Van Riper Honored As Patriot League Goalkeeper Of The Week

Sept. 16, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer senior Thurman Van Riper has been tabbed the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. Sophomore Larry Ndjock was also included among the league’s honorable mention performances this week.

Van Riper’s honor marks the third-straight week a Greyhound has earned a weekly award from the conference, as senior Jamie Libby was named the defensive player of the week on September 3 and Ndjock was last week’s offensive player of the week.

Van Riper led the Greyhounds to a 2-0 week last week, including back-to-back shutout victories. The Groton, Mass., native stopped 10 shots in the two contests to run his consecutive-shutout minutes to 186 minutes and 53 seconds.

In a 1-0 road win at Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Van Riper stopped three shots to record his first shutout of the year. He followed that up by collecting seven saves, including a critical one-on-one shot in the first half, in a 2-0 victory over Campbell at home on Saturday.

This marks the fifth weekly award for Van Riper throughout his career, while it is his first from the Patriot League. He was a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2012 and also earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors as a junior.

Ndjock was included as an honorable mention after extending his goal-scoring streak to four-straight games. The forward from Berlin, Germany, scored both of Loyola’s game-winning goals for the week and now has a league-best six goals and 12 points on the season.

The Greyhounds, boasting a 4-0-1 record this year, are off to their best start since 2008 and will return to action on Wednesday when they host Princeton at Ridley Athletic Complex. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.