Four Players Earn All-Big Ten Accolades
Nov. 1, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Four Spartans earned postseason All-Big Ten honors, as announced by the Conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Laura Heyboer and Annie Steinlage each earned First Team honors at their positions, Jordan Mueller was a Second Team pick, and Katelin Chaklos was the Sportsmanship Award winner.
Laura Heyboer was named First Team All-Big Ten for the fourth time, and is one of five athletes all-time in the sport to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors four times in her career. The others are Jennifer McElmury of Minnesota (MF, 1994-95-96-97), and Penn State's Rachel Hoffman (F, 1994-95-96-97), Christie Welch (F, 1999-2000-01-02), and Joanna Lohman (MF, 2000-01-02-03.)
Heyboer ranks in the top 10 nationally in almost all offensive statistics:.She ranks fifth in total points (45), 10th in game-winning goals (six), fourth in total goals (18), sixth in goals per game (0.947) and seventh in points per game (2.37). Heyboer's current season totals are also among the Big Ten's all-time best. Her 18 goals is tied for 10th all-time (her 21 as a freshman ranks sixth), and her 45 points is 11th (the 51 she had her freshman season is now seventh).
Steinlage is a two-year starter, but moved to center back at the start of this season. She helped anchor a strong backfield for the Spartans; MSU's defensive unit has allowed 16 goals this season, tied with league champion Penn State for the fewest in the league.
Chaklos is a returning starter in that Spartan backfield, and has been a significant contributor in the last two seasons. She is a part of this strong senior class that is closing in on 50 victories over the last four years, and is in search of the squad's third NCAA Appearance in four seasons.
Mueller has earned the first All-Big Ten honor of her career. She is one of six players to start in all 19 games for MSU this season. While she has not contributed to the offense, her play has helped bolster the exceptionally strong play of the Spartan backfield.
Michigan State begins play in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday morning against Iowa. Gametime is 11:30 a.m. eastern.
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