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Marquette Keeps Racking Up Big East Fall Sports Weekly Awards

Between you, me, and the wall, men’s soccer really needs to step up their game in this department.

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Am I excited that the XC team winning awards means I have an excuse to use XC team pictures? Well, excited is probably the wrong word....
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Five different Marquette Golden Eagles earned Big East awards for their performances last week in four different sports. The wealth and depth of riches when it comes to high quality performances on a regular basis from MU student-athletes is really quite exciting.

Let’s start with women’s soccer. Kylie Sprecher earned her second straight Freshman of the Week award on Monday. Here’s how the league wrote it up:

Sprecher repeats as the league’s top rookie after totaling three points in a 2-0 week for the Golden Eagles. RV Marquette stretched its win streak to seven games, with Sprecher scoring Friday’s game-winning goal at Boston University in the 22nd minute. She followed that with assisting on Darian Powell’s game-winning goal at Rhode Island on Sunday in the 57th.

#8 on your scorecard is currently tied for #2 on the stat sheet in points for the Golden Eagles with two goals and three assists on the season. That also has her tied for eighth in the Big East so far in the early going of the 2017 campaign. Sprecher has been an invaluable contributor to the MU offense with both Jamie Kutey and Carrie Madden struggling with early season injuries. If both of those two women can get healthy, it’s possible that Sprecher’s production may end up slowing down.... or having them around could end up boosting her knack for putting the ball in the right place at the right time.

Joining Sprecher in the women’s soccer award parade is forward Darian Powell, who picked up her first Weekly Honor Roll nod of the year. Here’s her official explanation, although I bet you can guess part of it already:

Powell helped spark the offense in another 2-0 week for the Golden Eagles, totaling three points off a goal and assist. The graduate student assisted on Kylie Sprecher’s game-winning goal on Friday at Boston University before scoring the game winner Sunday at Rhode Island.

Powell is the one coming in with more points than Sprecher on the current MU scoresheet. With three goals and four assists on the year, she’s currently tied for the third best output in the league. Powell’s three markers this season have her in a three-way tie for the ninth most goals in program history as well, and her next one will move her into a tie for the eighth most. Her four assists on the season has already caused her to surpass her career total in helpers coming into the season, which was three. Powell is currently 10 points away from moving into the MU top 10 in that department as well.


Over in the women’s volleyball locker room, Allie Barber is the current queen bee thanks to her Weekly Honor Roll spot this week. Here’s what the conference know-it-alls had to say about her:

Barber posted 5.07 points, 4.86 kills and 1.0 digs per set in a 1-1 week for Marquette in Golden Eagles Classic. Her hitting percentage of .484 led the league last week. Barber also added three blocks.

It’s the second time in three weeks of the season that the Big East has honored Barber after her Offensive Player of the Week trophy in week 1. She currently leads the Big East in kills at 4.61/set (19th in the country) and points at 4.98/set (23rd in the country). She’s also seventh in the league in hitting percentage at .346.


Marquette cross country is dominating the weekly awards from the conference, as Golden Eagles are the Athlete of the Week for both the men and women this week. Daniel Pederson earned the male award thusly:

Pederson finished in second place with a time of 25:14.4 in a field of 167 competitors in the 8K race on the Dannehl National Course. His time was a career best and helped the Golden Eagles take first place in the 10-team event.

On the women’s side, Jessica Parker was riding high amongst the Big East’s competitors. Here’s her write up:

Parker continued her fast start to the fall season with a first-place finish among 163 runners on the Dannehl Course. She covered the 5K course in a time of 17:47.6 for her first career victory. The Golden Eagles took first place in the team standings, beating 11 other squads.

Pederson edged out teammates Alec Miller and Jon Klaiber by less than 20 seconds between the trio, and three more Golden Eagles slipped into the top 13 to help propel MU to the win. It’s the first time in Pederson’s career that the sophomore has been MU’s best performer in a race.

The women’s team was paced by the Parker sisters, with Jennifer coming in just four seconds behind Jessica. Lauren Fuqua and Mary Hanson also managed top 10 finishes to help MU post six runners in the top 15.