Oct. 22, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s soccer players Erich Braun (Frankfurt, Germany) and Chris Sawyer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) have been honored as the BIG EAST CO-Offensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, after playing key roles in Notre Dame’s shutouts wins last week over #6 Indiana (1-0) and #21 Boston College (2-0).
Braun scored two goals last week and extended his goal-scoring streak to five games. He tallied the lone goal in the win over the Hoosiers 4:06 into the second half to give Notre Dame just its second win over Indiana in 21 meetings as the Irish snapped a nine-game losing streak. Braun also scored the insurance goal at the 49:05 mark against Boston College as Notre Dame won its fifth straight, its longest win streak since the 1991 campaign. The junior forward leads the team with 10 goals and three assists (23 points).
Sawyer was tabbed for goalkeeper-of-the-week honors after earning rookie-of-the-week honors the previous. The Irish rookie collected seven saves en route to two the two complete-game shutouts. He registered for saves in the victory over Indiana and three against Boston College. He has been the starting goalkeeper for the Irish in the last seven contests with a 6-1 record overall and 4-1 mark in conference play. Sawyer has given up just four goals in 671:04 of action with four complete-game shutouts for a 0.54 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
Notre Dame, riding a five-game win streak, is 8-4-0 overall and 5-2-0 in BIG EAST play. The Irish have won four straight league, a first since becoming a conference member in 1995.
In the past two weeks, Notre Dame has been the recipient of five BIG EAST weekly awards.