Lisa Grubb Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Nov. 9, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio--For just the second time in Ohio State women's soccer history, a Buckeye was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Big Ten Conference announced Lisa Grubb (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) is the 2001 honoree. Grubb has led Ohio State in every offensive category this season, including goals (10), assists (5), points (25), shots (61) and game-winning goals (3). The conference also announced Ohio State head coach Lori Walker as its 2001 Coach of the Year. Walker shares the honor, her first in the postseason and first coach of the year award, with Penn State's Paula Wilkins.
"I'm surprised by such a great honor," Walker said. "I have so much respect for all of the coaches in the Big Ten. (My winning coach of the year) is a reflection of the success of our entire program."
A two-time Big Ten Player of the Week (Sept. 3 and Oct. 29), Grubb received her first conference award for scoring three goals in the Buckeyes' first two regular season matches, against Wright State and Kent State. The rookie forward's outstanding performance in Ohio State's 2-1 upset of then-No. 4 Penn State Oct. 26-she scored the first goal and assisted in the gamewinner-earned her offensive player of the week honors for the second time. Most recently, Grubb capped off a phenomenal regular season when she scored the game-tying goal and assisted in the overtime gamewinner Thursday as Ohio State defeated Purdue, 2-1, in the Big Ten quarterfinal. Grubb is Ohio State's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year since Jennifer Plante in 1995.
"We are thrilled for Lisa to receive this recognition," Walker said. "She has been so solid in Big Ten games this season. For a freshman to do that well that consistently is so difficult. Again, I look at Lisa's award not as an individual but as a team award and a reflection on the team."
After the Buckeyes opened the season 4-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the Big Ten, Walker engineered a remarkable turnaround, including a six-match unbeaten streak (Oct. 12-28) and a 4-0-1 mark in the Big Ten. Ohio State closed out the regular season 9-8-1 and earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament. Now in her fifth season at the helm of the Buckeyes, Walker earned her 50th victory at Ohio State Thursday with the win over Purdue and now stands 50-44-5 (.530) and 17-27-3 in Big Ten play. She is 63-67-6 for her career, which includes a two-year stint at Kansas.
Two other Buckeyes earned postseason conference awards. Junior forward Lindsay Eckles (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and junior defender Jen Miller (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) join Grubb as members of the 2001 All-Big Ten Second Team. Eckles has seen action in 14 matches this season, recording seven goals for 14 points, and is second to Grubb in scoring. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 15, Eckles also tallied two gamewinners. Miller led an impressive Buckeye backfield in 2001, playing in all 18 matches and recording a goal and two assists. She was the Big Ten's first defensive player of the week honoree (Sept. 10) for her performance in Ohio State's 2-1 upset of then-No. 9 Connecticut Sept. 7.
The No. 4 seed Buckeyes will face No. 1 seed Penn State today at 1 p.m. (EST) in the Big Ten semifinal at Purdue's East Field.
Following is a complete list of first and second team members:
Athlete of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Co-Coaches of the Year