Sept. 17, 2012
DENVER - For the second time this season and the fifth overall by the team, Louisiana Tech senior defender Mo Rockwell has been named by the Western Athletic Conference as the Defensive Player of the Week.
This honor comes in week five (Sept. 10-16) of the season that included victories over Jackson State and Southeastern Louisiana for the Techsters.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native started versus the Tigers this past Friday and played 70 minutes in contributing to the team's 4-0 shutout victory. The defense only allowed four shots, two of them on goal, by Jackson State the entire match.
LA Tech then received a 2-1 road win against Southeastern Louisiana the following Sunday thanks in large part to Rockwell and the defensive performance of the backline. Rockwell started and played all 90 minutes, helping anchor the defense that held SLU, one of the highest scoring teams in the country, to only four shots the entire game. In doing so they also held SLU's leading scorer, who came into the match having notched seven goals on the season, to zero shots.
Rockwell was also credited with an assist in that match on the game-tying goal by junior forward Emily Brennan. This marked her second assist on the season.
Other defensive nominees included New Mexico State senior defender Courtney Irwin, Seattle U junior defender Mary Hill and Utah State junior defender Jackie Tillotson.
WAC Offensive Player of the Week went to Denver's Nicholette DiGiacomo and Goalkeeper of the Week to Utah State's Ashlyn Mulford. Louisiana Tech freshman forward Laura LeFevour was an offensive nominee after registering a goal and two assists, both coming on the game-winning goals over the weekend.
The Techsters return to action this Friday at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex when they take on the McNeese State Cowgirls at 4 p.m.