Leverentz Named to Final BIG EAST Honor Roll
Oct. 29, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the final weekly awards of the season, DePaul men’s soccer player David Leverentz earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll after notching two goals in the Blue Demons’ 3-2 win over USF on Friday afternoon.
The honor—the first of Leverentz’ career—came after the Blue Demon senior scored two goals to open DePaul’s match on Friday against USF at Wish Field. DePaul would eventually win the match, 3-2, due in large part to Leverentz’ offensive efforts.
The start was the Lake Zurich native’s first of the year and it came on DePaul’s Senior Day. The combination of Leverentz and fellow seniors Antonio Aguilar, Brian Schultz, and Austin Toth pushed the Blue Demons to their first BIG EAST Conference win.
Leverentz entered the match with just one career goal—a tally against Northwestern last season. He scored the first goal of the game in the 12th minute off a corner kick by Aguilar. Just eight minutes later, Leverentz added his second of the match in a similar fashion, this time off passes from Schultz and Toth.
This is the second such time a Blue Demon has been honored by the league this season but first since August 27. After a season-opening win over UIC, Thiago Ganancio was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
Notre Dame’s Ryan Finley was named BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Georgetown’s Tomas Gomez earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time. His teammate, Brandon Allen, earned his third BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor and Tim Parker, from St. John’s, was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in 2012.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
David Leverentz, DePaul, Sr., MF
Leverentz scored twice in his first start of the season, leading DePaul to its first BIG EAST win of the season – a 3-2 victory against USF.
Brock Granger, Louisville, Sr., D
Granger helped the Cardinals to a 2-0 week, with a 2-1 win against UC Irvine and a 1-0 shutout against Cincinnati. In the game against the Bearcats, Granger scored the gamewinner.
Keasel Broome, Providence, R-So., GK
Broome led the Friars to a 1-1-0 record for the week against No. 3/4 Connecticut, posting a shutout with three saves. In a loss to the Huskies on Saturday, he made four saves.
Kene Eze, Rutgers, Jr., F
Eze scored the last two goals, including the gamewinner in overtime, in a 3-2 win against Villanova.
Rafael Diaz, St. John’s, R-Jr., GK
Diaz made four saves in a 1-0 shutout against Syracuse, all coming in the second half. The clean sheet was the eighth of the season for Diaz, tying a career high. SU had averaged 2.0 goals per game and had been scoreless just once all season.