PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers field hockey novice Lucy Bannatyne received her second weekly award of the season when she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
Bannatyne made her first college assist at a big time on Sunday as she set up the game for the winning goal in a 1-0 double overtime win over Indiana. With only 30 seconds left, Bannatyne took the ball at the back post, held the goalkeeper in her back and reeled a perfect pass out into the open Gianna Mancini for winning the game.
The Auckland, New Zealand native has started all 11 games this season and has had an immediate impact with four goals and one assist. She shares the lead in the team with three others and is third in the team on points. She was previously named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after the competition’s opening weekend when she won each of her first two college games against No. Scored 12 Duke and Richmond goals. In addition to the two honors from Bannatyne, fellow freshmen Iris Langejans and Guillermina Causarano have received the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season. Kerrie Burns was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, giving RU five weekly awards that season.
Rutgers is 9-2 overall and ranks fifth nationwide in the NCAA RPI and sixth in the NFHCA Coaches Poll. RU has set program records with seven rankings wins and five rankings wins on the road and shares the nationwide lead in road wins.