Sept. 1, 2003
Senior forward Devon Prescod, who single-handedly provided a victory over #11/17 California on Saturday, Aug. 30, was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Prescod led the University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team (1-0-1) to a come-from-behind victory over the Bears, scoring with nine minutes left in the contest to knot the game at 1-1. He then put in the game winner just over one minute into the second overtime.
Prescod was the most active offensive player for the Irish all weekend, getting off seven shots, including four shots on goal. The Notre Dame offense as a unit was aggressive all weekend, out-shooting their opponents 31-18, but managing just the two goals against California and a scoreless tie vs. #20 Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.
The weekly award is the second of Prescod’s career, as the Marietta, Ga., native earned offensive player of the week honors on Oct. 15, 2001.
Other awardwinners in the BIG EAST Conference last week included Georgetown’s Dan Gargan and Pittsburgh’s Clay Haflich (co-defensive players of the week), Pittsburgh’s Justin Lowery (goalkeeper of the week) and Georgetown’s Ricky Schramm (rookie of the week).
Notre Dame, ranked as high as third in the national polls, will begin BIG EAST Conference competition this weekend against the team favored to win the league, #5 St. John’s. The Irish and Red Storm will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.