Enockson gets first Player of the Week award of career

By Lacy Searcy

DeKALB |A two-goal performance will usually get you noticed.

For NIU soccer’s Karen Enockson, finding the back of the net twice Saturday against Western Michigan garnered the junior forward her first MAC Player of the Week award.

The pair of goals came in the Huskies 3-0 defeat of the Broncos.

Enockson has been the main offensive threat for NIU this season. Playing in all 19 games, the junior leads the team with nine goals, 22 points and 62 shots on goal.

The MAC honor is the first earned by a Huskie this season and the first claimed by a NIU player since goalkeeper Carrie Dvorak was named as the league’s player of the week on Sept. 6, 2004. Enockson is the first Huskie position player to earn a weekly award since 1998.

Poor finish

If the NIU cross country team had any momentum going into the MAC Championships, it certainly didn’t show last Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Huskies finished 12th, which put them last in the MAC.

NIU had been on a roll heading into the championships. The Huskies finished third at the UW Parkside Invitational two weeks earlier and won the Benedictine Invitational the week before.

But that success didn’t follow the team to Buffalo.

“We were too spread out,” said NIU assistant cross country coach Mark McConeghey. “We had been working well and practicing well as a pack. We’re able to run and feed off of each other’s energy and that’s a plus. Unfortunately, we got spread out early and we didn’t run as well as we could have.”

Junior Mia Supanich-Winter’s 26th place finish with a time of 21:33:05 was best on the team.

Ohio was crowned MAC champion as three of its runners finished in the top 10.

Volleyball on fire

Winning 11 of your last 12 is never a bad way to go into a championship.

And that’s exactly what the NIU volleyball team will try to do with only four games remaining and the MAC Tournament two weeks away.

The Huskies won seven of their last eight games and are 10 games over .500 with a record of 17-7.

In its last eight games, the team also only allowed one match to go five games.

Lacy Searcy is a Sports Reporter for the

Northern Star.