Sunderland Named B1G Co-Freshman of the Week

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa field hockey freshman Sophie Sunderland has been named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. It marks the first weekly honor of Sunderland’s career and the fifth weekly award for the Hawkeyes this season.
Sunderland scored the game-winning goal in Iowa’s 2-1 overtime victory against No. 9 Northwestern on Oct. 14. She played in all 71 minutes of the overtime contest, helping the Hawkeyes to their second win over a top-10 opponent this season.
The Ipswich, England, native now has three goals and four assists on the season. Her 10 total points is the second most by an Iowa freshmen this season (Katie Birch, 26).
Iowa has won a weekly conference award five times this season. Senior goalkeeper Alexandra Pecora was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 13, Birch garnered back-to-back Freshman of the Week accolades on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, and redshirt senior Natalie Cafone earned Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 11.
The 15th-ranked Hawkeyes wrap up their home slate this weekend, hosting Michigan State at Grant Field on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT). The senior class will be honored prior to the game. Admission is free.