MSU goaltender Lauren Kozal receives Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week honors


MSU goaltender Lauren Kozal makes a throw-in against Marshall on Aug. 25, 2019/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— For the second time this season, Michigan State redshirt junior goaltender Lauren Kozal has received Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week Honors.

Kozal, who previously received the award on Sept. 21, was honored for her shutout performance against Ohio State on Oct. 10 that netted the Spartans a narrow 1-0 home win. Overall, she had four saves against the Buckeyes, including a crucial penalty kick save in the 85th minute.

MSU goaltender Lauren Kozal prepares to make a throw-in against Marshall on Aug. 25, 2019/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

It was her sixth shutout performance of the season and her first since Sept. 19 in MSU’s 1-0 road victory over Indiana.

Overall, Kozal has allowed more than one goal in only one game this season (a 2-2 tie vs. Nebraska on Sept. 30) and has helped propel the Spartans to a 9-1-3 overall record that includes a 4-1-1 record in Big Ten play.

She currently leads the Big Ten with an 86.2% save percentage, which is also the 25th-best mark in the nation. Her six shutouts are tied for the 2oth-best mark in Division I; she is also averaging 3.85 saves a game and has only yielded eight goals in 13 games this season.

The Spartans as a team are 25th in the NCAA in goals allowed; giving up eight goals and scoring 23 of their own.

Currently, MSU is third in the conference with a 4-1-1 record. They are set to play two ranked opponents on the road this week, against No. 16 Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14 and No. 8 Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 17.