2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2012 field hockey season highlighted by three teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Penn State captured its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and earned the conference's automatic berth after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa and Michigan joined the Nittany Lions in the 16-team field, marking the 12th-straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament.

Where We Rank: Four Big Ten field hockey teams appeared in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, including three top-10 teams. Penn State sits at No. 3, followed by No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Northwestern and No. 14 Iowa. For the complete poll, click HERE.

B1G Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2012 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Nov. 1, with Northwestern and Penn State collecting individual honors. The Nittany Lions' took home three individual awards, as Kelsey Amy was named Offensive Player of the Year, Brittany Grzywacz took home Defensive Player of the Year honors and Charlene Morett was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats' Lisa McCarthy was tabbed Freshman of the Year. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-America Honors: Nine Big Ten field hockey players were tabbed 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans. Big Ten Champion Penn State led the way with three honorees, followed by Iowa and Northwestern with two recipients each. The list of Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans can be found HERE.

Regional Accolades: Twenty-four Big Ten field hockey players were named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Teams. Fifteen student-athletes were tabbed first-team selections, led by Iowa with four honorees. The full list of conference players named to the All-Region Teams can be found HERE.

Best in the West: Northwestern's Tracy Fuchs was named the 2012 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year. Fuchs led the Wildcats to a 16-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play. For the full release, click HERE.

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