MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 9/15/2010

Offensive Player of the Week
Taylor Brown, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Elkton, Md. (Caravel Academy)
Leads the team in goals with six ... Scored the game-winner against Indiana this weekend, the fourth-straight win over the Hoosiers ... Ranks among the top 25 in the nation in goals ... "Taylor has stepped forward for us this season offensively," Head Coach Neil MacMillan said. "Obviously her goal-scoring has gone up as her hard work has begun to pay off."

Defensive Player of the Week
Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
Suitch made nine saves in two games as the Golden Flashes went 1-1 at home this past weekend.  With KSU ahead 2-0 in the early stages of the second half, she made three saves in a two minute stretch to help keep Iowa off the board and secure a 3-1 win.  Suitch ended the game with five of her nine saves from the week.  The victory marked win No. 31 for the senior goaltender.

Other Nominees:
Juliana Makrinos, Central Michigan, Forward/Midfielder
Freshman, Venetia, PA (Peters Township HS)
Makrinos came off the bench and scored 2 goals in CMU's comeback win against Providence on Saturday. She tied the game with her goal at the 65:46 mark. Came off the bench on Sunday against UM to play 63 minutes.

Anastasia Netto, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Trinidad & Tobago (St. Joseph's Convent)
Got her first career win against Providence in CMU's 3-2 OT win. She made 8 saves in that contest and then made 5 more in the Chippewas game against Michigan on Sunday. She played every minute in both games, logging 141:15 over the weekend.

Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Bell helped lead the Golden Flashes to a weekend split scoring two goals in Sunday's 3-1 over Iowa.  Against the Hawkeyes she set the tone offensively for Kent State scoring on a penalty corner just three minutes into the contest.  Bell then added another score in the 46th minute that gave KSU a 3-0 cushion it would not relinquish.  On the season she leads the team with four goals, including two game winners.

Steph Anderson, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.(North Allegheny High)
Steph Anderson pitched her third career shutout, and first of the season, in the Bears' 1-0 at Saint Louis. She saved both of the Billikens' shots on goal and was instrumental in the back line's communication. Two days later against Big Ten power Northwestern, Anderson kept the Bears in the game with 10 saves in 48:10 minutes of action. Anderson's .776 save percentage leads the MAC and is 15th in the NCAA.

Catrina Schmidt, Missouri State, Forward
Freshman, St. Louis, Mo (Cor Jesu Academy)
Catrina Schmidt's first collegiate goal proved to be a vital one, as she netted the only score in the Bears' 1-0 win at in-state rival Saint Louis. The goal came off a well-designed corner and Schmidt finished from close in. She is now the fourth newcomer to score for the Bears this season.

Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Elizabeth Town Area)
Had a season-high nine saves in the win over IU, making eight during the second half to keep the Bobcats in charge ... Top 25 nationally in goals against average at 1.56 ... Averaging 4.57 saves per match ... Made five saves against Cal ... "Courtney's play on Saturday kept us in the game," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "She played extremely well against IU and had a solid weekend with five more saves against a really good Cal team. Her play in the back has helped our defense grow confidence during the non-conference season."

Team Notes:
Ball State -
The Ball State field hockey team begins a four-game road swing this weekend, starting with contests against Northwestern and Iowa. Friday, the Cardinals travel to Evanston, Ill. to clash with the Wildcats in a 3 p.m. CT contest at Lakeside Field. Saturday, Ball State will play Iowa in a contest slated for 1 p.m. CT in Iowa City, Iowa at Grant Field. In Ball State's home opening weekend, the squad defeated Robert Morris and St. Louis at the BSU Turf Field. The Cardinals shutout both the Colonials and Billikens by scores of 5-0 and 4-0, respectively. Against Robert Morris, head coach Beth Maddox picked up her first career home victory as the Cardinals outshot the visiting Colonials, 20-4. Versus St. Louis, in the second-straight win of Ball State's young season, the Cardinals outshot the Billikens, 27-6, and connected on 4-for-16 shots on goal. The squad is led by 15 upperclassmen who have scored all 39 points so far this season. Kuhn paces the Cardinals with six goals and two assists, including four goals versus Robert Morris and St. Louis.

Central Michigan - CMU beat Providence 3-2 in OT on Saturday ... They were trailing 2-0 with 15 minutes to go in the game ... The Chippewas scored with 15 minutes to go and 5 minutes to go in regulation before scoring the game winner 1:15 into overtime ... CMU lost to Michigan 4-0 in Ann Arbor on Sunday.

Kent State - Kent State split a pair of game for the third straight weekend with a 3-1 loss at No. 19 Stanford and a 3-1 win over Iowa.  Junior Debbie Bell scored two goals, including her second game winner of the season, in the victory over Iowa.  The junior forward now has 54 goals in her KSU career.  Freshman Rebecca Lee posted her first collegiate goal on Friday vs Stanford then added an assist in Sunday's win.

Miami - Miami was idle this week after wins over Brown and Iowa a week ago in Iowa City. The RedHawks will put their undefeated record on the line against Big Ten teams twice this weekend, hosting the Indiana Hoosiers before traveling to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. For the second consecutive week, Miami is just outside the Top 20, receiving the most votes of any team in the 'others receiving votes' category.

Missouri State - With a 1-0 win at Saint Louis Friday, the Bears now have taken three straight from their in-state rival, the last two victories coming as shutouts. MSU improves to 54-27-2 all-time against the Billikens. For the second time this season, a Bears' first career goal proved to be a game winner. Following Laura Tavares' lead, Catrina Schmidt netted her first collegiate goal in a 1-0 at Saint Louis. Steph Anderson and Andrea Bain have combined for a .789 save percentage.

Ohio - The Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak with the win at Indiana this past weekend. It was the Bobcats' fourth-straight win over the Hoosiers. This weekend, the Bobcats host Robert Morris before traveling to Richmond, the team that defeated them in last year's NCAA play-in game. Nationally, Taylor Brown added two more goals and now sits among the top 25 nationally with six tallies. Courtney Seiders' 1.56 GAA is also ranked among the top 25 nationally and Louzeth Schutte and Jenna Green have each made a defensive save this season to put them in a tie for 14th nationally.