CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, PA) and Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ), of the Rutgers University field hockey team, were both recognized by the BIG EAST Conference at its annual pre-tournament banquet, held on Thursday, Nov. 6. Noon garnered First Team All-BIG EAST honors, while Cech was selected to the second team.
Noon, a forward, is Rutgers’ leading scorer this season with six goals and two assists (14 points). She has game-winning goals in two games (8/30 vs. West Chester and 9/20 vs. Syracuse) and was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8 for her performances in wins against Dartmouth and Columbia.
A tri-captain, Noon entered this season with just two career goals, but quickly established herself as a scoring threat in 2003 by scoring three goals in the Scarlet Knights’ first three games. She also leads the team in shots (68). It is the first all-conference selection of Noon’s career.
Cech, a midfielder, has started 66 games over her four-year career, and this season is third on the team with nine points (two goals, five assists). She scored the first two goals of her collegiate career in a three-game span this season, netting scores against Saint Joseph’s (10/7) and No. 10 Princeton (10/12) while adding the game-winning assist against Providence (10/10). She also assisted on the game-winning goal against Syracuse (9/20). It is the first all-conference honor of Cech’s career.
“Both Jennifer and Megan are very deserving of their awards,” said first-year head coach Liz Tchou. “They have been part of a senior class that has helped point Rutgers field hockey into the right direction, and I couldn’t be any happier for them.”
RU engineered the most dramatic turnaround in the BIG EAST, improving from 3-16 overall in 2002 to 7-12 this season and gaining a BIG EAST tournament berth after a one-year absence. Fourth-seeded Rutgers takes on top-seeded Connecticut today, Nov. 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the first of two semifinal contests.