(DANBURY, Conn.) – Four Carnegie Mellon University athletes were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) when the organization announced its weekly award winners this week. Earning the first award of the season are men’s soccer junior Alec Lam (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional), women’s soccer freshman Carolyn Botz (St. Louis, Mo./Micds), volleyball sophomore Kayla Yew (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral), and senior football player Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass/Hingham).
Lam was honored as the ECAC South Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for recording two shutouts while the men's soccer team topped seventh-ranked University of Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges by identical 1-0 scores on the road during the second week of the season. Lam made three saves against the ranked Bulldogs before making four against the Sagehens to help the Tartans to a 3-1 overall record to date.
Botz was named the ECAC South Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week. The freshman goalkeeper added two shutouts to her season total of three and lowered her season goals-against-average to 0.24 as the Tartans topped Capital University, 5-0, on Friday and tied Ohio Northern University, 0-0, on Saturday with both games being played on the road.
Yew was named the ECAC South Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for helping the 24th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University volleyball team to a 4-0 record this past week as the Tartans remain unbeaten on the season at 8-0. Yew led the Tartans with 84 digs in four matches this past week. She recorded a game-high 29 digs in the Tartans 3-1 win over Hiram to close play at the Marcia French Invitational on Saturday. Yew has now recorded double digit digs in all eight matches this season.
Benger picked up ECAC South Football Offensive Player of the Week recognition for his four touchdowns on nine first-half touches in Saturday’s 42-14 home victory over Rochester. The running back finished with eight carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns to go along with an 11-yard touchdown grab. It marked his fifth career four touchdown game. After Saturday’s efforts, he currently ranks fourth in PAC history in career rushing touchdowns (53) and rushing yards (4,593) and fifth in rushing attempts (757). His 92-yard scoring run in the first quarter is tied for the sixth-longest in PAC history and is the league’s longest run since 2014.