OGDEN, Utah – Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Weaver was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week today for her play this past weekend against Ball State and Evansville. She is the team's first conference player of the week selection this season, and eighth in the last 10 weeks dating back to last season.
"I am really excited," Weaver said. "This caught me off guard, but I couldn't have done it without my team. It's awesome."
Weaver entered Friday's game against Ball State at the 17:48 mark in relief of junior Natasha Slaughter and made a career-high 11 saves, preserving a 2-2 tie despite the Lumberjacks being outshot 22-13 for the game. She became just the seventh Lumberjack goalkeeper to record at least 11 saves in a single match. Weaver then started Sunday's match against Evansville and played 110:00 scoreless minutes, making three saves in a 0-0 tie and registering the Lumberjacks' first shutout of the season.
"Lauren's organization of the backline has been solid," said head coach Andre Luciano. "She came in on Friday night and immediately took over the game. We don't ask our goalkeepers to win games, we ask them to make the saves to keep us in games, and that's what she's done the last two games. She has a lot of confidence right now and I think the team is really confident in her."
In total, Weaver played 202:12 minutes in goal last weekend while making 14 saves and allowing zero goals. She currently leads the conference in saves per game (6.00), second in total saves (36) and fifth in save percentage (.735). Her goals against average dropped almost a goal and a half from 3.74 entering the weekend to her current mark of 2.27.