Twice as Nice: Two Wildcats Collect Big Ten Player of the Week Honors

Seniors Quinn and Kyle recognized for efforts in back-to-back wins over the weekend

Kyle posted her first career shutout in the 8-0 win over Sacred Heart Sunday.

Sept. 8, 2008

EVANSTON, Ill. -- This week’s Big Ten Player of the Week awards have a distinctly purple flair to them as the conference named NU senior forward Alexandra Quinn Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Emily Kyle the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Quinn scored four goals on nine shots in Northwestern’s wins against Miami (Ohio) and Sacred Heart while Kyle posted her first career shutout in the 8-0 victory over SHU.

Quinn scored two goals in NU’s 3-1 defeat of Miami Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field. After the RedHawks opened the scoring, Quinn knotted the game at one apiece when she slammed home a shot from just inside the top of the circle. In the second half, she gave the Wildcats a critical insurance goal, knocking in a shot off a scramble in front of the net.

Sunday against Sacred Heart, the native of Watertown, Mass. scored two of the first three Northwestern goals, becoming the first NU player to score in back-to-back games since Courtney Plaster-Strange did it between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15 last season. A four-year starter for the Wildcats, Quinn now has 18 career goals to go along with 13 assists.

Kyle was instrumental in helping Northwestern defeat Miami, making eight stops and orchestrating the defense through 12 RedHawk penalty corners. Against Sacred Heart, Kyle made one save in posting her first career shutout and the program’s first since Oct. 9, 2005.

A native of San Francisco, Calif., Kyle has started 40 games in her career for the ’Cats and has made 277 saves in her time at NU, good for fifth on the school’s all-time list.



Kyle shared the weekly honor with Indiana goalkeeper Alex Mann.

Northwestern (2-2) is back in action Thursday, Sept. 11, when it plays the first of three games in a four-day span against Georgetown, No. 15 American and No. 2 Maryland in College Park, Md.

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