MAC Announces Field Hockey Player of the Week

Updated 9/24/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Valentina Neira, Miami, Midfielder/Forward
Junior, Mendoza, Argentina (Universidad Del Aconcagua)

Neira scored what turned into the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory over Ohio State on Wednesday. Neira also was responsible for nearly all of the seven penalty corner attempts Miami received during the game, causing the opponent to foul in its own circle.


Defensive Player of the Week

Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Berlin, Germany (Werner-von-Siemens)

Mueller made six saves in leading Miami to a 4-2 victory over Ohio State in its only game last week. She was especially key in the first half making several important saves. That included stopping a penalty stroke in the 10th minute to keep the RedHawks in front, 1-0.


Other Nominees

Jessica Jue, Ohio,
Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia (Little Flower Academy)

Jue posted her second goal in three games while leading Ohio offensively at Indiana on Saturday. She helped the Bobcats control tempo in the first half by taking all six penalty corners (Ohio held a 6-2 edge in corners in the half). Then in the second half, she put home her goal late in the period to help Ohio begin their comeback.


Lexi Kavanaugh, Ball State
Freshman, Sherill, N.Y. (Vernon Verona Sherrill)

Kavanaugh led the Cardinals with three goals scored over the weekend. The Saint Louis game marked the first time this season Kavanaugh has connected on two goals in a game. She leads the Cardinals with five goals this season.


Riley Higgins, Ohio
Senior, Louisville, KY. (Assumption)

Higgins played all 70 minutes for Ohio and anchored a Bobcat defense that limited the No. 9-ranked Hoosier offense under their scoring average for their season (3.5 goals/game). She made a number of strong plays throughout the match that prevented scoring opportunities for Indiana.


Sadie Reynolds, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Prospect, Ky. (Ballard)

Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds was a main part of the Central Michigan defensive backbone this past weekend versus New Hampshire and Maine. Reynolds totaled 16 saves between the two contests, putting her at 59 saves for the 2013 season. Reynolds averages 7.3 saves per game and only allows 2.44 goals on average per game. Reynolds has had one career shutout, a season-high of 14 saves in a game, and a total of 545:01 playing minutes for this season.


Andrea Bain, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Victoria, British Columbia (Oak Bay High

Bain continued her recent surge of defensive dominance vs. Bryant on Saturday (Sept. 21), as she faced five shots on goal and stopped four of them in 70 minutes of play. That showing followed her two strongest performances of the season the previous weekend vs. Indiana and Robert Morris, in which the senior made 11 stops in 13 tries, en route to keeping the Bears in their matches against non-conference foes. Bain’s leadership in net has spurred Missouri State to a significant defensive improvement. The Bears have allowed only five goals in the last 245:18. Additionally, MSU has allowed three goals per game this season, a 30.3 percent improvement over last season’s 4.31.)