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Winthrop soccer goalies garner weekly honors

A couple of Winthrop goalkeepers have been named Big South players of the week. Men's keeper Patrick Mitrovich and women's keeper Dimi Poulos were honored for the week of Oct. 13-19.

Mitrovich, a senior out of Marietta, Ga., recorded two shutouts last week. He helped the Eagles to a 1-0 win over Brevard on Oct. 15. Against Radford three days later, Mitrovich had six saves, highlighted by two key stops in the second half, in a 3-0 win. The honor marks his first Big South Player of the Week honor this season and his second nod of his career.

Mitrovich has not allowed a goal in the last 400 minutes and four seconds. He has five shutouts on the season. His 0.79 goals-against average ranks 37th nationally. His save percentage of .846 ranks 23rd.

With wins in both games last week, Mitrovich has 39 career wins to pass Steve Winton's 37 for the most by a goalie since the school became an NCAA Division I member.

Poulos, a native of Wollongong, Australia, finished the week with a 2-0 record and picked up her fourth shutout of the season against Coastal Carolina. She has two shutouts in her last three games.

Poulos, a senior, snagged two saves in the 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 14 to give Winthrop its second conference victory of the season. Her six saves against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 17 gave the Eagles a 1-0 victory over the first-place Chanticleers.

Winthrop has won three straight games, its longest win streak of the season.

Poulos has been honored as the Player of the Week twice in her career.

• CROSS COUNTRY -- Casey Lyons had been the top runner on the men's team this season. He did not finish the Asics/Winthrop Fall Classic on Saturday. With less than a mile to go, he felt a pop in his lower left leg and was taken to the hospital.

"He has some kind of fracture," Eagles coach Ben Paxton said. The injury will end his season with the Big South Championships scheduled for Nov. 1 in Lynchburg, Va.

"His pain is 50/50 physical and mental. His goal was to make all-conference (top 10). Now he is on hold until spring," Paxton said.

• VOLLEYBALL -- Winthrop has won three of its last four matches to move up to fourth in the Big South Standings with a 4-4 record.

Janice Rivera ranks second in the conference in digs (4.45 per game). She is the only freshman among the top 10 in that category. Senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann is fourth in kills (3.51 per game) and sixth in hitting percentage (.272).

• WOMEN'S GOLF -- The team finished 13th out of 20 schools in East Carolina's Lady Pirate Intercollegiate played Sunday through Tuesday at the Greenville Country Club in Greenville, N.C.

Rachel Smith led the Eagles with a three-round total of 226, 13 over par. She shot a first-round 81 before closing with rounds of 72 and 73. She finished in a tie for 12th.

Brittany Penny finished tied for 27th with an 18-over 231. Katie Bolling (236), Brittany Dabule (239) and Katie Keiser (251) also represented the Eagles.

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- The preliminary diagnosis for redshirt junior Shelly Hankins is a meniscus tear on her left knee, according to coach Bud Childers. She had an MRI done Tuesday. Dr. John Temple, team physician, is leaning toward scoping it. If that decision is made, the procedure could take place as soon as Friday.

"Dr. Temple would want to get it done ASAP. It will be a two- to four-week recovery process if they scope," Childers said. "Shelly is a phenomenal athlete. She is so strong."

Hankins played seven games as a freshman before having ACL surgery and receiving a medical redshirt. She has played in 71 games for Winthrop, second only to Ashley Fann (92) among current players.

• BASEBALL -- The White team won all three games this past weekend to win the annual Winthrop Baseball Banana Split Series. Trailing two games to one in the six-game, two-weekend series, the White team swept all three games this weekend to win the series, 4-2. The Gold team, coached by assistant head coach Mike McGuire, will now have to buy banana splits for the White team, coached by pitching coach Kyle DiEduardo.

The White team won 5-4 in Game 4, 6-5 in Game 5 and 8-2 in the series finale.

The Banana Split Series marks the end of fall team practice for the Eagles. The team will continue to do some individual work, condition and work in the weight room the rest of the semester.

Winthrop will begin team practice on Feb. 1 and open the season Feb. 20-22 in the Johnny Gill Memorial Tournament.

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