Henderson and Butler Sweep Final BIG EAST Weekly Honors



    STORRS, CT (November 3) -- Senior Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Maureen Butler (Red Hook, NY) and junior preseason All-BIG EAST honoree Lauren Henderson (Avondale Harare, Zimbabwe) made it a clean-sweep for the University of Connecticut filed hockey team in the final weekly accolades awarded by The BIG EAST. Butler was named Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in 2003, and Henderson earned the award for the second consecutive week.

    With the victory over Providence the Huskies wrapped up the BIG EAST Regular Season title, and garnered the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament this weekend. The Huskies have now won seven of the last eight BIG EAST Regular Season titles, and UConn is the defending BIG EAST Tournament Champion.

    Butler led the Husky defense to two shutout victories last week. Butler made one save in 35:00 minutes of action in UConn’s 8-0 victory over instate rival Fairfield on Wednesday. Saturday, Butler made seven big saves in a 4-0 victory over league foe Providence.

    Henderson had a sensational week on the offensive end, scoring four goals in the victory over Fairfield, and then notching two goals in the victory over the Friars. Henderson has scored 23 goals in 2003 and a league leading eight in BIG EAST play. Butler boasts a 14-4 record this season, and has earned eight shutout victories en route to posting a goals against average of 0.95.

    #1 seeded UConn will square-off with #4 seeded Rutgers at 6:00 p.m. on Friday November 7. All action takes place at Alumni Field in Chestnut Hill, MA, on the campus of Boston College.