Dec. 15, 2006
COLUMBUS, OhioOhio State women's soccer Buckeyes Lara Dickenmann, Melissa Miller and Lauren Robertson continue to earn postseason accolades in 2006, as more regional and All-America honors were announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Buzz Magazine.
Dickenmann and Miller were named to the NSCAA Great Lakes regional team, with Dickenmann earning first-team honors and Miller claiming second-team laurels. Earlier in the week, Dickenmann and Miller, as well as Robertson, were named to the Soccer Buzz All-Regional teams. Dickenmann was placed on the first-team roster, Miller on the second-team squad and Robertson was named to the All-Freshman team.
Soccer Buzz also announced its All-America honors during the week and Dickenmann and Robertson garnered fourth-team, formerly honorable mention, status by the publication.
Playing in the midfield, Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland/DFC Sursee) collected her third All-Big Ten honor, including her second first-team laurel, and earned her second all-tournament team award following Big Ten tournament play in 2006. She concluded her junior campaign tied for the team lead in points with 23 on seven goals (second on the squad) and a team-best nine assists in 19 starts. Dickenmann's numbers also rank in the Top 3 in the final 2006 Big Ten Conference statistics. During the season, the Buckeyes won 17 of 19 matches when Dickenmann scored at least one point. She was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was named to Soccer Buzz Magazine's Elite Team of the Week for the week of Oct. 9 after tallying a six-point weekend to help OSU go 2-0 during that span against Iowa and then-No. 10 Illinois. A senior tri-captain in 2006, Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping) finished her Buckeye career as a two-time NSCAA All-American, three-time NSCAA and four-time Soccer Buzz all-regional honoree and four-time All-Big Ten honoree. Miller started all 19 matches in 2006, bringing her consecutive start streak to 84 games. Her 84 starts is second all-time in the OSU record books. After earning second team all-conference for three consecutive years, Miller was named to the All-Big Ten first team in 2006. She recorded four assists during the regular season, including three consecutive assists vs. Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa. Miller also anchored a Buckeye defense that posted six shutouts during the regular season against Kent State, Xavier, No. 15 California, Iowa, No. 10 Illinois and Michigan State.
Robertson (Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues) started 17 of 18 matches and logged 1512:20 minutes in the net. During that span, Robertson recorded five shutouts, including consecutive shutouts in the opening weekend of the season vs. Kent State (0-0) and Xavier (2-0). It was the first time a Buckeye had accomplished the feat since OSU career shutouts leader Amber Barnes in 1998. For her efforts during opening weekend, Robertson was named the league's Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 28.
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