NEW YORK – University of Connecticut redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. In addition, sophomore Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) was named to the weekly honor roll.
Klein posted two clean sheets over the weekend, including an eight-save effort in UConn’s 1-0 overtime victory against No. 8 Penn State. The next day, Klein notched two saves as the Huskies took down Columbia, 4-0. The keeper has been stellar for the Huskies in 2014, putting together a 0.61 goals against average with 12 saves in 230 minutes.
“Nina had a terrific weekend in earning two shutouts,” said 25th-year head coach Nancy Stevens. “I know she gives her defense much of the credit. The entire defensive unit was outstanding in both games. It was a total team effort from end line to end line.”
Middendorf earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll after tallying two scores against the Lions on Sunday. The sophomore attempted a game-high 12 shots and was able to put seven on goal. She was also credited with a defensive save late in the second half. With the selection, UConn has now had at least one player named to the honor roll in each of the season’s first two weeks.
The Huskies are back in action on Friday, Sept. 6 when they take on New Hampshire at 4 p.m.