Ashby and Brown are the first Crimson to pick up weekly awards in 2014. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior co-captain Mark Ashby and freshman midfielder Sam Brown have been named the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the League announced Monday. The Crimson duo earns the honors after the men's soccer team sported a 3-0 record at home last week.
Ashby, a native of Denton, Texas, registered a pair of goals for Harvard over the three-game stretch, both coming off headers at crucial times. Against Hartford, Ashby registered the first goal of his career in the 60th minute. After Christian Sady sent a cross into the box, Tim Schmoll gathered the first touch, placing it perfectly for Ashby to send it home to give the Crimson a 3-1 lead over the Hawks.
On Sunday, Ashby scored again in the 60th minute, this time driving home a Sam Brown free kick from more than 35 yards out. The assist was one of Brown's three helpers on the week, earning him Rookie of the Week honors. After his stellar midfield play against Boston College on Tuesday, Brown followed up in the Hartford game, kickstarting the opening goal for the Crimson. Against Manhattan on Sunday, Brown's free-kick assist came before setting up Jake Freeman's goal in the 70th minute. Brown made a nifty steal in the center of the field and found Freeman for the put-in to seal the deal on the 3-0 week.
The streaking Crimson looks to continue its run with one more home game against Northeastern at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.