Notebook: Eagles Soar
EAGLES SOAR: No. 11 Marquette clinched second-place in the "A" Division of the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-0 win against St. John's University on Oct. 23. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season tying the best record in school history with a 16-2-1 overall mark. Marquette also remained perfect on its home field with the victory.
Junior midfielder Lauren Weber netted a pair of goals to lead the Golden Eagles as they improved their winning percentage to .868, the best in program history.
Marquette will compete in its first BIG EAST Championship after earning a first-round bye, and will host another league rookie, Louisville, in the tournament quarterfinals on Oct. 29. Notre Dame and Connecticut are the top seeds of their respective divisions in the championship.
FRESHMAN POWER: Freshman midfielder Stephanie Power had a part in all three of Virginia Commonwealth's goals last week as the Rams moved into sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
Power, a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner as VCU edged Old Dominion, 2-1, and followed it up by contributing the game-tying goal with one second left in regulation as the Rams tied William & Mary, 1-1. She garnered Brine CAA Rookie of the Week for her efforts and improved her team-leading point total to 16.
VCU extended its school-record unbeaten streak to 10 games, and has not lost a game since Sept. 18.
ZAGS ROLL: Gonzaga senior goalkeeper Ashley Haugen continued her stellar play as she led the Bulldogs to their third and fourth straight shutouts last week.
Haugen helped Gonzaga down San Diego, 1-0, on Oct. 21, and held then-No. 5 Santa Clara to a scoreless tie on Oct. 23, earning West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time in the past four weeks.
The senior from Littleton, Colo., also set the school's single-season record with nine shutouts over the weekend. Haugen boasts a 0.79 goals against average, which ranks third in the WCC. The Bulldogs moved up to No. 20 in the latest NSCAA/adidas national rankings after posting their program-record 11th win of the season against the Toreros.
LENDING A HAND: Junior forward Brittany Timko had a hand in all five of Nebraska's goals in the Huskers wins over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last weekend and earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for her performances.
Timko, a native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, contributed a pair of goals against the Sooners and assisted all three Husker goals against the Cowboys. She tied the single-season school record with 17 assists this year and ranks third in the nation with 1.00 assists per game.
NOTABLE: Lehigh recorded its 13th victory of the season with a 2-0 win over American on Oct. 23 as the Mountain Hawks set a school-record for the most wins in program history ... Clemson's Courtney Foster netted the game-winning goal against then-No. 6 Duke and contributed a pair of goals as the Tigers beat NC State. Foster was selected Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for her efforts, and Clemson jumped to No. 23 in the national rankings for its recent success ... Freshman Erica Peschken scored her first two career goals as Cal State Fullerton posted a 4-1 win over UC Davis and extended its winning streak to five games.