April 22, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) has been named the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) co-player of the week for the week of April 13-19. Rodgers surrendered just three goals in over 107 minutes of play last weekend to help the third-ranked Irish remain perfect at 12-0.
In a 10-2 win at Quinnipiac on Saturday (April 18), Rodgers allowed one goal in 50:27 of action. Rodgers, who played 56:40, and the Fighting Irish defense held St. John’s to just two tallies in a 12-2 win at Alumni Field the following day. The team captain made five saves versus the Bobcats and 10 against the Red Storm.
Rodgers currently ranks first among all NCAA Division I goalies in goals-against average (6.10) and save percentage (.665). Notre Dame boasts the top defense in the country with an overall 6.08 goals-against average, which is on pace to eclipse the school record of 6.66 from 2007.
Rodgers and the Irish defense have held opponents to seven goals or fewer in nine of the last 10 games. The Long Island native is up for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player. Earlier this season, he was named to the Inside Lacrosse team of the week following a career-high 20 saves in a 13-8 win at Penn State. Rodgers has made 10 or more saves on eight occasions this season.
This marks the second GWLL player of the week honor for Rodgers this season. He is the only player to receive the distinction on multiple occasions this year. Rodgers also copped the honor on March 9. Two other Notre Dame players have been tabbed as the league’s player of the week this season. Grant Krebs (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) received the honor on Feb. 17, while fellow junior Neal Hicks (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) did so on Feb. 24. This week, Rodgers shared player-of-the-week accolades with Griffin Nevitt from Air Force.
Notre Dame will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Ohio State this Saturday (April 25). The Fighting Irish and the Buckeyes will square off in the `Showdown in the Shoe’ at 11:00 a.m. (ET) at Ohio Stadium.
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