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Northern Arizona University sophomore quarterback Case Cookus has been honored as the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday.

The sophomore signal caller rang up 380 yards on 26-of-45 passing while adding three touchdowns and no interceptions in last Saturday's convincing 37-16 win over then-No. 7/11 Illinois State, who entered the contest as the nation's No. 2 ranked defensive unit.

Cookus and the Lumberjack offense put up a total of 431 yards and 37 points against a Redbird defensive unit that had entered the game allowing just an average of 166.5 yards and 8.8 points per contest.

Cookus also hauled in the first touchdown reception of his career, a 23-yard pass from freshman Chance Brewington in the win over the Redbirds.

Cookus was also recognized as the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week and earned honorable mention status from College Football Performance following his performance against Illinois State.

Senior safety Josh Clark earned honorable mention status for STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honors following his career-best 11 tackles, including a sack and three tackles for loss in the win over Illinois State. He was also selected as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

The Lumberjacks return to Big Sky action this weekend as they hit the road for a game at Portland State (0-5, 0-2 Big Sky) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.


GOLF

The Northern Arizona University women's golf team improved 17 strokes from the round before, highlighted by 1-under performances from Sofia Anokhina and Kaitlyn Saum, to conclude the final round of the University of Denver's Ron Moore Intercollegiate at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club on Sunday.

The Lumberjacks improved two spots to 11th place overall after the team finished the day with their best team round of the season with a two-over showing (290).

"I am really proud of the team today," head coach Brad Bedortha said. "We had a tough first two days but they bounced back and showed their resilience today. They competed very well."

Anokhina and Saum each shot 71 to lead the NAU squad. With the final-round performance, Anokhina finished in a tie for 19th individually with a tournament total of 1-over. Saum improved to a tie for 43rd. She had three birdies on the day, and also had an incredible eagle on the par-four 15th.

Sierra Bezdicek finished the day with a three-over 75, which put her in a tie for 51st with a three-round total of eight-over. Emma Reyes shot her best round of the season with a 1-over 73.

Loren Skibba rounded things out with a 6-over 78. Her round was also a season-best that included three birdies and an eagle.

The Lumberjacks will return to the links with the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, hosted by UNLV, Oct. 22-24. It will be the last tournament of NAU's fall season.

SOCCER

The Northern Arizona women's soccer team fell to the Montana Grizzlies 2-1 in an overtime heartbreak after leading the game for nearly 60 minutes in Missoula.

Senior forward Adrian Nixt led the Lumberjacks after scoring a header in the 20th minute, her third goal of the season, before Montana was able to equalize with a penalty-kick goal with 10 minutes to go in the game. In their fourth overtime this season, the Lumberjacks were unable to capitalize and Montana maintained an undefeated home record.

"Defensively we were very organized in the midfield," head coach Andre Luciano said. "We didn't give up much, except for an unfortunate penalty kick with 10 minutes left in the game."

Northern Arizona had seven shot attempts; the lone goal was their only look on frame compared to Montana's 20 shots, eight on goal.

Northern Arizona's goal came in the beginning of the game from a cross by Madeline Waszak on to the head of Nixt into the back of the net. The Lumberjacks went into the second half up 1-0 and had an opportunity to seal the game in the 68th minute after being awarded a penalty kick; however, the shot went high over the net.

Montana recorded a season-high 15 corner kicks against the Lumberjacks and kept the pressure up throughout the second half. Montana was then able to get the equalizer from a penalty kick in the 79th minute, giving them the shot they needed for their comeback-winning game at home.

The Lumberjacks gave up the game-winning goal in the 96th minute from a cross and header.

Northern Arizona is now 8-7 overall and 3-3 in conference. The Jacks now start a three-game home stretch against Weber State and Idaho State Friday and Sunday and Southern Utah Oct. 20.

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