CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University senior kicker/punter Spencer Nolen (Columbia, Tenn./Nevada/UT-Chattanooga/Columbia Central) and senior linebacker Dave Marciano (Chicago, Ill./Eastern Illinois/St. Rita) were both honored by Beyond Sports Network (BSN) as well as the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Monday for their performances in Saturday's 37-25 road victory over University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Joliet, Ill. Nolen was named the MSFA Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week and the BSN NAIA National Placekicker of the Week. Marciano claimed the MSFA Midwest League Defensive Player of the Week and the BSN NAIA National Punt Returner of the Week. Beyond Sports Network is a sports media, event, and social network community dedicated to those looking to play and work in sports at every level.
Nolen tied a Saint Xavier record with five field goals in SXU's big road crossover win over St. Francis (Ill.). He hit from distances of 46, 43, 39, 32 and 30 yards and also converted on two of three extra-point attempts accounting for 17 of the team's 37 points. Marciano racked up seven total tackles (five solos), including a tackle for a loss of four yards. He also had two pivotal plays in Saturday's game that helped preserve the 37-25 victory. The first one came on a school record setting 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter that put the Cougars up, 10-0. The second play came in the fourth quarter when Marciano blocked and returned an extra-point try by USF that resulted in a safety and kept the Fighting Saints from pulling to within two points and put SXU ahead, 24-19, with 10:59 to play in the game.
Saint Xavier (3-1 overall) prepares for its annual "Homecoming" game set for Saturday, October 5. The Cougars have a tough test with No. 7 ranked Grand View University (Iowa) coming to Chicago. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field.