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Penn State's Kelsey Amy and Michigan State's Molly Cassidy have earned the first Big Ten field hockey Player of the Week awards of the 2010 season, the conference office announced on Monday. Amy takes home the first Offensive Player of the Week, while Cassidy was handed Defensive and Freshman of the Week awards.

 

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FH: Big Ten Field Hockey Opens This Weekend

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The 2010 Big Ten field hockey campaign will begin this weekend as six of the seven conference teams will be in action. Northwestern and Penn State begin their 2010 slates on Friday while Iowa and and Michigan compete in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday.  Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State starts its season by hosting the Champions Invitational. Indiana hits the road to start the season, facing Boston College and Massachusetts.

 

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FH: Seven Teams Appear in Kookaburra/NFHCA Preseason Poll

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All seven Big Ten field hockey teams were mentioned in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I preseason poll, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday. Five were ranked in the top 20, while two also received votes in the year's first poll.

 

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Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams for the at-large division, it was announced Thursday by the Academic All-America Committee.

To be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and must be a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing. All First Team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts will be placed on the national ballot and are eligible to be selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.

The complete list of Big Ten CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District members include:

District 2
First Team:
Brandi Personett, Women's Gymnastics, PSU
Second Team:
Amy Bonenberger, Field Hockey, PSU
Miguel Pineda, Men's Gymnastics, PSU

District 4
First Team:
Chelsea Davis, Women's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Lindsay Quintiliani, Field Hockey, OSU
Stefan Sigrist, Men's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Second Team:
Kent Caldwell, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
Sarah Curtis, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Kelsey Knutson, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Ian Makowske, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
André Schultz, Men's Swimming and Diving, MICH
Brad Smith, Men's Golf, OSU

District 5
First Team:
Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis, IND
Emily Kasavana, Rowing, IND
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Women's Golf, NU
David Colturi, Men's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Christine Inman, Women's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Second Team:
Allison Buckley, Women's Gymnastics, ILL
Abe Souza, Men's Tennis, ILL
Aaron Fortunato, Men's Gymnastics, MINN
Kaylee Jamison, Women's Swimming and Diving, MINN
Tyler Duncan, Men's Golf, PUR

District 7
First Team:
Brent Metcalf, Wrestling, IOWA
Second Team:
Patricia Dean, Field Hockey, IOWA

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FH: Indiana's Mutembwa Named 2010 Rhodes Scholar

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Indiana's Mutsa Mutembwa is the fourth Hoosier student-athlete to be selected to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Mutembwa, a double major in economics and mathematics, has aspirations of becoming a financial economist and returning to her native Zimbabwe to help solve the nation's struggle with hyperinflation.

Mutembwa was a three-year performer for the Indiana field hockey squad and helped lead the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament final and NCAA Championship and. She ends her IU athletic career with 53 defensive saves, tying her for the most in school history.

"Mutsa Mutembwa personifies what Indiana University student-athletes are all about," said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "Her commitment to her education is remarkable, her dedication to her sport is commendable, and her interest and concern for the world around her is simply extraordinary. Indiana University is proud to be represented by a young woman like Mutsa Mutembwa, and we congratulate her on this extraordinary achievement."

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FH: Rolf van de Kerkhof Named West Region Coach of the Year

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Michigan State head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof was selected as the 2009 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday.

Also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, van de Kerkhof led the Spartans to an 18-4 record in 2009 as Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament en route to a quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Championship. van de Kerkhof coached two student-athletes, Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma, to All-America honors while Rijpma was also named West Region Player of the Year. Five Spartans, Deacon, Rijpma, Jantine Steinmetz, Elissa Unger and Manouk Vernij were named All-West Region performers by the NFHCA.

FH: Fall Academic All-Conference Team Announced

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As the fall term of the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognizes a total of 705 fall sports athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

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FH: Five Earn NFHCA All-America Honors

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Five Big Ten student-athletes were honored as Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday afternoon.

Earning first team status was Michigan State senior Floor Rijpma, who was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was recently named the NFHCA West Region Player of the Year. Rijpma finished the season with 52 points on 24 goals and four assists. It is the third straight year Rijpma has been named a member of the All-America team.

Second Team All-America honors went to Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon. The two were both named first team All-Big Ten members earlier this month and were also named to the NFHCA All-West Region Team. Like her Spartan teammate Rijpma, Deacon has been named an All-American three years in a row.

Finally, two Big Ten student-athletes were named third team All-Americans as Indiana's Corey Brautigam and Ohio State's Berta Queralt earned postseason recognition by the NFHCA. The two were also named first team All-Big Ten and members of the NFHCA All-West Region Team.

FH: Seven To Take Part In NFHCA Senior All-Star Game Saturday

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Seven Big Ten seniors will take part in Saturday's National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior All-Star game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Indiana's Lucy Ireland and Meg O'Connell, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean, Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma, and Northwestern's Courtney Plaster-Strange earned invitations to this year's event.

FH: Rijpma one of 21 student-athletes honored by NFHCA

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Michigan State's Floor Rijpma was named the West Region Player of the Year and was one of 21 Big Ten student-athletes selected to the 2009 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, the NFHCA announced Thursday.

Rijpma, whose impressive senior season was highlighted by her 24 goals and four assists for 52 total points, will be in the running for NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year that will be announced on Nov. 24.

As a member of the Mideast Region, Penn State placed two on the first team and two more on the second team. Kelsey Amy and Jess Longstreth were named to the first team, while teammates Laura Cahill and Bethany Marvel earned second team All-Mideast status.

The Big Ten's 17 other student-athletes were named as first- or second-team All-West Region members. First team members included Indiana's Corey Brautigam, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean, Michigan's Meredith Way, Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon and Rijpma, Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong, and Ohio State's Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt.

Second-team All-West Region members included Indiana's Morgan Fleetwood and Meg O'Connell, Iowa's Jess Werley, Michigan's Paige Laytos, Michigan State's Jantine Steinmetz, Elissa Unger and Manouk Vernij, and Ohio State's Maria Briones.