BuffNotes

In the midst of an undefeated University of Colorado football season, it's truly rare for an athlete from any other CU sport to steal the spotlight on University Hill, but soccer's Fran Munnelly did just that this past week, earning CU Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career.

Munnelly scored the first goal in the Buffs' 3-0 victory over ninth-ranked Denver University this past weekend. The win gave Colorado the momentum it needed to gain their most recent victory over Wyoming University in Laramie Tuesday afternoon. It also boosted CU into the national spotlight, giving the Buffaloes a top 25 for the first time ever. Munnelly has been responsible for many firsts to her team and Colorado's soccer tradition as a whole. Last season she was a rare bright spot on a generally inexperienced team. She was the program's first player to be named All-Central Region, Big 12 Rookie of the Year, First Team All Big 12, and to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Just a sophomore, Munnelly is the program's current active leader in a host of statistical categories including: shots (80), goals (7), assists (6), and points (20)… Matt McChesney had four tackles, one for a loss, a sack, and a fumble recovery in Saturday's 16-14 football win over UCLA. He has participated in 100 plays between the CSU and UCLA victories and has a total of 10 tackles. The junior sat out all of last season after suffering a nasty ankle injury that required surgery midway through the 2002 season. McChesney's best season to date as a Buffs came in 2001, when he played in every game and started two. He had 18 solo tackles, four for a loss, including a career high six against Kansas State.


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