Harrison, Mertins Earn BIG EAST Honors
November 3, 2003 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech men's soccer players Lasse Mertins and Chase Harrison have been honored by the BIG EAST Conference this week with two of the league's weekly awards. Harrison was named Goalkeeper of the Week, while Mertins was awarded the Defensive Player of the Week accolade. Harrison (So., Huntington, W. Va.) helped propel the 23rd-ranked Hokies to a second place finish in the BIG EAST race by allowing no goals in two league matches. He made one save in 83 minutes in a 6-0 win against Pittsburgh. He then stopped seven Providence shots on Sunday as the Hokies edged the Friars 1-0. The pair of shutouts gave him six for the season. Mertins (Sr., Rotenburg, Germany) was instrumental in helping the Hokies go 2-0 in conference play during the week. He led a Hokie defense that allowed Pittsburgh just one shot-on-goal. He also scored his second goal of the season and seventh of his career during the match. Mertins also keyed the defensive effort at Providence, where the Hokies shut out the Friars. Seton Hall's Matt Salotti and Pittsburgh's Billy Brush shared the Offensive Player of the Week. The Rookie of the Week was awarded to Connecticut's Steve Sealy. The Hokies are scheduled to host Liberty on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale. Virginia Tech will host Providence on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in the BIG EAST tournament quarterfinals.