Sullivan, Nelson Earn Patriot League Men's Soccer Honors
Oct. 1, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Senior Luke Sullivan and sophomore Philip Nelson each earned Patriot League honors this week, with Sullivan earning Defensive Player accolades and Nelson being named Goalkeeper of the Week. In addition, Sullivan was named to College Soccer News' and Top Drawer Soccer's National Teams of the Week.
Lafayette (6-1-2, 1-0) posted a 2-0 record last week with a 3-0 win over Manhattan on Tuesday and a 1-0 shutout of Patriot League rival Lehigh on Saturday night. The wins extended the Leopards' unbeaten streak to seven matches and their shutout streak to five games.
Sullivan and Nelson were key contributors in both shutouts. Sullivan's play on defense helped hold both Manhattan and Lehigh without a goal. The Jaspers managed just four shots on Tuesday while the Mountain Hawks took only five, including just two in the opening half. This season, opponents are averaging just eight shots per game against the Lafayette defense.
The Slingerlands, N.Y. native and Biology major also made a major impact on the offensive end of the field, tallying his first two goals of the season. Sullivan scored one of the Leopards' three goals against Manhattan and netted the eventual game winner against Lehigh on Saturday.
Sullivan was also the lone Patriot League player to earn a spot on either national team of the week. He also becomes the first Lafayette player under head coach Dennis Bohn to be named to either the College Soccer News' or Top Drawer Soccer's national teams of the week.
In his first season as starting goalie, Nelson continued the solid play he's demonstrated all season. He did not allow either opposing offense to score a goal en route to recording his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season. He recorded two saves against the Jaspers and one against Lehigh.
Nelson, a Mechanical Engineering major, has a 0.47 goals against average and a save percentage of .857. He has been in goal for five of the six Lafayette shutouts this season and now stands tied for sixth on Lafayette's single season shutout list. The six shutouts recorded by Lafayette also ties the most in a single-season since the 2000 Leopards finished with six.
Lafayette, currently ranked second in the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic Region, continues Patriot League play when the team travels to American on Saturday, Oct. 6, for a 1 p.m. match.
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