For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredericksburg, Va. – Junior Patrick Paolini (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) garnered the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award for the third time this season. This is Paolini's fourth career conference weekly honor.
He picked up CAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels after leading the regionally-ranked St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team to their 13th appearance in the CAC Tournament Semifinals. Paolini notched four saves and one shutout in 200 minutes of work between the pipes last week.
The 5-11 goalkeeper started the week with a save on nine shots faced in a 2-1 mid-week road loss to Christopher Newport University.
He then made three stops on 12 shots in a scoreless double overtime draw with Penn State Harrisburg in the first round of the CAC Tournament. Paolini faced down all five shots in the shootout, having two sail over the goal and advancing the Seahawks to the semifinals, 4-3 on PKs.
Paolini currently is tied for second with seven shutouts, tied for third with nine wins, fourth with a 0.86 goals against average, and sixth with a .800 save percentage and 52 saves.
The second-seeded Seahawks (11-3-4) will be back in action this Wednesday, October 31, hosting regionally-ranked and third-seeded Salisbury University (11-3-3) in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament in Seahawk Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
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2018 CAC Defensive Players of the Week
Sep. 4 – Ken Kurtz, Mary Washington, So., GK
Sep. 10 – Patrick Paolini, St. Mary's, Jr., GK
Sep. 17 – Trevor Brookhart, Salisbury, Sr., GK
Sep. 24 – Ken Kurtz, Mary Washington, So., GK
Oct. 1 – Billy Bridegum, York, So., GK
Oct. 8 – Blake Gaetz, Frostburg State, Jr., D
Oct. 15 – Patrick Paolini, St. Mary's, Jr., GK
Oct. 22 – Brett Basham, St. Mary's, Sr., D
Oct. 29 – Patrick Paolini, St. Mary's, Jr., GK