Oct. 16, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) of the University of Michigan field hockey team was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after scoring a game-winning goal and assisting on another in the Wolverines' weekend sweep, the league office announced Tuesday (Oct. 16). The weekly honor is the second for Naughton this season.
Naughton ended U-M's rivalry game against Michigan State last Friday (Oct. 12) 3:58 into the sudden-victory overtime frame, knocking in a chip-shot redirection from the right post. The overtime goal -- Naughton's sixth marker of the season -- followed a series of late near-misses from the Wolverine rookie. She nearly ended the game in regulation on a penalty-corner shot from junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), just directing it wide of the open net. She followed with three overtime shots before finally finding the back of the cage.
Naughton also assisted on Mack's opening goal against Ohio State on Sunday (Oct. 14), carrying the ball from midfield into the circle and firing a shot to the opposite lower corner, where Mack got her stick on the ball to tap it in.
Naughton was previously named the league's Freshman of the Week after posting a pair of goals in U-M's wins over Saint Louis and Fairfield (Sept. 15-16). She currently ranks third in scoring with six goals and four assists.
The Wolverines will travel to Bloomington, Ind., next Friday (Oct. 19) to face Indiana at 4 p.m. at the IU Field Hockey Complex, before wrapping up the home portion of their 2012 schedule with a 1 p.m. game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday (Oct. 21) at Ocker Field.
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