Usually, when the Big Ten announces its Player of the Week awards, the headline includes at least two conference members. Here's this week's headline for field hockey: "Maryland Earns Weekly Field Hockey Awards". The second headline reads: "The Terrapins highlight Offensive, Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week honors". It marks the first time this season that a single school has swept the weekly awards.
Katie Gerzabek - Offensive Player of the Week
The senior forward became the first Terp to win the Offennsive Player of the Week award. Gerzabek picked up six points in Maryland's 6-0 shutout of Ohio State with two goals and two assists. She followed up that performance by adding another assist to her scoring total in the Terrapins' 3-1 win over number 18 Old Dominion on Monday. Gerzabek has now passed 100 points in her career. With 34 goals and 38 assists she has 106 total points in her Maryland career.
Brooke Cabrera - Defensive Player of the Week
Cabrera has been on a hot streak in goal for the Terps of late. Beginning with the game at Michigan State, Cabrera rang up nearly 249 consecutive scoreless minutes in goal. That streak came to an end when Old Dominion managed to sneak one by her late in the 67th minute of that contest. She's conceded just one goal in her last 252 minutes of play. In the weekend's two games, she notched nine saves including two of the spectacular variety against Old Dominion. Cabrera joins Sarah Sprink as Maryland's other B1G Defensive Player of the Week.
Moira Putsch - Freshman of the Week
Here's one that should be familiar to Terrapins fans. For the third time in six weeks, the freshman forward was named the conference's Freshman of the Week. Here's something that may not be quite so familiar: Putsch rang up two goals and an assist in Maryland's two games last weekend. The freshman leads Maryland in goals with seven and points with eighteen. In the game against Ohio State, Putsch assisted on one of Gerzabek's goals and Gerzabek returned the fave assisting on Putsch's score. The freshman and senior may be reigniting the connection they shared in their year together as high school teammates.
The Terps continue their pursuit of a possible Big Ten title when they host Penn State Friday afternoon.