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Stamatakis named Summit League Athlete of the Month

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/07/2010 15:55:24
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Elisa Stamatakis captures the Summit League Women's Athlete of the Month after beginning her collegiate performance with a 5-0-2 record in the net for the South Dakota State women's soccer team. This marks her her first league honor.

The freshman goalkeeper recorded four consecutive shutouts in her first five games as a Jackrabbit. Those four shutouts put her second all-time in SDSU history in consecutive shutouts.

The four shutouts came against Green Bay, Montana, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin, who advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA College Cup.

"What a great award for Elisa. It is a terrific honor for one of our players to be selected as the athlete of the month. The fact that she is a freshman makes it even more impressive," said head coach Lang Wedemeyer.

The Edmonton, Alberta native tallied 26 saves, a .812 save percentage and a 0.75 goals-against average in her 720 minutes played in September. Her five wins in September was good enough for eighth best all-time at SDSU.

Stamatakis, whose record currently stands at 6-1-2 on the season, moved up to a tie for sixth place on the all-time wins list for the Jacks. She is also fourth in all-time shutouts with five and fifth on all-time save percentage with .795.  

Stamatakis is tied for first in total shutouts in the Summit League and stands at first in the league in shutouts per game. She owns the second lowest GAA in the Summit League, the third highest save percentage and the eighth-most saves on the season.

The Jackrabbits open the home Summit League schedule Friday at 6 p.m. with a rematch against IUPUI, the team that ended the Jack's 2009 season in the final game of the Summit League Championship. The Jacks face Western Illinois Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park in Brookings, S.D.


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