WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month award presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for November. Junior running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and junior women’s volleyball opposite hitter Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) were selected for their extraordinary performances as Bison student-athletes in the month.
Elstad started the first eight games of the year at running back before assuming the starting quarterback role in November after freshman Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) suffered a season-ending injury on Oct. 27 against Castleton. In two games, Elstad led the Bison to an undefeated record while putting up some impressive numbers, especially considering the late-season position change. On Nov. 3, against Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) foe Mount Ida College, Elstad threw the ball 11 times for a total of 101 passing yards (9.2 yards per attempt) on five completions and one touchdown. He also rushed 11 times for 15 yards, leading the Bison to a 29-22 senior day victory against the eventual conference champions. In the final game of the season at Maritime (N.Y.), Elstad passed the ball 3-of-6 times for 26 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 21-0 triumph over the Privateers. He also ran for 81 yards on 15 carries (5.4 yards per attempt) including a 45-yard scamper in the third quarter.
“Nick played exceptionally well for us down the stretch this season,” said GU football coach Chuck Goldstein. “The way he was able to selflessly step up and take over as our starting quarterback and lead us to two victories to end the season was phenomenal.”
Peters played exceptionally well in the month of November and was named North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Bison to their third consecutive NEAC championship on Nov. 3. She finished the tournament with 14 kills, 42 total attacks, four digs and seven total blocks (one solo, six assisted). She also made an immense impact that did not show up on the stat line as her defensive presence and aggressive net play forced countless attack errors by opponents. Peters continued to perform at a high level in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s volleyball tournament. She recorded five kills and 27 total attacks for the Bison. She also added one block solo and one dig in the season-ending match against nationally ranked Randolph-Macon College.
“It is amazing to see how much she has improved from the first to the last day of this season,” said GU women’s volleyball coach Lynn Ray Boren. “Her improvement made an immediate impact on our offense. She is more than deserving of this honor because of her dedication to the program and countless hours spent in practice.”
These are the third Bison of the Month awards for the 2012-13
athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics
Department will recognize two standout student-athletes (one male,
one female) from their respective sports. Previous winners include
women’s soccer goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown
Point, Ind.) and men’s cross country runner Alex
Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the month of October, and
football senior defensive back Tony Tatum
(Gardendale, Ala.) and volleyball senior outside hitter Ann
Whited (Fishers, Ind.) for the month of September.
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at www.gallaudet.edu/gis.
2012-13 Gallaudet Bison of the Month