After leading the St. John’s Red Storm to a flawless opening weekend with a pair of back-to-back shutout wins, Alexis Urbanski and Diana Poulin have been recognized by the Big East for their efforts. Urbanski took home Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Poulin found a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll.
Urbanski earns her first career weekly honor following a weekend that saw her register a goal and an assist for the Red Storm. She tallied the game winner in overtime on Friday night against Central Connecticut, sending a shot past the keeper from just inside the 18-yard box to give St. John’s its fifth-straight win in season openers.
Two days later, Urbanski fired off a corner kick to the top of the six that found Anna Maria Baldursdottir, who promptly deflected it into the net for her first career goal. In addition to her offensive prowess, the Aberdeen, N.J., native did her fair share to keep the opponent off the score sheet, playing 77 minutes against the Blue Devils and 80 minutes against Albany in a pair of back-to-back shutouts.
Poulin, a senior from Hauppauge, N.Y., finds a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after permanently etching her name in the St. John’s record books in the season opener. With a 1-0 clean sheet against CCSU on Friday, Poulin notched the 33rd victory of her storied career, moving past Kristin Russell (2008-11) into sole possession of first place on the Red Storm’s all-time wins list.
The two-time reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year made two stops against the Blue Devils on Friday before needing only one save to register the clean sheet against Albany on Sunday.