Oct. 23, 2006
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Greg Janicki, Michigan State
Sr., D, New Baltimore, Mich.
Senior stopper Greg Janicki scored the game-winning goal in each of Michigan State's two wins last week. Janicki scored from 20 yards out in the 23rd minute in a 2-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 18. The goal was the first of the three-year starter's career. Janicki followed that performance with the second score of his career, on Oct. 22, helping MSU pull off a come-from behind, double overtime, 2-1, win over Northwestern. It was the Spartans' first Big Ten victory of the season. With 2:02 remaining in the second overtime, Janicki headed in the golden goal. MSU trailed 1-0 for the first 73 minutes of the contest, and was out-shot , 13-12. With its ninth victory (9-5-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) of the year, MSU surpasses its win total (8) from last season.
David Gray, Penn State
Sr., D, Lemont, Pa.
With a plague of injuries decimating the Penn State front line, senior David Gray, ordinarily a key member of the Nittany Lion defense, has been forced to take on an expanded role in the attack. Last week, Gray responded to the shift by scoring two goals, his first two of the season and just the second and third of his career. Versus Bucknell, his second half goal knotted the game at 1-1, sparking Penn State to a 3-1 come-from-behind win. Against No. 9 Indiana, on Senior Night in front a national television audience, Gray scored the game-winning goal with a well-placed header two minutes into the game, propelling the Nittany Lions to a 1 -0 victory over the Hoosiers.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Conrad Taylor, Penn State
Jr., GK, Colorado Springs, Co.
Penn State junior Conrad Taylor was the goalkeeper of record in consecutive wins over Bucknell and No. 9 Indiana last week. Against Bucknell, Taylor allowed an early goal but held the Bison scoreless for the remainder of the game, allowing Penn State to come from behind and earn a 3-1 win. In the primetime spotlight of national TV, Taylor shut down one of the Big Ten's most potent offenses, recording seven saves and the shutout in Penn State's 1-0 victory over Indiana. The shutout was Taylor's third of the season and 21st of his career, moving him into sole possession of third place on Penn State's career shutouts list.