2011 Field Hockey Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011 field hockey season highlighted by four teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Penn State earned the conference's automatic berth after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Big Ten Champion Michigan joined Iowa and Ohio State in the 16-team field, marking the 11th-straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament and the fourth time in the last 17 seasons the conference has sent four or more teams to the championship.

Where We Rank: All four of the Big Ten's NCAA tournament squads were ranked in the top-15 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Poll at the end of the regular season. Penn State and Michigan were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively. Iowa finished 12th, while Ohio State was 15th. Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern also received votes. Click here for the complete poll.

B1G Postseason Accolades: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2011 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Thursday, Nov. 3, with Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State collecting individual honors. The Wildcats' Chelsea Armstrong was named Offensive Player of the Year, while the Buckeyes' Jenn Sciulli took home Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Nittany Lions' Laura Gebhart was named Freshman of the Year, while the Wolverines' Marcia Pankratz earned Coach of the Year honors. To view the All-Big Ten recipients, click here.

All-Region Honorees: Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Team accolades, including 15 first-team honorees. All seven Big Ten field hockey teams are represented on the list of recipients. For the complete list, see below.

Brenna Moeljadi, IND*
Jessica Barnett, IOWA*
Sarah Drake, IOWA*
Kathleen McGraw, IOWA*
Kim Scraper, IOWA
Mallory Albini, MICH
Bryn Bain, MICH*
Aline Fobe, MICH*
Rachel Mack, MICH*
Abby Barker, MSU
Molly Cassidy, MSU
Adele Lever, MSU
Chelsea Armstrong, NU*
Nikki Parsley, NU*
Danica Deckard, OSU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, OSU*
Berta Queralt, OSU
Jenn Sciulli, OSU*
Lauren Alloway, PSU
Kelsey Amy, PSU*
Laura Gebhart, PSU*
Brittany Grzywacz, PSU*
Ayla Halus, PSU*
Lauren Purvis, PSU

* indicates first-team selection

NFHCA All-American Teams: Eight Big Ten student-athletes were named to the NFHCA All-American Teams. Penn State's Kelsey Amy, Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Ohio State's Jenn Sciulli were tabbed first team All-Americans. Michigan's Bryn Bain and Penn State's Ayla Halus earned second team recognition, while Iowa's Jessica Barnett, Penn State's Laura Gebhart and Michigan's Rachael Mack earned third team consideration.

Kelsey Amy, PSU*
Chelsea Armstrong, NU*
Bryn Bain, MICH
Jessica Barnett, IOWA
Laura Gebhart, PSU
Ayla Halus, PSU
Rachael Mack, MICH
Jenn Sciulli, OSU*

* indicates first team selection

West Region Coach of the Year: Iowa's Tracey Griesbaum has earned the 2011 Dita/NFHCA Division I West Region Coach of the Year, as announced on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Griesbaum led the Hawkeyes to a 15-5 record en route to a Sweet 16 NCAA Championship appearance.

The National Coach of the Year will be announced on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the NFHCA Coaches Recognition Luncheon.

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We're very proud of you Chelsea!

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