Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 2, the league announced Monday. Settle earned the honor, his second of the season and third of his career, after leading the Badgers to a pair of shutout victories at home this past week.
Settle leads the Big Ten in save percentage (.821) as well as goals against average (0.61) and is tied for second in the league in shutouts (5). He has played a large part in helping Wisconsin (6-3-2 overall, 2-0-1 Big Ten) move into first place in the Big Ten at the midway point of the conference season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jake Settle, Wisconsin
SR, GK, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy
Settle earns his second weekly honor of the season after tallying six saves and posting his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season as Wisconsin defeated then-No. 7 Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern. On Thursday, the senior saved four shots and helped snap UICs nine-game unbeaten streak, giving the Flames their first loss of the season. Returning to the net on Sunday, Settle held NU scoreless to help UW to its best start in conference play since 1996. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is currently riding a 346:39 minute shutout streak.