HARRISONBURG, Va., U.S.A., Sept. 18, 2012 -- James Madison men's soccer player Bjarki Aðalsteinsson (Kópavogur, Iceland/Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi) (pronounced)Bee ARK ee ADD uhl STINE son) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The freshman defender was instrumental in leading the JMU defense in home victories over top-ranked North Carolina (1-0 on Sept. 11) and Hofstra (2-1 on Sept. 18).
He anchored a defense that held a UNC team scoreless for the first time in 17 games, dating back to the 2011 season. The Tar Heels entered the JMU game undefeated this season (4-0-0) and riding a school-record 16-game unbeaten streak.
In last week's games Aðalsteinsson won balls in the air, organized the Dukes' defense and was a dominating player at the back.
Earlier this week he was selected Rookie of the Week for the 11-team Colonial Athletic Association.
The ECAC award was selected among nominees from its 88 Division I member schools.
JMU improved its record to 3-2-1 and extended its home unbeaten streak to a school-record 15 games.
JMU's next scheduled game is at Loyola on Saturday, Sept. 22 (7 p.m.).