Oct. 2, 2006
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Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Darren Yeagle, Indiana
FR, MF, Louisville, Ky./Trinity
Earning the first Player of the Week award of his career, Yeagle scored the game-winning goal against Michigan State in the double-overtime period to give Indiana a 2-1 victory on Sunday. The freshman, who currently leads the Hoosiers with five goals and 11 points, scored on a rebound after a Spartan defender knocked away IU's previous shot on goal. The last freshman to claim weekly honors for Indiana was Lee Nguyen, on Oct. 31, 2005.
Xavier Balc, Ohio State
JR, F, Hudson, Ohio/Hudson
Balc captured his first weekly accolade of the season after leading Ohio State to two victories this past week. Against then-No. 26 Akron, the junior assisted on teammate Taylor Korpieski's game-winning goal, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 win. On Sunday, he tallied two more assists in a 2-1, come-from-behind triumph over Big Ten rival Penn State. The junior has scored or assisted on 19 of OSU's last 21 goals and currently leads the conference with 17 points while being tied for first with six goals and five assists. This is the second Player of the Week laurel of Balc's career as he was last honored on Sept. 12, 2005.
Defensive Player of The Week
Jake Settle, Wisconsin
SR, GK, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy
Settle earns his second weekly honor of the season after tallying six saves and posting his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season as Wisconsin defeated then-No. 7 Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern. On Thursday, the senior saved four shots and helped snap UIC's nine-game unbeaten streak, giving the Flames their first loss of the season. Returning to the net on Sunday, Settle held NU scoreless to help UW to its best start in conference play since 1996. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is currently riding a 346:39 minute shutout streak.