The first of the BIG EAST men's soccer 2012 weekly awards has been announced, with Notre Dame's Andrew O'Malley winning Defensive Player of the Week and DePaul's Thiago Ganancio earning Offensive Player of the Week honors. Two players from Rutgers earned honors, as Kevin McMullen was tabbed as Goalkeeper of the Week and Mitchell Taintor took home Rookie of the Week accolades.
O'Malley helped to anchor the Fighting Irish defense as Notre Dame defeated RV/21 Duke 1-0. O'Malley and the ND defense surrendered one shot on goal and just four total shots.
Ganancio scored both of DePaul's goals in a 2-1 victory against Illinois-Chicago.
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 RU's 1-0 victory and to earn the shutout.
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. John's, 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. John's, 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.