Around the Big East

Men’s Soccer

Cincinnati’s Omar Cummings and St. John’s Matt Groenwald were named co-Offensive Players of the Week. Villanova’s Joe Taylor was named Rookie of the Week while St John’s sophomore Steven Old was named Defensive Player of the Week. Providence’s Chris Konopka took home Goalie of the Week honors.

Cummings scored twice, including a game-winner against Connecticut, who had only given up one goal prior.

Taylor, forward/midfielder, assisted on both scores in Villanova’s 2-0 win over Pittsburgh, scored the tying goal and assisted in the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over West Virginia. Konopka made a combined 16 stops in two games.


Women’s Soccer

Syracuse’s Sarah VanSickle was named Defensive Player of the Week and her teammate, Kim Niedzwiecki earned Rookie of the Week. Notre Dame’s senior forward Katie Thorlakson was honored as Offensive Player of the Week while Georgetown’s Jade Higgins is rewarded with Goalie of the Week honors.

VanSickle and Niedzwiecki combined to shut down the Red Storm in a 2-0 victory. VanSickle helped keep St. John’s to one shot on goal while Niedzwiecki scored the first goal of the game, also the first of her career.

Thorlakson, a senior forward, led the Irish with eights points against DePaul and Michigan. She has become only the 22nd player NCAA Division I women’s soccer history to have at least 45 goals and 45 assists.

Higgins led her team to three straight shutouts against American, Towson, and Delaware. She recorded 14 saves to accumulate 7 wins, including 5 shutouts this season.



Louisville’s senior outside hitter, Lena Ustymenko earned the Player of the Week award. She led her team to wins over Michigan State, Sacramento State, and Miami, totaling 57 kills (.333), 10 service aces, and 35 digs.

Cincinnati’s freshman middle blocker, Jessie Nevitt, was the Rookie of the Week by averaging 2.82 kills and 1.36 blocks per game in wins against Jacksonville State, George Washington and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She compiled 31 kills (.351), 15 total blocks, and five service aces.