Sophomore Kyle Jackson is no stranger to being recognized by the Ivy League. In his rookie season, Jackson was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week a total of four times, and he added on more honor this week: Co-Ivy League Player of the Week. Finishing with 58 saves last season, Jackson soon earned his spot as a key player for the Light Blue.
Building off of his successes from the 2012 season, Jackson notched two shutouts this past week, contributing to Columbia’s 3-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn and a 2-0 win against Fordham. With two important saves in each of the games, Jackson held off the offense to help the Light Blue defense hold onto the current five-game winning streak. So far, the Lions have only yielded one goal in four games, a testament to the efforts of Jackson and the rest of the defense.
As of this past weekend, Jackson holds an average of 4.83 saves per game, ranking him 33rd nationally. His .829 save percentage also makes him 36th in the country.
Jackson will have to work hard to preserve the team’s five-game winning streak and his individual record starting on Saturday, when the Lions will commence Ivy play against Brown. Because of his accomplishments so far this season, Jackson is Spectator’s Athlete of the Week.