October 24, 2012
BIG EAST MEN'S NOTEBOOK
Irish, Bearcats guard their turf well
FINLEY SCORES IN THREEíS---Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley notched a hat trick in Notre Dameís 3-0 win over Providence on Saturday; all three goals came in a span of 9:13 in the second half. It was the fourth career hat trick for Finley and his first since joining the Irish last season after transferring from Duke. He has four multiple-goal games this season and leads the Irish with 14 goals this season, the highest single-season total Joseph Lapira had 22 in 2006. Finleyís hat trick was the second straight for an Irish player as junior forward Harrison Shipp had one in last Saturdayís 6-1 win at Seton Hall.
THE IRISH FIGHTING--- Saturdayís win against Providence improved Notre Dame to 7-0 at home this season. The Fighting Irish have outscored their opponents 25-3 in the second half and overtime this season. The Irish have not been shutout this season. It is the first time since the 1987 campaign that Notre Dame has not been blanked in the first 15 matches of a season.
SYRACUSE BACK TO ITS OLD TRICKS--- The Orangeís win against Villanova was SUís second straight conference victory on the road. Prior to this season, the last time the Orange won two straight Big East road games was in 2001 (at Villanova and at Rutgers). SU picked up its first win against Villanova since 2006. Syracuseís 11 shutouts in 2012 is the most clean sheets in one season for the program since 1986.
MARQUETTE KEEPING IT CLEAN---Marquette improved to 14-1-0 (5-1-0 Big East) with a pair of shutouts over Big East divisional opponents last week. MU defeated Pittsburgh 4-0 on the road on Wed., Oct. 17, before topping Seton Hall 2-0 at home on Sat., Oct. 20. Charlie Lyon earned back-to-back shutouts, his eighth and ninth clean sheets of the season. He is one shutout shy of matching the Marquette single-season record.
CONNECTICUT STAGES A COMEBACK---In UConnís 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh, the Huskies rallied from behind for the first time in 2012 and just the third time in the past two seasons. Connecticut also had come-from-behind victories against Rutgers in the Big East Tournament and Monmouth in the NCAA Second Round.
CINCINNATI SHUTTING IT DOWN--UC has shut out six of its last eight opponents at home, dating to the 2011 season finale. The Bearcats have allowed three goals in seven home matches this season. The 3-3 draw at DePaul marked the first multi-goal game of the season for the Bearcats.
ST. JOHNíS SPLITS THE WEEK---A 2-1 loss to USF marked the first defeat for St. Johnís in eight home games. The Red Storm entered the contest 5-0-2 at home this season. A goal by Gabriel Camara against Rutgers (Oct. 17) gave St. Johnís nine different players with at least one goal this season. The Red Storm scored first in the win against Rutgers to improve to 9-0-0 this season when scoring first.
Offensive Player of the Week
Cole DeNormandie, Cincinnati, So., F
DeNormandie factored in all four of UCís goals last week and each of the Bearcatsí last five goals. In a 3-3 draw at DePaul, he scored once and added two assists. In a 1-0 win against Rutgers to move up to third in the Red Division standings, he scored the gamewinner in the 88th minute.
Defensive Player of the Week
Andrew Farrell, Louisville, Jr., D
Farrell scored two goals and helped the defense to a shutout, leading the Cardinals to a 2-0 week. Farrell and the defense held USF without a shot on goal in the final eight minutes for a 2-1 victory. Against Villanova, Farrell anchored a defense that was able to hold the Wildcats to just two shots on goal. He scored a goal in each game, netting the first goal against the Bulls and the gamewinner against Villanova. With the win, the Cardinals clinched at least a share of the Red Division regular-season title.
Goalkeeper of the Week
Alex Bono, Syracuse, Fr., GK
Bono recorded two shutouts last week, bringing his total to nine for the season. He made five saves against both Villanova and DePaul to record his 10th and 11th wins of the season, both 2-0 victories. Syracuse clinched a berth to the Big East Championship and earned a bye to the quarterfinals.
Rookie of the Week
Adam Hermsen, Marquette, Fr., D
Hermsen helped anchor a Marquette defense that recorded its eighth and ninth shutouts of the season this past week, one shutout shy of matching the single-season Marquette record of 10. The Golden Eagles posted a 4-0 victory at Pittsburgh before recording a 2-0 win against Seton Hall.
Adria Beso, Connecticut, So., M
Beso led the Huskies to a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Pittsburgh with a goal and an assist. He scored the equalizer and added the final pass to set up the game-winning goal.
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown, So., GK
Gomez made seven saves to post a shutout at Providence.
Andy Huftalin, Marquette, Sr., F
Huftalin came off the bench at Pittsburgh to record six points, all in the second half, on two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win against the Panthers.
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Finley registered a hat trick in a 3-0 victory against Providence. All three goals occurred in a span of 9:13 in the second half.
Max Lachowecki, Notre Dame, So., D
Lachowecki had an assist and helped the Irish defense post a shutout with a 3-0 victory against Providence. He assisted on the first goal of the match and helped the defense limit the Friars to just two shots on goal. It was the seventh clean sheet of the season for the Irish.