MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 9/8/2010

Offensive Player of the Week
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
Junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn combined for four goals and two assists on the weekend against the visiting Robert Morris Colonials and St. Louis Billikens last weekend at the BSU Turf Field.  At 17:03 against RMU, Kuhn released from the pack on a breakaway goal toward the Colonials' goaltender Stephanie Seeley. The communications studies major tallied her second goal of the game, and fourth of the season, at 48:56 mark.  Versus St. Louis, Kuhn opened up scoring for the Ball State at 30:47 off of a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season. At 67:34, the native of Louisville, Ky. tallied her second goal of the day, and sixth of the season, on a rebound from the Billikens' netminder Alex LaBarge.

Defensive Player of the Week
Kylie Landeros, Miami, Back
Junior, Glendora, Calif. (Glendora)
Landeros was the leader of an incredible defensive effort over the weekend. It started on Saturday when she helped keep Brown without a shot attempt for the entire game in a 1-0 win. The next day against the 19th ranked team in the nation, she helped hold the Iowa Hawkeyes to nine shots, only two of which were on goal. That was despite Iowa having 10 penalty corner attempts in the game. To top everything off, she contributed to the 5-1 win with only her second goal of her career in the 58th minute.

Other Nominees:
Maura Sawicki, Ball State, Midfielder
RS Senior, St. Louis, Mo. (Nerinx Hall)
Stands as Ball State's general in the back. Her knowledge of the game allows her to make good decisions, especially against Robert Morris and St. Louis this past weekend, part of Ball State's home-opener. The Cardinals shutout out both the Colonials and Billikens by scores of 5-0 and 4-0, respectively.

Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Five minutes into the overtime period Bell slammed home the game winner from seven yards out to give Kent State a 2-1 overtime win over No. 8 Syracuse on Saturday. 

Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
In Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over No. 8 Syracuse Suitch anchored the Golden Flashes defensive effort recording a season high 11 saves.  Her final save came on the first possession of overtime and helped set up Kent State's game winning goal on the other end.  She then added three more saves In Sunday in a 4-0 loss at No. 14 Ohio State.  Saturday's win marked the 30th career victory for Suitch. 

Jackie Nguyen, Miami, Forward
Junior, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Jackie was once again the team's leading scorer as the RedHawks continued their undefeated start to the 2010 season. She scored Miami's only goal in a 1-0 win over Brown on Saturday. She followed it up with her team leading eight goal against 19th ranked Iowa on Sunday. She had four shots on the weekend, giving her a .500 shooting percentage for the weekend.

Steph Anderson, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny High)
Anderson withstood an offensive onslaught from both Fairfield and Dartmouth and held tough, keeping the Bears in both games. The keeper had 13 saves in each game and now has 26 for the season, the most of any MAC keeper. Her .788 save percentage is also tops in the MAC.

Sarah Cusick, Missouri State, Forward
Junior, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Cusick scored two more goals in games against Fairfield and Dartmouth, giving her a team-leading four for the season and placing her third in the MAC. In both games she pounced early, giving the Bears 1-0 leads. She entered the season with only two career goals.

Team Notes:
Ball State -
Ball State is led by 15 upperclassmen who have scored all 39 points so far this season. The Cardinals received six votes in the 2010 Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Poll as announced Tuesday by the NFHCA.

Central Michigan - Central Michigan was idle this week following their tournament in East Lansing where they fell to #6 Michigan State and #11 Louisville. The Chippewas open their home schedule with a 2 PM game on Saturday against Providence followed quickly by a road game Sunday at Michigan, scheduled to take place at 1 PM.

Kent State - Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler picked up win No. 50 in her career last Saturday as the Golden Flashes knocked off No. 8 Syracuse.  Senior All-American Rachel Miller recorded assists on both Kent State goals including junior Debbie Bell's game winner five minutes into the overtime period.    Miller now has 40 career assists ranking her fourth among active players in the nation.  Senior Caroline Suitch made a season high 11 saves in goal in the win over Syracuse.

Miami - Miami just missed out on its first national ranking since the NFHCA began its poll, finishing as the top team in the other team's receiving votes category. The RedHawks have outscored teams 22-6 this year and have held their opponents to a total of 28 shots, with only 14 of them on goal. Miami is holding teams to an average of 2.8 shots on goal per game, while recording an 11.4 per game itself.

Missouri State - The Bears held halftime leads, 1-0 against Fairfield and 3-1 at Dartmouth, but could hold neither, falling 2-1 and 5-3, respectively. Goals from freshmen Hillary Lawless and Laura Tavares, Sunday, mean newcomers have scored six of the team's 11 goals on the season. Goalkeeper Steph Anderson notched 13 saves in both games this weekend, giving her the most saves in the MAC this season. She also leads the MAC with a .788 save percentage.

Ohio - Ohio has only allowed six goals through its first five contests, however the offense has failed to score in three of five games this season resulting in a 1-4 start to the season. Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders has played well, making 19 saves and averaging only 1.53 goals allowed per contest. The Bobcats do hold the edge over their opponents in penalty corners and have also out-shot their opposition this season 61-39. Ohio is on the road this weekend for contests against Indiana and California in Bloomington, Ind.