Bobcats Diego Rodriguez is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022

What a year! Another championship win as the number one seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats completed the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s futsal season with the conference trophy and banner. Fourth year midfielder Diego Rodriguez earned MCAC Male Athlete of the Week honours for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022.

The Brandon, MB native added to his impressive resume from this MCAC season as he started the weekend with four goals in a 9-4 win over Providence University College (PUC) Pilots and then two more tallies in a 7-4 win versus Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Saturday, March 12 in the third and final leg of the regular season to determine the playoff seeding positions.

Rodriguez saved the best for last as he added another four goals against PUC in semi final and was named BU’s Player of Match. Then in the championship final, he scored another goal in a 11-5 victory over defending champion Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Sunday, March 13.

For his efforts, Rodriguez was named Championship MVP (he was also championship MVP for men’s soccer this year). He spoke after the win, “I am so happy for the guys as we worked hard and happy to bring back another banner to Brandon. We learned a lot from the loss earlier this year (to CMU) and changed our tactics for this match.”

This was the second time, the BU Bachelor of Physical Education Studies student-athlete was named as Athlete of the Week for this season. He was also selected in week eight for men’s soccer season. Brandon completed the double this year as the program won both MCAC championship in men’s soccer and futsal in 2021-22.

BU finished 2022 with a 3-0-1 regular season record and 2-0 mark in the playoffs. They have now won conference futsal titles in 2019 and 2022.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov. 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC

Week 15 (ending Feb. 6, 2022)

WFUT: Tiegan Kroeker – CMU

MBB: Joshua Armstrong – PUC

Week 16 (ending Feb. 13, 2022)

WVB: Valeria Gonzalez – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 17 (ending Feb. 20, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MBB: Seth McKenzie – CMU

Week 18 (ending Feb. 27, 2022)

WVB: Jenna Campbell – USB

MBB: TJ Paguirigan – USB

Week 19 (ending Mar. 6, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 20 (ending Mar. 13, 2022)

WFUT: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MFUT: Diego Rodriguez – BU