Michigan State and Penn State Earn Weekly Laurels

Nov. 3, 2008

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Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Louis Stephens III, Michigan State
Sr., F, Saginaw, Mich. / Heritage

Stephens connected on three goals last week including the game-winner against No. 6 Northwestern, giving No. 25 Michigan State its first ever Big Ten regular season crown.  The Spartans began their week with a 4-0 win over Bowling Green as Stephens tallied two scores.  MSU’s 1-0 victory over the Wildcats on Sunday gives them a 5-1-0 conference record, securing the No. 1 seed in the 2008 Big Ten Championship.  The senior forward takes home his first Big Ten weekly award.     

Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Doug DeMartin (10/20/08)

Men’s Soccer Defensive Co-Players of the Week

Avery Steinlage, Michigan State
So., GK, Grand Haven, Mich. / Spring Lake

Steinlage posted back-to-back shutouts last week, including a 1-0 win over No. 6 Northwestern which clinched Michigan State’s first Big Ten regular season title.  Against the Wildcats, Steinlage recorded seven saves in 90 minutes of play.  The sophomore’s other shutout came against Bowling Green as the Spartans downed the Falcons, 4-0.  The Grand Haven, Mich., native had 12 saves on the week and earns his second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of the season and of his career.

Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Avery Steinlage (10/20/08)

Warren Gross, Penn State
Fr., GK. Greenfield Center, N.Y. / Saratoga Springs

In just the third and fourth starts of his career, Gross piloted the Nittany Lion defense to tie No. 2 Akron, 1-1, and defeat No. 17 Indiana, 1-0, this past week.  Versus the Zips, Gross tallied six saves and allowed only one goal against a team that averaged over three scores per game in its previous 10 contests.  The freshman stopped three shots on goal in facing the Hoosiers en route to his first career shutout.  Gross is honored with his first weekly accolade.

Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Conrad Taylor (10/23/06)