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Seventeen returning Academic All-Big Ten honorees highlight list

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2019 field hockey preseason honors on Tuesday, highlighted by seven All-Big Ten selections from last season.

Four first-team All-Big Ten students from the 2018 campaign headline this year’s preseason choices – Iowa’s Maddy Murphy, Maryland’s Bodil Keus, Michigan’s Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort and Rutgers’ Gianna Glatz. Preseason honorees who earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition last season include Iowa’s Katie Birch and Sophie Sunderland, along with Ohio State’s Esther Clothet-Alsina.

Indiana’s Ciara Girouard, Iowa’s Birch, Michigan’s Fernandez Lacort and Ohio State’s Clotet-Alsina are three-time selections, while Iowa’s Murphy and Sunderland, Michigan’s Meg Dowthwaite and Rutgers’ Glatz all receive the distinction for the second time.

Seventeen members of the 2019 Big Ten field hockey preseason honors list excelled academically, earning Academic All-Big Ten accolades last year. In addition, Indiana’s Sachi Ananias, Michigan State’s Meredith Ross, Penn State’s Madison Morano, and Rutgers’ Katie Larmour and Glatz were 2019 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

The 2019 season officially starts this weekend with all nine conference teams in action. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers begin their seasons on Friday, while Maryland and Michigan State start their campaigns on Saturday.

The complete list of 2019 Big Ten field hockey preseason honorees appears below.


2019 Big Ten Field Hockey Preseason Honors

Name School Yr. Position Hometown
Sachi Ananias@! Indiana Jr. Goalkeeper Santiago, Chile
Hailey Couch Indiana So. Forward Easton, Pa.
Ciara Girouard*@ Indiana Sr. Midfield West Deptford, N.J.
Katie Birch*#


Iowa Sr. Defense York, England


Maddy Murphy*^@ Iowa Jr. Forward Riana, Tasmania
Sophie Sunderland*# Iowa Sr. Midfield Ipswich, England
Jen Bleakney Maryland Sr. Forward Columbia, Md.
Bodil Keus^ Maryland Jr. Defense Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Madison Maguire@ Maryland Sr. Midfield Rumson, N.J.
Meg Dowthwaite* Michigan Sr. Forward/Midfield Weybridge, England
Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort*^@ Michigan Sr. Midfield/Back Buenos Aires, Argentina
Anna Spieker Michigan So. Goalkeeper Brandenburg, Germany
Makenzie Brown@ Michigan State Sr. Midfield Glasgow, Scotland
Kelsey Keener Michigan State Sr. Forward Millerstown, Pa.
Meredith Ross@! Michigan State Jr. Forward Berwyn, Pa.
Saar De Breij@ Northwestern Sr. Midfield Rijswisjk, The Netherlands
Lily Gandhi@ Northwestern Sr. Midfield/Back London, England
Kirsten Mansfield@ Northwestern Sr. Back West Chester, Pa.
Mackenzie Allessie Ohio State Fr. Midfield Mount Joy, Pa.
Esther Clothet-Alsina*#@ Ohio State Sr. Midfield Barcelona, Spain
Whitney Harris@ Ohio State Sr. Back Collegeville, Pa.
Madison Morano@! Penn State Sr. Midfield Hammonton, N.J.
Abby Myers@ Penn State Jr. Forward/Midfield Hartland, Wis.
Anna Simon Penn State So. Defense Hanau, Germany
Austyn Cuneo@ Rutgers Sr. Back Waterford Works, N.J.
Gianna Glatz*^@! Rutgers Jr. Goalkeeper Medford, N.J.
Katie Larmour@! Rutgers Jr. Midfield Belfast, Ireland

* denotes a 2018 Preseason honoree | ^ denotes 2018 All-Big Ten first team | # denotes 2018 All-Big Ten second team | denotes 2018-19 Academic All-Big Ten |! denotes 2019 Distinguished Scholar