Pfeiffer Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

Oct. 6, 2008

IOWA CITY – The Big Ten Conference today named University of Iowa senior back Lauren Pfeiffer Defensive Player of the Week for her play in Iowa’s matches against Northwestern and Missouri State over the weekend. This is Pfeiffer’s second career Big Ten weekly honor. It is the fourth-straight week a Hawkeye has been honored and the fifth for the season. Iowa leads the Big Ten in weekly honors earned.

Friday, the Mt. Laurel, NJ, native led the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes shutout Northwestern, 2-0. In the victory, the Hawkeyes only allowed three penalty corners and four shots. Sunday, she anchored the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes dominated Missouri State, 8-0. The stingy Hawkeye defense allowed only three penalty corners and four shots during the shutout. In addition, the senior tallied three goals against the Bears. It is the second time this season the senior has recorded three goals in one contest. Iowa has outscored its last eight opponents by a 42-4 margin.

“Lauren has played at a high level throughout the entire season,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She is completely deserving of this award. She has displayed great consistency in both her defensive and offensive work this season.”

Fifth-ranked Iowa will travel to No. 14 Penn State Friday. The match will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) and will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 5 p.m. (CT) as a same-day delay.