Aisling Coyle and Emily Mikac earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors
COLUMBUS, Ohio For the third-consecutive season, a Buckeye has earned a player of the year award from the Big Ten as Linda Haussener was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced at the league’s tournament banquet Thursday evening in Bloomington, Ind. She shares the award with Allison Scola of Penn State. Along with that, the senior midfielder was a unanimous selection First Team All-Big Ten.

Two Buckeyes were named Second Team All-Big Ten in senior Emily Mikac and redshirt-freshman Aisling Coyle. Mikac also picked up the Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.

Ohio State has collected four Big Ten Player of the Year awards the last three seasons. Prior to Haussener’s award, former Buckeye Yesenia Luces earned the offensive award the last two seasons (co-P.O.Y. in 2007). Saskia Mueller of Ohio State was selected overall Big Ten Player of the Year in 2006.

Haussener, from Baden, Switzerland, led the Big Ten overall in scoring the majority of the year with 47 points at the end of the regular season. She had a 12-point margin over the second-highest player and also led the league with 18 goals.

Haussener was held without a point in just four games this season and had a 10-game point streak during which she totaled 26 points. In conference play alone, the co-captain tied for the lead with 14 points (6g, 2a) in six games. This is the second-consecutive season Haussener has been named First Team All-Big Ten.

Mikac, a forward from Upper Arlington, Ohio, capped off a breakout senior season with her first All-Big Ten award. Her 10 goals tied for ninth overall in the Big Ten. In conference games only, the co-captain had three goals and two assists for eight points to rank seventh in points and eighth in goals. Mikac has had a stellar season with career-highs in points (23), goals (10) and assists (3).

After sitting out last season with an injury, Coyle come out strong in 2008. The midfielder from Renfrewshire, Scotland, started all 19 games and totaled 17 points on five goals and seven assists. She scored three game-winning goals to tie for second overall in the Big Ten.

2008 All-Big Ten Teams

First Team
Caroline Blaum, Sr., midfield, IOWA
Roz Ellis, Sr., defense, IOWA             
Lauren Pfeiffer, Sr., defense, IOWA
Sarah Wilhite, Sr., defense, MICH
JEAMIE DEACON, Jr., midfield, MSU
Floor Rijpma, Jr., midfield, MSU
Alex Quinn, Sr., forward, NU
Jen Beaumont, Sr., goalkeeper, PSU
JEN LONG, Sr., defense, PSU
ALLISON SCOLA, Sr., forward, PSU

*Second Team
Meg O’Connell, Jr., midfield, IND
Meghan Beamesderfer, So., forward, IOWA
Lissa Munley, Sr., goalkeeper, IOWA
Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jr., forward, MICH
Stephanie Hoyer, Sr., forward, MICH
Meredith Way, So., defense, MICH
Chantae Miller, Fr., forward, MSU
Jantine Steinmetz, So., forward, MSU
Aisling Coyle, Fr., midfield, OSU
Emily Mikac, Sr., forward, OSU

Bethany Marvel, Jr., midfield, PSU
Daneen Zug, So., midfield, PSU

* Additional honorees due to ties
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

OFFENSIVE CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Linda Haussener, OSU and Allison Scola, PSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jessica Longstretch, PSU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Charlene Morett, PSU

Sportsmanship Award Honorees                                                                      
Danitra Castro, Indiana
Lissa Munley, Iowa
Heather Wiley, Michigan
Angela Pagura, Michigan State
Annie Bosslet, Northwestern
Emily Mikac, Ohio State
Jen Beaumont, Penn State