Sept. 15, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Dave Donohue (Reading, Mass./Cushing Academy), a junior midfielder on the Notre Dame men’s soccer team, received both national and conference recognition for his three goals and one assist in a 4-1 win over Marquette on Thursday, Sept. 11. 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 in the BIG EAST opener 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. His hat trick was the first for an Irish player since Joseph Lapira’s four-goal effort in a 5-4 overtime win at Indiana on Sept. 3, 2006. Donohue has team-high totals in goals (4), assists (3) and total points (11). All of those are career-high marks for the junior.
These are the first such accolades for Donohue. His senior teammate Matt Besler (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West) was named to the College Soccer News national team of the week last week. The last Notre Dame player to garner BIG EAST offensive player-of-the-week honors was Lapira on Oct. 9, 2006.
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.