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Feb. 21, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Two dominating performances highlight Miami's athletes of the week as senior goaltender Connor Knapp is the Miami Male Athlete of the Week while sophomore pole vaulter Kori Tatman is Miami's Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19.
Knapp (York, N.Y.) was stellar in net for the RedHawks over the weekend, backstopping the ice hockey team to a sweep of then-No. 13 Notre Dame. He allowed just one goal all weekend, which came when UND was on a 5-on-3 power play. He posted a 0.50 goals-against average for the weekend with a .983 save percentage while stopping 59 of 60 shots he faced. Friday, Knapp pitched his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career by stopping all 31 shots that were on goal. He is now one shutout shy of tying the school's career shutout mark of 12, held by classmate Cody Reichard and David Burleigh ('03). Saturday, he made 28 saves while allowing just the two-man advantage goal. He also helped Miami go 7-for-8 on the penalty kill, making a whopping 17 saves while short-handed. He was the No. 1 star of both games as well.
Knapp earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week and Inside College Hockey (INCH) National Player of the Week for his efforts as well, while he has earned Miami Male Athlete of the Week twice now this year. He dropped his goals-against average to 1.65, which is second nationally, while his .934 save percentage ranks third, and both lead the CCHA. He has now won 10 of his last 13 starts and hasn't allowed more than one goal in nine of his last 11 games. In league play only, he is also tops in the CCHA with a 1.55 GAA and a .939 save percentage.
Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) had an outstanding showing Friday at the Ball State Quadrangular, competing against three other MAC schools in Ball State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. She won the pole vault with a personal-best vault of 12-9/3.89, which is the third-best height in the MAC this year. Her mark also ranks her second in school history while the vault is the 10th-best height recorded in Miami history. She was competing in a field of 12 and won by 6.25 inches over the runner-up. She improved her previous indoor personal best by over nine inches. It was the second straight year she won the pole vault at the BSU Quadrangular. The honor is Tatman's first Miami Female Athlete of the Week this year.
Knapp and the RedHawks return to the ice this weekend when they close out the regular season with a home-and-home series against No. 17 Ohio State. Friday, Miami hosts the Buckeyes at 6:05 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena while Knapp will be among 10 seniors to be honored following the game on Senior Night. The RedHawks then play at Ohio State Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Tatman and the rest of the women's track and field team heads to the MAC Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Akron, Ohio looking for the school's first indoor title in program history.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 28. For a list of previous winners, click here.