Nijziel Named NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Anthe Nijziel has been selected as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Wednesday by the NFHCA. It is Nijziel’s third career national honor.

It is Nijziel’s second accolade of the week as she garnered Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday. The Netherlands native anchored a Hawkeye defense that allowed just two shots (one on goal) in a 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan State on Oct. 28. The shutout was Iowa’s sixth of the season.

Nijziel is the first Hawkeye to earn national NFHCA honors this season. Iowa earned four national player of the week honors during the 2021 season.

The Hawkeyes open postseason play Thursday at the 2022 Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Fifth-seeded Iowa will play No. 4 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals beginning at 10 a.m. (CT). The game will be streamed live on B1G+.