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Rutgers field hockey’s Gianna Glatz wins Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

The junior won the award for the fourth time in her career

Ben Solomon/Rutgers Athletics

Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz was named Big Ten Field Hockey’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She starred in net for the Scarlet Knights against in-state rival Princeton, making five saves in the 2-1 upset win on the road last Friday. The defeat of the no. 6 Tigers tied the program’s highest rank victory of all-time and was its first win at Princeton since 1977.

Glatz held the Tigers scoreless the final 57 minutes of the contest and made a clutch kick save late in the first quarter to keep the game close. She is now second in the Big Ten with a 1.15 goals against average through seven contests this season so far. It was Glatz’s fourth Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of her career and first this season. The junior is also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was a First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-Region selection last season.

Rutgers (4-3) will next face no. 3 Maryland (7-1) in the Big Ten opener on Saturday, September 28th at 1 p.m. ET in Piscataway.