Two Yale Players Honored After Strong Opening Weekend

Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Becky Brown Named Ivy League Player of Week; Shannan McSweeney Chosen Primetime Performer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two Yale women's soccer players who helped the Bulldogs to an upset victory over 16th-ranked Penn State have been honored for their performance. Senior Becky Brown (Lawrenceville, N.J.) , who scored the game-winning goal in the win, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, while freshmen Shannon McSweeney (Stow, Mass.), who helped anchor a defense that posted a shutout, was selected as a Primetime Performer.

Brown's goal early in the second half snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Bulldogs to victory. It came when Enma Mullo sent a long pass forward to Brown, who got behind the defense, broke in alone on Penn State goalkeeper Krissy Tribbett and slipped a shot just inside the far post. It was the 26th goal of Brown's career, 13 shy of Elizabeth Traver's school record. Brown was dangerous again in Sunday's hard-fought 1-0 loss to Illinois, who received votes in the most recent NSCAA national poll. She finished with a team high four shots, all of which were on goal.

McSweeney started both of Yale's first two games and made an immediate impact on defense. She was all-state selection as a senior at The Rivers School.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play at UConn at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity