Junior midfielder Dave Donohue leads the Irish with four goals and 11 total points this season.

Donohue Named Soccer America National Player Of The Week

Sept. 16, 2008

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Soccer America has named Notre Dame junior midfielder Dave Donohue (Reading, Mass./Cushing Academy) its national player of the week following his seven-point match against Marquette on Sept. 11. Donohue headlined the publication’s 11-man national team of the week.

Accolades have been abundant for Donohue as a result of his performance in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over Marquette in the BIG EAST opener. On Monday, Donohue was selected as the BIG EAST offensive player of the week in addition to being named to the College Soccer News national team of the week.

Donohue put the Fighting Irish up 2-0 by the 49th minute with back-to-back goals against the Golden Eagles. The junior then assisted on the third score before finalizing the hat trick in the 64th minute to help the Irish up their win streak to four games. He produced all the scoring against a Marquette defense that entered the match with a 0.29 goals-against average.

The three goals, seven total points and one assist were all single-game career highs for Donohue. He has team-high totals in goals (4), assists (3) and total points (11) this season. All of those are career-high marks for the junior.

Donohue becomes the first Fighting Irish player to earn a national player-of-the-week honor from Soccer America since Joseph Lapira received the distinction twice during the 2006 season.

The third-ranked Fighting Irish (4-1-0) return to action when they play host to No. 5 St. John’s in a BIG EAST match on Friday, Sept. 19. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Field.