Meg O'Connell Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 29, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore midfielder Meg O'Connell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. It is the first conference award of O'Connell's career and the second for the Hoosier field hockey team this season.
In three games last week, O'Connell accounted for five points to help the Hoosiers go 2-1 and earn the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament this week. With her offensive outburst this week, O'Connell took over the team lead in goals and points.
O'Connell got the week off on the right foot against Stanford, assisting on the game-tying goal to force overtime where the Hoosiers would prevail. On Thursday, Indiana traveled to No. 13 Louisville looking to defeat its first ranked opponent of the season. O'Connell broke a scoreless tie early in the second half with her fifth goal of the year, but the Hoosiers would go on to lose in overtime, 3-2. And on Sunday against Northwestern, she posted her sixth goal of the season by launching a shot from the top of the circle that beat the Wildcat goalkeeper for the eventual game-winner.
Indiana's last Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award went to Kate O'Connell on Oct. 2, 2006. Kate is Meg's older sister, and a senior on the field hockey team this season. Haley Exner earned the other weekly award this year for Indiana after being named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10.
The Hoosiers will face Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio at 2 p.m.
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