Pyrz Earns BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week Honors
Sept. 3, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Coming off a weekend in which she registered a shutout on Friday and a 12-save performance on Sunday, DePaul sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pyrz was named the BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday afternoon.
“Megan was outstanding in goal this weekend,” DePaul head coach Erin Chastain said regarding the honor. “She was solid Friday and made four really great saves against Dayton who has a very high scoring offense.”
Pyrz fended off nearly everything that came her away this weekend en route to the program’s first BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week award.
Having not allowed a goal since August 19 against Loyola, Pyrz continued her shutout streak on Friday evening. The sophomore goalkeeper notched four saves in the 0-0 double-overtime draw with Wright State. Her 110-minute effort kept the Blue Demons in the match, preserving the scoreless draw.
It was Pyrz’s efforts on Sunday, however, that really stood out. After allowing a first half goal to the Dayton Flyers, Pyrz rebounded, finishing with 12 saves in the match. The Flyers, who had received votes in the most recent NSCAA Top 25 poll, launched eight shots on goal in the second half alone. Pyrz fought off each of those to send the match into overtime.
In overtime, the Flyers challenged Pyrz once more, but the Blue Demon keeper made the save before sophomore MaryKate Cicinelli netted her first collegiate goal to seal the win for DePaul.
“Megan, along with our back four, really helped put our team in a position to win the game,” Chastain continued. “Megan is very deserving of the league's top goalkeeper of the week award.”
Through six matches this season, Pyrz has been elite, allowing just three goals in 610 minutes of action. The Plymouth, Minn., native has made 27 saves in that span (4.5 saves per game), the second-most saves in the BIG EAST. Pyrz has also racked up a .900 save percentage—third best in the BIG EAST—and a .440 goals-against average.
The DePaul defense has also been staggering—limiting teams to just over 13 shots (on goal or otherwise) per game.
The Blue Demons look to continue their defensive prowess this weekend as they head to the Minnesota Gold Classic in Minneapolis. DePaul takes on Iowa State in a neutral site matchup on Friday night at 4:30 p.m. CT before battling host and Chastain alma mater, Minnesota, on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.