The Big Ten doled out its final field hockey Player of the Week Awards Tuesday afternoon and for the sixth consecutive week at least one Maryland player picked up one of the three honors. Maxine Fluharty was named Offensive Player of the Week winning her first weekly award. Moira Putsch saw her name appear for the fourth time picking up the Freshman of the Week on each occasion.
In winning the Offensive Player of the Week, Fluharty became the seventh different Terrapin to claim a weekly honor. The senior from Millsboro, DE, scored twice against Iowa as the Terps wrapped up their first Big Ten Conference Championship. The two scores give Fluharty a team leading 15 goals on the season. Fluharty also registered an assist in Maryland's 8-1 win over American earlier in the week.
Putsch, who had been held in check for a smattering of games, exploded against American finding the cage twice and assisting on two other goals to register six points. She followed that up with an assist on the game winning goal in the final home game against Iowa. Putsch has also become adept at drawing penalty corners - an area that doesn't appear in the statistics - but is an area where the Terps generate about half their goals.
Maryland opens play in their first Big Ten Conference Tournament Thursday morning. The top seeded Terps will take on Rutgers in the first quarterfinal match. Testudo Times will have an in depth preview later in the week.