Oct. 15, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State field hockey junior back Jenni Smith was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the Conference office Tuesday. Smith helped lead Michigan State to a double overtime win against in-state rival and 16th ranked Michigan on Friday and Ball State on Sunday.
Smith scored her first two goals of the season against Michigan, giving the Spartans a one-goal lead with each one. She was part of the back line that stopped all seven of Michigan's penalty corners in the game and held the high-powered Wolverine offense to just two goals in 93 minutes of play.
"Jenni played a major role in our win against Michigan," said head coach Helen Knull. "Not just on her corner goals, but also as a member of the defensive unit that stepped up and played a solid game for Michigan State. I expect Jenni to continue to be a threat on attack penalty corners, but also with her out letting ability."
On Sunday, Smith was a vital part of the back line that recorded its third shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over Ball State. She also recorded her third assist of the season. Coming into the weekend, Smith had 2 points on the season before tallying a 2-1-5 scoring line this past weekend alone.
This is Smith's first weekly honor in her career and Michigan State's first of the season. She shares Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors with Penn State's Brittany Grzywacz
Michigan State travels to Penn State this weekend for a matchup of
first-place teams in the Big Ten on Saturday at noon.