If you were in the stands at Klas Field last Saturday, you might have thought that Hamline linebacker Patrick Page (no.42 at right) was in on every defensive play in last Saturday's game with St. Thomas.
You wouldn't have been far off.
The Minneapolis, Minn. junior finished a memorable afternoon with 17 tackles (nine solo, eight assists), a forced fumble and a pair of first half interceptions as the Piper stayed tight with the No. 3 team in the country for a half before giving way to a 51-9 defeat.
As a result, page has been named the MIAC Defensive Athlete Of The Week. He is just the third HU player to earn this honor since it was instituted a decade ago. The last guy to do it had a good look at Page's performance against the Tommies. Cory Olsen, now a HU assistant coach, won the honor in 2009. (The only other HU player to do it was Andrew Ubbelhode in 2003.)
Page, however, has been doing this all year. A transfer from North Dakota School Of Science, he leads the Pipers in total tackles with 73. That total (as well as the solo number of 37) ranks 4th overall in the MIAC. He ranks second in the loop in Tackles For Loss (7.5) and Interceptions (3).
Page and the Pipers get their straight test against a nationally rated foe on Saturday, October 27 when they travel to Arden Hills to face Bethel. Game time is 1:00 p.m.