Pair of midfielders adds awards to First Team All-Big Ten honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio Midfielders Yesenia Luces and Linda Haussener of the Ohio State field hockey team were named 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-West Region, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday. It is the third first-team nod for Luces and the second for Haussener.

Along with her All-Region honor, Luces concluded her career with her second-consecutive Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year award. It was the first time a Buckeye had earned back-to-back conference player of the year honors. The native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, totaled 27 points as a senior with 11 goals to lead the Buckeyes in both categories and she tied for the team lead in assists with five.

Luces also was a unanimous selection First Team All-Big Ten and the Ohio State winner of the conference’s Sportsmanship Award. It was the third-consecutive season she has been selected to the first team, becoming the fourth Buckeye to earn the award three times. She also was a unanimous pick to the first team last season.

Luces finished her Ohio State with 123 career points to stand fourth all-time and was just the sixth Buckeye in the 42-year history of Ohio State field hockey to reach the 100-point mark. She also is in the Top 5 in career assists (3rd, 35) and goals (5th, 44).

Joining Luces on the first team was Haussener. The junior from Baden, Switzerland, ranked second on Ohio State with 23 points and nine goals and tied for first with five assists. Ten of her points were scored against Big Ten opponents to tie for second in conference games scoring. Haussener adds the first team nod to her 2007 First Team All-Big Ten selection.