Sports Information Director
Notre Dame, IND. -- After capping off a 2-0 start to open up the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) season, the Saints got word of more positive news this morning when senior captain Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) and freshman goalkeeper Iain McTurk (Copenhagen, Denmark) were named offensive and defensive players of the week for the week ending September 29.
"I can't explain how proud I am of both Iain and Garbhan," said Saints head coach Omar Gallo. "It's always great to receive accolades, especially when you have two members of your team clean up both awards."
Grant continued his strong start to his senior campaign by netting the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Olivet Nazarene last Wednesday. On Saturday's 1-0 victory over Saint Xavier, he set up the game-winning goal with the assist on the lone goal of the game.
With his three point week, Grant upped his goal count to four and his point total to 11 on the year, both of which lead the team.
"I am truly happy for Garbhan," continued Gallo. "He is a player that has given his all every year he's been here. He's not only a very talented player, but one of our best leaders. He deserves all of the recognition he receives and more."
McTurk, meanwhile, totaled 16 saves for the week, while allowing just one goal. He stopped seven shots on goal against Olivet Nazarene before posting a nine-save shutout against Saint Xavier, the first of his career.
"Iain has been an absolute standout for our team this year," stated Gallo. "His work ethic, leadership and ability to make saves when we need him to, is very noticeable. His play has been so consistent that you wouldn't believe that he's still a freshman."
The recognition for Grant is the first time a Saints men's soccer player has received recognition as offensive player of the week. McTurk becomes the second player (Victor Navarro, 2012) to receive defensive player of the week accolade.
"Both players are much deserving of this recognition," Gallo continued. "I'm confident that this will be used as motivation not only for these two, but the rest of our team.
"At the end of the day, I'm certain that the guys will agree that these awards are not possible without the other 20 players on the team. Well done, gentlemen. I'm extremely proud of the way you continue to represent Holy Cross on and off the field."
With the 2-0 week, the Saints are off to their best start in school history at 6-2 and sit alone on top of the CCAC leaderboard.