Beamesderfer Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

Sept. 22, 2008

IOWA CITY – The Big Ten Conference Monday named University of Iowa junior back Meghan Beamesderfer Defensive Player of the Week for her play in Iowa’s matches against Central Michigan and Boston University over the weekend. This is Beamesderfer’s second career Big Ten weekly honor. It is the second straight week a Hawkeye has been honored and the third for the season.

Friday, the Lititz, PA, native led the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes shutout Central Michigan, 9-0. Sunday, she anchored the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes defeated Boston University, 5-1. Over the weekend, Beamesderfer played all but four minutes as the stingy Hawkeye defense limited the Chippewas and the Terriers to a combined 11 shots and five penalty corners. Iowa has outscored its last three opponents by a 22-1 margin.

“Meghan does whatever the team needs and she does it with a great mix of intensity and poise,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Iowa will open Big Ten Conference play Friday. The Hawkeyes will travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers at 2 p.m. (CT).