Big Ten Announces Weekly Field Hockey Award Winners
Sept. 21, 2009
The conference office announced on Monday the fourth weekly field hockey award winners for the 2009 season. Northwestern's Courtney Plaster-Strange won Offensive Player of the Week, Ohio State's Lindsay Quintiliani won Defensive Player of the Week honors and Ohio State's Berta Queralt won Freshman of the Week.
Offensive Player of the Week
Northwestern senior Courtney Plaster-Strange scored five goals and totaled 11 points during the weekend as she helped the Wildcats to two victories. On Friday against Missouri State, Plaster-Strange recorded her first career hat-trick and had an assist in Northwestern's 8-0 victory against the Bears. She followed that effort with a two-goal performance against St. Joseph's in a 7-3 victory on Sunday. Her six goals this season nearly match the seven she had in her first three seasons with Northwestern. Currently, she is tied for third in points and tied for fourth in goals in the conference. It is the first weekly honor in Plaster-Strange's career.
Last Northwestern Offensive Player of the Week: Chelsea Armstrong (Sept. 14, 2009)
Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani earns her second-straight weekly honor after two shutouts in the Buckeyes' three wins this past week. After a win in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over Kent State, Quintiliani earned back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Sunday. In Ohio State's 3-0 win over Vermont on Friday, Quintiliani made three saves, then made another three saves in Sunday's 1-0 victory against Central Michigan. Quintiliani's three shutouts this season and 0.92 goals-against average are tops in the conference, and her 11 career shutouts rank third all-time in Ohio State history. Quintiliani now has four weekly defensive honors in her career.
Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Lindsay Quintiliani (Sept. 14, 2009)
Freshman of the Week
Ohio State's Berta Queralt wins her second career weekly award after scoring four times for the Buckeyes this past week. Against Kent State Wednesday, Queralt scored twice on just two shots and assisted on another in Ohio State's 5-2 victory. In Friday's matchup with Vermont, Queralt scored another two goals in leading the Buckeyes past the Catamounts, 3-0. Through eight games this season, Queralt has a conference-leading seven assists to go along with seven goals and 21 total points, both of which rank second-best in the Big Ten.
Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Berta Queralt (Aug. 31, 2009)