April 8, 2002
Junior Lisa Mattison was named the BIG EAST Conference player of the week on Monday, April 8, after helping the University of Notre Dame softball team to a 6-0 record and assume first place in the league with doubleheader sweep at St. John’s and Seton Hall over the weekend.
In six games last week, Mattison finished 10 for 18 (.556) with two doubles, two runs and a team-high nine RBI. She was also perfect in the field, recording 40 putouts and two assists in 42 chances. This is the first conference weekly award Mattison has earned, though she was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection in 2001 as a designated player.
The Notre Dame team has moved into first place in the BIG EAST with a 6-0 record, ahead of co-preseason favorite Villanova (the Irish and the Wildcats will meet Sunday, May 5, at Notre Dame) and Seton Hall. Syracuse, who is in third place with a 4-0 record, will visit Ivy Field on Sunday, April 14. The conference has implemented a two/one point system in its standings, with a league victory earning a team two points and one point for a tie.
The Irish will carry their eight-game win streak into tomorrow’s doubleheader with Valparaiso. The games will start at 3 p.m.