Nov. 20, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State field hockey team have been selected to NFHCA All-America teams, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Monday. Senior Saskia Mueller and junior Yesenia Luces received second team selections while sophomore Linda Haussener earned third team honors. Ohio State concluded its 2006 season with a 15-4 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
Mueller, a midfielder from Zuerich, Switzerland, earned her third All-America honor and her first selection to the second team. She was a third team honoree in 2004 and 2005 and was named NFHCA First Team All-West Region for the third year in a row earlier this season. Mueller, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and four-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, finished third on the team and fourth in the conference with 32 points. She tied her career high with nine goals, three of which were gamewinners, and added a team-high 14 assists. Her 0.74 assists per game rank fifth in the nation.
Luces, a midfielder from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, earned her second All-America nod with a second team selection. She was named to the first team in 2005. This season, Luces was selected first-team all-region for the second-consecutive year. She led the Big Ten in scoring for the second year in a row with 37 points to earn the 2006 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award and be named first team all-conference. Luces led the Buckeyes with 13 goals, tying her career high. Three of her goals were gamewinners and she also finished second on the squad with 11 assists. Luces was named Big Ten Player of the Week three times in 2006.
Haussener, a midfielder from Baden, Switzerland, followed her first all-region honor with a third team All-America selection. After posting 13 points as a rookie, Haussener had a breakout season and finished second on the team and third in the Big Ten with 33 points as a sophomore. Her 11 goals and 11 assists earned her Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Both her goal and assist totals ranked second on the team.