SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Loyola Marymount University’s Paul Blanchette has earned the West Coast Conference's men’s soccer player of the week award, the league office announced it on Monday for the week of September 7, 2015. The senior goalkeeper was credited with two shutouts in the Lions' road match-ups against Harvard University and Boston College, respectively.
Blanchette recorded his third and fourth shutouts of the season this week as the Lions improved to 4-0-0 on the season with 1-0 wins at Harvard and Boston College. The four-game win streak to begin the season is the best start in program history for LMU. In addition, the program has not allowed a goal in 360 minutes played in 2015, and 483:56 total straight minutes dating back to Nov. 4, 2014.
Blanchette made four saves on Friday as the Lions used a late second-half goal to hold off the Crimson, 1-0. On Sunday against the then-unbeaten Boston College Eagles, Blanchette made two saves and also served as the setup man for Grant Sampson’s game-winner. Just one minute into the run of play Blanchette punted a ball deep into Boston’s end of the field. Sampson took the pass and beat the Eagles’ goalkeeper, tipping a shot over his head and into the open net. The assist was the second of Blanchette’s career.
Blanchette’s shutout Sunday also marked the 15th of his career, setting the LMU all-time record for career shutouts.
Also Nominated: Conner Bevans, Gonzaga; Andrew Konstantino, Saint Mary’s; Keegan Smith, San Diego; Santiago Digiuseppe, San Francisco
2015 WCC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
9/7 – Paul Blanchette, Loyola Marymount
8/31 – Thomas Olsen, San Diego