Karise Hilt Named Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week

Junior defender Karise Hilt was named the Brine/Northeast Conference women's soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Hilt and the Blue Devils went 2-0 last week to finish their regular season home schedule at a perfect 5-0. The Blue Devils also qualified for their seventh consecutive NEC Tournament, which will be played on Nov. 7 and 9 at the home of the highest seed.

Hilt had her most productive weekend of the season for the Blue Devils as CCSU won twice topping Sacred Heart 1-0 and then beating Fairleigh Dickinson 5-1 on Sunday.

Hilt, a consistent defensive presence for the Blue Devils all season, played a key role in Friday's shutout, the ninth of the season for the Blue Devils. Hilt also scored two goals and added an assist on the weekend.

She scored her second goal of the season and it proved to be the only score of the match in a 1-0 win over the Pioneers on Friday afternoon. She added her second goal of the weekend in the win over FDU and also added an assist on the game-winning goal for the Blue Devils on Sunday in the win that clinched their trip to the NEC Tournament and gave the Blue Devils a 5-0 record at home this season.

Hilt and the defense allowed only one goal in the two games, and it came on a penalty kick after a hand ball was called against CCSU in Sunday's win.

CCSU returns to action on Wednesday night at Yale beginning at 7 p.m.