Senior midfielder Linda Haussener earns third first-team selection
COLUMBUS, Ohio Three Buckeyes were named to the NFHCA All-West Region teams, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Senior Linda Haussener earned the third first-team selection of her career while fellow senior Emily Mikac and redshirt-freshman Aisling Coyle were second team honorees.
Haussener, a midfielder from Baden, Switzerland, adds the NFHCA award to her Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year, unanimous First Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors. She is just the sixth Buckeye to earn First Team All-Region honors three or more seasons.
Haussener led the Big Ten in overall scoring throughout the season with 52 points. She had a 10-point margin over the second-highest player and also led the league with 20 goals. Haussener was held without a point in just four of 21 games this season. In conference play alone, the co-captain tied for the lead with 14 points (6g, 2a) in six games.
Mikac, a forward from Upper Arlington, Ohio, had a breakout senior season that included a Second Team All-Big Ten award as well. Her 10 goals tied for 10th 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 had career-highs in her senior season 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 21 games and totaled 17 points on five goals and seven assists. She also scored three game-winning goals. Coyle was selected Second Team All-Big Ten and named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Ohio State concluded its season with a 14-7 overall record (3-3 Big Ten) and had a strong finish, winning six of its last seven games. The Buckeyes capped off the season with a run through the Big Ten tournament, advancing to the championship game as the fifth seed where they fell to No. 2-seed Iowa in overtime.