Oct. 31, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt Lampson earned his second-consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping the Ohio State men’s soccer team to a pair of wins over Oakland and conference foe Wisconsin last week. This is the eighth career weekly accolade for the junior goalkeeper, who took over second place all-time in career shutouts at Ohio State with 24, three away from the program record, following a 2-0 blanking of Wisconsin Sunday.

Lampson had seven saves vs. the Badgers, including five in the second half alone, as the Buckeyes earned the road win and moved atop the Big Ten standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Along with the defense, anchored by David Tiemstra, Chris Gomez, Sage Gardner and Ben Killian for the majority of the season, Lampson now has five shutouts to his credit and four in the previous six games.

Earlier in the week, the Hilliard, Ohio, native tallied three saves in the Buckeyes’ non-conference finale vs. Oakland, a 2-1 OSU victory, last Wednesday in Rochester, Mich.

He shares the weekly laurel with Michigan State’s Jeremy Clark, who recorded 12 saves over the weekend in the Spartans’ wins over Western Michigan (2-1) and Michigan (1-0). On the offensive end, Oliver Kupe of Northwestern was named the player of the week for tallying three points on one goal and an assist in the Wildcats’ 2-2 tie against No. 10 Indiana, improving the Wildcats’ unbeaten streak to eight matches (6-0-2).

Ohio State returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against No. 10 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., with an opportunity to clinch the regular-season title for the second time in three years. The Buckeyes have captured each of the last three meetings with the Hoosiers.