PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior Kristin Checksfield (Collingswood, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for Monday, April 21, announced the league office.
Checksfield became the first Scarlet Knight to collects over 100 caused turnovers and ground balls in her career after stellar performances against Manhattan and Boston College. She led the defense to hold Manhattan scoreless in the second half as RU upended the Jaspers, 21-2. On Saturday, April 19, Checksfield contributed four ground balls and two caused turnovers in an 11-9 win against BC, pushing her career caused turnover mark past the century mark.
Checksfield owns 104 caused turnovers and 107 ground balls in her career. She holds the career mark for caused turnovers and shares the single-game mark of seven with former Scarlet Knight Reagan Teti (1996-99). In 2002, Checksfield posted the second-highest single-season caused turnover mark of 41. This season she has 30 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers, needing only five more to take fourth on the single-season chart.
The 2002 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Checksfield is a two-time preseason team selection and has won player-of-the-week honors twice now. She was the first Scarlet Knight to ever earn the conference honor on March 26, 2001. Checksfield’s honor is the fifth this year and she is the fourth different Knight to win it in 2003. Last week, sophomore Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) and senior Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) were the defensive and offensive picks. Feldman was originally honored on March 31, and Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) was the first Scarlet Knight to win the conference honor this season, back on March 10.
Rutgers (11-3, 3-2 BIG EAST) will host Villanova on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field.