IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa field hockey freshman Dionne van Aalsum has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week after tallying two goals and an assist in Iowa’s upset win over No. 3 Rutgers. It was announced Monday by the conference office.
Van Aalsum has been awarded Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week four times this season (Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Oct. 30) and Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times this season (Aug. 26, Sept. 5, Sept. 11, Oct. 30). The Castricum, Netherlands, native leads the nation with 27 goals, 60 points, 1.59 goals per game, and 3.53 points per game.
Iowa leads the nation in scoring average (3.41), scoring margin (2.41), and goals (58). The Hawkeyes rank second in shutouts per game (0.47), third in goals per game (3.41) and points (156), and fifth in goals against average (1.00) and points per game (9.18).
The Hawkeyes’ win over No. 3 Rutgers was their sixth win against a ranked opponent this season. Iowa previously downed No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Louisville, No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 14 Michigan, and No. 19 UAlbany.
Iowa (13-4) travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Thursday to face Maryland (14-4) at 5 p.m. (CT) in the 2023 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals.