Jones Picks Up Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Sept. 27, 2010

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan field hockey redshirt freshman goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday (Sept. 27). The Wolverines have now earned at least one Player of the Week each of the last three weeks.

Jones earns Michigan's first-ever Defensive Player of the Week honor after garnering 12 saves in two wins this past week. Jones had a then career-high five saves in the 2-1 victory over New Hampshire on Friday (Sept. 24). That included stopping two shots early in the second half to keep a one-goal advantage.

Jones then stopped all seven shots she saw in Michigan's 2-0 win at No. 14 Penn State on Sunday (Sept. 26). That effort was Jones' third shutout of the season and lowered her goals-against average to 0.92, which is sixth in the nation. Four of her saves came on PSU penalty corners, and she upped her season save percentage to .792.

Jones becomes the third Wolverine to win a Big Ten weekly honor this season. Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) won Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 13 and Freshman of the Week on Sept. 13 and 20. Senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) was named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20.

Michigan returns to Ocker Field on Friday (Oct. 1) as the Maize and Blue hosts in-state and Big Ten rival Michigan State. That game starts at 4 p.m.

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