MLC has 2 athletes honored by UMAC
Information courtesy of MLC Athletics
NEW ULM — Martin Luther College sophomore Micah Otto was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Otto is heavily involved in the Knights’ special teams unit as both the kicker and punter. He made four extra points in the Knights’ 34-20 win over Rockford on Saturday, and the only attempt missed on the day was due to a fumbled snap.
As a punter, Otto averaged 32.9 yards per punt and recorded three punts inside the 20 yard line (including two inside the 10-yard line) to help the Knights win the field position battle throughout the game. Of his seven punts, only one was returned for one yard.
Otto also kicks off for the Knights and averaged 50.0 yards per kickoff (including two well-place squib kicks) and allowed an average of only 15.3 yards per return.
Along with those special teams duties, Otto also started his first career game at wide receiver and caught his first career touchdown pass from eight yards out in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
Last season, Otto set the MLC single-season record with 39 extra points.
Otto and the Knights are off this weekend with a bye, but will return to action on Saturday, September 28, against Greenville.
NEW ULM — Martin Luther College junior goalkeeper Mollie Fischer was named UMAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Fischer won the award after recording two shutouts in goal for MLC to lead the Knights to a 2-1 week.
Fischer stopped all six shots on goal in a 5-0 win over North Central on September 10, and backed that up with a one-save shutout of Mount Mary as part of a 4-0 win on September 13.
Following those shutouts, Fischer kept the Knights within striking distance with 12 saves in a 3-0 defeat at unbeaten Saint Mary’s on Saturday.
Fischer entered the season as one of the top returning keepers in the UMAC. In 2018, Fischer finished with a 2.32 goals against average (GAA) and a .846 save percentage. This season, Fischer has lowered her GAA to 1.00 while holding her save percentage at .846.
Fischer and the Knights return to action on Wednesday, when they host Bethany Lutheran in a nonconference game.