COLUMBUS, Ohio – Headlined by Offensive Player of the Year Paige Maxwell, Defensive Player of the Year Cassie Dickerson and Coach of the Year Lori Walker, the 17th-ranked Ohio State women’s soccer team won three major awards and placed six players on the 2010 all-Big Ten teams announced Wednesday. Along with Maxwell and Dickerson, Tiffany Cameron garnered first team laurels while Danica Wu, Megan Fuller and Rachel Middleman made the All-Freshman team. Lauren Beachy was Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree.
“The team has done all of the work to put anybody in position to receive postseason awards and it is great recognition but it’s a team honor,” Walker said. “It has been a real pleasure to watch Paige and Cassie in Big Ten play and those are the kind of players you need to win the Big Ten and be in the position we are right now. Tiffany and Beachy each produced another solid season and Wu, Fuller and Rachel all have come up big for us as freshmen.”
Walker, in her 14th season at Ohio State, has led the Buckeyes this season to a 14-4-1 record, tied for the second most wins in school history, and the first Big Ten title in program history. The 2009 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year has led the Buckeyes to the sixth NCAA tournament in program history and third in four seasons. It is Walker’s second Big Ten Coach of the Year honor after receiving the award in 2001.
Maxwell, a junior from Medina, Ohio, tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 goals and tied for first with five game-winners. She led all players with eight goals and five game-winners in Big Ten play alone. The 10 goals put Maxwell in a tie for eighth on the Ohio State single-season goals list, just three behind leaders Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann, and in a tie for seventh on the career goals list with 24 in less than three full seasons. The forward scored six goals in a five game stretch of wins over Arizona, Michigan. Penn State, Iowa and Northwestern, helping the Buckeyes bounce back and rattle off seven consecutive wins after a neutral-site loss against No. 19 Arizona State.
Dickerson, a senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., started each game and led a Buckeye back line that has given up just 12 goals in 19 games so far this season. The three-time Ohio State co-captain scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory at Dayton and assisted on Maxwell’s game-winner in the 99th minute of a 1-0 win at Northwestern.
Cameron, a sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, ranked second on the team with five goals and five assists this season, tallying game-winning goals against Pitt, Akron and Arizona. The midfielder was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team last season.
Middleman, from Mars, Pa., ranked second in the Big Ten with a 0.55 goals-against average and tied for third with six shutouts. Her goals-against average currently ranks 11th nationally as the freshman has posted an 11-1-0 record this season.
Wu, from Edmonton, Alberta, has played in all 19 games, starting 16, this season and scored a goal and added an assist in the midfield. Fuller, from Bondurant, Iowa, also has played in all 19 matches, starting 18, at center back for the Buckeyes.
Beachy, a senior from Loveland, Ohio, has started all 19 games this season and 71 in her career. A two-time CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Beachy has recorded a pair of assists this season and ranks in a tie for ninth on the Ohio State career assists list with 13.
The Buckeyes host St. Francis (Pa.) at 5 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available Friday at the stadium. The first 200 Ohio State students will be admitted free with their BuckID.