MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 9/22/2010

Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Junior forward Debbie Bell scored two goals while leading Kent State to a 1-1 week that included a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Michigan State.  Against MSU with the Golden Flashes clinging to a 1-0 lead in the opening stages of the second half, Bell scored to add an insurance goal.  The score helped make Kent State the first team in the nation to record wins over two top 10 teams this season.  On Sunday, Bell struck again to stake KSU to a 1-0 lead in an eventual 2-1 loss to No. 13 Boston U.  She has now scored a goal in three straight games and leads the team with six goals scored this season.

Defensive Player of the Week
Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Elizabethtown Area)
Had a season-high 11 saves as the Bobcats won their third game in a row, against Richmond ... Made five saves and earned her first shutout of the season against RMU ... Ranked eighth in the nation in save percentage at .800 and 16th in goals against average at 1.32 ... "Courtney's play has been keeping us in games all season and she was outstanding against an opponent of Richmond's caliber," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "Her stats show that she's one of the best in the country and she's been proving that so far this year."

Other Nominees:
Amanda von Leer, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior, Marlton, N.J. (Lenape HS)
Amanda von Leer scored the game winning goal as time expired against Saint Louis on the road. She played all 70 minutes against Saint Louis and she played 45 minutes against UC Davis.

Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
Senior goalie Caroline Suitch led the Golden Flashes to a brilliant 2-0 victory over No. 5 Michigan State on Friday.  Behind a nine save performance she helped hand MSU its first lost of the year and shutdown an offense that entered the contest ranked 12th in the country in scoring.  The victory also made Kent State the first team in the nation this season to record wins over two top 10 ranked teams.  On Sunday Suitch followed up with six saves in a 2-1 loss to No. 13 Boston U.

Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Berlin, Germany (Werner-von-Siemens)
Was in goal during two tough defeats against Big Ten Opponents. Faced 26 shots over the weekend and made seven saves. Had .636 save percentage for the week.

Hillary Lawless, Missouri State, Forward
Freshman, St. Louis, Mo. (Lafayette High)
Hillary Lawless helped give the Bears their early lead in the Wednesday match-up against UC Davis. Lawless assisted Catrina Schmidt just 8:26 minutes into the game before a 50 minute weather delay was issued.  Sunday's game may have been a hard loss for the Bears, but was a solid showing for Lawless. She converted one of her two shots on goal, giving MSU their first and only goal of the game.

Reiann Stoute, Missouri State, Defender
Junior, Bridgetown, Barbados (Combermere School)
After allowing a UC Davis goal 14:59 minutes into the game, Reiann Stoute helped to hold the Aggies scoreless until late in the game's second overtime. Stoute and the defensive line gave UC Davis only seven shots on goal in over 99 minutes of action. On Sunday, Stoute and the rest of the defense gave up 11 shots to Indiana in the first period, but shut them down the second period only allowing three. The Bears would go on to lose 4-1.

Brooke Edwards, Ohio, Midfielder
Junior, Milford, Pa. (Delaware Valley)
Second on the team in goals and leads the squad in assists ... Scored her second goal of the season in the win over Robert Morris ... Had a career-high three assists in the win over Richmond, picking up a helper on every goal ... Has four assists after having one all of last season ... "Brooke has really picked up her game and is a complete player on both sides of the field," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "One day she'll have an assist and then the next game, she's making a defensive save."

Team Notes:
Ball State -
The Ball State field hockey team completes a four-game road swing this weekend and enters Mid-American Conference competition with contests against MAC foes Kent State and Ohio. Saturday, the Cardinals travel to Kent, Ohio to play the Golden Flashes in a game at 1 p.m. at Murphy-Mellis Field. Sunday, Ball State will play the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. in Athens, Ohio at Pruitt Field. Ball State traveled to Evanston, Ill. and Iowa City, Iowa this past weekend to play Northwestern and Iowa. Against the Wildcats, juniors Caitlin Maguire (Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy) and Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) scored one goal apiece, however Northwestern defeated Ball State, 6-2, on Friday at Lakeside Field. The Wildcats outshot the Cardinals, 24-5, and connected on 6-of-18 shots on goal. At Iowa, Ball State fell, 2-0, on Saturday at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes outshot the Cardinals, 26-3, and connected on 2-of-11 shots on goal. Iowa paced the contest with strong offensive pressure, tallying nine shots and four penalty corners before halftime. Kuhn finished with three shots, while sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Hammer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Area) recorded nine saves during 70 minutes of action.

Central Michigan - CMU went 1-1 on the week. They lost to UC Davis 3-0 in Saint Louis. The Chippewas won against Saint Louis on the road 2-1, scoring the game winning goal as time expired.

Kent State - By posting a 2-0 win over No. 5 Michigan State on Friday Kent State became the first team in the country to record wins over two top 10 ranked teams this season.  Six of the Golden Flashes eight opponents this season have been ranked.  KSU's strength of schedule ranks 17th in the country and is 26 spots higher than the next closest MAC school.

Miami - RedHawks suffered two tough defeats this weekend both ending in similar fashion. Tied at one with only a couple minutes left, Miami gave up a late penalty corner that both Indiana and Northwestern were able to score on to earn 2-1 victories. It is the first time Miami has lost two games in a row since losing three Oct. 7-11, 2009. Miami opens MAC play with a rematch of the MAC title game against Ohio. The RedHawks are looking to break a four game losing streak against the Bobcats.

Missouri State -  On Wednesday, the Bears hosted UC Davis in 99:12 minutes of action. The Bears got their first and only goal of the game in before Mother Nature took over, delaying the game for 50 minutes. After the delay, UC Davis was quick to tie it up, eventually taking the game into double overtime until the winning goal was scored. It was a tough loss for the Bears, only giving up nine shots to UC Davis, but failing to convert on their own 24 shots. The Bears' had a three-day break until their Sunday game against Indiana, where they suffered another tough loss. The Bears fell 4-1 to an Indiana team receiving votes in the 2010 Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, but were able to manage seven shots on goal. The loss dropped the Bears' overall record to 2-5.

Ohio - The Bobcats ran their winning streak to three with two wins over the weekend, the only MAC school to win both their games. Seven different players scored in a 4-0 win over Robert Morris and a 3-1 win at Richmond, a replay of last year's NCAA play-in game. As a team, Ohio ranks sixth nationally in save percentage at .818 and 12th nationally in penalty corners, taking 8.78 per game. The 'Cats open conference play with Miami and Ball State this weekend and have won four straight against the Redhawks and seven straight against the Cardinals.