Big Ten Conference News: Iowa, Penn State and Rutgers Earn Weekly Field Hockey Honors

September 20, 2021

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Hawkeyes’ Nijziel, Nittany Lions’ Gladieux, and Scarlet Knights’ Causarano claim weekly awards

Offensive Player of the Week
Sophia Gladieux, Penn State
F – So. – Boyertown, Pa. – Oley Valley

• Led Penn State to a thrilling 3-2 overtime win at No. 7 Maryland on Sept. 18

• Scored twice in the game, connecting both times off backhand blasts

• Her second goal came a few minutes into extra time, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving Penn State the overtime win

• Earns her second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor and first of the season
• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Sophia Gladieux (March 22, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week
Anthe Nijziel, Iowa

D – Sr. – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Van Maerlantyceum

• Anchored a Hawkeye defense that posted two shutouts and allowed a combined nine shots in road wins at Indiana and at No. 5 Louisville

• The shutouts were the team’s fifth and sixth consecutive shutouts where it has allowed just 16 shots in six games

• It was Iowa’s first win over Louisville since 2008, first road win over a top-five foe since 2007 and third win over a top-11 team this season

• The 2021 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner claims her second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and first of the season
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Anthe Nijziel (March 8, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Guillermina Causarano, Rutgers

M – Salta, Argentina – Colegio San Pablo

• Started in both games last weekend to help Rutgers to two ranked wins, defeating No. 20 Monmouth and No. 22 Delaware

• Scored her first career goal against Monmouth on Sept. 17, which was the eventual game-winning goal

• The win against Monmouth marked Rutgers’ fourth ranked win this season through six games

• Garners her first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Iris Langejans (Sept. 7, 2021)

2021-22 Big Ten Field Hockey Players of the Week
Aug. 30

O: Maddy Murphy, Sr., IOWA

D: Halle O’Neill, Sr., MICH

FLucy Bannatyne, RU

Sept. 7

O: Bibi Donraadt, Sr., MD

D: Kerrie Burns, Sr., RU

FIris Langejans, RU

Sept. 13

O: Bente Baekers, Jr., NU

D: Aaliyah Hernandez, Sr., OSU

F: Ellie Rutherford, MSU

Sept. 20

O: Sophia Gladieux, So., PSU

D: Anthe Nijziel, Sr., IOWA

F: Guillermina Causarano, RU




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