There’s a new Mr. October in town.

In his first two games this month, senior Jake Stacy put up two memorable performances. Against No. 8 Notre Dame on Oct. 1, he tallied the eventual game-winning goal at the 23:11 mark, leading the Wolverines to a 3-1 victory, their first-ever win over the Irish. Three days later, Stacy followed that performance by netting the lone goal of Michigan’s 1-0 upset win over No. 20 Indiana.

Stacy kept up his hot streak with two assists in Michigan’s 5-1 win over Western Michigan on Sunday.

“We knew it would be a stepping stone for us, we knew it would set us up for the rest of the year so (we had) a lot of focus and a lot of heart,” Stacy said.

The 5-foot-8 Grand Rapids native used his quickness and strength to earn All-Big Ten First Team honors last season. After his career year, he is looking to continue that success despite facing defenders who are up to eight inches taller than him.

“He is one of the quickest over five to 10 yards,” Michigan assistant coach Paul Snape said. “He is very elusive and he is tough to mark because he is so explosive. His vertical jump is very good as well, so he has got some good athletic traits even though he does not have height on his side.”

Stacy’s height has not stopped him from putting up big numbers. With seven goals this season, Stacy has already matched his total from his last three seasons combined. This increase in scoring has him fourth in the Big Ten in points (19).

Snape said he likes that Stacy is making runs in the box and is always in the right spot to score.

Stacy’s performance in the wins over Notre Dame and Indiana earned him Offensive Big Ten Player of The Week and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Player of the Week honors.

“He has always had the talent and the technique, but in the last year or two he has really applied himself,” Snape said. “His tactical understanding has really grown and he has become a really intelligent player.”

Stacy has pushed his team to an 9-2-2 record and up to No. 24 in last week’s NSCAA/Adidas top-25 poll. It was Michigan’s first appearance in the rankings this year. The Wolverines will need Stacy’s clutch play to continue, as they still have to beat No. 2 Northwestern and No. 17 Ohio State if they hope to capture the Big Ten title.

“We have to just take it game by game,” Stacy said. “I think every Big Ten team is a really good team, but every team is a team we can compete with.”

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