Maxwell Griffin Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player Of The Week

Sept. 12, 2006

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Griffin, from Palmdale, Calif., helped UCLA win the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational at New Mexico after posting a 2-0 record with wins over the host Lobos (2-0) and Oakland (4-1).

In Friday's match, Griffin came off the bench to score both goals against 15th-ranked New Mexico. He broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 57th minute and then scored another a minute and a half later to record his first career multiple-goal game. The win was UCLA's first of the season and came against a team that made the finals of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

In addition to his performance against New Mexico, Griffin started for UCLA against Oakland and helped the Bruins earn a 4-1 victory.

Leading the team with three goals and six points, Griffin is also tied for third in the Conference with a 1.20 points per game average.

UCLA is ranked 16th in the latest Soccer America rankings and has two big matches this week against ninth-ranked Santa Clara on Fri., Sept. 15 and eight-ranked San Francisco on Sun., Sept. 17.

This is Griffin's first weekly honor and the 26th all-time award for the Bruins.

Also Nominated: Steve Purdy, Sr., D, CAL; Kraig Chiles, Jr., MF, SDSU; Evan Morgan, Jr., MF, STAN; George John, So., MF, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 29- Ely Allen, Jr., MF, WASH.; Sept. 5 - Kevin Forrest, Jr., F, WASH; Sept. 12- Maxwell Griffin, So., F, UCLA.

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