Nov. 3, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2011 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Thursday, with Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State collecting individual honors. The Wildcats’ Chelsea Armstrong was named Offensive Player of the Year, while the Buckeyes’ Jenn Sciulli took home Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Nittany Lions’ Laura Gebhart was named Freshman of the Year, while the Wolverines’ Marcia Pankratz earned Coach of the Year honors.
Armstrong earned Offensive Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season after leading the conference in points (12) and tying for first in goals (5) in Big Ten play. In 20 games this season, Armstrong has tallied 53 points on 23 goals and seven assists.
Sciulli reeled in Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording nine defensive saves this season, which is ranked second in the nation. The senior back led a Buckeye defense that allowed just nine goals in conference play. Sciulli becomes the second consecutive Buckeye to win the award, following Aisling Coyle.
Gebhart earned top billing among freshmen after finishing the 2011 season with 21 points on five goals and 11 assists, the second most for the Nittany Lions. The Penn State midfielder becomes the seventh Nittany Lion player to win the award and the first since 2008.
Pankratz led Michigan to a Big Ten Championship, compiling a 13-5 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference play en route to her second consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year honor. She helped the Wolverines to a final regular-season ranking of No. 7, and guided Michigan to a No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Armstrong, Sciulli and Gebhart earned spots on the All-Big Ten first team and were joined by Indiana’s Brenna Moeljadi, Iowa’s Jessica Barnett and Sarah Drake, Michigan’s Bryn Bain, Aline Fobe and Rachael Mack, Northwestern’s Nikki Parsley and Penn State’s Kelsey Amy and Ayla Halus.
The Big Ten also recognized seven Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.
2011 Field Hockey All-Big Ten Teams
Brenna Moeljadi, Sr., D, IND
Jessica Barnett, Jr., M, IOWA
Sarah Drake, Jr., F, IOWA
Bryn Bain, Sr., M, MICH
Aline Fobe, Fr., D, MICH
Rachael Mack, So., F, MICH
CHELSEA ARMSTRONG, Jr., M, NU
Nikki Parsley, So., M, NU
Jenn Sciulli, Sr., D, OSU
KELSEY AMY, Jr., F, PSU
Laura Gebhart, Fr., M, PSU
Ayla Halus, Jr., GK, PSU
Morgan Fleetwood, Jr., F, IND
Kathleen McGraw, Jr., GK, IOWA
Abby Barker, Fr., F, MSU
Adelle Lever, Jr., M, MSU
Regan Mooney, Sr., F, NU
Danica Deckard, Jr., F, OSU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, So., M, OSU
Berta Queralt, Jr., F, OSU
Brittany Gryzwacz, So., D, PSU
Lauren Purvis, So., F, PSU
Offensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Armstrong, NU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jenn Sciulli, OSU
Freshman of the Year: Laura Gebhart, PSU
Coach of the Year: Marcia Pankratz, MICH
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Jaclyn Zamudio, IND
Becca Spengler, IOWA
Eileen Brandes, MICH
Angie Lucik, MSU
Megan Jamieson, NU
Ally Tunitis, OSU
Lauren Alloway, PSU
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
*Additional honorees due to ties