ATLANTA – It was an exciting weekend in the desert for the University of Colorado, thanks in large part to the efforts of freshman midfielder Max Wiesner, who earned Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour in Division I for the period ending Feb. 28.
The Buffaloes locked horns with Grand Canyon in a rematch of last year’s MCLA national championship game on Friday night. Trailing by seven goals in the fourth quarter, Colorado stormed back to take a short-lived lead thanks in part to a hat trick from the Bloomfield, Colo., product.
Looking to bounce back from the 14-13 loss to the Lopes, the Buffs took on No. 8 Arizona the next day. Paced by another hat trick from Wiesner, Colorado exploded for a 16-11 victory against one of the stingiest defenses in the nation.
“Max and the entire team showed tremendous resilience this weekend facing two Top 10 opponents back-to-back,” said Colorado coach John Galvin. “We need to focus on ourselves the next few days, then prepare for a tough weekend versus Oregon and Boise State.”
For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Wiesner will receive a new Under Armour Command Head. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA.
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Peter Brydon, Fr., UC Santa Barbara – The rookie netminder turned away 19 shots, stifling the offense of No. 14 Sonoma State in the Gauchos 13-4 victory. He also went end-to-end for a goalie goal.
Jake Johnson, Sr., Colorado State – The Rams manage to salvage a 1-1 weekend and Johnson made it possible, netting a hat trick in the 11-10 overtime win vs. Grand Canyon, including the game-winner.
Adam Smith, Sr., Boise State – The Broncos pushed their winning streak to three and improved to 3-0 in PNCLL play thanks to an economical five goals and six assists from Smith.
Matt Sommerfedlt, Sr., Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets posted another ranked win – this time over No. 3 Virginia Tech – and Sommerfeldt made 13 saves. He made 20 on the weekend after stifling Indiana.
Nick Widmer, Sr., Oregon State – The Beavers backstop made 24 saves in OSU’s convincing, 13-7 victory over conference rival Simon Fraser. Widmer easily locked down Washington State on Sunday.
(photo by Sarah Miller)