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Donawa wins player of week award

Justin Donawa in action for Dartmouth (Photograph by John and Matt Risley/Dartmouth College)

Justin Donawa has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his strike in Dartmouth College’s 2-1 overtime win over Princeton last week.

The Somerset Trojans and Bermuda winger played an integral role in his side’s sixth straight victory, scoring their opening goal and helping create Matt Danilack’s 113th-minute winner.

“It’s definitely an honour to win an award that recognises me throughout the conference for my performances of late,” Donawa, 21, said.

A day after receiving the award, Donawa was back among the goals in a 3-0 win over Hofstra. “I think our season as a team and my season personally is going really well,” said Donawa, whose strike against Hofstra was his third for the season.

“We lost our first two games this season to Michigan and Michigan State who are both top 25 teams in the country, so in terms of that, it’s not too bad.”

Donawa and his team-mates are on a seven-game winning streak and are ranked fifteenth nationally. “Everything is going really well,” said Donawa, who is a major in sociology.

“We have started our conference play and heading into our second Ivy League game this weekend against Yale, so hopefully we can keep the win streak going. I think this is the longest win steak we’ve had in a while.

“I love playing at this level ... It really tests your ability mentally and physically, especially in terms of having school at the same time.”

Donawa, who is in his third year at Dartmouth, enjoys playing with his team-mates and representing his college.

“We are all very close and it is one of the closest teams I’ve been on.”