No. 3 Rutgers field hockey goalkeeper Gianna Glatz was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, recognizing her play in the team’s 1-0 shutout victory over then-No. 4 Penn St on Friday. The accolade was Glatz’s first Big Ten award of the season and her seventh career weekly recognition from the conference.
Glatz posted a season-high eight saves in a stellar performance to hold the Nittany Lions, who entered the game averaging 2.8 goals per game, scoreless in the victory. The shutout was the third of the season and 20th in the career of the Medford, N.J. native, as she has posted back-to-back shutouts over Big Ten foes, dating back to the previous week’s double-overtime 1-0 victory over Indiana.
Glatz now has 314 saves in her career. In the contest, she moved past Rosalyn Wentko (RU 2004-07) for sixth place all-time in program history.
On the season, Glatz holds a 0.97 goals-against-average, which currently represents a career-best for the reigning First Team All-American. She holds a .737 save percentage and 8-2 record in 10 starts.
The Scarlet Knights have earned five weekly awards from the Big Ten this season. Lucy Bannatyne (twice), Guillermina Causarano and Iris Langejans have all been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Kerrie Burns also was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. The program’s record for weekly awards in a season is seven, set in the 2018 campaign.