Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Alex Mann was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Sept. 8, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Alex Mann was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The recognition comes on the heels of two victories in St. Louis, including a shut out win over the Saint Louis Billikens.
Against the Billikens, Mann played a complete game and recorded her first shutout as a Hoosier. Her five saves in the game are a season high for Indiana. Mann has 13 saves on the season, averaging just over three a game. The Souderton, Pa. native recorded eight saves in two games over the weekend, allowing only one goal to Missouri State.
Head coach Amy Robertson said of Mann's shutout effort, "We were tested. I give a lot of credit to Saint Louis. They found ways to get through our defense here and there, and they tested Alex. She just did a great job. We're really excited, not just for Alex but for the whole team to be recognized as having a goalkeeper that deserves this recognition."
"I think the first part of a great goalkeeper is organizing the defensive front, and she is very comfortable to talk to the backs and make sure they're in the right place and that they're aware of any attackers running in behind them. I think that is the first piece and the other piece is she is very composed back there. You never see her panic. That is one of her best qualities is that she is confident," said Robertson.
This is Mann's first weekly honor and the first defensive accolade for an IU player since Haley Exner brought home the award a year ago this week.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 13, when they will play Ohio University in the first of two games in Winston-Salem, N.C. on the campus of Wake Forest University. IU will play the Demon Deacons on Sunday. The Ohio game is slated for a 3:15 p.m. ET start, and the Wake Forest contest will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET. For complete coverage of Indiana field hockey, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.