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Big Ten Weekly Honors: Spring season heading into second half

Jules Heningburg of Rutgers picks up his second honor

Men's Lacrosse

Offensive Player of the Week

Jay Carlson, Maryland, A - Sr. - Cockeysville, Md.

  • Scored three goals and added an assist for a total of four points in leading Maryland to an overtime road win at nationally ranked Ohio State
  • Scored the game-winning goal in overtime, collecting his 80th career goal
  • Currently leads the Big Ten with four game-winning goals, and in conference play, is tied for sixth with 2.0 goals per game

Defensive Player of the Week

Mike Sutton, Penn State, A - So. - Sewell, N.J.

  • Keyed a defensive effort that saw Penn State hold Rutgers to more than four goals below its season average in an 11-6 victory
  • Contributed offensively with three goals, all in the first quarter

Specialist of the Week

Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins, FO - Sr. - Wayne, Pa.

  • Won 18-of-24 faceoffs, a faceoff percentage of .750, in the Blue Jays' 16-9 win over Michigan;
  • His 18 faceoffs won are tied for the third-highest single-game total in his career
  • Gathered 11 ground balls; In conference play, currently ranks third in the Big Ten with 5.25 ground balls per game

Freshman of the Week

Jules Heningburg, Rutgers, A - Maplewood, N.J. - Seton Hall Prep

  • Recorded his second-career hat trick in a road game at Penn State
  • Accounted for three of the Scarlet Knights' six goals
  • Recorded his sixth multi-goal game this season
  • Has scored 11 goals in the past five games
  • Earns his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

Women's Lacrosse

Offensive Player of the Week

Steph Lazo, Penn State, A - So. - Stevensville, Md.

  • Averaged 3.5 points per game in road victories over Cornell and nationally ranked Northwestern, as Penn State remained unbeaten in Big Ten play; Scored three goals in the 13-9 victory at Cornell
  • Scored three goals and added an assist in the win at Northwestern, as the Nittany Lions defeated the Wildcats for the first time in 19 meetings
  • Currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 2.38 goals per game

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Taylor Cummings, Maryland, M - Jr. - Ellicott City, Md.

  • Posted 15 draw controls, gathered three ground balls and caused two turnovers in a pair of wins over nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and Michigan
  • Against the Blue Jays, tallied 11 draw controls, scooped a pair of ground balls and caused one turnover
  • Contributed offensively with five total goals and three assists, including a four-goal, two-assist performance against Johns Hopkins
  • In conference play, currently leads the Big Ten with 6.50 draw controls per game, and is tied for third with 2.25 ground balls per contest

Emi Smith, Penn State, GK - Jr. - Denver, Colo.

  • Playing all 120 minutes in goal, made a combined 16 saves in road wins over Cornell and No. 7 Northwestern; Collected six saves against Cornell, and tallied 10 stops against the Wildcats
  • Helped the Nittany Lions remain unbeaten in Big Ten play; Maryland and Penn State will meet for the Big Ten Championship on Thursday in College Park, Md.
  • Currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten with a .468 save percentage, including a .478 rate in conference play

Freshman of the Week

Megan Whittle, Maryland, A - Glenwood, Md.

  • Recorded hat tricks in both of the Terrapins' wins over nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and Michigan
  • Scored three goals on nine shots at Johns Hopkins, and added three goals on four shots against the Wolverines
  • In conference play, is currently tied for first in the Big Ten with 3.50 goals per game, and leads the conference with 6.50 shots per contest


Co-Players and Freshmen of the Week
Carly Thomas, Illinois, Fr., CF, Fontana, Calif.

  • Led the conference with 10 RBI and recorded a 1.077 slugging percentage as Illinois claimed three victories last week
  • Registered three doubles and belted one home run with a .615 batting average

Sabrina Rabin, Northwestern, Fr., OF, St. Charles, Ill.

  • Paced all Big Ten players with a .769 batting average and .786 on-base percentage in four contests last week; Collected 10 hits, with at least two hits and one run scored in each game
  • Set a school record with four stolen bases on Saturday, totaling five steals for the week

Pitcher of the Week
Megan Betsa, Michigan, So., RHP, McDonough, Ga.

  • Recorded three complete-game victories last week, including a no-hitter at Michigan State
  • Totaled 32 strikeouts for the week, including 14 in the series finale against Indiana
  • Posted a 0.82 ERA, allowing two earned runs in 17.0 innings pitched


Player of the Week
Carmen Benedetti, Michigan , So., IF/OF, Grosse Pointe, Mich.

•    Batted .571 (12-for-21) with three doubles and seven RBI in five games
•    Led the Wolverines to a series sweep of Purdue, batting .615 (8-for-13) against the Boilermakers with a .846 slugging percentage and .643 on-base percentage

Pitcher of the Week
Mike Shawaryn, Maryland, So., RHP, Carneys Point, N.J. - Gloucester Catholic

•    Struck out 13 batters in 8.0 innings pitched, picking up the win over Cal State Fullerton
•    Recorded a 0.00 ERA, not allowing a single walk or run 
•    Recorded his ninth win of the season in a 106-pitch effort

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Ryan Nutof, Michigan, RHP, South Elgin, Ill.

•    Helped the Wolverines post a shutout win over Purdue with five strikeouts in a career-high 7.2 innings pitched   

•    Picked up his fourth win, upping his season strikeout total to 43

Tre' Gantt, Ohio State , OF/DH, Fishers, Ind.
•    Batted .500 (6-for-12) with two RBI and a run scored in a 3-1 week for the Buckeyes, including wins over nationally ranked Louisville and Nebraska 
•    Recorded his first multi-hit game of the week, going 2-for-3 at the plate against Louisville

Men's Track

Co-Track Athletes of the Week

DJ Zahn, Illinois, Sr. - Morton, Ill.

  • Collected a pair of first-place finishes in the 200-meter run and 4x100-meter relay at the Illinois Twilight
  • Time of 20.63 in the 200-meter run currently ranks 13th in the nation on the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2015 All-College Outdoor Track List; 39.60 in the 4x100-meter relay is currently the eighth fastest time in the country

Antonio Blanks, Ohio State, Jr. - Dayton, Ohio.

  • Collected two first-place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay at the Virginia Challenge
  • Time of 50.42 in the 400-meter hurdles is currently 11th in the nation on the U.S.T.F.C.C.C.A 2015 All-College Outdoor Track List; 3:05.91 in the 4x400-meter relay currently ranks as the eighth fastest time in the country

Field Athlete of the Week

Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin, Sr. - Rice Lake, Wis.

  • Collected a first-place finish in the hammer throw at the LSU Alumni Gold
  • Secured a personal-best and school-record throw of 74.08 meters currently ranks first in the nation

Women's Track

Track Athlete of the Week

Cindy Ofili, Michigan, Jr. - Ypsilanti, Mich.

  • Collected first-, second- and third-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay, respectively, at the Virginia Challenge
  • Time in the 100-meter hurdles currently ranks third in the nation, according to the U.S.T.F.C.C.C.A

Field Athlete of the Week

Kelsey Card, Wisconsin, Jr. - Plainview, Ill.

  • Secured a first- and second-place finish in the discus and shot put, respectively, at the LSU Alumni Gold
  • Throw of 57.92 meters in the discus currently ranks third in the nation on the U.S.T.F.C.C.C.A 2015 All-College Outdoor Track List; 16.72 meters in the shot put is currently ninth in the country

Men's Golf

Co-Golfers of the Week
Charlie Danielson, Illinois, Jr. - Osceola, Wis.

  • Shared the Boilermaker Invitational title with teammate Thomas Detry
  • Fired a three-round, 10-under par score of 206 (67-65-74), matching his career-best 18-hole score with a 65 in the second round
  • Guided the Illini to a first-place finish and the second-lowest 54-hole team score in school history

Thomas Detry, Illinois, Jr. - Brussels, Belgium

  • Tied for first place at the Boilermaker Invitational with teammate Charlie Danielson
  • Carded a three-round, 10-under par score of 206 (69-67-70) to earn his third individual title of the season
  • Fired three rounds under par to lead the Illini to the team title

Women's Golf

Golfer of the Week
Elizabeth Tong, Indiana, Sr. - Thornhill, Ontario

  • Finished second at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio
  • Fired a three-round, one-under par score of 215 (68-74-73) en route to her second straight top-five finish


Boat of the Week

Ohio State First Varsity Eight

  • Collected wins in all three events at the Clemson Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, moving its record to 9-0 on the season, and 21-0 since the beginning of the 2014 campaign
  • Boat bested No. 4 Virginia by four seconds and No. 12 Indiana by six seconds, with a time of 6:25.7
  • Topped No. 10 Washington State by seven seconds with a time of 6:21.8
  • Finished the weekend with a time of 6:23.5, defeating No. 16 UCLA by 10 seconds and Cornell by 12 seconds