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    Three Wildcats Earn All-Big Ten, Fuchs Tabbed Coach of the Year

    Tracey Fuchs earned the first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor of her career.

    Tracey Fuchs earned the first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor of her career.

    Nov. 7, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern placed three individuals on the field hockey All-Big Ten teams while Tracey Fuchs was recognized as the conference's Coach of the Year it was announced Thursday.

    The Wildcats placed two individuals on the first team as senior Nikki Parsley earned the distinction for the third consecutive season while classmate Tara Puffenberger received the honor for the second straight year. Sophomore Lisa McCarthy picked up second-team recognition for the second time in as many seasons as a Wildcat.

    Parsley ranked third in the league during the regular season with 13 goals and fourth with 28 points. The Milford, Del., native had a pair of multi-goal games: at Kent State (Oct. 6) and at Indiana (Oct. 18).

    A native of Dallas, Pa., Puffenberger notched seven goals to rank second on the team while also ranking third with six assists for 20 points. She posted two goals in a Senior Day win over Ohio State (Nov. 1) and ranks tied for second in the conference with 74 shots.

    McCarthy anchors a back line of defense that ranks among the nation's best. Northwestern entered play this week ranked fifth in the nation with a 1.04 goals-against average. Offensively, she leads the team with eight assists after leading the league in the category a year ago.

    Fuchs led Northwestern to a share of its first Big Ten regular-season title since 1994 to help her earn her accolade. The Wildcats tied Penn State with a 5-1 conference mark and have reached as high as No. 10 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll this season. The honor is the first of her career.

    Additionally, sophomore Kelley Stump (Allentown, Pa.) was named the team's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen for the honor are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.



    2013 All-Big Ten Teams

    First Team
    Audra Heilman, Jr., F/M, IND
    Natalie Cafone, So., F, IOWA
    Dani Hemeon, Jr., M, IOWA
    Ainsley McCallister, Jr., M, MICH
    Abby Barker, Jr., F, MSU
    Nikki Parsley, Sr., F/M, NU
    Tara Puffenberger, Sr., M, NU
    Laura Gebhart, Jr., F/M, PSU
    Kylie Licata, Jr., GK, PSU

    Second Team*
    Hannah Boyer, Sr., B, IND
    Sydney Supica, So., B/M, IND
    Karli Johansen, Sr., B, IOWA
    Lauren Thomas, So., B, MICH
    Molly Cassidy, Sr., GK, MSU
    Kristen Henn, Sr., M, MSU
    Becky Stiles, Jr., M/B, MSU
    Lisa McCarthy, So., M/B, NU
    Mona Frommhold, Sr., M, OSU
    Peanut Johnson, So., F, OSU
    Taylor Herold, Jr., F/M, PSU
    Ashtin Klingler, Sr., F, PSU

    Player of the Year: Rachael Mack, MICH
    Offensive Player of the Year: RACHAEL MACK, MICH
    Defensive Player of the Year: BRITTANY GRZYWACZ, PSU
    Freshman of the Year: Stephanie Norlander, IOWA
    Coach of the Year: Tracey Fuchs, NU

    Sportsmanship Award Honorees
    Emily Bowker, IND
    Dani Hemeon, IOWA
    Haley Jones, MICH
    Katherine Jamieson, MSU
    Kelley Stump, NU
    Kaitlyn Wagner, OSU
    Abby Fuhrman, PSU

    Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
    *Additional honorees due to ties


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