August 28, 2012
BIG EAST MEN'S NOTEBOOK
Orange eclipse attendance record
FAMILIAR FACE KNOCKS OFF DUKE Senior forward Ryan Finley tallied the gamewinner against RV/No. 21 Duke in the 76th minute on assists rom Dillon Powers and Harrison Shipp. Finley, who transferred to Notre Dame from Duke following his sophomore season, had a team-high seven goals last season for the Irish.
FANS IN THE STANDS The crowd of 1,581 for the Orangeís game against Albany eclipsed the previous SU Soccer Stadium record of 1,493 fans who were on hand for the opening of the facility on Oct. 5, 1996, versus Notre Dame. Connecticut played in front of a sellout crowd of 5,100 fans on Saturday. UConn finished the 2011 season ranked fourth in the NCAA in average attendance (3,600).
CONNECTICUT CONTINUES HOT STREAK AT HOME UConn opened the season with a 1-0 victory at home over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday to extend its home unbeaten streak to 26 games. Preseason Big East Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake recorded the 16th shutout of his career in just 26 games.
BIG EAST FIREPOWER The five goals scored by Villanova in its opening night 5-1 win at Manhattan were the most in a game by the Wildcats since a 5-0 win over Temple to open the 1998 season. Nine Wildcats were credited with a goal or assist in the contest. The trio of goals scored against in St. Johnís win against BU were the most scored by the Red Storm in a season-opener since a 3-0 win against Holy Cross on Sept. 2, 2005.
MARQUETTE OPENS 2-0 Marquette opened the campaign unscathed with a 2-0-0 record for the first time since the 2000 season with weekend victories over in-state soccer rivals Milwaukee and Green Bay.
NEWLY ORANGE Freshman goalkeeper Alex Bono played all 90 minutes and recorded two saves in his collegiate debut. In addition, he became the first true freshman goalie to start a season opener for the Orange since Robert Cavicchia in 2005.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thiago Ganancio, DePaul, So., MF
Ganancio scored both of DePaulís goals in a 2-1 victory against Illinois-Chicago.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew OíMalley, Notre Dame, Jr., D
OíMalley helped to anchor the Fighting Irish defense as Notre Dame defeated RV/21 Duke 1-0. OíMalley and the ND defense surrendered one shot on goal and just four total shots.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Kevin McMullen, Rutgers, Sr., GK
McMullen made four saves, all in the second half, to help the Scarlet Knights defeat Fordham. He blocked a penalty kick in the 50th minute and saved a shot on the rebound to preserve RUís 1-0 victory and to earn the shutout.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mitchell Taintor, Rutgers, Fr., D
Taintor scored his first career goal in his collegiate debut for Rutgers, giving the Scarlet Knights their gamewinner in the fifth minute for a 1-0 win against Fordham.
Steve Neumann, Georgetown, Jr., MF
Scored 10 seconds into the game against Virginia after stripping a defender in a 2-1 win.
Eric Pothast, Marquette, Jr., D
Had a hand in both game-winning goals in a 2-0 week, scoring in a 1-0 win against Green Bay and assisting on the third goal of a 3-2 win against Milwaukee.
Tim Parker, St. Johnís, So., D
Anchored a defense that allowed just one goal, a penalty kick, in a 1-0-1 week for the Red Storm.
Rafael Diaz, St. Johnís, R-Jr., GK
Made three saves to post a shutout against BU and added three saves in a 1-1 tie with Colgate, in which the goal allowed was a penalty kick.
Leston Paul, USF, Sr., MF
Had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Michigan.