Wyatt, Nordness Pick Up BIG EAST Weekly Honors
Sept. 24, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following a week in which she notched five points—the first five of her collegiate career—DePaul freshman Elise Wyatt was named the BIG EAST Conference’s Rookie of the Week. Joining her is junior defender Kylie Nordness, whose strong backline play earned her a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
In DePaul’s 2-0 shutout of Saint Louis on Thursday, Wyatt, after a great run on the attack, dished out an assist on the game-winner to pick up her first career point.
It was Sunday’s efforts against Pittsburgh, however, that gave Wyatt edge over her fellow freshman counterparts.
With the Blue Demons leading the Panthers, 1-0, in the second half, Wyatt provided the insurance. In the 59th minute, the Victoria, British Columbia native found herself in the right place to make an impact. After Natasa Radosavljevic sent a well-placed service toward the box and Rebekah Roller tapped it forward, Wyatt got behind the defense to finish with the header and give DePaul the 2-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Wyatt found the back of the net once again—this time, with her foot. Wyatt took a pass from Radosaljevic and buried it into the lower left side of the net to give the Blue Demons a commanding 3-0 lead. The Rookie of the Week honor is DePaul’s first since Tiffany Jordan was awared it on September 3, 2007.
Despite the flurry of goals, DePaul’s backline needed just one in both contests thanks to the play of its backline, anchored by the junior Nordness.
The Wisconsin native played in all 180 minutes of both matches, helping DePaul to back-to-back shutouts. Sunday’s shutout effort boosted the Blue Demons to a 2-1 record in BIG EAST action.
The conference honors are the first of both Wyatt and Nordness’ careers.
Marquette goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week nod, while Notre Dame’s Cari Roccaro picked up Offensive Player of the Week and Georgetown’s Emily Menges was named Defender of the Week. The conference release can be viewed here.
The Blue Demons return to conference play on Friday as they travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on the Huskies on Friday night. That Sunday, DePaul then heads to Providence to battle the Friars to close out the weekend.