Brandon Madsen breaks school record in first season as a Saint
Lauren Allison, Staff Writer
Forward Brandon Madsen broke Saint Martin’s University record for most goals scored in a single season against the nationally ranked Simon Fraser University on Oct. 21 at home. This past week, he earned GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) offensive player of the week, currently leading the GNAC in goals with 15. When asked how he`s felt the season has gone so far he replied, “I feel like I have had an alright first season here at SMU. Recently I broke the record for most goals in a season with 12 goals and there are still three games left. However, I am not completely satisfied with how I have played because of our record.” The Saints currently sit with a record of 2-8-1 in conference play. Madsen has had a total of 39 shots this season with 25 on goal. He has started and played in all 15 games and leads the team in points, goals, shots, shots on goal, and game winning goals. According to head coach Rob Walker, “Brandon has the ability to run in tight spaces as if he`s on a tight rope. He changes direction well, good in the air and has great balance. His partnership with Kyle Witzel has really helped us compete in a very tough GNAC.”
Being a transfer can be difficult for some but Madsen says, “It has been good. I think my teammates and my coaches had a lot of respect for me because I came from a really good D1 program.” Coming in as a new player this year and leading the GNAC in goals while breaking the school record is impressive. Madsen has been a key player in the offense this season. He has been able to score some critical goals throughout the season that have helped keep the Saints in games. “My favorite goal this season was the goal I scored against Simon Fraser last game. It was really memorable because I broke the school record with that goal and it tied the game against a nationally ranked team,” says Madsen.
The Saints have suffered some tough losses this season. In a few games, SMU took the lead early on but the opponents were able to come back and finish the game on top. Although it has been a rough season, Madsen has been able to shine through and get the job done offensively. He says, “The toughest part about this season is not being able to finish out games and win. There have been numerous games this year where we have had the lead and ended up losing the game. I believe that our team has a lot of talent and that we can compete with any team in our league, but our record hasn’t reflected that and it’s heartbreaking.” Walker commented about the season by saying, “As we finish the season in our final two games at home, we really feel we have the players in the form to bring us two more victories.” The Saints played their last two home games vs Montana State Billings University (MSUB) on Nov. 2 and Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. for senior day.