PISCATAWAY, NJ – Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ) and Erica Hartwig (Shawnee, NJ) shared Offensive Player of the Year honors as the Rutgers field hockey team held its annual postseason awards banquet on Saturday evening, February 21.
Cech, who was second on the team with nine points (two goals, five assists), earned second team all-BIG EAST honors this season. She scored the first two goals of her collegiate career in a three-game span during mid-October against Saint Joseph’s (10/7) and Princeton (10/12). Cech had assists against West Chester (8/30), Columbia (9/6), Syracuse (9/20), Georgetown (10/4) and Providence (10/10).
Hartwig started all 19 games she played in, totaling one goal and one assist for three points. Against Monmouth on Oct. 1, she capped a come-from-behind victory by scoring midway through the first overtime to lift Rutgers to a 3-2 triumph. Hartwig also had an assist in RU’s season-opening victory over West Chester.
Ashley Recker (Dillsburg, PA) was named the team’s defensive most valuable player, after leading a RU defense which shutout four opponents. Recker also showed a knack for timely offense, as she scored two goals on the season – both game-winners. Her rebounded shot against Providence on Oct. 10 gave Rutgers a 1-0 win and clinched its berth on the BIG EAST Tournament.
Kara Spector (Easton, MD) earned Most Improved Player honors. A sophomore, Spector started 19 games and took 14 shots on goal.
Aside from naming its individual award winners, the Scarlet Knights also honored its seven graduating seniors – Cech, Recker, Hartwig, Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, MD), Colleen Maniere (Princeton Junction, NJ), Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) and Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC).
Under first-year head coach Liz Tchou, Rutgers engineered the most dramatic turnaround in the BIG EAST, finishing 7-13 overall and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals.