Feb. 22, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two Notre Dame student-athletes received recognition as the first-ever BIG EAST men’s lacrosse weekly honors were announced on Monday. Senior goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) was selected as the league’s defensive player of the week, while junior midfielder Zach Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) was named to the weekly honor roll.
Rodgers and Brenneman were instrumental in Notre Dame’s 11-7 season-opening win at No. 2 Duke on Saturday. That signified the first time the Fighting Irish had ever defeated a team ranked in the top-two of the national polls.
Rodgers, a third-team All-American last season, made 15 saves in the win over Duke. He and the rest of the Fighting Irish defense held the Blue Devils, who were coming off a 12-goal performance against Bucknell, without a goal in the fourth quarter. Rodgers now boasts a 16-1 career record.
Brenneman tallied four points on three goals and an assist in the triumph of the Blue Devils. The point total matched a single-game career-high for the junior. All three goals extended Notre Dame’s lead to three during different portions of the game (5-2; 9-6; 10-7). Brenneman registered eight shots as the Irish out shot the Blue Devils 46-33.
Rutgers’ Gerhard Buehning was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week. Joining Brenneman on the honor roll were Cody Jamieson (Syracuse, Sr., A), Harry Kutner (St. Johns, So., A), Jack Rice (Villanova, Fr., A) and Joel White (Syracuse, Jr., LSM).
The Fighting Irish have moved up to third in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) coaches poll. Notre Dame will open the home portion of its slate on Sunday, Feb. 28 against Penn State. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (ET) inside the Loftus Sports Center.
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