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September 5, 2012
BIG EAST MEN'S NOTEBOOK
Record breaking start for four teams


BIG EAST RECORD-BREAKING UNBEATENS--Georgetown (4-0) is on its best start since 2008, when the team went 5-0. Marquette remained perfect with a pair of shutouts over the weekend to improve to 4-0-0 overall, the teamís best start since 2000. The Fighting Irish are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2004 campaign. St. Johnís is unbeaten through its first four games (3-0-1) for the first time 2008, when the squad was also 3-0-1 in its four matches.

ST. JOHNíS SCORES AT THE GAMECOCK CLASSIC-- St. Johnís has scored at least two goals in three of four games this season. The Red Storm placed four players on the Gamecock Classic All-Tournament Team. Jack Bennett, who was the Offensive MVP, was joined by Rafael Diaz, Tim Parker and Jamie Thomas. Irish Holding Strong The Irish have not been shutout in any of their first three games for the first time since the í04 season.

GEORGETOWN ON A ROLL--The Hoyas, who moved into No. 21 in the national rankings, went 3-0 last week winning each contest by one goal and allowing just one goal for the week.

CONNECTICUTíS RECORDS--Uconn extended its home unbeaten streak to 27 games. Mamadou Diouf scored against Dartmouth at home on Friday and has 14 goals in the last 16 home games.

LATE LIFT-- When Wilder Arboleda scored at Bryant with 53 seconds to play in double overtime to give the Friars a 1-0 win in the opening round of the Ocean State Soccer Classic, it marked the latest game-winning goal in just under 12 years for the Friars (in 2000, Todd Stigliano gave the Friars a 2-1 home win over West Virginia when he also scored at the 109:07 mark).

VILLANOVA OFFENSIVE EARLY---Villanova has 10 goals in its first three games. Last season, the Wildcats tenth goal came in their 10th game of the season, at Seton Hall. On the defensive end, the two goals surrendered by Villanova have both come on penalty kicks.

SU STARTS THE SEASON WITH A CLEAN SLATE---Syracuseís win against Binghamton marked the first time that the Orange have started a season with consecutive shutouts. Rookie goalkeeper Alex Bono allowed his first goal of the season at the 6:50 mark, ending his shutout streak at 186:50.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Finley notched five points on two goals and an assist to help Notre Dame go 2-0 and win the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. He scored two goals in a 3-2 win against San Diego State, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute. In a 2-1 victory against Clemson, he assisted on the gamewinner and was named to the IU Classic All-Tournament Team.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, Sr., M/D
Nealis helped the Hoyasí defense allow just one goal in a 3-0-0 week. While anchoring a defense that was missing a team captain, Nealis took a shot that led to an own goal and assisted on a gamewinner in a 2-1 victory against PSU. Georgetown posted 1-0 wins against Florida Gulf Coast and Cal State Northridge.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Charlie Lyon, Marquette, So., GK
Lyon posted his second and third consecutive shutouts of the season last week. He grabbed four saves in a 1-0 win against UIC and four more saves in a victory at Drake to help the Golden Eagles start the season 4-0-0 for the first time since 2000. He has held opponents scoreless for the last 290:00 minutes going back to the season opener. Last weekend, he faced 25 shots.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Fr., F
Allen scored three goals last week and all three were gamewinners. He led the Hoyas to three wins, scoring the lone goal against Florida Gulf Coast and Cal State Northridge, along with the deciding tally against Penn State.

BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Allando Matheson, Connecticut, So., F
Matheson came off the bench to score the opening goal in a 2-1 win against Dartmouth. He assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime as UConn extending its home-winning streak to 27 games.
Jack Bennett, St. Johnís, Sr., D
Named the Offensive MVP at the Gamecock Classic. Had an assist in a 2-0 win against South Carolina and scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in a 2-1 win against Kentucky.
Max Garcia, Seton Hall, Jr., F
Garcia scored a late goal on a penalty kick in the Piratesí 2-0 win against Army. SHU converted two penalty kicks, with Garcia drawing the foul in the box both times. He added his second goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to Princeton.
Ben Sweat, USF, Jr., D
Sweat helped hold No. 20/NR SMU and Tulsa to one goal in two wins, while scoring the lone goal in the 1-0 win against SMU.
Will Cason, Villanova, Jr., D
Carson anchored a defense that allowed one goal in a pair of wins last week. His goal at Colgate was the gamewinner.

   
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