Twice as Nice
Sept. 8, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Following a week that saw the Lafayette men's soccer team go undefeated in three games, two different players were recognized by the Patriot League. Freshman Sean Peckham (Warminster, Pa./Central Bucks East) was tabbed the Rookie of the Week while Philip Nelson (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) picked up his fourth career Goalie of the Week nod.
The Leopards went 2-0-1 last week with wins against Rider and NJIT and played Temple to a scoreless tie. Through those three games, Lafayette has surrendered only one goal while Nelson has recorded two shutouts. The made 14 saves in those three games and finished with an eye-opening .933 save percentage.
In the Temple match, Nelson played all 110 minutes and made a season-high seven saves, five of which came in the second half to help force overtime. The Mechanical Engineering major has been in goal all 290 minutes this fall and the two shutouts mark the 12th and 13th of his career, sixth all-time in Lafayette history.
Off the soccer pitch, Nelson was one of 34 students who spent the 2008 spring semester studying at Jacobs University Bremen (JUB) in Germany. The group, which consisted primarily of second semester sophomores, took various engineering courses during their stay.
On the offensive side of the ball, rookie Peckham has made an immediate impact. Like Nelson, he has started all three games and has combined for a team-high three points (1 g, 1 a). He made his collegiate debut vs. Rider and in the following game, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 2-1 win over NJIT.
Peckham, and Economics major, leads the team in points and his second in shots (6). He has a .667 shot-on-goal percentage and has one game-winning goal to his name. A Warminster, Pa. native, Peckham was a two-time All-State selection at Central Bucks East and was twice named the Intelligencer Player of the Year.
The Leopards are back in action this weekend when they host their annual Lafayette Soccer Classic. They will welcome Binghamton, Fordham and Villanova for games on Friday and Saturday. Lafayette plays Fordham on Friday at 8 p.m. and Binghamton on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
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