Sept. 1, 2014
– Both Creighton and Providence opened the 2014 season with a pair of victories over the weekend. A pair of Bluejays captured the BIG EAST Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week honors, while a Friar was recognized as the Offensive Player of the Week. Georgetown rounded out the list by taking the Defensive Player of the Week nod.
There's one game on Monday's docket with DePaul visiting Wisconsin-Green Bay for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
MARKUS NAGLESTAD, PROVIDENCE R-Sr., F, Kristiansand, Norway
Naglestad exploded with four consecutive goals in the second half to blow open Providence’s eventual 5-1 win over Rhode Island on Sunday. After converting a penalty kick in the 65’ to give the Friars a 2-0 lead, Naglestad added three more tallies in a two-minute span later in the second half. The redshirt senior finished the weekend with nine shots after tallying four in Friday’s victory over Bryant.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
JOSHUA YARO, GEORGETOWN So., D, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Yaro was named to the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team after helping the Hoyas to a pair of draws over the weekend. He was part of a defense that allowed just one goal in two games and pitched a shutout against Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Notre Dame. Yaro came up with several key defensive plays, including a game-saving stop on the goalline in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Indiana and some big blocks in Sunday’s 0-0 tie with the Fighting Irish.
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week RICKY LOPEZ-ESPIN, CREIGHTON Fr., F, Miami, Fla.
CONNOR SPARROW, CREIGHTON Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Sparrow played all 180 minutes in net and backstopped the Bluejays to a 2-0-0 weekend, including Friday’s 2-0 shutout of 20th-ranked Stanford. The junior made three saves in Friday’s victory and added five more in Sunday’s 1-0 blanking of Santa Clara. Creighton joins Providence as the only BIG EAST teams to emerge from the first weekend of the season with a 2-0-0 record.
Lopez-Espin’s first two career goals were both game-winners as Creighton marched out to a 2-0-0 record with Friday’s 2-0 victory over No. 20 Stanford and Sunday’s 1-0 triumph against Santa Clara. He also assisted on Friday’s insurance goal and finished the weekend with five points.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
JEFF ADKINS, BUTLER Jr., M, Shelby Township, Mich.
Named MVP of the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic hosted by Ohio State after leading the Bulldogs to a 1-0-1 and the tournament championship. Scored Butler’s second goal in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Canisius and his team’s first tally in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Buckeyes.
JOSE RIBAS, CREIGHTON Sr., D, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Anchored Creighton’s defense to a pair of shutouts over No. 20 Stanford and Santa Clara over the weekend. Assisted on the game-winning goal against the Broncos in Sunday’s win.
TOMAS GOMEZ, GEORGETOWN Sr., GK, Webster Groves, Mo.
Played all 220 minutes in two draws for the Hoyas, including a shutout of No. 1 Notre Dame Sunday. Finished the weekend with 10 saves, including seven against the Fighting Irish, and stands with a 0.41 goals-against average after allowing one goal in Friday’s 1-1 tie with Indiana.
JULIAN SPINDLER, SETON HALL So., GK, Weiersbach, Germany
Went 1-0-1 in goal for the Pirates with nine saves, a .900 save percentage and a 0.45 goals-against average. Picked up his first shutout of the season with five saves in Sunday’s 2-0 over UMass-Lowell.
JALEN BROWN, XAVIER So., F, Indianapolis, Ind.
Scored a career-high three points with a goal and an assist in the second half of Xavier’s 3-2 loss to Lipscomb.