Jenni Smith Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
Smith recorded two goals and one assist to lead MSU to two wins over the weekend
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.