Oct. 3, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman forward Lauren Bohaboy (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) was selected as the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week, while Fighting Irish senior defender/tri-captain Jessica Schuveiller (Plano, Texas/Plano West) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In addition, Bohaboy was chosen for the 11-player Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, according to a release by that media outlet on Monday.
Bohaboy is Notre Dame’s first BIG EAST Rookie of the Week selection since Oct. 27, 2008, when her current senior teammate/tri-captain Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas/Berkner) collected the second of her two conference rookie citations that season. Bohaboy earned this week’s award after scoring three goals last weekend in 3-0 victories over BIG EAST foes Connecticut and Providence at Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish freshman striker posted the first two-goal outing of her career in last Friday’s win over Connecticut, netting her first score just 40 seconds after Schuveiller put Notre Dame on the board midway through the first half, and then adding a second goal less than five minutes into the second half. Bohaboy capped her weekend with the opening (and match-winning) goal in Sunday’s win over Providence.
In addition to her conference award, Bohaboy is the second Notre Dame player this season to earn a place on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, following Henderson’s selection on Sept. 5. It’s also the first time that she has been recognized with a weekly honor by Top Drawer Soccer — current Fighting Irish sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) was the last Notre Dame rookie to make the squad with her TDS National Player of the Week selection on Nov. 29 (after scoring two goals at No. 6 Oklahoma State in last year’s NCAA Championship quarterfinals).
Schuveiller was a factor at both ends of the pitch for Notre Dame last weekend, piling up five points (2G-1A) on the offensive side. She also helped anchor a Fighting Irish defense that registered consecutive shutouts while holding its opponents to a combined 12 shots (six on goal) in the two matches. Schuveiller recorded her first career multi-point match (1G-1A) against Connecticut, scoring the first (and match-winning) goal against the Huskies before assisting on Bohaboy’s second score against UConn. Schuveiller than converted an insurance goal in the win over Providence, scoring just 1:59 into the second half.
Bohaboy currently is tied for second on the team with five goals, all of which have come in the past five matches during BIG EAST play. Schuveiller has posted a career-high four goals and nine points (4G-1A) this season, while extending her streak of consecutive starts to 91 matches (every contest of her college career).
Notre Dame heads back on the road next weekend for a two-match swing through the state of New Jersey. The Fighting Irish will open up at 7 p.m. (ET) Friday at Seton Hall, before moving on to visit Rutgers at noon (ET) Sunday. Live statistics and a live interactive chat will be offered for both matches through the Irish UNDerground blog (www.UND.com/blog) on the official Notre Dame athletics web site (www.UND.com).
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