Zsani Kajan is living up to her preseason billing for St. John’s. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – After leading the St. John’s University women to a 2-0 week, two players have been honored for their efforts.
Zsani Kajan was named the Big East offensive player of the week, while goalkeeper Naya Lipkens earned a spot on the conference’s Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced by the league office Monday.
The Johnnies improved to 5-0-0, their best start since 2013 when they opened up the year with six successive victories.
Kajan, the 2021 preseason offensive player of the year, had a hand in both game-winners. She assisted on Frederique St.-Jean’s golden goal in Thursday’s 1-0 extratime win over Villanova University. Three days later, the Budapest, Hungary native tallied the ninth winning goal of her Red Storm career, lifting St. John’s past Seton Hall University, 2-1.
She is tied for second on the team in scoring with two goals. The redshirt senior also increased her career total to 26, three shy of tying Lisa Anschlower for fourth on the Red Storm’s all-time list.
Lipkens, a redshirt sophomore from Bloomfield, Conn., earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll for the second straight week. The goalkeeper went 2-0, picking up her third consecutive clean sheet in the win over Villanova. Lipkens made five saves, bumping her season total to 10.
With the win over Seton Hall on Sunday, Lipkens earned her fifth win in as many games. She boasts a 0.44 goals-against average.
Kajan, Lipkens and the Red Storm travels to Dillon Stadium to meet the University of Connecticut Thursday at 2 p.m.