QUEENS, N.Y. – After anchoring the St. John’s University men to their second straight win to kick off conference play, Rafael Bustamante and Jan Hofflener have been recognized by the Big East for their efforts.
Bustamante was named defensive player of the week while Hoffelner has found a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll, it was announced Monday by the league office.
Bustamante, a junior defender from Corona, N.Y., became the third member of the St. John’s back line to receive conference defensive player of the week honors this season, joining Luke Hansen (Sept. 2) and Matt Chandler (Sept. 16). Hoffelner’s honor roll nod marks the first weekly accolade of his St. John’s tenure.
Bustamante played a critical role in the Red Storm surrendering only one goal in nearly 200 minutes last week. A week ago Monday at the University of Maryland, Bustamante helped hold the defending national champions off the board for more than 108 minutes before a late goal handed the Red Storm its first loss of the season in extratime.
Five days later in Indianapolis, Bustamante helped limit Butler to just seven total shots, as St. John’s improved to 2-0-0 in Big East play with a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
Hofflener, a goalkeeper, logged 135 minutes of shutout action this week for the Red Storm, holding defending national champion Maryland scoreless in the first half of Monday’s contest before notching his first solo clean sheet of the season at Butler. The Presbyterian College transfer made one stop against the Terps before tallying three saves on Saturday night in the Johnnies’ Big East road opener.
After contesting eight matches in four weeks, St. John’s will take a break from midweek action before resuming Big East play at Marquette University Friday at 8 p.m.