Purce Named Ivy League Player, Rookie of the Week

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Harvard women's soccer freshman forward Margaret "Midge" Purce was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Senior captain Elizabeth Weisman was also named to the league's honor roll.

Purce paces the Crimson (7-3-2) with 18 points on eight goals and two assists, adding five points over the weekend. Weisman posted her first career multi-goal game in the 7-2 win at Cornell to push the Crimson to a 3-0 mark in Ancient Eight play.

The Olney, Md., native becomes the first Harvard freshman to earn player of the week honors since Jenn Minkus Oct. 30, 1991. She also becomes the first Crimson student-athlete to earn the weekly accolade since Lindsey Kowal (Oct. 10, 2011). Classmate Karly Zlatic earned Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week honors Oct. 7.

In the 1-1 draw at Boston University, Purce scored the game-tying goal, the first the Terriers had allowed since Sept. 23, 2012. Against the Big Red, the rookie registered a goal and an assist to lead Harvard to the most goals in a match since 2000.

Unbeaten over the last nine matches, Harvard hosts Brown Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.