McCarthy, Nijziel named NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week

Oct 20, 2021 | 2021-2022, Division I, News

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Senior defender from No. 1 University of Iowa, Anthe Nijziel, and junior forward from No. 14 Princeton University, Ali McCarthy, have been named this week’s NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively. The performance of graduate-student goalkeeper from No. 25 James Madison University, Florien Marcussen, merited an honorable mention.

NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week


Anthe Nijziel, No. 1 University of Iowa, Sr., Defender (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

  • Tallied five points on the weekend to help the Hawkeyes record a pair of ranked conference wins against No. 2 University of Michigan and No. 21 Ohio State University
  • Scored the game-tying goal in the 58th minute of the shootout-overtime win against Michigan on Friday
  • Led a Hawkeye defense that surrendered just six shots on goal from the Wolverines over 80 minutes
  • Recorded a goal and had an assist in the 3-0 win over No. 21 Ohio State, giving the Hawkeyes a share of their 13th Big Ten Field Hockey Championship
  • Named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week
  • This is Nijziel’s second NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week honor this season

NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week


Ali McCarthy, No. 14 Princeton University, Jr., Forward (Madison, New Jersey)

  • Registered six points as No. 14 Princeton University went 2-0 on the weekend
  • Scored the first two goals of the game in a pivotal 3-2 overtime win against conference-rival Cornell University
  • Dished out two assists in the Tiger’s 3-2 overtime win against No. 7 Penn State University on Sunday
  • Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

Honorable Mention


Florien Marcussen, No. 25 James Madison University, Gr., Goalkeeper (Soest, The Netherlands)

  • Posted back-to-back shutouts in a 2-0 week for No. 25 James Madison University
  • Registered four saves in 4-0 win over No. 20 University of Delaware to help JMU move into sole possession of first-place in the CAA standings
  • Tallied another four saves against Temple University on Saturday in the Duke’s 2-0 win
  • Named Colonial Athletic Association 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.