2017 Field Hockey Preseason Honors
Aug. 21, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced its 2017 field hockey preseason honors on Monday, highlighted by seven All-Big Ten selections from last season.

Four first-team All-Big Ten students from the 2016 campaign headline this year’s preseason choices – Michigan’s Katie Trombetta, Michigan State’s Simone Vagnoni, Northwestern’s Sophia Miller and Penn State’s Aurelia Meijer. Preseason honorees who earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition last season include Iowa’s Katie Birch, Michigan’s Sam Swenson, Michigan State’s Kendal Anderson, Ohio State’s Maddy Humphrey and Penn State’s Skyler Fretz.

Humphrey, Trombetta, Vagnoni and Maryland’s Linnea Gonzalez are three-time Big Ten preseason honorees while Anderson, Swenson, Iowa’s Melissa Progar, Northwestern’s Elena Curley, Ohio State’s Liz Tamburro, Penn State’s Aurelia Meijer, and Rutgers’ Linde Van Schaik receive the distinction for the second time.

Several members of the 2017 Big Ten field hockey preseason honors list excelled academically with 11 students earning Academic All-Big Ten accolades last year. In addition, Anderson, Tamburro, Vagnoni, Indiana’s Elle Hempt, Maryland’s Carrie Hanks, Michigan’s Esther de Leijer and Northwestern’s Pascale Massey and were 2017 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

The 2017 season officially starts this weekend with all nine conference teams in action. Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers begin their seasons on Friday, while Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern start their campaigns on Saturday. Maryland and Ohio State cap opening-weekend action, taking the field on Sunday.

The complete list of 2017 Big Ten field hockey preseason honorees appears below.


 

 


2017 Big Ten Field Hockey Preseason Honors

Name

School

Yr.

Position

Hometown

Elle Hempt@!

Indiana

Sr.

Defense

Carlisle, Pa.

Ciara Girouard

Indiana

So.

Forward

West Deptford, N.J.

Maddie Latino@

Indiana

Sr.

Forward/Midfield

Louisville, Ky.

Katie Birch#

 

Iowa

So.

Defense/Midfield

York, England

 

Mallory Lefkowitz@

 

Iowa

Sr.

Forward/Midfield

Kingston, Pa.

 

Melissa Progar*@

Iowa

Sr.

Midfield

Yorktown, Va.

Linnea Gonzalez*

Maryland

Jr.

Forward/Midfield

Bel Air, Md.

Carrie Hanks@!

Maryland

Sr.

Defense

Niskayuna, N.Y.

Lein Holsboer@

Maryland

Sr.

Midfield

Hilversum, Netherlands

Esther de Leijer!

Michigan

Sr.

Forward/Midfield

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Sam Swenson*#

Michigan

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Harrogate, England

Katie Trombetta*^

Michigan

Sr.

Midfield/Defense

Holbrook, N.Y.

Kendal Anderson*#!

Michigan State

Sr.

Midfield

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Sophie Macadre

Michigan State

Sr.

Forward

Wellington, New Zealand

Simone Vagnoni*^!

Michigan State

Sr.

Defense

Collegeville, Pa.

Elena Curley*

Northwestern

Sr.

Midfield

Louisville, Ky.

Sophia Miller^@

Northwestern

Sr.

Back

Medford, N.J.

 

Pascale Massey@!

 

Northwestern

Jr.

Forward

Bromsgrove, England

 

Maddy Humphrey*#@

Ohio State

Sr.

Forward/Midfield

Virginia Beach, Va.

Liz Tamburro*@!

Ohio State

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Phoenixville, Pa.

Esther Clotet Alsina

Ohio State

So.

Forward/Midfield

Barcelona, Spain

Gini Bramley

Penn State

Jr.

Midfield

Elizabethtown, Pa.

Aurelia Meijer*^@

Penn State

Jr.

Midfield/Forward

Hattem, Netherlands

Skyler Fretz#

Penn State

Sr.

Back

Oley, Pa.

Alanna Gollotto

Rutgers

So.

Back

Voorhees, N.J.

Linde Van Schaik*

Rutgers

Jr.

Midfield

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Katie Larmour

Rutgers

So.

Midfield

Belfast, Ireland

* denotes a 2016 Preseason honoree | ^ denotes 2016 All-Big Ten first team | # denotes 2016 All-Big Ten second team | @ denotes 2016 Academic All-Big Ten |! denotes 2017 Distinguished Scholar