Feb. 22, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Zach Brenneman, a senior midfielder on the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team, has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his career-high five-point performance in a 12-7 season-opening victory over No. 5 Duke on Sunday.
Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) tallied three goals and two assists versus the Blue Devils. This is Brenneman’s first-ever BIG EAST player-of-the-week accolade.
Brenneman’s first goal gave Notre Dame a 7-4 lead late in the third quarter. He ignited a 4-0 Irish run in the fourth quarter by scoring the first two goals of the surge and assisting on the third. He also assisted on the final goal of the game
The senior captain has registered a hat trick in three straight games dating back to last season. Brenneman has nine career hat tricks, including three versus Duke over the course of the past two seasons.
Brenneman was tabbed as the 2011 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in addition to being a preseason All-American. He was selected fifth overall by the Long Island Lizards in January’s Major League Lacrosse draft.
St. John’s sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Lowman was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
No. 3 Notre Dame returns to action on Sunday at Penn State. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (ET) in University Park, Pa.