Offensive Player of the Week
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, So., Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
The Cardinals were outmatched in almost every statistical category except for the 4-2 score against Missouri State last weekend. Sophomore Devanny Kuhn displayed an all-around effort with a sensational four-goal performance, two of which were unassisted. Kuhn, who posted just one goal and three assists before Saturday's game, now leads the team with 13 points. Her four goals are the most by any player in a single game since 2007 for Ball State.
Defensive Player of the Week
Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Jr., Goalie, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
Sutich posted her first shutout of the season as the Golden Flashes claimed a 1-0 non-conference win at Michigan on Wednesday. The win gave KSU seven road victories this year - the most by the program since the 2000 season. Suitch made four saves in the game, including a key stop on Michigan's leading scorer with less than two minutes remaining. On Saturday she led Kent State to another MAC win by making four saves in a 5-2 win over Central Michigan.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, So., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand
Bell recorded her fourth hat trick of the year and added an assist on Saturday as Kent State improved to 7-1 in the MAC with a 5-2 win over Central Michigan. After falling behind 1-0 in the 26th minute, Bell tied the game for KSU a mere 26 seconds later. Less than two minutes after that she scored against to give the Golden Flashes a lead they would not relinquish. It was her sixth game-winning goal of the season. Just a minute after she put Kent State in front, Bell assisted on another goal to cap off a three-goals in three-minutes stretch that helped decide the game. In the second half she scored yet again, posting her league leading 22nd goal of the year. Her 22nd goals are tied for the sixth most in a single season at KSU and are the most by anyone since the 2000 season. In just two years she already is tied for seventh on the career goals scored list with 43.
Marcy Dull, Ohio, Sr., Midfielder, Ephrata, Pa. (Ephrata)
Marcy was an integral part of an Ohio offense that dismantled Central Michigan on Sunday. She scored three goals en route to a 5-0 Ohio win. Her three goals on the day increased her season total to eight, which ties her for the team lead. She fired 11 shots on the weekend, six of which were on goal. Marcy's goals were very skilled shots, two of which were from penalty corners and the other being from the run of open play. Though Marcy turned in the best offensive performance of the weekend, she was quick to give credit to her teammates: "Getting a hat trick is definitely a team goal," said Dull. "All of my goals were assisted and without my teammates I would not have been able to score those goals. It is a team accomplishment." Dull's senior leadership has been very important to the teams' success this season.
Christine Brightwell, Miami, Jr., Midfielder, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
Christine scored the game winning goal in Miami's only contest this week. The goal came in overtime against the Missouri State Bears when she stole the ball from a defender and scored from 11 yards out. This is Brightwell's first game winning goal since her freshman season in 2007. She improves to four goals on the season, 42 shots and 15 points in 2009. Also, Brightwell's 42 shots and seven assists put her at second on the team in both categories, and her four goals tie her 2008 season total.
Alyssa Hile, Missouri State, Sr., Midfielder, Wildwood, Mo.
Hile gave the Bears an early lead against Miami when she found the back of the net in the game's 16th minute. It was Hile's 10th goal of the season, establishing her new career high for goals in a single season. Against Ball State she recorded four shots on goal, but much like the rest of the Bears, could not put it past the Cardinals' Tiffany Shifflett.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Tiffany Shifflett, Ball State, Sr., Goalie, Yorktown, Va.
Senior goalkeeper Tiffany Shifflett paced the Cardinals defense with nine saves in the win over Missouri State. Shifflett's effort allowed her to reach the 111 save milestone, marking the third season in her career to surpass 100 saves.
Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Jr., Goalie, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Old Dominion)
Courtney played a great weekend in net for the Bobcats, only allowing one goal in 130 minutes of action. She made six saves, four against No. 13 Duke and two against Central Michigan. She and Jen McGill combined for the shutout against Central on Sunday, as Seiders was relieved of duty with ten minutes remaining in the game. Not only did she do a great job when shots came her way, but she also did an excellent job of preventing shots from being taken. She was very aggressive inside the D, coming out and challenging attacking players. She increased her overall record to 5-5 on the year with Sunday's victory, and has now made 58 saves.
Kelsey Dean, Miami, Sr., Goalie, Rye, N.Y. (Rye)
This week, Dean recorded a win in the only match of the week. Spending 73:38 minutes in goal, she held the Missouri State Bears to one goal, which was the only goal allowed this week. Dean also recorded three saves, bringing her season total to 29 so far with a save percentage of .707, both of which are her highest since the 2007 season. Kelsey Dean now has a goals allowed average of 1.61 which is her lowest since her freshman season in 2006 when she set her career record of 0.90, and has recorded wins in two of her last three games.
Molly Busch, Missouri State, Sr., Defender, San Jose, Calif.
Busch celebrated Senior Day, Sunday against Miami, with her 77th consecutive start. She has now started every Missouri State game since setting foot on campus. Busch led a strong defensive effort that held the high-powered Miami offense to only two goals, one coming in overtime, on only six shots on goal. The day before, against Ball State, Busch earned her first career assist when she fed Megan Shamleffer to give the Bears on early 1-0 lead.