Nov. 7, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Following the conclusion of the Big Ten tournament on Sunday afternoon, Maartje Bongers was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Bongers helped Ohio State to a 3-1 victory over Indiana in the play-in game on Oct. 27 before falling to the eventual tournament champs, Michigan, on Oct. 29. In the two Big Ten tournament games, Bongers played all 140 minutes possible and she recorded two shots on goal.
The senior played an influential role in Ohio State’s stellar defense all season long by aligning the backline and making sure her teammates were in the correct position at the right times. In addition to her defensive responsibilities, Bongers had a career year on the offensive end too.
A 2017 team captain, she scored all five of her career goals, all off penalty corners, this season and registered a career-high six assists in 19 games played. Those stats added up to a point total of 16, the second most on the team. She scored a single-game high of four points against No. 11 Stanford late in September to help the Buckeyes pull off the upset in California. With Ohio State trailing 1-0 in the first half, Bongers scored a goal in the 27th minute to equalize the score. After Stanford retook the lead in the 55th minute, the highly-talented back assisted on Ohio State’s second goal in the 61st minute before picking up another assist in overtime for the game winner off Casey Cole‘s stick.
Ohio State owned a 6-2 record in 2017 when Bongers registered a point, including a 4-1 record in her five games with goals scored. She picked up the sixth defensive save of her career in a matchup against Rutgers on Oct. 15 to preserve a ball from going into the net to help Ohio State pull out a 2-0 victory.