Three Men's Soccer Players Receive BIG EAST Recognition
Harrison, Jonmaire, Mertins earn player of the week accolades
October 21, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Following the Hokies' second consecutive undefeated week, three members of the Virginia Tech men's soccer team received BIG EAST player of the week accolades. Freshman Chase Harrison (Huntington, W.Va.) earned Goalkeeper of the Week, redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.) was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week, and junior Lasse Mertins (Rotenburg, Germany) received BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors.

The trio guided Tech in BIG EAST Conference victories over Pittsburgh Wednesday night and against Georgetown Sunday afternoon. With the two victories the Hokies (9-5-1 overall, 4-3-0 BIG EAST) extended their win streak to four and are ranked sixth in the most recent NSCAA/adidas Regional Rankings.

Harrison posted a 0.98 goals against average in Tech's second consecutive undefeated week. The Huntington, W.Va., native made four saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Panthers and four saves in Tech's win Sunday against Georgetown. Against the Hoyas, Harrison stopped a penalty kick in the 18th minute that would have given Georgetown a 1-0 lead. It was the second time this season that Harrison has denied an opponent on a penalty kick.

Jonmaire wins a share of the award for the second straight week and is the only player in the BIG EAST to receive the award three times. The redshirt sophomore recorded a goal and two assists in a pair of conference victories. He assisted on the game-winning tally in overtime against Pittsburgh. Sunday he netted a goal and an assist to seal the victory over the Hoyas. Jonmaire leads the team with 22 points (eight goals, six assists) and has been the focal point of Tech's offense during its win streak by tallying 11 points (four goals, three assists).

Mertins receives Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season. Playing in his first collegiate soccer season, Mertins helped the Hokies extend their win streak to four games by scoring two goals. In Wednesday night's 2-1 overtime win over Pittsburgh, the 24-year old German defensive midfielder scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute sending the game into sudden-victory play. Then in Sunday's victory over Georgetown, Mertins netted what proved to the game-winner in the 66th minute, scoring the first of three unanswered goals for Tech.

Tech will return to action Sunday afternoon in another BIG EAST match on Moseley Field against Syracuse. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Orangemen (7-5-2 overall, 3-3-1 BIG EAST) enter the contest riding a four-game unbeaten streak, which includes a 2-1 victory over No. 14 Rutgers and a 1-1 tie against No. 3 St. John's.