Oct. 15, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s soccer team nearly made a clean sweep of the BIG EAST weekly awards as three players garnered the league’s top honors after helping the Irish to a 2-0 week with shutout victories at West Virginia (3-0) and Virginia Tech (2-0). Devon Presod (Marietta, Ga.) was named the league’s offensive player-of-the-week, Griffin Howard (San Diego, Calif.) earned co-defensive player-of-the week accolades, and Chris Sawyer (Highland Ranch, Colo.) claimed the conference’s rookie-of-the-week honor.
The two wins marked the first time since the 1999 campaign that an Irish team has posted back-to-back shutouts.
Prescod recorded three goals and dished off two assists (eight points) in leading the Irish to the wins. He tallied Notre Dame’s first two goals in the win at West Virginia and then assisted on the third goal. For Prescod, it was the first multiple-goal game of his career. Against Virginia Tech, he scored the Irish’s first goal of the contest and then assisted on the insurance goal. The sophomore forward, who earned the weekly honor for the first time in his career, has three and three assists (nine points) on the season.
Howard helped anchor the Irish defense in the two shutouts and is a first-time winner of the league’s defensive honor.
Sawyer recorded the first two complete-game shutouts of his career in helping the wins. He had four saves in each of the two games in earning the honor for the first time. Sawyer has started the last give games for Notre Dame and has played in six games overall. He owns a 0.73 goals against average and .875 save percentage, while just four goals and making 28 saves.
Notre Dame has won three straight games and currently is 6-4-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the BIG EAST.