The Big Ten announced Thursday its 2013 Field Hockey Players to Watch List. The list is highlighted by 12 returning All-Big Ten selections and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year (Penn State’s Brittany Grzywacz).
Three Big Ten teams made the field of 16 for the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship tournament. Penn State won the Big Ten’s automatic spot and is the NCAA tournament’s No. 4 overall seed. Iowa and Michigan were chosen as at-large teams.
The No. 1 seeded Penn State field hockey team claimed its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championships on Sunday afternoon with the 2-0 defeat of No. 3 seed Michigan. It is the sixth Championship Title for the Nittany Lions (17-3, 5-1 Big Ten), more than any other school in the history of the Big Ten. The Lions earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Penn State defeated Iowa 3-2 in the Friday’s first semifinal of the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament while Michigan blanked Indiana 3-0. Both winners advance to play in Sunday’s tournament championship is at 2:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
After winning its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and sixth overall on Sunday afternoon, Penn State earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament (see PDF bracket) on Thursday-Sunday at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
For the first time, BTN will provide full coverage of the Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts during the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.