GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore goalkeeper Catherine Klein was named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after making a UND single-game record 18 saves in last Friday’s 0-0 double-overtime draw with Northern Colorado.
Klein stopped seven shots in each of the first and second halves, then added four more saves over the two overtime periods as the Fighting Hawks battled the Bears to a scoreless tie in the regular-season finale at Bronson Field. Klein tied the school record originally set by Kristi Hestdalen on Sept. 12, 2014 against Creighton.
It was the third Big Sky Player of the Week of Klein’s career. She was similarly honored two weeks ago and once as a freshman.
Klein, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., appeared in 15 games in 2017 and went 5-6-3 with a 1.00 goals against average, .890 save percentage and a Division I-era school-record six shutouts. She led the conference in both saves (74) and saves per game (0.74).
Weber State’s Morgan Quarnberg was named this week’s Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week.
Klein and the Fighting Hawks went 6-8-4 in 2017 under first-year head coach Chris Logan, a four-win improvement from the previous season.