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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 9/25/2023, Last updated: 9/27/2023
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Northwestern and Rutgers Receive Field Hockey Awards

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ROSEMONT, lll. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Field Hockey Offensive, Defensive and Freshman of the Week Award recipients for matches played Sept. 18-24.

Offensive Player of the Week

Guillermina Causarano, Rutgers

Jr. – M – Salta, Argentina – Colegio San Pablo

  • Netted three unassisted goals in Rutgers’ 4-2 road victory against 18th-ranked UMass on September 24

  • Broke a 1-1 tie with first-half goals scored seven minutes apart, then added a third tally early in the fourth quarter

  • Her performance helped No. 7 Rutgers improve to 9-0 while matching a program record for road wins in a season (8)

  • The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar earns her first Big Ten Offensive award

  • Last Rutgers Offensive Player of the Week: Austyn Cuneo (Oct. 28, 2019) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Maja Zivojnovic, Northwestern

So. – B – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Erasmiaans Gymnasium

  • Became the first Northwestern player to record a hat trick this season in the Wildcats’ 4-0 win over Princeton at Lakeside Field

  • Scored all three goals off penalty corners and made a defensive save as No. 3 Northwestern notched its sixth shutout of the year

  • The center back ranks second on the team with seven goals

  • Receives the first Big Ten weekly award of her career

  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Annabel Skubisz (Sept. 11, 2023) 

Freshman of the Week

Olivia Bent-Cole, Northwestern

Fr. – F/M – Philadelphia, Pa. – Camden Catholic

  • Scored two goals (including the game winner) in Northwestern’s 4-3 win over No. 12 Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 22

  • Found the back of the cage twice in a span of 7 minutes, 22 seconds in the fourth quarter

  • Finished with seven shots on goal on the weekend for a Northwestern squad that extended its win streak to nine matches

  • Honored for the first time with the Big Ten Freshman award

  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Lauren Wadas (March 29, 2021)

2023 Big Ten Field Hockey Weekly Awards

Aug. 29

O: Emma O’Neill, Sr., MSU

D: Mia Magnotta, So., IOWA

F: Dionne van Aalsum, Fr., IOWA

Sept. 5

O: Makenna Webster, Sr., OSU

D: Annabel Skubisz, Sr., NU

F: Dionne van Aalsum, Fr., IOWA

Sept. 11

O: Dionne van Aalsum, Fr., IOWA

D: Annabel Skubisz, Sr., NU

D: Puck Winter, So., RU

F: Dionne van Aalsum, Fr., IOWA

Sept. 18

O: Dionne van Aalsum, Fr., IOWA

D: Sophia Howard, Jr., RU

F: Cecily Charles, Fr., MSU

F: Brenna Bough, Fr., OSU

Sept. 25

O: Guillermina Causarano, Jr., RU

D: Maja Zivojnovic, So., NU

F: Olivia Bent-Cole, Fr., NU