Van Riper Earns ECAC Defensive Player Of The Week Honors

Oct. 17, 2012

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office.

Playing all 185 minutes in a 2-0 week for the Greyhounds, Van Riper earned 10 saves and stopped 90.9-percent of shots faced, while allowing just one goal.

In a 2-1 overtime win versus Marist on Friday night, Van Riper played all 95 minutes and stopped four shots.

Van Riper followed that up against Siena on Sunday by shutting out the Saints to give them their first MAAC loss of the year. The clean sheet was his fifth of the season and second in conference play. He also assisted his second goal of the year in the contest, as he booted a ball down the field to sophomore Connor Thompson, who scored as time expired to give Loyola the 3-0 win.

For the season, Van Riper leads the MAAC in shutouts, while he is ranked second in the league with a 0.96 goals against average and third with 57 saves.

This marks the third career weekly award for Van Riper, but his first from the ECAC. He has also earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on August 27 and October 15.

The Greyhounds will return to action this weekend when they head to Iona and Fairfield for a pair of matches. Loyola will face the Gaels Friday at 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.