PITMAN– New Jersey City University junior goalkeeper LAURA ROBINSON (Edison, NJ/Edison) posted two shutouts and nearly a third, including a sparkling 12-save performance in a one-goal loss in the conference quarterfinals and for her efforts, she has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for week nine of the 2010 season. The award, for games from October 25-31, is the first of her career. Additionally, Robinson becomes the first player in school history to ever be named NJAC Defensive Player of the Week.
In three games, Robinson notched a 2-1 record with a 0.33 goals against average in 270:00 minutes of action. She made 19 saves and disrupted numerous other crosses and chances while allowing a mere one goal against 46 total shots faced. Robinson recorded a .950 save percentage for the week. She registered her fourth and fifth shutouts of the season, giving the program six on the season—one shy of the 2007 school record of seven team shutouts.
On October 28 in a 1-0 triumph against Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, NJ, NJCU won its second-ever road NJAC game and posted a conference road shutout for only the second time in program history, as Robinson made three saves. The win clinched the No. 5 seed in the NJAC Tournament—the first time in program history NJCU has qualified for the NJACs.
On October 29 when NJCU blanked Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament qualifier Neumann University in a non-conference game, 4-0, Robinsonmade four more saves while facing 14 shots. Robinson helped preserve the shutout in the second half when she demonstrated how sharp her reflexes are. A rebound attempt by Neumann deflected off the back of an NJCU defender and caromed towards the net from just five yards away, forcing Robinson to react quickly to keep Neumann off the board.
On October 30, NJCU made its NJAC Quarterfinals debut and dropped a 1-0 tense contest to host and fourth-seeded Richard Stockton College. In that nail-biter, Robinson registered 12 brilliant, mostly non-routine saves.
She had a personal shutout streak of 268:05 snapped when Stockton scored its lone goal at the 81:33 mark of the second half—a mere 25 seconds shy of the school record of 268:30 achieved from September 26-October 11, 1995.
Robinson made nine of her 12 saves in the second half when Stockton had a 17-3 edge in shots. Nearly every one of Robinson’s saves were outstanding, as she made countless diving, acrobatic stops and thwarted other chances when she cleared balls from opposing players in the box—plays that are not reflected in the statistics. Stockton had 14 shots on goal and she faced 25 total opportunities.
Robinson has played and started in 20 of NJCU’s 21 games and is fourth on the club in minutes played with 1673:42. In net she has a 13-7-0 record with 102 saves versus 243 shots faced and only 29 goals allowed. She owns a 1.56 goals against average and .779 save percentage with her five shutouts.
Robinson is the NJAC leader in saves. She ranks fourth in the conference in saves per game (5.10) and shutouts, and sixth in goals against average, saves percentage and shutouts per game (0.25).
The 2010 season is Robinson’s first since transferring to NJCU. On October 17, she made national headlines when her remarkable stop of a penalty kick and crossbar rebound appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and was selected as the #8 Play of the Day during the “Top Plays” segment of the broadcast.
NJCU, which will wait until November 8 to learn if it will receive a second consecutive bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament, has achieved a single-season school record for victories this season, with a 14-7 won-loss mark.
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