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Men's Soccer's Ađalsteinsson is ECAC Player of the Week
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/18/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 18, 2012 -- James Madison men's soccer player Bjarki Aðalsteinsson (Kópavogur, Iceland/Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

The freshman defender was instrumental in leading the JMU defense in home victories over top-ranked North Carolina (1-0 on Sept. 11) and Hofstra (2-1 on Sept. 18).

He anchored a defense that held a UNC team scoreless for the first time in 17 games, dating back to the 2011 season.  The Tar Heels entered the JMU game undefeated this season (4-0-0) and riding a school-record 16-game unbeaten streak.

In last week's games Aðalsteinsson won balls in the air, organized the Dukes' defense and was a dominating player at the back.

Earlier this week he was selected Rookie of the Week for the 11-team Colonial Athletic Association.

The ECAC award was selected among nominees from its 88 Division I member schools.

JMU improved its record to 3-2-1 and extended its home unbeaten streak to a school-record 15 games.

JMU's next scheduled game is at Loyola on Saturday, Sept. 22 (7 p.m.).


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