Linden’s Lexi Frees Is NJAC Rookie Of The Week

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PITMAN — New Jersey City University freshman midfielder Alexis Frees, a Linden High School graduate, had a breakout week for the Gothic Knights and after scoring goals in each conference game, she has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for week seven of the 2010 season. The award, for games from Oct. 11-17, is the first of her career and the first for a Gothic Knight freshman this season.

Frees started all three games as NJCU went 2-1. In 261 minutes of action, she netted two goals for four points on nine shots, with four shots on goal, and averaged 1.33 points per game. She played an important role as NJCU defeated Montclair State University for the first time since 1994, posting a critical 3-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference victory that has the Knights on the verge of qualifying for the league tournament for the first time in school history.

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In NJCU’s 6-1 out of Medgar Evers on Oct. 11, she had four shots—one on goal. In a 3-1 road conference loss at Rutgers-Newark on Oct. 13, Frees rifled home a sliding shot with less than five minutes remaining in the first half to give NJCU a 1-0 lead before the Scarlet Raiders rallied with three second-half goals. NJCU gained a 1-0 lead at the 40:29 mark when junior forward Julia Caseres (Union) dribbled onto the right wing and sent a crisp cross into the middle of the box where Frees, sliding with her feet towards the right post, banged home a one-timer for her third goal of the season.

On Oct. 16 in NJCU’s 3-1 win over Montclair, Frees’ insurance goal extended the lead to 3-1 and proved vital as Montclair attempted 25 shots in the game—and 18-10 in the second half, including a penalty kick.

Her second marker in as many games—off a corner kick—came at 79:48. Junior center midfielder Katlin Vargo (Edison /Union Catholic), who collected her third assist of the season, aired a cross into the top of the box where Frees pinpointed a perfect header into the upper left corner of the target for her fourth goal of the season.

While Frees did not collect an assist, her cross into the box at 66:23 led to the game-winning goal just three seconds later when sophomore midfielder Chelsea Spethmann (Wood-Ridge /Hasbrouck Heights-Wood Ridge) had her initial shot off the feed blocked, before knocking in the rebound. Frees also had a dangerous shot at 35:54 of the first half that was saved.

On the season, Frees has four goals and one assist for nine points on 15 shots (eight on goal). She has played 906 minutes in 15 games and since starting her first game on Sept. 22, has been in the opening lineup in seven of eight games. She owns a .533 shots on goal percentage and one unassisted goal this season. In seven NJAC games, she has two goals and one assist—a game-winning helper with three minutes remaining in NJCU’s 2-1 win over Ramapo College in the September 22 contest.

Through Oct. 17, Frees is fourth on the club in goals, fifth in points and eighth in total shots. She is also tied for 23rd in the NJAC in total goals. During NJAC-only games, she is tied for 18th in points (5) and points per game (0.71) and tied for 17th in goals (2).

Frees is a two-sport athlete for the Gothic Knights who will be a member of the nationally-ranked NJCU women’s bowling team this winter.


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