Danaher Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
April 14, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Freshman goalie Jimmy Danaher was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Monday following a career-high 15 save performance in Marquette University's win over Providence on Saturday.
In addition, Golden Eagles attackman Bryan Badolato was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll after tallying his third hat trick of the 2014 season. It is the West Islip, N.Y. native's second appearance on the BIG EAST weekly award list.
Danaher put forth his strongest effort of his young career this past Saturday versus Providence in a game that featured two weather delays and shifting momentum for both teams.
"Jimmy is such an even-keeled kid, he doesn't let his emotions get too high or too low," said MU head coach Joe Amplo. "What I've noticed is that he's starting to believe that he can make some of the saves he thought he couldn't make earlier."
The Blauvelt, N.Y. native held the Friars scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game. Then after Providence went on a 3-0 run, Danaher locked down the cage for another 11 minutes in the third quarter.
Both Providence droughts allowed Marquette to go on a 3-0 first quarter run and a 4-0 third quarter run that proved to be the difference in Saturday's BIG EAST victory. Danaher was especially clutch down the stretch after he made a kick save in transition to preserve MU's 7-6 lead.
"Jimmy is confident," said Amplo. "But now that's who he's becoming in between the pipes. Credit to the defense too. The defense has been playing really well lately, which has allowed him to see the shots he should save."
Saturday marked Danaher's third consecutive BIG EAST win in the cage, while MU moved to 3-1 in the conference standings.
Badolato was the point leader for the Golden Eagles Saturday with three and contributed in both key scoring runs.
The redshirt senior notched his first two goals in succession just five minutes into the contest to push MU out to a 3-0 lead.
"With Tyler out Bryan and Conor (Gately) need to assume more responsibility in terms of production," said Amplo. "I told him before the game I felt like he was going to have a good day, because I felt like he was due for it."
His hat trick came in the third quarter when he scored the third goal of the four goal run. It was his first multi-goal game since March 15 at Detroit.