Three Schools Earn Weekly Field Hockey Awards

Michigan State's Adelle Lever shared Freshman of the Week honors, the Big Ten announced Monday.

Michigan State's Adelle Lever shared Freshman of the Week honors, the Big Ten announced Monday.

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)