season to give CWRU a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute. She received a pass from sophomore Anika Washburn and took a shot from about 35 yards out that beat the OWU goalkeeper. Gorjanc then assisted on what would be the game-winning goal, as she sent a cross to senior Kimberly Chen who scored to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead in the 64 minute. The assist was Gorjanc’s second of the season. Case Western Reserve improved to 12-3 overall on the season.

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: Colt Morgan (football) helped lead the no. 21/17 Spartans’ offense to a 30-23 win over Geneva College at DiSanto Field on Saturday.  Morgan finished the game with 10 catches for 111 yards, and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Drew Saxton with 2:34 remaining in the first quarter.  The score gave the Spartans a 14-7 lead, and the team would hold the advantage for the remainder of the game.  The 10 receptions were a season-high for Morgan, and it marked his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the year and his fourth in the last five games.  He has totaled 49 catches for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and is now just two touchdowns away from matching the program’s career record of 31.  Case Western Reserve improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC following Saturday’s victory.

Brianna Lemon (volleyball) helped the Spartans split this past weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lemon tallied a team-best 38 kills throughout the two matches, while also adding 33 digs. In the Spartans’ 3-2 victory over DePauw University, Lemon led the CWRU attack with a season-high 21 kills and 24 digs. For the season, Lemon leads the squad with 259 kills (2.70 per set) and ranks second on the team with 333 digs (3.47 per set). Her 259 kills currently rank fourth among all University Athletic Association players.

Jana Giaquinto (volleyball) led the Spartans defensively on Saturday to help CWRU split a pair of matches. Giaquinto totaled a team-best 64 digs throughout the two matches. In the Spartans’ 3-2 win over DePauw, Giaquinto led the way with 33 digs and also added four assists. For the season, Giaquinto leads the team with 348 digs (3.66 per set).

Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer) scored the game-winning goal on Saturday as the Spartans claimed a 3-1 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University. Chen gave CWRU a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute with her sixth goal of the season. She received a cross from first-year Laura Gorjanc, beat an OWU defender, and shot the ball past the goalkeeper into the back of the net. For the season, Chen ranks second on the team with 17 points on six goals and five assists.

Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) led the men against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Tecson won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.38 and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that earned a first-place finish with a mark of 1:27.06.

Maria Pritchett (women’s swimming and diving) headlined the women’s performances against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, as she claimed titles in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Pritchett won the 200 Free with a time of 1:58.75 and then placed first in the 200 IM with a mark of 2:12.33. In addition, Pritchett was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the event with a time of 1:40.31.

2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

September 9th: Colt Morgan (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)

September 16th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

September 23rd: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Trisha Sundaram (women’s tennis)

September 30th: Cameron Brown (football) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 7th: James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Matthew Chen (Men’s Tennis)

October 14th: Joshua Smith (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 21st: Matthew Chen and James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

October 28th: Joshua Smith (football) & Laura Gorjanc (women’s soccer)