Amazingly, Charlie Lyon is not the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week. However, Axel Sjoberg was named Defensive Player of the Week for his part in Marquette earning their fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts this past week. The 6'7" Swede is credited for holding UWM's Laurie Bell to just two run of play shots in MU's 2-0 win over the Panthers. He also gets bonus points for Marquette only allowing seven shots to Northern Illinois on Saturday night.
Lyon was named to the Big East Honor Roll this week, and there has never been a more deserving honor. Lyon has not allowed a goal in over 508 minutes, which has moved Lyon to 25 career shutouts, just three away from Marquette's all time record. The streak wouldn't exist, though, without Lyon's near perfect save of a Laurie Bell penalty kick in the 81st minute to preserve the clean sheet against UWM.
Redshirt freshman Jack Alberts was named the Big East Rookie of the Week, and for good reason. The Hinsdale, IL, native recorded both of Marquette's game winning goals over the last week, but that's not the wildest part of the deal. The goals appeared to be nearly identical, with Alberts heading home a Louis Bennett II free kick, and both of Bennett's free kicks seemed to be from almost the exact same spot. Here's the highlights from the UWM win and here's the NIU game. Check it out and see for yourself.
Jacie Jermier was named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week. Jermier is the first non-goalkeeper to earn that award in the 2014 season. Marquette picked up their two biggest wins of the season over the weekend, ending Kansas' eight match winning streak to open the season, and holding on to win against LSU on Sunday. MU allowed just three shots on goal to the Jayhawks, and Jermier, who has become lethal when defending one on one in the right corner, was also responsible for Marquette's lone goal against Kansas. Jermier has three goals this season, all of which have come from depositing free kicks into the net unassisted.
When you commit one error in three matches, you're doing pretty well. When you tack on 27 kills in the matches, you're really doing something right. That's how Meghan Niemann ended up as the Big East's Player of the Week. The lone error from Niemann came in Marquette's five set win over #7 Florida on Friday night. Niemann wasn't called on to a lot of the work for Marquette (that's only nine kills per match on average, and two of the matches went to five sets), but she was her usually accurate self when her number was called. Niemann hit .520 over the weekend, which has her at .320 on the season. That places her second on the team behind Courtney Kintzel and seventh best in the Big East.
Lindsey Gosh was added to the Weekly Honor Roll this week. MU's lone senior hit no worse than .294 all weekend, while chipping in a block and 3.12 kills per set in Marquette's three matches. Gosh had seven blocks all by herself against #7 Florida.