Lafayette's Nelson, Sullivan Earn Patriot League Men's Soccer Honors
Sept. 17, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette goalie Philip Nelson and defender Luke Sullivan were both honored by the Patriot League this week. Nelson earned Goalkeeper of the Week honors and Sullivan was named the Defensive Player of the Week after the Leopards recorded back-to-back shutouts against La Salle and Hartwick at the Penn Soccer Classic.
Nelson and Sullivan were part of a Lafayette defense that held both La Salle and Hartwick without a goal. The Leopards opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over La Salle on Friday. The shutout was Nelson's second of his career, as well as the team's second in the past three matches. The sophomore made three saves against the Explorers, thanks in large part to the defensive play of Sullivan and his teammates. La Salle managed just five shots in the game, including only two in the second half and only one La Salle player managed to take more than one shot in the match.
Both Nelson and Sullivan continued their solid play in the second match of the weekend against Hartwick. Nelson, a Mechanical Engineering major, made four stops in the match en route to recording his third collegiate shutout. While Lafayette's offense struggled to find the back of the net, Sullivan and the rest of the Lafayette defense made sure Hartwick's own offense remained quiet. The Hawks took just seven shots in the match, including none in either overtime period as the teams played to a scoreless tie.
This season, Sullivan, a senior Biology major, and his fellow defenders have allowed just four goals in six games (0.62 gpg) while Nelson has a 0.64 goals-against average in his first season starting between the posts. With the shutout of Hartwick, Nelson is already tied for 13th on Lafayette's single season shutout list with three.
Teammate Scott Hawkins also received recognition from the Patriot League after scoring the game-winning goal in the 1-0 defeat of La Salle. For his efforts, the Economics and Business major earned honorable mention from the league. The senior has now scored four goals in the team's last three games for a team-best eight points this season.
The Leopards are back in action for a three-game homestand beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19 when they welcome Philadelphia to the Mike Bourger Field at Oaks Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.