Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee Spotlight - Natalie Cafone (Iowa)

Cafone led the nation with a 2.48 points per game average.

Cafone led the nation with a 2.48 points per game average.

June 17, 2014

Through Sunday, the Big Ten will highlight the student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on BTN.

Natalie Cafone - Iowa - Field Hockey

Cafone finished the 2013 season as the NCAA statistical champion for points per game, leading the nation with a 2.48 points per game average. The Fairfield, N.J., native earned her first career All-America accolade after posting team highs in points (52) and goals (22). Cafone tied for third nationally with 1.05 goals per game and was named to the All-Big Ten first team, the Big Ten All-Tournament team, and the NFHCA West Region All-America first team. She is the first Hawkeye to lead the nation in points per game since Kristy Gleason in 1992 (3.95). Former Hawkeye Ellen Egan led the nation in the category in 1983 (3.88). Click HERE for more information on Natalie.