Field hockey’s Scraper receives Big Ten honors again

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Field hockey forward Kim Scraper took home the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week after scoring six of Iowa’s 11 goals in two games in Providence, R.I.

The sophomore tallied four goals in a 7-0 win over Brown on Sept. 10 and scored two more in a 4-1 win over Providence on Sept. 9.

“Kim had a great weekend,” head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. “She ran the field very well and was able to stretch out the defense. Her skills and finishing ability in the circle were very effective.”

Scraper’s performance against Brown marked the first time an Iowa player scored at least four goals in a game since Pattie Gillern scored five in a 2003 win over Missouri State. The back-to-back honors are also the first time a Hawkeye has won the Offensive Big Ten award in consecutive weeks since Caitlin McCurdy did in 2005.

Thanks in large part to Scraper’s scoring, Iowa advanced three spots in the national polls and is ranked No. 12 in the country with a 5-1 record. The lone loss came to No. 1 North Carolina.

Scraper shared this week’s Offensive Player of the Week honor with Penn State freshman Kelsey Amy.

— by Nick Szafranski

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