Kent State Sweeps Field Hockey Specialty Awards
CLEVELAND, Ohio (Nov. 4, 2000) -- Mid-American Conference regular-season champion Kent State led the conference with six players on the All-MAC field hockey team. The Golden Flashes also swept all three specialty awards, Player of the Year, Freshman of theYear and Coach of the Year as they finished undefeated in the conference.
Kent State senior Meagan Class was named the Player of the Year while Kent State's Els Brouwer was named the Freshman of the Year and the Golden Flashes' head coach Kerry DeVries won Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Class, a midfielder from Harrisburg, Pa., led a Kent State team that outscored its opponents 94-21 in 20 games. She finished the regular season with 10 goals, 18 assists and 38 points. Brouwer, a forward from Utrecht, The Netherlands, led the conferencewith 54 points, finishing second in goals (17) and first in assists (20). De Vries won her second Coach of the Year award as she led her team to a 10-0 conference record, a 17-3 overall record and a regular-season 11th place national ranking.
Joining Class and Brouwer on the All-MAC first team were their teammates sophomore Helen Jerdan, freshman Arlette van Cleeff and junior Jodi Lume. Ohio University and the University of Louisville both placed two players on the first team. Three-time first-team selection junior Ali Johnstone was joined by teammate junior Lauren Mazziotto. Lousiville's Jen Felker, a senior, and her teammate sophomore Pip Sanders were also named to the first team along with junior Melissa Lazarevski from Central Michigan and Ball State senior Tracy Beck.
The members of the MAC second team are: Beth Young, Kari Roche and Angela Snedden of Miami, Christy Hershey, Keri Beckhorn and Susan Sattazhan of Louisville, Brea Webster and Andrea Voros of Ohio, Kent State's Kristen Johnson, Heather Weinhold of Ball State and Brianne Tallinger from Central Michigan.
There were several repeat members honored this season from the 1999 second team. Miami's Beth Young, Central Michigan's Melissa Lazarevski, Ohio's Lauren Mazziotto, Louisville's Pip Sanders and Jen Felker and Kent State's Meagan Class and Helen Jerdan.
Ohio University is hosting the MAC championship in Athens, Ohio November 3-5. The Semifinal matches begin at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Championship game in the single-elimination tournament will begin on Sunday, November 5 at 1 p.m. The winner of the tournament will receive the Mid-American Conference's automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament.