Defensive Midfielder, Colin Joyce, earned MCLA Division II Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending Feb. 25.
ATLANTA – Minn.-Duluth upset D-II No. 1 St. Thomas as well as D-I No. 22 Minnesota, thanks to the play of its sophomore defensive middie Colin Joyce, who earned MCLA Division II Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending Feb. 25.
On Saturday against the top-ranked Tommies, Joyce was tasked with matching up with one of the various high-powered midfielders from UST. His efforts helped the Bulldogs build a 9-3 halftime lead on its way to the upset.
Minnesota was up next on Sunday and this time Joyce was marking various Gopher attackmen during the course of the Duluth victory. In both games, the Shakopee, Minn., product made crucial stops at the end.
“Duluth has always had top tier defensive middies and Colin has raised that bar even higher,” said Duluth co-coach Alex McNamara. “Our coaching staff has yet to see a type of player he can’t guard. We feel comfortable putting him out there against the opponents’ top midfielder and even top attackman with the same result.”
“Colin's defensive instincts and grit give him the advantage in all match-ups,” added Duluth co-coach Ben Blaeser. “However, it’s his desire to do anything requested for his fellow defensive middies and teammates that make him a special player to coach.”
For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Joyce will receive a new Under Armour Command Head – a $100 value. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA.