Hernandez, van Tilburg named NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week

Sep 15, 2021 | 2021-2022, Division I, News

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Senior goalkeeper from No. 24 Ohio State University, Aaliyah Hernandez, and junior defender from No. 9 Saint Joseph’s University, Freke van Tilburg, have been named this week’s NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.

NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week


Aaliyah Hernandez, No. 24 Ohio State University, Sr., Goalkeeper (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

  • Backstopped the No. 24 Buckeyes to a pair of wins over No. 15 Wake Forest University and Appalachian State University
  • Finished the weekend with 13 saves, a .929 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average
  • Made a season-high 10 saves in a 2-1 victory against Wake Forest, including five in the fourth quarter
  • Recorded three stops to earn the 12th shutout of her career in a 2-0 victory over Appalachian State on Sunday
  • Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week


Freke van Tilburg, No. 9 Saint Joseph’s University, Jr., Defender (Breda, The Netherlands)

  • Scored three goals, including both game-winners, as the No. 9 Hawks knocked off a pair of top-10 teams last weekend
  • On Friday, she scored two of Saint Joe’s three goals in a milestone 3-2 win over No. 6 University of North Carolina
  • Against UNC, her first goal tied the game and her second secured the win with four minutes to go
  • On Sunday, van Tilburg broke a scoreless tie late in the second quarter as the Hawks went on to beat No. 10 Rutgers University, 2-1
  • Leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in goals and points and is tied for the league-high in game-winning goals
  • Named A10 Player of the Week

Honorable Mention


Bente Baekers, No. 4 Northwestern University, RJr., Forward (Rijswijk, The Netherlands)

  • Recorded a career-high three assists in a 6-1 victory over No. 23 Kent State University on Friday
  • Scored three goals in a 5-0 win over the University of Maine on Sunday for the fifth hat trick of her career
  • Became the seventh Wildcat in program history to eclipse 50 career goals
  • Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.