Aug. 13, 2003
WASHINGTON - American University sophomore Lena Winkler (Denver, Colo./St. Mary's Academy) was named the Brine Defensive Player of the Week, the first time she has won the award. Marcela Ricupero (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Academia Cottontai) was named the Brine Offensive Player of the Week. Winkler led AU's defensive effort the last two games as the Eagles notched one shutout versus Youngstown Stats and gave up just two late goals versus Lafayette. The shutout is the third recorded by American this season. Against Lafayette, Winkler's corner kick led to a Amy Muller (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) goal with just two seconds left in the half. It gave AU a 2-0 lead. Ricupero netted the game-winner in both of AU's victories last week. She scored the first goal of the game versus Youngstown State when she knocked in a rebound. Against Lafayette, Ricupero scored the first and third goals of the game, and assisted on American's final goal of the game. Ricupero now has 27 career points, placing her into a tie for 10th place on AU's career scoring list. The Eagles (5-5-1) will travel this week to play at Navy on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m., and then play at Lehigh on Saturday, October 18 at 7 p.m. American University, which fields a 19-sport NCAA Division I athletics program featuring 10 women's sports and nine for men, completed its second year of membership in the Patriot League. Since joining the Patriot League, the University has captured league championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's volleyball, and a regular-season title in men's basketball. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1893, American University features students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 160 nations worldwide.