CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Loyola University Maryland senior Nicole Wahlig has been named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. Freshman goalkeeper Lily Andres was also named among the league’s honorable mention performances this week.
A defender from East Meadow, New York, Wahlig became the first player to score against unbeaten St. John’s this season, heading in a corner kick in the eighth minute of play on Sunday evening. Red Storm goalkeeper, Diana Poulin, is a two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and had not given up a goal through the first three games this season. Wahlig’s goal snapped Poulin's 288 minute shutout streak and marks her second goal this season, with the first coming in the Greyhounds' home-opener win over UMBC.
Defensively, Wahlig was a threat in the air in both games, winning 50/50 balls to help shutout St. Francis (Pa.) and hold the Red Storm to just 13 shots throughout 110 minutes, although they entered the game averaging 21.0 per game. St. John’s was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament last season, with an RPI of 37, and they were receiving votes in the national poll this week.
The weekly award marks the third for Wahlig, who received Defensive Player of the Week honors both last season and in 2014. She has started in every game of her college career and was a member of the Preseason All-Patriot League Team this year.
In addition, Andres received an honorable mention nod for her performances in goal. She had six saves in her first collegiate start against St. Francis (Pa.), where she charted the first shutout of her career in the 1-0 win, and five saves in the draw against St. John’s on Sunday evening.
Loyola, unbeaten through its first four games for the first time in program history, will host Cornell at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday in it’s final of four-straight home games. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m.