March 25, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey team celebrated its 2011-12 season at its team banquet today (March 25th) at the Stadium Club at Spartan Stadium. Members of the team were recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom and the Spartans' two seniors, Angie Lucik and Holly Sherman were honored as well.
"The team banquet is always one of my favorite times of the year," commented head coach Helen Knull. "We had a wonderful time celebrating the 2011 season, our two graduating seniors and presenting our team awards. The banquet always serves as a reminder that we have a lot to be thankful for - the players, staff, parents and being a part of this truly amazing institution."
Academic awards were handed out from both the Big Ten and the NFHCA. Freshmen Allie Ahern and Abby Barker and redshirt sophomore Molly Cassidy were honored for their Big Ten Player of the Week accolades.
Six Spartans were honored by with awards that were voted on by their fellow teammates. Goaltender Molly Cassidy was named the team MVP for her hard work and dedication on the field hockey field. Cassidy had an impressive second season in net, notching save percentage of .754 and a GAA of 3.05. She recorded two shutouts, giving her a career total of eight.
Freshman forward Abby Barker was honored as the Offensive Player of the Year. Barker had an impressive offensive debut season in the Green and White, leading her team with nine goals and one assist for 19 points. Redshirt junior back Corey Block was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year award. Block was a staple in MSU's defensive core this season, starting and playing in every game. She recorded a defensive block this season as well.
The Rookie of the Year Award went to freshman midfielder Becky Stiles. In her debut season, Stiles started every game for the Spartans and recorded one goal and three assists. She tallied the overtime game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Kent State. Redshirt freshman Mallory McDonagh was given the Most Improved Player Award for her play on defense this season.
Junior Jessica Lindner took home the Spirit Award, which is awarded to the player who gives the most energy and excitement to the team.