Zak Thompson is this week's America East Adidas Rookie of the Week.
Terrier freshman goalkeeper Zak Thompson (Silver Spring, MD), who had a combined total of 18 saves in the weekend sweep at Hartford and Vermont, has been named the Adidas America East Rookie of the Week.
This marks the second straight week the conference has honored a B.U. player for his achievement during the previous week. Last week, senior Joachim Kaland (Fonnes, Norway) was named the Adidas America East Player of the Week for scoring three goals and adding three assists in the Terriers' 3-2 win over Albany and 6-1 win over Stony Brook
Earlier in the year, sophomore Andrew Dorman (Flintshire, Wales) was named the player of the week. He was honored after scoring three goals and adding four assists in helping to lead B.U. to a 6-2 win over George Mason and a 4-2 victory over Quinnipiac in the University of Rhode Island/Kappa Classic.
Last weekend, Thompson had a season-high 12 saves in the Terriers' 2-1 double overtime win over the University of Hartford on Friday night (October 26th).
Then, less than 48 hours later, on Sunday afternoon, he turned aside six University of Vermont shots in a 2-0 win. It marked his second shutout of the season.
With the two wins, the Terriers improved their overall record to 11-4-1, while they are 7-1-1 in the league.
Now entering the final regular-season weekend, B.U. is tied with Towson for first place in the America East standings. This Sunday (November 4th), B.U. will host the Tigers at 1:00 p.m.
Thompson has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Terriers this season.
When the season began, he was the backup goalie to returning veteran Matt Smith (Lanchester, England). That's the way it remained through the first six games during which the Terriers were 4-2-0.
Then, in the season's seventh game, against Boston College, Smith suffered a contusion of the kidney, which turned out to be a season-ending injury.
Thompson then took over the job against Northeastern. He responded with a nine-save performance in the Terriers' 2-0 win, and he has been in the lineup ever since.
With his wins over the weekend, he improved his record to 7-1-1 with a 1.21 goals against average and an .829 save percentage. Both his goals against average and save percentage lead the conference.
"Zak has really come a long way," noted head coach Neil Roberts. "He is a lot more comfortable and confident out there now, and a result, the team is more confident with him in the goal.
"He has made some big saves during the season, and we are going to need for him to play well if we hope to advance in the tournament." The Terriers, along with Towson, Hartford, and Northeastern, are already assured of advancing to the six-team tournament
The No. 6 seed will travel to the No. 3 seed and the No. 4 seed will travel to the No. 5 seed for first-round games on Wednesday, November 7.
Winners from those games will advance to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds for semifinal games on either Saturday, November 10 or Sunday, November 11.
The championship game will be played either Saturday, November 17 or Sunday, November 18.