CENTERVILLE, Mass. — New Jersey City University junior goalkeeper Laura Robinson of Edison has added another weekly award to her resume after a strong performance over a three-game stretch from Oct. 25-31.
Robinson, who on Monday became the first Gothic Knight ever named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, has been selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Upstate/Metro Defensive Player of the Week for week eight of the 2010 season.
Robinson is the first player in school history to win a Defensive Player of the Week in any region from the ECAC. The award comes on the heels of a career week for the NJCU backstop, as she posted two shutouts and nearly a third, including a sparkling 12-save performance in a one-goal loss in the conference quarterfinals.
What makes the honor even more impressive is the 2010 season marks the first in which the ECAC has combined one award to include two geographical areas—the Metro and Upstate (New York) playing regions.
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.
She had three saves on Oct. 28 in a 1-0 road shutout of Rutgers University Camden. The win clinched the No. 5 seed in the NJAC Tournament—the first time in program history NJCU has qualified for the NJACs.
On Oct. 29, she registered her second shutout in as many days, stopping four shots in a 4-0 blanking of Neumann University.
On Oct. 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 Sept. 26-Oct.11, 1995. 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.
Robinson, the NJAC leader in saves with 102 overall, owns a 13-7-0 record this season and has allowed only 29 goals in 1673:42. She possesses 1.56 goals against average and .779 save percentage with five shutouts.
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