Sept. 12, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State goalkeeper Jason Tillman was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as released by the conference office. The senior from Brighton, Mich., earns the honors after shutting out both No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth (1-0) and Butler (2-0) at the Wolverine Invitational last weekend.
In 180 minute of play, Tillman did not allow a single goal and tallied eight saves to be named the Wolverine Invitational Defensive MVP. Seven of those stops came in a 1-0 upset over No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth, most notably two acrobatic saves to spoil any chance of a Ram score.
Tillman maintains the best goals against average (0.30) and save percentage (.895) in the Big Ten. His four shutouts this season also are a conference best, bringing his career total to 16. This is Tillman's third Big Ten Player of the Week accolade, collecting two in 2005.