Three Schools Earn Weekly Field Hockey Awards

Oct. 19, 2009

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Offensive Player of the Week
Maria Briones, Ohio State
So., F, Barcelona Spain/Sant Ignasi - Sarria

Briones earns her second straight weekly award following a weekend that saw her lead the No. 19 Buckeyes to two victories. Against No. 14 Louisville on Sunday, Briones assisted on Ohio State's first goal en route to a 2-1 overtime victory. Days later against Michigan, the sophomore scored twice to help the Buckeyes to a 4-3 win over the Wolverines. Her four goals during Big Ten play are third-most, while her 10 scores on the season are fifth-most in the conference.

Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Maria Briones (Oct. 12, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Mann, Indiana
Jr., GK, Telford, Pa./Souderton Area

Mann claimed her second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season and third of her career after allowing just one goal in Indiana's 2-1 victory over No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday afternoon. Mann made four saves in leading the Hoosier defense against a Northwestern squad that has scored 3.76 goals per game during the season. The junior has been steady in goal all year for Indiana, making 53 saves and maintaining a 2.04 goals-against average.

Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Mutsa Mutembwa (Sept.7, 2009)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Adelle Lever, Michigan State
MF, Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon

Lever was the driving force behind No. 8 Michigan State's 3-0 road victory against Iowa on Friday. The freshman accounted for two of the Spartans' three first-half goals. Her first came off a deflection from a penalty corner for the game's first score, and her second came just before intermission to give Michigan State a commanding 3-0 halftime lead. Lever has three goals on the season and takes home her first career weekly honor.

Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Manouk Vernij (Sept. 28, 2009)

Berta Queralt, Ohio State
F, Barcelona, Spain/Institució Cultural del CIC

Queralt wins the fifth weekly award of her young career after helping the No. 19 Buckeyes to a pair of one-goal victories over the weekend. Against No. 14 Louisville on Wednesday, Queralt accounted for all of the Buckeye offense, scoring twice in a 2-1 overtime win. Against Michigan on Saturday, the freshman scored again and added an assist in Ohio State's 4-3 victory, giving her a seven-point weekend. Her 40 points this season are second-most in the conference, while her 12 assists are tops in the Big Ten.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Berta Queralt (Oct. 12, 2009)