[ONE // hoosiers fall short of men’s soccer national championship]
Indiana’s quest for a ninth national championship in men’s soccer fell short on Sunday in Philadelphia as Stanford secured its third straight NCAA crown with a 1-0 victory in double overtime. IU, which outshot the Cardinal 12-5, finished 18-1-6 on the year. This was the third Hoosier team to reach the College Cup undefeated only to be denied the ultimate prize, with the others coming in 1976 and 1997.
[TWO // several soccer standouts honored on pitch and in classroom]
Big Ten soccer students Ivo Cerda of Michigan and Emily Ogle of Penn State were selected as Academic All-Americans by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced Thursday. Cerda, a junior midfielder from Santiago, Chile, was a first-team Academic All-America honoree, having compiled a 3.92 GPA while pursuing his undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology. Ogle, a junior midfielder from Strongsville, Ohio, earned second-team Academic All-America accolades with a 3.99 GPA as a kinesiology major. Those students weren’t the only ones making headlines this past week. Four Big Ten women’s soccer students received All-America honors for the 2017 season, it was announced during last weekend’s NCAA Women’s College Cup by United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America). In addition to the four All-Americans, 24 students from nine conference programs earned United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region honors.
[THREE // big ten volleyball guaranteed a match for ncaa title]
Just as the story has been throughout the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, the Big Ten has secured the next step toward a national championship with another all-Big Ten matchup in the postseason. No. 1 Penn State and No. 5 Nebraska will head to Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday, Dec. 14 for a national semifinal battle, with the winner slated to compete for the NCAA title. The Huskers advanced by beating Colorado 3-0 on Friday and Kentucky 3-1 on Saturday, the latter of which earned Nebraska a regional crown. Penn State swept Missouri 3-0 on Friday and did the same against No. 12 Michigan State in the regional final in another all-Big Ten matchup. The Spartans earned the meeting with the Nittany Lions after winning another conference battle with Illinois on Friday, 3-1. Two other league squads were in action this past week. In the regional semifinals, No. 8 Minnesota fell 3-1 to No. 10 USC, while No. 11 Wisconsin dropped a 3-1 contest to No. 3 Stanford.
[FOUR // thirty-two volleyball standouts awarded regional honors]
Thirty-two Big Ten volleyball standouts and a Big Ten coach were honored with American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors as announced by the AVCA on Tuesday morning. In addition, Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy and Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke garnered AVCA North and Northeast Region Freshman of the Year honors, respectively. Nebraska’s Kelly Hunter and Penn State’s Simone Lee were named AVCA North and Northeast Region Player of the Year, respectively, while Penn State head coach Russ Rose was named the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Of the 32 players honored, a Big Ten record-setting 25 were first team selections in their respective regions while seven earned honorable mention nods.
[FIVE // notes from the hardwood]
Big Ten men’s basketball continued conference play early in the week with Ohio State beating Michigan 71-62, Wisconsin getting past Penn State 64-63, Indiana topping Iowa 77-64, Michigan State defeating Rutgers 62-52, and Nebraska besting Minnesota, 78-68. Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue now sit atop the standings at 2-0 – the lone teams unbeaten in league play. On the women’s side, non-conference action continued with the Big Ten posting a 22-5 mark on the week. Iowa and Rutgers have each reached 10 wins on the season, while Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State all boast 9-2 records.
[SIX // buckeyes, irish earn hockey sweeps; morris earns monthly honor]
This past week in Big Ten men’s ice hockey, Notre Dame and Ohio State garnered conference sweeps as the Fighting Irish topped Wisconsin by scores of 3-2 and 6-2, while Ohio State topped Minnesota, 2-1 (OT) and 4-1. Michigan and Michigan State battled to a split, as the Wolverines took a 4-0 victory on Thursday and the Spartans rebounded for a 5-0 blanking on Friday. Outside of conference play, Penn State swept Robert Morris by scores of 5-2 and 7-4. In addition, Notre Dame goalie Cale Morris, who led the nation in save percentage (.969) and goals-against average (1.12) last month while going 8-0-0 with three shutouts, was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for November.
[SEVEN // eleven football stars earn recognition]
Eleven Big Ten standouts earned recognition for their achievements this season, while one team was awarded for its academic accomplishments. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was selected this past week as the Paul Hornung Award winner for the most versatile player in college football. In addition, Ohio State’s Billy Price was awarded the 2017 Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding center. Late Sunday, Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell was named the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner. Eleven Big Ten standouts were named Walter Camp All-Americans, including four first-team selections. Finally, Northwestern was named one of seven schools to share the American Football Coaches Association’s 2017 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.
[EIGHT // iowa, ohio state, wisconsin capture big ten wrestling dual wins]
In Big Ten wrestling action this past week, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin picked up conference dual wins. The Hawkeyes topped Rutgers 23-15 and then beat Maryland, 40-6. The Buckeyes bested Indiana 26-9 on Sunday in their lone matchup of the week, while the Badgers topped Maryland 32-6 on Thursday. Elsewhere in the league, Michigan blanked Oregon State 48-0, Michigan State got past Buffalo, 18-17, Minnesota earned a 38-7 win over Fresno State, and Northwestern picked up a 24-20 victory at Northern Colorado.
[NINE // field hockey hardware handed out]
Ten Big Ten field hockey players were named 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) Division I All-America honorees as announced by the NFCHA on Tuesday. Maryland’s Lein Holsboer, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, Michigan’s Katie Trombetta, the 2017 Big Ten Player of the Year, Northwestern’s Sophia Miller, a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection, and Moira Putsch, the 2017 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, were all named First Team All-Americans. In addition, the Maryland and Michigan coaching staffs were named the 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Collegiate Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic and West regions, the association announced on Thursday.
[TEN // success in the classroom]
Finally this week, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,257 students competing in fall sports who were named to the Academic All-Conference team Wednesday. The list of honorees features 111 field hockey students, 438 football students, 108 men’s and 198 women’s cross country runners, 107 men’s and 206 women’s soccer students and 89 volleyball students. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team, as verified by being on the official squad list as of November 1 for fall sports, who have been enrolled fulltime at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. At least 18 of the fall honorees have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs.