MAC Field Hockey Postseason Awards Announced

Updated 11/5/2010

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Mid-American Conference announced its 2010 field hockey awards and All-Conference teams Thursday evening at the awards banquet. Miami and Kent State ended their campaigns with a share in the regular-season title and the top two seeds in the MAC Championship and five players earning first-team all-conference honors, headlined by Player of the Year Rachel Miller.

Miller earned Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, The Bathhurst, Australia native was key to the Golden Flashes attack from her midfield position, ranking second on the team with 10 goals while leading the team with 12 assists.

Debbie Bell and Nicole Leach joined Miller with All-MAC First-Team accolades after helping guide the Golden Flashes to a 13-6 regular season record. Bell, a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on four occasions, and led the conference in multiple offensive categories, including goals (22) and shots (115) while also racking up a MAC-high 50 points.

Leach provided yet another weapon for the Golden Flashes with seven goals and nine assists while also collecting the MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 27.

Kent State's Rebecca Lee earned Freshman of the Year accolades after a stunning rookie campaign with the Golden Flashes. Lee, who also hails from Bathhurst, Australia, found the net nine times and added four assists, starting 16 of Kent State's 19 matches to date.

Miami head coach Jill Reeve earned Coach of the Year honors with two all-conference performers. Reeve led the squad to a 13-6 season (8-2 MAC), including posting at least one win against every team in the MAC. The RedHawks earned a share of the conference crown for the first time since the current format began in 1984. Reeve owns a 77-72 overall record in seven seasons with Miami.

The RedHawks' representation on the First-Team All-MAC squad comes courtesy of senior Mary Hull and junior Amanda Seeley. This season, Hull paced the squad with 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points. She became only the fourth player in school history to pass the 100-point mark for her career with 105 points.

Seeley earned First-Team All-MAC honors for the first time in her career after serving as the team's primary stick-stopper on all penalty corners this season. It has paid off in a big way for the RedHawks as she stands in a tie for third on the team with seven assists.

Ohio's Courtney Seiders was named the goalkeeper for the First Team, starting in all 20 contests for the Bobcats this season. Seiders ranks first in the MAC in saves, GAA, and save percentage.

Teammates Louzeth Schutte and Taylor Brown joined Seiders with First-Team All-MAC accolades. Despite only appearing in 11 games, Schutte tallied two goals and three assists while playing an anchor role for a strong Bobcats defense. Brown provided much of Ohio's offensive spark, tying for second in the conference with 15 goals.

Ball State's representation on the First-Team All-MAC squad comes courtesy of junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn, who paced the Cardinals in scoring with 33 points, including five game-winning goals, in addition to a defensive save. This season, the native of Louisville, Ky. also collected MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on two occasions. Kuhn sits alongside Taylor Brown with 15 goals on the season.

The Chippewas' Kim Sihota earned First-Team All-MAC honors after leading Central Michigan to a 4th place finish in the standings. The native of Richmond, British Columbia added a goal and an assist on the season.

Missouri State junior forward Casey Bayliss picked up first-team honors for the Bears. Bayliss was the team's leader in goals (9), assists (6), points (24), shots (61) and shots on goal (42), ranking among the MAC's top-ten performers in each category. Bayliss' nine goals are the highest total for a Bear newcomer since Jemima Cameron's 21 in 1998.

The RedHawks and Golden Flashes also packed the second-team all-conference, with Miami placing four players on the squad.

Player of the Year: Rachel Miller, Kent State
Coach of the Year: Jill Reeve, Miami
Freshman of the Year
: Rebecca Lee, Kent State

1st Team:

Courtney Seiders - GK

Ohio

Rachel Miller

Kent State

Mary Hull

Miami

Amanda Seeley

Miami

Kim Sihota

Central Michigan

Louzeth Schutte

Ohio

Taylor Brown

Ohio

Devanny Kuhn

Ball State

Nicole Leach

Kent State

Debbie Bell

Kent State

Casey Bayliss

Missouri State

2nd Team:

Sarah Mueller - GK

Miami

Kylie Landeros

Miami

Rebecca Lee

Kent State

Emily Gruesser

Miami

Brooke Sihota

Central Michigan

Cathryn Altdoerffer

Ohio

Stephanie Arbelaez

Kent State

Carla Johl

Kent State

Christine Brightwell

Miami

Gretchen Lulow

Ball State

Amanda Miyashita

Missouri State