Nov. 5, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- At its annual postseason banquet Thursday in East Lansing, Mich., the Big Ten announced Northwestern sophomore Chelsea Armstrong as a first-team All-Big Ten selection while seniors Courtney Plaster-Strange and Elizabeth Dobbs earned second-team honors. This marks the first time since 2000 that three Wildcats garnered all-conference recognition in the same season.
"I'm really proud of Chelsea, Courtney and Dobbs for the way they played all season particularly because what mattered most to them was making their teammates better," said NU head coach Tracey Fuchs. "To have three players of their caliber on our front line and to have them all work so well with each other meant so much to our team this year."
Armstrong, Dobbs and Plaster-Strange--who all rank among the Big Ten's top 10 goal-scorers this season--combined to score 41 of Northwestern's 67 goals this season.
The Big Ten also announced senior Stacy Uchida as Northwestern's Sportsmanship Award winner.
A sophomore in her first season at Northwestern, Armstrong was the Big Ten's leading goal-scorer from wire to wire this season and finished with 22, which ranks in a tie for second all-time on NU's single-season scoring list. She scored the 'Cats' first three goals of 2009, including both tallies in a 2-1 overtime victory against Boston University in the season-opener.
Armstrong went on to score goals in 10 of Northwestern's first 11 games, a stretch that included a four-goal outburst in NU's 5-2 defeat of Central Michigan and a hat trick in Northwestern's 3-2 overtime victory vs. Maine on Sept. 26.
In all, Armstrong racked up 56 points--an average of 2.95 per game that ranked eighth in the country--to climb all the way into sole possession of second place on Northwestern's single-season points record list.
Following a summer spent training with the Midwest Region High Performance team, Plaster-Strange came into her own as a senior and lit up the scoreboard for a career-best 10 goals--tied for seventh in the Big Ten--and 25 total points. She was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 after she recorded five goals and one assist over back-to-back games against Missouri State and Saint Joseph's.
Her hat trick against Missouri State was the first of two three-goal performances this season for Plaster-Strange, as she also helped NU set a school record for goals in its 12-1 defeat of Saint Louis on Oct. 4.
The final piece to NU's attacking trio this season was Dobbs, who tied her 2008 total of nine goals on the year while adding five assists. She had one multi-goal game (10/4 vs. Saint Louis) and managed to put 81 percent of her 52 shots this season on cage.
Below is a complete look at the 2009 All-Big Ten field hockey teams:
Meg O'Connell, Sr., midfield, IND
Corey Brautigam, So., midfield, IND
MEGHAN BEAMESDERFER, Sr., defense, IOWA
Tricia Dean, Sr., midfield, IOWA
Meredith Way, Jr., midfield, MICH
Floor Rijpma, Sr., forward, MSU
Jeamie Deacon, Sr., midfield, MSU
Chelsea Armstrong, So., forward, NU
Aisling Coyle, So., midfield, OSU
Berta Queralt, Fr., forward, OSU
Lindsay Quintiliani, Sr., goalkeeper, OSU
Morgan Fleetwood, Fr., forward, IND
Paige Laytos, Jr., midfield, MICH
Alicia Mayer, Jr., forward, MICH
Jantine Steinmetz, Jr., forward, MSU
Elissa Unger, Sr., goalkeeper, MSU
Manouk Vernij, Fr., midfield, MSU
Elizabeth Dobbs, Sr., forward, NU
Courtney Plaster-Strange, Sr., forward, NU
Maria Briones, So., forward, OSU
Laura Cahill, Sr., defense, PSU
Bethany Marvel, Fr., midfield, PSU