September 12, 2012
BIG EAST MEN'S NOTEBOOK
UConn packs 'em in, Irish on a roll
ST. JOHNíS USING EVERYONE ---Freshman Danny Bedoya scored his first-career goal in a 2-1 win against William & Mary and became the eighth different player to score for St. Johnís in the first six games. At 5-0-1, St. Johnís is unbeaten through its first six games for the first time since 2008. St. Johnís has scored at least two goals in each of its past four games (4-0-0) and in five of its first six games. St. Johnís has trailed for just 36:41 this season, a total of 560:00 minutes. The Red Storm is 5-0-0 when scoring first.
GEORGETOWN IN EXTRA TIME ---GU played in two overtime games this week to make three for the season. The Hoyasí record of 5-0-1 is the best start in program history, going unbeaten in the first six contests.
VILLANOVA STREAK STOPPED--- A 1-0 loss on Sept. 9 to Air Force snapped Villanovaís four-game winning streak to open the 2012 campaign, the best start in program history. The Wildcats fell despite outshooting Air Force 25-13 and forcing Falcon goalkeeper Matt Underwood to make nine saves.
GARDEN STATE RIVALRY--- Rutgers defeated instate foe Princeton 2-0, snapping a two-game losing streak to improve to 2-2 on the season. The two goals for the Scarlet Knights also ended a two-game scoreless streak as freshman midfielder Mael Corboz tallied the first two goals of his collegiate career.
THE IRISH ON A ROLL--- Notre Dame won the 11th annual Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament by posting wins over Oregon State (1-0) and No. 6/4 Akron (3-1). It was the fifth time that the Irish won the event (2003, 2005, 2008, 2010). The Irish are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1987 season when that Fighting Irish squad opened the campaign with nine straight victories.
GOLDEN EAGLES OFF TO A HOT START--- Marquette scored three times in the first half en route to a 3-0 win over Western Illinois, improving to 5-0-0 on the season, matching the programís best-ever start. The win over Western Illinois marked the fourth straight shutout by the Golden Eagles and the fourth-consecutive clean sheet for goalkeeper Charlie Lyon who has not allowed a goal in the last 380 minutes between the posts, a scoreless streak that dates back to the season opener.
CONNECTICUT PACKING THE HOUSE ---Connecticut won a 1-0 match at home against Washington live on Fox Soccer Channel on Sept. 7 in front of nearly 5,000 fans. The Huskies are currently averaging 4,218 fans per game. That total ranks higher than 220 Division I menís basketball programs in 2011-12.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nico Wrobel, Pittsburgh, Jr., F
Wrobel was named to the Pitt/Nike Invitational All-Tournament team after scoring three goals, two of which were gamewinners. Wrobel scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 win against IPFW, both penalty kicks. Against Delaware, he took the rebound of his penalty kick and netted it for the win.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Max Lachowecki, Notre Dame, So., D
Lachowecki was part of an Irish defense that shut out the Oregon State offense, which entered the match averaging 4.0 goals per game. He also scored the gamewinner in the 81st minute in the 1-0 victory against Oregon State. Lachowecki was named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial All-Tournament team.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Alex Bono, Syracuse, Fr., GK
Bono recorded two individual shutouts and added a combined shutout this past week. He made a career-high five saves against St. Bonaventure in a 5-0 win for the Orange. He made three saves against Colgate and three against NJIT as Syracuse won the Mayorís Cup with a 3-0 week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mael Corboz, Rutgers, Fr., M
Corboz scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Princeton. The first points of his collegiate career helped snap a two-game losing streak for Rutgers and a two-game scoreless draught.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Max Wasserman, Connecticut, Sr., D
Wasserman led UConn to a 2-0-1 record with the game-winning goal against Washington and an assist on the game-winning goal on the road at Michigan State. He also guided the Huskies to two shutouts.
Leon Brown, Notre Dame, Jr., F
Brown tallied three points on a goal and an assist to be named the Mike Berticelli Tournament Offensive MVP. He assisted on the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Oregon State and scored the equalizer in a 3-1 win against No. 6/4 Akron.
Lee Johnston, Pittsburgh, So., GK
Johnson made 12 saves in a 2-0 weekend for Pittsburgh as the Panthers posted wins against IPFW and Delaware to win its own tournament. The Pitt/Nike Invitational MVP posted a .923 save percentage.
Jack Bennett, St. Johnís, Sr., D
Bennett anchored a defensive unit that allowed just four shots in a 3-0 shutout win against Princeton. He also assisted on a goal against the Tigers. Bennett scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in a 2-1 win against William & Mary.
Tony Asante, Syracuse, Jr., F
Asante scored seven points in three games last week. He had a goal and an assist against Colgate and netted goals in wins against NJIT and St. Bonaventure.