2017 Field Hockey Season In Review
Dec. 15, 2017

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2017 season that concluded with Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State securing bids to the 2017 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament.

• Five Big Ten squads finished the season ranked in the top-25 of the Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Michigan checked in at No. 3, while Penn State and Maryland were close behind at No. 6 and No. 9, respectively. Northwestern checked in at No. 10, while Iowa was voted No. 24.

• Four Big Ten teams ranked in the top-20 for scoring average this season. Penn State led the league and ranked tenth nationally, averaging 3.03. Michigan ranked No. 11, averaging 3.00. Northwestern earned a No. 15 ranking with a 2.81 scoring average and Maryland ranked 17th (2.79).

• Four conference squads finished the season ranked among the top-15 in goals per game. Penn State led the league and ranked tenth nationally, scoring an average of 3.09 goals per game. Michigan checked in at 11th (3.08), followed by No. 13 Northwestern (2.91) and No. 15 Maryland (2.87).

NCAA Tournament: Four Big Ten teams were selected to compete in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State earned berths to the 16-team tournament.

Maryland made its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance, including the 23rd straight, dating back to the 1995 season. The Terps advanced to the NCAA National Championship match against Connecticut in Louisville, Ky.

After winning their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2010, Michigan made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th overall. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals before falling to Maryland in Louisville, Ky. For the full NCAA Bracket, click here.

Northwestern earned their first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 and the 14th appearance in school history. The Wildcats fell to Michigan, 3-0, in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Penn State made its 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance this season, including seven in the last eight years. The Nittany Lions defeated defending NCAA champions, Delaware, 2-1, in the first round, before falling to Connecticut in the quarterfinals.

Regular-Season Crown: After a perfect 8-0 conference record, Michigan clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2017 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. For the full release, including the Big Ten Tournament bracket, click here.

Big Ten Tournament Title: One second half goal lifted first-seeded Michigan over No. 3-seed Penn State, 1-0, in the championship game of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at Ralph Young Field on Nov. 5. With the victory, Michigan earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, and secured its sixth Big Ten Tournament title. For more information, including the All-Tournament Team, click here.

End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2017 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Nov. 1, with Michigan, Maryland and Penn State collecting individual honors. The Wolverines’ Katie Trombetta was tabbed Player of the Year and Sam Swenson earned Defensive Player of the Year. Penn State’s Moira Putsch claimed Offensive Player of the Year honors. Maryland’s Bodil Keus collected Freshman of the Year accolades and Michigan’s Marcia Pankratz earned Coach of the Year recognition. For the complete list of All-Big Ten selections, click here.

All-America Accolades: Ten Big Ten Field Hockey players were named 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) Division I All-America honorees as announced by the NFCHA. For the complete list of All-America honorees, click here.

Academic All-Big Ten Honorees: The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,277 students competing in fall sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honorees features 111 field hockey athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team, as verified by being on the official squad list as of November 1 for fall sports, who have been enrolled fulltime at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For the full list of honorees, click here.

Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year: The Maryland and Michigan Coaching Staffs were named the 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Collegiate Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic and West regions, the association announced. For more, click here.