Two Yale Players Honored After Strong Opening Weekend

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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