Senior forward Aaron Lauber of the Wisconsin mens soccer team was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring five goals in two UW victories last week.
The Franklin, Wis., native tied a Wisconsin and Big Ten record when he scored four goals on five shots to lead the Badgers to a 5-2 victory at Northwestern on Thursday. The only other UW player to score four goals in a single contest is Andy Rectenwal who accomplished the feat in a 1986 Badger win against Michigan.
On Sunday, Lauber recorded his fourth game-winner of the season, scoring Wisconsins lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of No. 14 Ohio State. Laubers 11 goals this season rank third in the Big Ten, behind teammate Dominic DaPras 15 goals and 12 goals by Indiana all-American Pat Noonan.
Lauber has started all 17 games this year since sitting out the season opener and has appeared in 56 contests since walking on the team prior to the 1999 season. He is a two-time academic all-Big Ten selection and UW Athletic Board Scholar and was named the Badgers most improved player in 1999.
The Badgers, seeded fourth in the 2001 Big Ten Championship, kick off the tournament Thursday in an 11 a.m. contest against fifth-seeded Michigan at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The winner moves on to face No. 1 seed Indiana at 2:30 p.m. Friday for the opportunity to advance to the championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday.