Sept. 12, 2011
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati freshman Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands) has been named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Grause was cited as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for her play in the College of Charleston Tournament last weekend. The rookie totaled eight points, including three goals to help the Bearcats go 2-0-0. Grause had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over College of Charleston on Friday. She also scored twice in a 4-0 win over Coastal Carolina University on Sunday.
After eight matches played in 2011, Grause leads the Bearcats in points (10), goals scored (4) and shots on goal (14).
Grause is the second Bearcat to win a weekly honor from the BIG EAST this season. Freshman goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 29 for her performances against Northwestern and Loyola.
Cincinnati opens BIG EAST play when it travels to Chicago, Ill. to face DePaul University in a 5 p.m. ET Friday match. UC will then host No. 8 ranked Notre Dame University at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Gettler Stadium.
To read the weekly BIG EAST women’s soccer release in its entirety, click here.
ALL-TOURNAMENT BEARCATS: Four Bearcats were named to the College of Charleston Cup All-Tournament Team on Sunday evening. Grause, Utley, sophomore forward Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) and senior forward Emily Hebbeler (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) each played crucial roles in Cincinnati’s two wins in South Carolina.
Utley combined with junior goalkeeper Ashley Daniels (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) to record UC’s third shutout of the season in the Bearcats’ win over Coastal Carolina. In two matches in the Charleston Cup, Utley saved seven shots.
Rhodes was instrumental in Cincinnati’s double-overtime win at College of Charleston on Friday. She scored two goals, including the game winner in the 102nd minute, and had one assist vs. the Cougars.
Hebbeler accounted for three of UC’s goals in Sunday’s triumph over Coastal Carolina, producing two assists and one goal against the Chanticleers.