Sept. 27, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Aaron Maund (Dorchester, Mass./The Roxbury Latin School), a junior on the Notre Dame men’s soccer team, has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday. Maund and the Fighting Irish defense shut out No. 12 St. John’s 1-0 in the conference opener on Saturday.
In addition to not surrendering a goal against the Red Storm, the Irish defense did not allow a shot on goal in the match. St. John’s entered the contest averaging 2.8 goals per game and 8.2 shots on goal per game.
Maund, a central defender, has played every minute on the pitch this season and has scored one goal. He has helped the Irish post four shutouts and the team currently boasts a 0.54 goals-against average.
This is Maund’s first BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award. During his freshman season, he was tabbed as the league’s rookie of the week on one occasion.
Prior to this season, Maund was named the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches. He also earned preseason All-America honors from Soccer America. The Massachusetts native was selected to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on Sept. 13 after he was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Defensive MVP as he aided Notre Dame to the tournament title.
The Fighting Irish return to action this Wednesday (Sept. 29) against Northwestern at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff against the Wildcats is slated for 7:00 p.m. (CT).