Penn State and Wisconsin Garner First Weekly Honors of 2009 Season

Sept. 7, 2009

Seniors Jason Yeisley (Pen State) and Alex Horwath (Wisconsin) were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for games played from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, the conference office announced today.

Offensive Player of the Week:
Jason Yeisley, Penn State
Senior Forward - Allentown, Pa. - Salisbury

In his first week of action since October 2007, Jason Yeisley made a triumphant return to the field after missing the 2008 season with a severe knee injury, leading Penn State to a 2-1 record in the opening week of regular season play. The team captain totaled seven points, scoring three goals and tallying one assist. In the season opener versus Saint Francis, Yeisley netted the Nittany Lions’ first two goals, sparking PSU to a 5-0 rout. He then scored his third goal in a hard fought 2-1 overtime loss to Cal State Fullerton. Against Gonzaga, he assisted on Corey Hertzog’s game-winning goal in the 89th minute to give PSU the 1-0 victory. Yeisley was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Wolstein Classic for his standout performances versus Cal State Fullerton and Gonzaga. The laurel marks the second weekly honor for the senior forward, who garnered his first as a freshman in October of 2005.

Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Cory Hertzog, (Oct. 13, 2008)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Alex Horwath, Wisconsin
Senior Goalkeeper - Woodbine, Md. - McDonogh

Alex Horwath’s work in goal earned the senior goalkeeper Defensive MVP honors at the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational last week, helping the Badgers open the 2009 campaign with a pair of shutouts against Virginia Tech and Western Illinois. The Woodbine, Md., native has posted three-consecutive shutouts, dating back to last season, moving  into sole possession of fifth place on the Badgers' all-time shutouts list with 15 for his career. The award marks the third career weekly honor for Horwath, and his first since earning two accolades during his sophomore campaign in 2007.

Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Horwath (Nov. 5, 2007)