Sept. 10, 2012 - Release in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four different women's soccer teams were represented as the BIG EAST women's soccer award winners were announced on Sept. 10. UConn senior Danielle Schulmann earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, while St. John's junior Sandra Osborn was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. USF freshman Christiane Endler earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week accolades, while Providence freshman Catherine Zimmerman was cited as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Schulmann earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling 11 points, including four goals in a 2-0-0 week for the Huskies. The senior had seven points, including three goals in a 4-1 win over Central Connecticut State on Sept. 9. Schulmann has registered a point in three straight games, and leads the BIG EAST with 20 points.
Osborn was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for her help in a 2-0-0 week, that included a shutout. The junior aided the Red Storm in a 2-0 win at Fordham on Sept. 7. She also accounted for the gamewinner on a penalty kick in overtime in a 2-1 win at Columbia on Sept. 9. It was her first career PK attempt.
Endler earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors after she allowed just one goal in a 2-0-0 week for the Bulls. She totaled six saves and an .857 save percentage. In a 2-0 shutout win against Kennesaw State on Sept. 9, Endler made two stops.
Zimmerman was cited as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after securing five points, including two goals in a 2-0-0 week for the Friars. The freshman buried the gamewinner on a penalty kick in a 3-2 win over Brown on Sept. 6. Zimmerman also scored in a 2-1 double-overtime win over New Hampshire on Sept. 9.
Olivia Chance, USF, Fr., F/M
Scored both goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind win at the College of Charleston on Sept. 7; helped USF to a 2-0-0 week.
Ellen Conway, St. John's Fr., GK
Totaled eight saves in a 2-0-0 week; recorded a shutout in a 2-0 win at Fordham on Sept. 7.
Tricia DiPaolo, Rutgers, R-Sr., D
Helped anchor the back line in a 2-0-0 week; assisted on the game-winning goal against Dartmouth on Sept. 9. It was her first point since Oct. 24, 2010.
Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Jr., F
Had five points in a 2-0-0 week; scored both goals in a 2-1 victory at Dartmouth on Sept. 9.
Mary Vercollone, Providence, Sr., M
Helped PC to a 2-0-0 week; scored twice in a 3-2 come-from-behind win against Brown on Sept. 6.
CONFERENCE CALL - Conference play begins this week with three games set for Thursday and four slated for Friday. Among the highlights is Friday's matchup between No. 25/12 Louisville and Notre Dame. The Irish will host the match at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. It is a rematch of last year's BIG EAST Championship semifinals, won by Louisville 2-1. The Irish lead the all-time series 8-3, but the Cardinals have won the last two meetings.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, No. 23/19 Georgetown is at No. 21/- Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series 12-4-1, but the Hoyas won last year's meeting 4-1 in Washington, D.C. The teams have split the last four meetings, with three of the games decided by one goal.
WORLD CUP CHAMPS - On Sept. 8, Notre Dame junior Mandy Laddish, Irish freshman Cari Roccaro and Villanova junior Jami Kranich helped the United States capture the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup title. The 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten (and reigning U-20 champion) Germany, came in the championship match on Saturday night in Tokyo, Japan. Kranich is the league's Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, while Laddish was a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection.