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    Rosenthal Earns Big Ten and National Recognition

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Misha Rosenthal was in goal for both of Northwestern's 1-0 wins last weekend.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Misha Rosenthal was in goal for both of Northwestern's 1-0 wins last weekend.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 22, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern men's soccer junior goalkeeper Misha Rosenthal (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week the conference office announced Monday. It is the second such honor for Rosenthal in his career and the first this season. He was also named the Top Drawer Soccer Men's College Player of the Week.

    Rosenthal is the third Wildcat player to earn weekly honors from the Big Ten this year. Mark Blades was named the co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 8, while Matt Eliason was recognized as the Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 15.

    He posted shutout wins in goal in both of Northwestern's 1-0 victories against Loyola Marymount and Princeton over the weekend. The pair of shutouts raised his career total to 17, setting a school career record. George Kokodynski (1987-90) held the previous NU record of 16.

    Rosenthal has now posted seven shutouts in the Wildcats' first eight matches this season. The seven shutouts already this year has tied a Northwestern single-season record first set by J.D. Martin in 2002 and matched by Rosenthal a year ago.

    His 0.12 goals-against average this year is easily the top mark in the Big Ten. He is also first in the conference with a .938 save percentage.

    Northwestern's 7-0-1 record so far matches the best start to a season in school history, matching last year's team. The Wildcats open Big Ten play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Ohio State at Lakeside Field.