Nov. 6, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- At its annual postseason banquet, the Big Ten Conference announced Alexandra Quinn (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) as one of 11 first-team All Big-Ten selections for the 2008 season. Quinn, who last year garnered second-team accolades, finished in a tie for fourth in the league with a career-best 14 goals and also chipped in five assists.
Senior Annie Bosslet (Granite City, Ill./Villa Duchesne) also earned recognition, receiving the league’s Sportsmanship Award, which is given to one player from each of the Big Ten’s seven field hockey programs.
Quinn’s selection gives NU a first-team All-Big Ten representative in back-to-back years. Amanda Care earned the nod as a senior a year ago.
Quinn, who entered her senior campaign with 14 career goals, burst out of the gates in 2008 with four total goals in Northwestern’s first two home games, wins against Miami (Ohio) and Sacred Heart. Her efforts earned her Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 8, the first such award of her career.
She duplicated that feat just two weeks later thanks to scoring outbursts against Saint Louis and Robert Morris. Quinn had a hand in five of NU’s six goals against the Billikens, scoring twice and notching three assists. She followed up that effort with a two-goal performance against RMU, wrapping up a seven-game stretch during which Quinn compiled 10 goals.
In NU’s regular season finale, Quinn scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory against Indiana and recorded a goal and an assist against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
Quinn has also managed to stamp her name in Northwestern’s career record books, moving into a tie for 14th all-time in points with 74.
Below is a look at the complete list of Big Ten honorees for the 2008 season:
Caroline Blaum, Sr., midfield, IOWA
Roz Ellis, Sr., defense, IOWA
Lauren Pfeiffer, Sr., defense, IOWA
Sarah Wilhite, Sr., defense, MICH
JEAMIE DEACON, Jr., midfield, MSU
Floor Rijpma, Jr., midfield, MSU
Alexandra Quinn, Sr., forward, NU
LINDA HAUSSENER, Sr., midfield, OSU
Jen Beaumont, Sr., goalkeeper, PSU
JEN LONG, Sr., defense, PSU
ALLISON SCOLA, Sr., forward, PSU
Meg O’Connell, Jr., midfield, IND
Meghan Beamesderfer, So., forward, IOWA
Lissa Munley, Sr., goalkeeper, IOWA
Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jr., forward, MICH
Stephanie Hoyer, Sr., forward, MICH
Meredith Way, So., defense, MICH
Chantae Miller, Fr., forward, MSU
Jantine Steinmetz, So., forward, MSU
Aisling Coyle, Fr., midfield, OSU
Emily Mikac, Sr., forward, OSU
Bethany Marvel, Jr., midfield, PSU
Daneen Zug, So., midfield, PSU
* Additional honorees due to ties
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
OFFENSIVE CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Linda Haussener, OSU and Allison Scola, PSU
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jen Long, PSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jessica Longstretch, PSU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Charlene Morett, PSU
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Danitra Castro, Indiana
Lissa Munley, Iowa
Heather Wiley, Michigan
Angela Pagura, Michigan State
Annie Bosslet, Northwestern
Emily Mikac, Ohio State
Jen Beaumont, Penn State