Big Ten Conference Announces 2010 Field Hockey All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Award Winners

Nov. 4, 2010

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2010 All-Big Ten field hockey teams and individual awards Thursday, with Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State winning individual honors. Buckeye junior Aisling Coyle was named Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Paula Pastor-Pitarque was honored as Freshman of the Year. Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year, and Michigan's Marcia Pankratz earned the Coach of the Year honors.

The win for Armstrong marks the fourth time Northwestern has won the Offensive Player of the Year award. Coyle gives Ohio State its first Defensive Player of the Year award in program history. Pastor-Pitarque is the Buckeyes' third Freshman of the Year and second straight, after teammate Berta Queralt won the award in 2009. Michigan's Pankratz earns her fourth Coach of the Year award.

Joining Coyle and Armstrong on the conference's first team were Indiana's Brenna Moeljadi, Michigan's Paige Laytos and Meredith Way, Michigan State's Jantine Steinmetz and Sabine van den Assem, Ohio State's Queralt and Penn State's trio of Kelsey Amy, Ayla Halus and Jessica Longstreth. Way, Armstrong, Coyle and Queralt make their second straight appearance on the first team, while Laytos and Steinmetz moved up from last year's second team.

Named to the All-Big Ten second team were Indiana's Corey Brautigam, Iowa's Jessica Barnett and Sarah Drake, Michigan's Rachael Mack and Alicia Mayer, Michigan State's Molly Cassidy and Kirsten Henn, Northwestern's Sarah Marcincin, Ohio State's Aisling McKeon, Paula Pastor-Pitarque, and Jenn Sciulli, and Penn State's Brittany Gryzwacz.

Additionally, the conference named the field hockey Big Ten 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 2010 honorees are Indiana's Jaclyn Milici, Iowa's Becca Spengler, Michigan's Eileen Brandes, Michigan State's Meghan Magee, Northwestern's Katie Lynch, Ohio State's Bri Doak, and Penn State's Jenny Purvis.



2010 All-Big Ten Teams

First Team Brenna Moeljadi, Jr., defense, IND
Paige Laytos, Sr., midfield, MICH
Meredith Way, Sr., defense, MICH
Jantine Steinmetz, Sr., forward, MSU
Sabine van den Assem, Sr., midfield, MSU
Chelsea Armstrong, So., forward, NU
AISLING COYLE, Jr., defense, OSU
Berta Queralt, So., forward, OSU
Kelsey Amy, So., forward, PSU
Ayla Halus, So., goalkeeper, PSU
Jessica Longstreth, Jr., midfield, PSU

Second Team*
Corey Brautigam, Jr., midfield, IND
Jessica Barnett, So., defense, IOWA
Sarah Drake, So., forward, IOWA
Rachael Mack, Fr., forward, MICH
Alicia Mayer, Sr., forward, MICH
Molly Cassidy, Fr., goalkeeper, MSU
Kirsten Henn, So., forward, MSU
Sarah Marcincin, Sr., midfield, NU
Aisling McKeon, Sr., midfield, OSU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, Fr., midfield, OSU
Jenn Sciulli, Jr., defense, OSU
Brittany Gryzwacz, Fr., midfield, PSU

Offensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Armstrong, NU
Defensive Player of the Year: Aisling Coyle, OSU
Freshman of the Year: Paula Pastor-Pitarque, OSU
Coach of the Year: Marcia Pankratz, MICH

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Jaclyn Milici, IND
Becca Spengler, IOWA
Eileen Brandes, MICH
Meghan Magee, MSU
Katie Lynch, NU
Bri Doak, OSU
Jenny Purvis, PSU

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
*Additional honorees due to ties