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Alex Heffron Named Big East Women's Soccer Offensive Player Of The Week

Plus: Amanda Engel made the women's soccer Honor Roll, while Meghan Niemann got a spot on the volleyball Honor Roll.

Alex Heffron's ending her collegiate career on a strong note.
Alex Heffron's ending her collegiate career on a strong note.
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Marquette women's soccer only had one match last week, but 90 minutes was still enough time for Alex Heffron to be named the Big East's Offensive Player Of The Week.

The senior forward tallied Marquette's first two goals in a 4-0 win over Providence.  It was just the second and third goals of the season for Heffron, but they gave MU a comfortable margin against the Friars after just 24 minutes.  Adding a bit of impressiveness to the feat: The Friars were on a three game winning streak coming into the contest and PC keeper Kristyn Shea had the best goals-against average in the Big East before the match started.

Over in the Honor Roll category, MU keeper Amanda Engel earned her third appearance of the season.  Engel made five saves in 73 minutes against the Friars to earn a seventh clean sheet on the season.  I might have to go back and read the statistical rules to figure out how Engel gets credit for the shutout when Sofie Schunk played the remainder of the match and made two saves to keep PC off the board.

Switching gears to women's volleyball, Meghan Niemann was named to the Weekly Honor Roll. The honor is largely for her career high nine blocks against Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.  Niemann averaged 1.86 blocks in the seven sets that Marquette played over their 1-1 weekend against the Hoyas and Creighton, but she didn't contribute much elsewhere, though.  She totalled just 11 kills and five digs in the two matches, but digs aren't really the calling card for the middle hitter from Jackson, Wisconsin.