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Twenty-four Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region team, including 10 on the first team.
Illinois' Jannelle Flaws was named to the first team, while Vanessa DiBernardo was a second-team all-region pick. The Illini advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with an 11-9-3 mark.
Indiana's Lisa Nouanesengsy was a first-team selection after accumulating 25 points this season, including 11 goals and three assists, while Rebecca Candler was named to the third team. The Hoosiers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 15-7-1 record.
Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse of Iowa were both named second-team all-region, while Alex Melin was a third-team pick. It marked the first time in program history that three players have garnered all-region honors.
Michigan's Shelina Zadorsky, Holly Hein, Meghan Toohey and Nkem Ezurike were all first team choices, marking the second consecutive year that four Wolverine players were named to the all-region team. Michigan allowed just 10 goals during the season, finishing with an 18-4-1 mark.
Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz of Michigan State was named to the Great Lakes All-Region third team after scoring a team-best six goals. The Spartans finished the season with a 9-8-2 record.
Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs and Katie Thyken were named second-team all-region after finishing the season with an 11-8-2 record. Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, Hobbs led the conference with 122 saves. Thyken scored seven goals and collected three assists.
Nebraska's Emma Stevens and Ari Romero were first-team all-region picks, while Jordan Jackson and Jaycie Johnson were named to the second team. The Cornhuskers won the Big Ten Tournament and the Big Ten Championship, ending their campaign with a 19-4-1 record.
Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes were first team selections, Whitney Church and Mallory Weber were second team picks, and Raquel Rodriguez was named to the all-region third team. The Nittany Lions advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished their season with a 15-7-1 mark.
Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a third-team all-region honoree. She scored six goals and tallied seven assists, helping the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 mark.
All 24 players have a chance to be named to the All-America team, which will be announced on Dec. 6.
NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region
Jannelle Flaws, ILL
Lisa Nouanesengsy, IND
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Holly Hein, MICH
Meghan Toohey, MICH
Shelina Zadorski, MICH
Ari Romero, NEB
Emma Stevens, NEB
Maya Hayes, PSU
Taylor Schram, PSU
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
Melanie Pickert, IOWA
Tarah Hobbs, MINN
Katie Thyken, MINN
Jordan Jackson, NEB
Jaycie Johnson, NEB
Whitney Church, PSU
Mallory Weber, PSU
Rebecca Candler, IND
Alex Melin, IOWA
Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz, MSU
Raquel Rodriguez, PSU
Rose Lavelle, WIS
Michigan's Nkem Ezurike and Penn State's Maya Hayes were both named semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top college women's soccer player. Ezurike finished the season with 14 goals and 10 assists - she now has a school record 49 career goals and 118 total points. She started all 23 matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Hayes, who finished her senior campaign with 19 goals and six assists, started all 23 matches, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and helped lead the Nittany Lions to their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
The MAC Hermann Trophy finalists will be named on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Wisconsin's AJ Cochran was named one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top college men's soccer player. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year led a back line that held opposing teams to just 1.29 goals per game. Cochran, who also scored three goals, started all 21 games and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
The MAC Hermann Trophy finalists will be named on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos (Ohio State) - Recorded six solo
tackles and one pass deflection in the Broncos' 35-28 defeat of the Chiefs
Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Recorded five
tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 24-17 win over the Redskins
Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Notched five tackles,
including four solo, in the Colts' 22-14 win over the Titans
Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Collected one sack,
one forced fumble and one tackle in Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans
Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 13
times for 117 yards in the Broncos' 35-28 victory over the Chiefs
Le'Veon Bell, RB,
Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Ran for 73 yards and a touchdown,
along with grabbing seven receptions for 63 yards, in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team
with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams
Nick Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) - Registered seven
tackles, including six solo, in the Bears' 23-20 loss to the Vikings
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 371
yards on 29-for-41 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 34-41 victory
over the Texans
Alan Branch, DL, Buffalo Bills (Michigan) - Recorded nine tackles,
including six solo, in the Bills' 34-31 loss to the Falcons
Jonathan Casillas, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Wisconsin) -
Registered seven tackles in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss to Carolina
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Collected nine
tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in the Buccaneers' 27-6 loss
to the Panthers
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught eight passes
for 174 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 35-28 win over the Chiefs
Bradley Fletcher, CB,
Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Registered five solo tackles and two pass
deflections in the Eagles' 24-21 victory over the Cardinals
Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Caught two passes
for 47 yards and scored one touchdown in Carolina's 27-6 win over Tampa Bay
Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Tallied three
tackles and two sacks in the Eagles' 24-21 defeat of the Cardinals
Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Tied for the
team-lead with 10 tackles, including six solo and two for loss, as well as a
sack in Minnesota's 23-20 defeat of Chicago
David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered 13 tackles,
including seven solo and one for loss, in the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Dolphins
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Registered nine
catches for 127 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins' 23-3 defeat of the
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Led the team with
12 tackles, including eight solo, in the Packers' 40-10 loss to the Lions
Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in
three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown catch in the Chiefs 35-28 loss to the
Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Registered seven
tackles in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to Baltimore
Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Recorded 10
tackles, including seven solo, in the Saints' 34-7 loss to the Seahawks
Karl Klug, DE, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Recorded four tackles, one
sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Titans' 22-14 loss to
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Notched nine
tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 23-13 loss to the 49ers
DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Tallied five tackles,
one interception and one pass deflection in the Lions' 40-10 win over the
Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Reeled in five passes
for 61 yards and a touchdown reception in the Giants' 24-17 victory over the
Tracy Porter, CB, Oakland Raiders (Indiana) - Tallied eight
tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, and a pass deflection in
Oakland's 31-24 loss to Dallas
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the
team with 11 tackles, including seven solo, one pass deflection and an assisted
sack in the Jaguars' 32-28 win over the Browns
Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Notched five solo
tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in Tennessee's 22-14 loss to
Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Registered a
team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, two sacks and one forced fumble in the
Raiders' 31-24 win over the Cowboys
Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Wisconsin) - Recorded
seven solo tackles and one sack in Arizona's 24-21 loss to Philadelphia
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Collected one sack,
one pass deflection and four tackles in the Lions' 40-10 win over the Packers
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered five solo
tackles and one pass deflection in Houston's 34-31 loss to New England
Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded nine
tackles, including seven solo, in San Francisco's 23-13 victory over St. Louis
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 310
yards on 22-of-30 passing and three touchdowns in Seattle's 34-7 win over New
Corey Wootton, DE, Chicago Bears (Northwestern) - Notched two pass
deflections, three tackles and an assisted sack in Chicago's 23-20 loss to
Numerous Big Ten standouts appear among the top 25 of the final NCAA
statistical leaders of 2013. Below is a complete
list of Big Ten student-athletes in the top 25, which includes eight in
the top 10.Points Per Game
1. Natalie Cafone, IOWA - 2.48
3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 2.40
19. Abby Barker, MSU - 1.90
Goals Per Game
3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 1.05
4. Natalie Cafone, IOWA - 1.05
10. Abby Barker, MSU - 0.90
Assists Per Game
3. Laura Gebhart, PSU - 0.74
14. Audra Heilman, IND - 0.58Goals Against Average
T15. Dani Hemeon, IOWA - 5
T15. Sydney Supica - 5
5. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 1.14
24. Kylie Licata, PSU - 1.61
25. Kelsey Boyce, IOWA - 1.63Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
T9. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 0.750
T16. Kylie Licata, PSU - 0.684
Nine Big Ten field hockey standouts were named to 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams, it was announced on Tuesday. Big Ten Player of the Year Rachael Mack
of Michigan was tabbed a first-team selection, while Iowa's Natalie Cafone
, Northwestern's Nikki Parsley
, and Penn State's Laura Gebhart
and Brittany Grzywacz
were second-team picks. Indiana's Audra Heilman
, Iowa's Dani Hemeon
, Michigan State's Abby Barker
and Northwestern's Tara Puffenberger
claimed third-team honors.
For the complete teams, click here
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, annually given to the nation's top assistant coach, the organization announced Monday. Under Narduzzi, the Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 237.7 yards per game. The Spartans also rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense with 11.8 points per game, a total that leads the conference.
Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has one winner in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Eight Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches poll, released on Monday. Penn State
stays at No. 2 for the seventh straight week, while Nebraska
join the Nittany Lions in the top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Wisconsin
is ranked No. 13, followed by No. 18 Illinois
, No. 19 Purdue
, No. 20 Michigan State
and No. 24 Michigan
For the full poll
, click here.
The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has selected Northwestern's Trevor Siemian and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg as two of eight quarterbacks among its "Stars of the Week." Siemian set a career-high with 414 yards, completing 31-of-44 passes with four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 37-34 road win over Illinois. Against No. 15 Wisconsin, Hackenberg registered his fourth 300-yard game with a career-high four touchdown passes, helping the Nittany Lions defeat the Badgers, 31-24.
College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click here to vote for the top quarterback performance last week.
Montee Ball and Terrelle Pryor have been nominated as finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 2010's. The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the eleventh, and final, of a series of names that have been unveiled each Sunday throughout the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.
At running back for the University of Wisconsin, Ball was twice recognized as the best at his position in the Big Ten Conference and a consensus first-team All-American. He currently holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career total touchdowns with 83. In the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 132 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against TCU. His 132 rush yards, 22 carries and 6.0 yards per carry all are ninth-most in UW bowl history; and his 40-yard run ties for 10th-longest in UW bowl history. In the 2012 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 164 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries versus Oregon and lastly, in the 2013 Rose Bowl Game, he rushed for 100 yards and scored one touchdown. Ball became the first player in history to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive Rose Bowl Games.
Pryor played the best game of his young collegiate career in the 2010 matchup against Oregon. The sophomore racked up career highs in completions (23), pass attempts (37) and passing yards (266). During the 26-17 victory over the Ducks, Pryor threw two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 72 yards on 20 carries. His efforts also earned him Player of the Game honors. The Buckeyes entered the contest having lost three consecutive BCS games, but Pryor's dazzling performance led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl Game win since 1997. Pryor was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2008 and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In the two-plus years that Pryor led the Buckeyes at quarterback, Ohio State went 31-5, including a 2-1 record in BCS bowl games.
The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on Dec. 8, 2013, in Pasadena.
For more information on the 100th Rose bowl Game, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.