Beamesderfer Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

Nov. 3, 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 victory over Michigan this weekend. This is Beamesderfer’s third career Big Ten weekly honor and second this season.

It marks the second-straight week a Hawkeye has been honored and the seventh for the season. The seven weekly honors ties a school record set in 1996.

Sunday, the Lititz, PA, native led the Iowa defense as the Hawkeyes shutout Big Ten rival Michigan, 3-0. The Iowa defense allowed only two shots and two penalty corners throughout the entire match. In addition, Beamesderfer recorded an assist and played every minute in the contest.

“Meg played a solid game versus Michigan,” said Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She has been a very consistent player for the team this season. We ask her to be an integral part of our defensive stops and we also ask her to provide a lot of our attacking play as well. In order to do this, she has to be in outstanding physical condition. Meg is a true competitor and has been vital to our success.”

Iowa will face seventh-seeded, and host school, Indiana Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The second-seeded Hawkeyes and Hoosiers will battle at 9 a.m. (CT). Iowa will be looking to defend its back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships. The Hawkeyes have won six-straight games in the tournament.