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National Player of the Week
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NCAA Player of the Week NCAA Player of the Week

Week Player Comment
Nov 13-19 Brian O'Leary
Kentucky
Senior
goalkeeper
NCAA Player of the Week The 6-foot-1 Lexington, Ky., native, stifled Saint Louis for 150 minutes, then helped the Wildcats (11-8-2) eliminate the No. 11 Billikens 4-2 in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the NCAA tournament first-round match. Facing 21 shots, O'Leary made a career-high 11 saves, stopped two Saint Louis penalty kicks in the tiebreaker and netted Kentucky's second PK attempt after the first was missed. On the season, O'Leary collected nine shutouts, including four consecutive in the postseason. In the Mid-American Conference title match against Bowling Green, he stopped a penalty kick to preserve the Wildcats' 1-0 triumph. The 1999 and 2000 member of the conference academic honor roll posted a goals-against average of 0.95 this season. For his career, O'Leary recorded 22 shutouts, giving up 83 goals for a 1.22 GAA.
Nov 6-12 Brian Mullan
Creighton
Senior
forward\midfielder
NCAA Player of the Week The Littleton, Colo., native led the way in the Bluejay's seventh Missouri Valley Conference title in nine years, racking up seven points in the tournament semifinals and final. The elementary education major scored both goals -- including the winner in the 141st minute (fourth overtime) -- to give No. 9 Creighton (18-3) a 2-1 victory over Bradley in the final to earn a ninth consecutive NCAA tournament invitation. He had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 semifinal win over Western Kentucky. He leads CU with 10 assists and is second with 14 goals and 38 points. He has started all 83 matches in his career which has produced 32 goals and 29 assists for 93 points.
Oct 30-Nov 5 Ali Curtis
Duke
Senior
forward
NCAA Player of the Week The Milan, Michigan native scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute of action to lift the Blue Devils over the Demon Deacons. It was the 52nd goal of his career, enabling him to become Duke's all-time leading goal scorer breaking Tom Kain's 15-year record of 51 career goals. Additionally, Curtis' 131 career points rank second on Duke's all-time list after Kain's 147 points. In winning, Curtis becomes the first men's soccer player to earn SoccerTimes.com Player of the Week two different times as he also won the honor in 1999 as a junior.
Oct 23-29 Greg Victor
Hartwick
Freshman
forward
NCAA Player of the Week Freshman forward Greg Victor had three goals and three assists in Hartwick's 2-0 week. Victor had two goals and two assists in a 7-2 non-conference romp of Cornell University last Wednesday. He then came back and had one goal and one assist in a 4-3 overtime victory against Adelphi on Saturday. The Atlantic Soccer Conference Player of the Week for last week continues to pile up big numbers for the Hawks, with 14 goals and four assists for 32 points on the season. He ranks 19th in the country in goals per game.
Oct 16-22 Robert Russell
Duke
Senior
midfielder
NCAA Player of the Week The Amherst, Mass., resident scored two spectacular goals, including a 30-yard blast for the game-winner with 3:15 to go, giving then-No. 25 Duke a key 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference victory at No. 8 Virginia. The win lifted the Blue Devils (10-4, 4-1 in ACC) to 12th in the national rankings and into a tie for first place in the ACC with U.Va. and top-ranked North Carolina.The sociology major put Duke ahead 1-0 at 8:07 when he bent a powerful 25-yard direct kick over the Cavaliers' wall and inside the near post. With overtime on the horizon and Duke reduced to 10 men because of a red card, Russell jumped to intercept a defensive clear, nailing a 30-yard drive on his first touch into the left corner for the 3-2 triumph. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder leads the Blue Devils with nine assists (15th in the NCAA) and, with six goals, is third on his team with 21 points. For his career, Russell has 11 goals and 18 assists for 40 points.
Oct 9-15 Casey Schmidt
Boston College
Sophomore
forward
NCAA Player of the Week The Newbury Park, Calif. native scored both Boston College goals this past week and they were big goals in a pair of Big East upsets. On Wednesday, he was sent in from midfield, one-on-one with the goalkeeper and netted a perfect ball into the right corner to tie then-No. 1 Connecticut 1-1. On Sunday, the political science major took a pass from the right wing and scored for the Eagles who surprised then-No. 13 Pittsburgh 1-0. Schmidt leads BC (6-5-1, 5-2-1 in league) with seven goals and 16 points. In Big East games, he is tops in the conference with six goals and 14 points. The Eagles are 6-0-1 when he scores. Schmidt leads active BC players with totals of 18 goals and 40 points despite being a sophomore who's played 28 games.
Oct 2-8 Chris Humphreys
San Jose State
Junior
goalkeeper
NCAA Player of the Week The No. 7 Spartans (10-0-1) are the last remaining undefeated team in Division 1 and the keeper from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is a major reason. Playing behind a solid defense, the business management major hasnít been called on for many saves, but some have been spectacular. During the past week, Humphreys, who has eight shutouts and a 0.19 goals against average, led SJSU to two non-conference victories -- defeating Saint Maryís 1-0 and handing rival Santa Clara a 2-0 loss.
Sep 25-Oct 1 Mark Lisi
Clemson
Senior
midfielder
NCAA Player of the Week The Englewood, Colo., resident chipped in four goals and two assists as the Tigers (7-2) upset then-No. 21 Brown 2-1 and 16th-ranked California State-Fullerton to win the Clemson Invitatational. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Spanish major had two goals against Brown, plus two goals and two assists against Fullerton for the Tigers who climbed to 19th in the national rankings. He has five goals and six assists for 17 points in 2000 for career totals of 34 goals -- eight game-winners -- 24 assists and 92 points. He has started every game since the beginning of his sophomore season.
Sep 18-24 Derek Potteiger
Penn State
Junior
midfielder
NCAA Player of the Week The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native assisted one goal, then netted the winner for a third straight game in a 2-1 overtime triumph over Michigan Saturday. A week earlier, the 5-foot-11, 173-pounder buried both deciding tallies for third-ranked Nittany Lions to capture their Penn State\Nike Classic with a 2-1 overtime decision over College of Charleston and a 1-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth. Potteiger, an enrollee in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, leads PSU (7-0) with six goals and 14 points after compiling totals of five goals and six assists for 16 points his first two seasons. He has started all 53 games for the Lions since arriving in State College.
Sep 11-17 Ryan Gibbs
Virginia
Sophomore
forward
NCAA Player of the Week The 5-foot-11, 165-pound West Chester, Pa., native's first two goals of the season were well-timed. He came off the bench late in the first half and provided then-12th-ranked Virginia a crucial 2-0 triumph in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at No. 5 Wake Forest. In the 48th minute, Gibbs looped a 23-yard shot over keeper Rob Vartughian. In the 70th minute, he tucked a 20-yard shot inside the right corner of the goal. As a freshman, he netted eight goals, including two goals, plus four assists.
Sep 5-10 McKinley Tennyson, Jr.
UCLA
Senior
forward
NCAA Player of the Week While nearly every Top 10 team took a hit the past week, Tennyson helped keep UCLA unbeaten and No. 1. The Hermann Trophy candidate recorded three goals for the first time in his career after only 34 minutes of a 5-0 whitewash of San Diego State. The sociology major from Indianapolis, has a team-leading four tallies in two outings after missing opening day for the Bruins (3-0). The hat trick moved Tennyson into fifth place in UCLA's record books with six career multiple-goal games and now has 29 goals and 76 points in his four years in Westwood.
Sep 1-4 Darrin Lewis
Connecticut
Senior
forward
NCAA Player of the Week With the No. 2 Huskies hoping to recover from an opening day 2-1 setback to 10th-ranked Wake Forest, Lewis, a native of Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago, took matters into his own hands, finding net on three occasions as UConn stunned No. 4 Duke 4-1. The Big East's Preseason "Player of the Year" increased his career total to 14 goals to go along with 10 assists.

Players of the Week 1999

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