COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aaliyah Hernandez added another award to her growing trophy case on Wednesday when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her the Defensive Player of the Week.
Hernandez, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., was a big reason why Ohio State picked up two wins last weekend. In a 2-1 victory over No. 14 Wake Forest, Hernandez made 10 saves – including 10 in the fourth quarter – to preserve a one-goal advantage. Two days later, she notched her 11th career shutout and made three stops in a 2-0 win over Appalachian State.
For the season, Hernandez has a 0.90 goals-against average, 22 saves and a .846 save percentage. She ranks on the top four in the Big Ten in all three of those categories. Nationally, Hernandez is ninth in goals-against average and fourth in save percentage.
A 49-game veteran in her career, Hernandez is 24-19 with 11 shutouts, the fourth most in program history. Ohio State is 4-0 in games that she’s started this season.
Winners of four straight, the 24th-ranked Buckeyes (5-1) open Big Ten play on Friday at No. 25 Michigan State (5-0). They then return home to face No. 11 Virginia on Sunday at noon. Admission to Buckeye Varsity Field is free. Both games will also be streamed live on BTN+.