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Record Breaking Rocke Named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week

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OGDEN, Utah – After recording her fourth-straight shutout and breaking the school record for career shutouts in the Lumberjacks 1-0 win over San Francisco last Friday, Northern Arizona junior goalkeeper Tori Rocke has been named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week. The weekly award went to NAU for the third-straight week, as senior defender Kristi Andreassen earned the accolade in each of the last two weeks. Weber State junior Jessie Baddley earned Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Rocke stopped the only San Francisco shot on goal, coming on a long try from Don junior Megan Connor in the 63rd minute, to notch her fourth consecutive shutout (one shared) and break the previous school record of 13 career solo shutouts held by Liz Winkelblech. The redshirt junior from Garden Grove, Calif. now has 14 career solo shutouts and one shared shutout, establishing a new program record.

Over the last-four NAU games, Rocke has made nine saves while not allowing a goal. In addition to breaking the career shutout record, Rocke is also the all-time leader among NAU goalies in career win percentage (.595), is third in program history in career saves (217), and is fifth in fewest goals against (62).

Rocke and The Lumberjacks bring a 367 minute and four second shutout streak into the start of Big Sky play, having not allowed a goal since September 12 at USC. The team begins conference action on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Idaho State.

DID YOU KNOW…Three Lumberjack student-athletes were among the 37 graduating seniors that were recognized with the prestigious Gold Axe Award in 2010 for their achievements. The recipients included Jessi Jones (women's swimming), Lauren Salter (track and field) and Emy Ziemba (cheer and dance). The athletics department has produced 16 Gold Axe recipients since 2004.    

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