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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Michigan State announced that Kristen Henn from the field hockey team and Greg Wolfe of the ice hockey team have been named Michigan State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes James Morris and Marike Stribos were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Iowa, which were announced at the UI's annual academic and athletic achievement banquet. Morris is a standout on the football team, while Stribos is a member of Iowa's field hockey team.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 12

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Many Big Ten Medal of Honor winners enter the coaching realm after their playing careers are through and a few have ended up at conference institutions, including at least four current Big Ten head coaches. Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz won the Big Ten Medal of Honor at Iowa in 1986, while three conference coaches presently coach at their alma mater - Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football), Purdue's Sharon Versyp (1988, women's basketball) and Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (1978, hockey).

2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 field hockey season highlighted by two teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Northwestern and Penn State were crowned Big Ten co-Champions and Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament title.

NCAA Bound: Two Big Ten teams competed in the NCAA Field Hockey Championships, as Michigan State and Penn State earned berths in the field. The Spartans participated in a play-in game and upset second-seeded Syracuse in the first round, before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion Connecticut. The Nittany Lions lost a heartbreaker to Princeton in the opening round. For more on the NCAA Tournament, click HERE.

We Are The Champions: Northwestern and Penn State ended the regular season with matching 5-1 conference marks to finish the year as Big Ten co-Champions. The crown marked the second in a row for the Nittany Lions and seventh overall. The Big Ten Championship was the sixth for the Wildcats and first since 1994. For the complete releases, click HERE and HERE.

Tournament Titans: Third-seeded Michigan State claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday, Nov. 10th. The Spartans defeated fifth-seeded Iowa, 3-2, in the title match. The crown marked Michigan State's fourth Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2009. Spartan Abby Barker was tabbed Tournament MVP. For more on the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, click HERE.

Where We Rank: Four Big Ten field hockey teams appeared in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll. Penn State came in at No. 9, followed by No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Iowa and No. 20 Michigan State. For the complete poll, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2013 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Nov. 7, with Iowa, Michigan Northwestern and Penn State collecting individual honors. Wolverine Rachael Mack was tabbed Player of the Year, and was a unanimous selection for Offensive Player of the Year. Nittany Lion Brittany Grzywacz was a unanimous pick for Defensive Player of the Year. Hawkeye Stephanie Norlander picked up Freshman of the Year accolades and Wildcat head coach Tracey Fuchs earned Coach of the Year recognition. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-America Honors: Nine Big Ten field hockey players were tabbed 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans. 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 more on the Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Twenty-one Big Ten field hockey players were named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Teams. Thirteen student-athletes were tabbed first-team selections, led by Big Ten co-champions Northwestern and Penn State with three honorees each. The full list of conference players named to the All-Region Teams can be found HERE.

Best in the West: Michigan's Rachael Mack was named the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA West Region Player of the Year. The Wolverine captain posted a career-high 21 goals, six assists and 48 points to lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally with a 1.05 goal-per-game average. She posted two hat tricks and netted seven game-winning goals this season. For the full release, click HERE.

Final National Stats: Numerous Big Ten standouts appeared among the top 25 of the final NCAA statistical leaders of 2013, including eight in the top 10. Iowa's Natalie Cafone led the nation in points per game, while Michigan's Rachael Mack was third. Penn State's Laura Gebhart finished third in assists per game.  Below is a complete list of Big Ten student-athletes in the top 25, which includes eight in the top 10. For the complete lists, click HERE.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 74 field hockey 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 of 3.0 or higher. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including field hockey players Hannah Boyer of Indiana and Haley Kerstetter of Penn State. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

National Statistics Roundup

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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 - 0.58

Defensive Saves
T15. Dani Hemeon, IOWA - 5
T15. Sydney Supica - 5

Goals Against Average
5. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 1.14
24. Kylie Licata, PSU - 1.61
25. Kelsey Boyce, IOWA - 1.63

Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
T9. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 0.750
T16. Kylie Licata, PSU - 0.684

Nine Field Hockey Standouts Earn All-America Recognition

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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.

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Twenty-One Big Ten Field Hockey Players Named All-Region

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Twenty-one Big Ten field hockey players were named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Teams, it was announced on Tuesday. Thirteen student-athletes were tabbed first-team selections, led by Big Ten co-champions Northwestern and Penn State with three honorees each. Michigan's Rachael Mack was tabbed the West Region Player of the Year. Below is the list of conference players named to All-Region Teams.

Mideast
1st Team
Abby Furhman, PSU
Laura Gebhart, PSU
Brittany Grzywacz, PSU

2nd Team
Ashtin Klinger, PSU

West
1st Team
Audra Heilman, IND
Natalie Cafone, IOWA
Dani Hemeon, IOWA
Rachael Mack, MICH
Ainsley McCallister, MICH
Abby Barker, MSU
Lisa McCarthy, NU
Nikki Parsley, NU
Tara Puffenberger, NU
Peanut Johnson, OSU

2nd Team
Hannah Boyer, IND
Sydney Supica, IND
Stephanie Norlander, IOWA
Lauren Thomas, MICH
Kristen Henn, MSU
Becky Stiles, MSU
Mon Frommhold, OSU

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Four Field Hockey Squads Appear in NFHCA Top 20

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Four Big Ten field hockey teams are ranked in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA poll of 2013. Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 9, followed by No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Iowa and No. 20 Michigan State.

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National Statistics Roundup

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Numerous Big Ten standouts appear among the top 25 of the NCAA statistical leaders, which were released on Monday. 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
T3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 2.40
T17. Abby Barker, MSU - 2.00

Goals Per Game

3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 1.05
4. Natalie Cafone, IOWA - 1.05
9. Abby Barker, MSU - 0.94

Assists Per Game
T4. Laura Gebhart, PSU - 0.67
T13. Audra Heilman, IND - 0.58

Defensive Saves
T14. Dani Hemeon, IOWA - 5
T14. Sydney Supica - 5

Goals Against Average
6. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 1.14
21. Kylie Licata, PSU - 1.43

Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
T9. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 0.750
14. Kylie Licata, PSU - 0.722




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