Women’s XC, Men’s Soccer Win America East Honors
Walkonen, Taylor earn weekly conference awards
Boston University’s Andrea Walkonen(SAR’9) was named the America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Weekafter a record-setting run at the Ted Owen Invitational last weekend inNew Britain, Conn.
Walkonen, running her first cross country race of the season,led the pack of 82 runners and set a course record of 16:49 on the 5Kroute at Stanley Quarter Park. She finished 28 seconds ahead of thesecond-place finisher, teammate Erin Lagasse (SMG’10), and 1:06 ahead of her nearest competitor.
With Walkonen leading five top-10 finishers, the Terriers won the meet as well, besting seven other squads.
For the second year in a row, the Jaffrey, N.H., nativewon the Ted Owen Invitational; it was the fifth individual cross countrywin of her career.
Walkonen was the second Terrier in as many weeks to be tabbedas the top runner in the America East — Lagasse took the honorlast week with her first-place finish at the Dartmouth Invitational onSeptember 13.
BU is back in action on Saturday, October 11, competing for the New England Championship at Franklin Park in Boston.
Men’s soccer team forward Shaun Taylor(SAR’10) was named the AmericaEast Player of the Week after recording the league’s first hat trick ofthe season with a three-goal performance against Colgate on Saturday, September 20.
A First-Team All-Conference selection in 2007, Taylor kept histeam in the game with two first-half scores against the defendingPatriot League champions and provided an insurance tally late in thesecond stanza. The Raiders, who were ranked third in the NSCAAMid-Atlantic rankings last week, had allowed just four goals in sixgames entering the contest.
Taylor’s was the first Terrier hat trick since Joachim Kaland(MET’04) recorded one on September 2, 2001, in a 4-1 win over Lehigh.Taylor now leads the team in goals, with four, and points,with nine.
He earned the team’s third straight conference Player of the Week honor after midfielder Tom Strackhouse (SMG’10) on September 15 and goalie Hrafn Davidsson(ENG’09) on September 8 took home the first two. BU is the first team since Stony Brookin 2005 to earn a share of the award for three consecutiveweeks.
The Terriers dropped a 1-0 decision to Northeastern on September 23, and face Harvard at home on Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m.