Van Aalsum Named NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa field hockey freshman Dionne van Aalsum has been named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Offensive Player of the Week after tallying eight goals in 65 minutes of action in wins over Western Michigan and UMass Lowell. The announcement was made Wednesday by the organization.

It is the first career NFHCA honor for van Aalsum, and the second for the Hawkeyes this season. van Aalsum joins Mia Magnotta, who was named Defensive Player of the Week on August 30.

The Castricum, Netherlands, native leads the nation with 16 goals and 2.67 goals per game. She became the first Hawkeye to record a hat trick since Maddy Murphy vs. Indiana in 2019 and the first Hawkeye with four goals in a game since Kim Scraper vs. Brown in 2016. She scored three goals in the span of two minutes and 48 seconds against Central Michigan.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes improved their record to 6-0 in their home opening weekend at Grant Field.

The Hawkeyes lead the nation in winning percentage (1.000), shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (.67). Iowa ranks second in scoring margin (3.84), third in goals (27), goals per game (4.33), and scoring average (4.34), while ranking fourth in points per game (11.17),

The No. 1 Hawkeyes continue play at Grant Field hosting Vermont at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15.