Nov. 7, 2011
Senior Shari Eckstrom was honored on Sunday by being named to the Big Ten Conference All-Tournament Team. The midfielder tallied four shots with two being on goal. She also assisted freshman Taylor Uhl on the Golden Gophers’ game-winning goal last Wednesday versus Wisconsin.
The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native notched a total of 13 points (four goals, five assists) this season, which boosts her career total to 42 points (14 goals, 14 assists). She also finishes her time as a Gopher ranked ninth all-time in career shots with 181.
Eckstrom is one of four seniors that the Maroon and Gold graduate from this year’s squad. She is joined by Alex Pafko, Katie Roberts-Carlson and Josie Solie.
Minnesota’s postseason run was cut short this past Friday as No. 10/11 Penn State outscored the Gophers 3-1 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions would go on and fall in the championship game to the second seed Illinois, 2-1 in overtime.
A complete list of the All-Tournament Team is listed below.
All Tournament Team
Iowa - Emily Moran
OSU - Danielle Scoliere
WI - Megan Flannery
NU - Nicole Jewell
MSU - Jill Fliestra
Minnesota - Shari Eckstrom
Penn State - Jess Rosenbluth
Penn State - Emma Thomson
Illinois - Vanessa DiBernardo
Illinois - Marissa Mykines (Offensive Player of the Tournament)
Illinois - Stephanie Panozzo (Defensive Player of the Tournament)
Beal Named NSCAA All-American
Minnesota's Rashida Beal has been named a Second Team All-American by the NSCAA.
Kolander Named Senior CLASS Award All-American
Senior forward Simone Kolander has been named a First Team Senior CLASS Award All-American
Gophers Trio Named to All-Great Lakes Region Team
Beal, Kolander and Stiever have been named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the NSCAA.