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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., November 8, 2002 - Penn State women's soccer player Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) was named the 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year which was announced Friday morning at the annual Big Ten Tournament banquet. Nittany Lions Heidi Drummond (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook), and Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) earned first team all-conference honors while Stephanie Smith (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) earned a spot on the second team. Three Lions were also named to the first-ever All-Freshmen team.
Weimer is the Big Ten's highest scoring freshman. Entering the Big Ten Tournament, she was tied for the conference lead with 12 goals and ranked third with 29 points. Her eight goals scored in Big Ten matches is also the best in the Big Ten. On Sept. 30, Weimer was also honored by the Big Ten when she was named Offensive Player of the Week after scoring every Penn State goal in the 3-0 win over Indiana and in the 1-0 victory over then-No. 19 Purdue. Weimer is the fourth Lion in five years to earn the honor.
Lohman and Drummond earn first team All-Big Ten honors for the second-straight season. Drummond is tied for second on the team with 11 goals which ties for third in the Big Ten entering the week. She was named Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. She recorded her first-career hat trick in the 4-0 win over Illinois during the regular season, becoming the sixth Nittany Lion in school history to accomplish that feat and the second this season.
The 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Lohman has contributed 25 points, eight goals and nine assists. A midfielder, she was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week twice and Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week once.
A senior forward, Welsh earns first team All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth-straight year. The league's Player of the Year the last three seasons, she was the Big Ten's co-leader with 30 points entering the week. She currently leads the team with 12 assists and 34 points. Her 11 goals are second-best on the team. Earlier this season, Welsh broke the Big Ten's career shots record in the game at Boston College and now holds every career scoring conference mark.
Smith earns second team All-Big Ten honors for the third-consecutive season. She has scored four goals on the season as a midfielder.
Freshmen Amanda Brown (Manasquan, N.J./Wall), Natalie Jacobs (Centreville, Va./Centreville) and Weimer were all named to the All-Freshmen squad. Penn State had the most players named to the All-Freshmen team.