PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers field hockey’s Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, PA) and Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) have been honored by the BIG EAST Conference with its weekly honors on Sept. 8. Noon was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Burton earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Noon notched a goal in each of Rutgers’ victories over the weekend. The senior midfielder scored on a penalty corner in RU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Columbia, and followed that with a goal on a penalty stroke in a 2-0 win against Dartmouth. Noon leads the Scarlet Knights with three goals and six points this season, and has scored in three of Rutgers’ four games. She ranks third in the BIG EAST in goals and points.
Burton was spectacular in goal for Rutgers over the weekend, allowing just one goal in 145:00 of game action. Burton made seven saves against Columbia and stopped five shots against Dartmouth. Burton’s shutout against the Big Green was the first of her career. She is second in the BIG EAST in saves (25), goals-against average (1.96) and shutouts (one).
“It’s wonderful to be recognized by the BIG EAST Conference,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “I’m very happy for Jennifer and Meris, and I think it’s a great reflection on our team chemistry and the success we’ve enjoyed recently. None of these honors are ever possible without the entire team coming together.”
The last time a Rutgers played earned Offensive Player of the Week honors was Sept. 16, 2002 when Leann Grondski (Mercerville, NJ) was honored. RU last had the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on October 15, 2001.
Rutgers is currently 3-1 on the season and has won two consecutive games. The Scarlet Knights will be in action on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when they host Fairfield at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 13, Rutgers faces Maryland at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, MD. RU closes out the Terrapin Invitational against American on Sunday, Sept. 14.