October 3, 2012
BIG EAST MEN'S NOTEBOOK
UConn unbeaten at home in 32
CONNECTICUT UNBEATEN AT HOME---Connecticut extended its home unbeaten streak to 32 games with a 2-1 victory over No. 8/9 Notre Dame in front of a sellout crowd of 5,100 fans. UConn has had three sell outs in seven home games for an average of 4,246 fans per game. Under Ray Reid, UConn stands at 169-4-8 when scoring at least two goals. The Huskies have not lost when scoring at least two goals since November 17, 2002.
MARQUETTE’S PERFECT START---Marquette won both its matches last week to improve to 10-0-0 overall, reaching double digit wins for the first time since 2002. MU earned a 2-1 double-overtime home win over in-state rival Wisconsin followed by a 2-0 shutout at Providence. MU is 18-3-1 in its last 22 matches and have won 11 consecutive regular-season matches, the second-longest streak in NCAA Division I. Marquette has not lost a regular-season or preseason match since a 3-0 loss at UConn on Oct. 26, 2011. Marquette has outscored its opponents 23-5 this season, including a 7-0 margin in its first two Big East games. The Golden Eagles are averaging 7.1 points per game through the team’s first 10 games, the best mark in the league.
THE HOYAS ARE MAKING HISTORY---Georgetown went 2-0 on the week with a pair of road wins. The No. 5 ranking in the NSCAA poll is the highest ranking in program history. The Hoyas have won five games in a row and are unbeaten this season.
NOTRE DAME REFUSES TO BE SHUT OUT---The Irish have not been shut out this season. It is the first time since the 1988 campaign that Notre Dame has not been blanked in the first 10 matches of a season. Dillon Powers netted a goal in the 49th minute in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Connecticut. The goal halted UConn’s scoreless streak at 437:58. Saturday’s match at Connecticut concluded Notre Dame’s four-game road swing. The Irish went 2-2 during the stretch.
SYRACUSE VS. CINCINNATI---The 1-0 loss to Cincinnati marked the first time in 11 outings this season the Orange were shut out. The all-time series between Syracuse and Cincinnati is tied at 4-4 with the home team winning each match.
DIAZ PICKS UP HIS 20TH SHUTOUT---With a 3-1 win at home against Columbia, St. John’s concluded the regular season portion of its non-conference schedule with a 6-0-3 mark. The win also helped St. John’s remain unbeaten in five home games this season (4-0-1). In a 2-0 win against DePaul, Rafael Diaz earned the 20th shutout of his career.
CINCINNATI BLANKS FOES---UC has posted a school record five straight shutouts and is 4-0-1 in its last five matches. The Bearcats are 2-0 in conference play for first time since 2010, when they won three consecutive games to start league play. Redshirt-sophomore Taylor Hafling has not allowed a goal in the last 514:14.
Offensive Player of the Week
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut, Sr., MF
Alvarez assisted on both goals in a 2-0 win against Yale before having a hand in the two goals that led the No. 2/2 Huskies to a 2-1 win against No. 8/9 Notre Dame. Alvarez had a goal and an assist against the Fighting Irish, extending his point streak to six games.
Defensive Player of the Week
Tim Parker, St. John’s, So., D
Parker anchored a defense that allowed a total of nine shots, including just four shots on goal, in a 2-0 week. After limiting Columbia to three shots in a 3-1 win, Parker and the Red Storm defense held DePaul to six shots, with only one on goal, in a 2-0 conference victory.
Goalkeeper of the Week
Charlie Lyon, Marquette, R-So., GK
Lyon faced 17 shots and made a career-high nine saves to preserve his sixth shutout of the season, and second in as many Big East games, with a 2-0 win at Providence. He helped the Golden Eagles to a 2-1 double-overtime win against Wisconsin earlier in the week.
Rookie of the Week
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Fr., F
Allen had five points in a 2-0 week for Georgetown. He assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at James Madison. Allen scored a pair of goals, including the gamewinner, in a 3-1 victory at Pittsburgh. He is leading the conference with six gamewinners this season.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Flo Liu, Connecticut, Sr., D
Liu scored the game-winning goal against No. 8/9 Notre Dame after leading a defense that shut out Yale.
Keon Parsa, Georgetown, Jr., GK
Parsa made 10 saves in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. He earned a shutout against James Madison on the road, snapping a 15-game unbeaten streak.
Grant Van De Casteele, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Van De Casteele scored the gamewinner in the 71st minute in a 1-0 win at No. 11/10 Indiana. It was the only second-half goal allowed by the Hoosiers this season. He also anchored an Irish defense that blanked Indiana to notch its fifth shutout of the season.
Kene Eze, Rutgers, Jr., F
Eze notched both gamewinners in a 2-0 week for RU. He had a goal in a 2-1 win against Central Connecticut State and one in a 2-1 upset of RV/24 Louisville.
Eric Osswald, USF, Jr., GK
Made nine saves in a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Villanova after posting his third shutout of the season against Florida Gulf Coast.