Big Ten Announces 2008 Field Hockey All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Honors
Nov. 6, 2008
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2008 All-Big Ten field hockey teams and individual award winners today. Penn State, the 2008 conference champion, claimed three individual honors and shared a fourth. Jen Long was named Defensive Player of the Year, marking the second consecutive year that Long has received defensive honors. Allison Scola earned Offensive Co-Player of the Year accolades. Jessica Longstreth was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year and head coach Charlene Morett received Coach of the Year honors. The other Offensive Co-Player of the Year was Ohio State’s Linda Haussener.
Long’s second Defensive Player of the Year award marks the first time a Penn State player has ever won back-to-back All-Big Ten individual honors. Haussener and Scola earned their first individual conference honors, marking the fifth time a Buckeye and 22nd time a Nittany Lion has won an individual laurel. Morett guided the Nittany Lions to a 5-1 record in conference play en route to collecting her fourth Coach of the Year laurel. Penn State is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest STX/NFHCA national rankings.
The 2008 All-Big Ten first team has four unanimous selections, including Haussener, Long and Scola. Michigan State’s Jeamie Deacon received her second straight unanimous first-team accolade while her teammate Floor Rijpma was also named to the squad. Three Iowa players garnered first-team honors for the second straight year in Caroline Blaum, Roz Ellis and Lauren Pfeiffer. Michigan’s Sarah Wilhite, Northwestern’s Alex Quinn and Penn State’s Jen Beaumont round out the first-team honorees.
The conference also named the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees for field hockey. 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. Honorees for 2008 are Indiana’s Danitra Castro, Iowa’s Lissa Munley, Michigan’s Heather Wiley, Michigan State’s Angela Pagura, Northwestern’s Annie Bosslet, Ohio State’s Emily Mikac and Penn State’s Beaumont. These seven student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the academic year.
Complete list of honors can be found below
* Additional honorees due to ties
OFFENSIVE CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Linda Haussener, OSU and Allison Scola, PSU
Sportsmanship Award Honorees