ND earns Big East awards
Observer Staff Report
Just like it has dominated Big East competition en route to a perfect 6-0 conference record, the Notre Dame women's soccer team dominated the awards at last night's Big East soccer banquet.
All-American Jen Grubb was named the Big East defensive player of the year for the second straight year — one in which she led an Irish defense that held opponents to just .9 goals per game. Grubb also became the first player in conference history to be named first team All-Big East four years in a row.
Another member of that Irish defense, freshman Vanessa Pruzinsky, was named Big East rookie of the year and was a unanimous selection to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Pruzinsky was joined on the All-Rookie team by midfielder Nancy Mikacenic, who scored one goal and added nine assists in her freshman season. Notre Dame tied with Connecticut for the most selections to the All-Rookie team with two.
The designer of the stifling Irish defense, head coach Randy Waldrum, was named Big East coach of the year in his first year as the Irish head coach.
Notre Dame had more players named first team All-Big East and second team All-Big East than any other team. Irish seniors Grubb, Jenny Heft and Jenny Streiffer joined junior Anne Makinen on the first team. Makinen, who scored 12 goals and added eight assists, was a unanimous first team selection while Streiffer was a first team selection for the first time since her sophomore year. Streiffer has scored 15 goals and assisted on 13 others to lead the Irish in points.
Heft took home All-Big East first team honors for the second straight year for her team, leading the conference with 17 goals. Goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene and defender Kara Brown were both named second team All-Big East.
All Sports Stories for Friday, November 5, 1999