Ellis Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

Sept. 29, 2008

IOWA CITY – The Big Ten Conference Monday named University of Iowa senior back Roz Ellis Defensive Player of the Week for her play in Iowa’s matches against Indiana and Louisville over the weekend. This is Ellis’ second career Big Ten weekly honor. It is the third-straight week a Hawkeye has been honored and the fourth for the season.

Friday, the Lewisburg, PA, native led the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes opened the Big Ten Conference slate with a 6-1 victory at Indiana. In the victory, the Hawkeyes only allowed two penalty corners and ten shots. In addition, Ellis tallied one goal and one assist in the win over the Hoosiers. Sunday, she anchored the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes defeated 11th-ranked Louisville, 1-0. The stingy Hawkeye defense allowed only two penalty corners and four shots during the shutout. Iowa has outscored its last five opponents by a 29-2 margin.

“Roz did a great job of controlling our defense in both games this weekend,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She came up with key tackles and did a great job keeping the backfield organized and taking charge of the tempo of the game.”

Sixth-ranked Iowa returns home to face Northwestern Friday. The match will begin at 3 p.m. at Grant Field.