MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 10/20/2010
MAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week
Rachel Miller, Kent State, Midfielder
Senior, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop College)
Kent State senior Rachel Miller helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 week and into a three-way tie atop the Mid-American Conference standings.  Miller scored three goals, including both game winners and added three assists to total nine points for the week.  In the win at Miami that snapped a three game losing streak to the RedHawks the two-time All-American scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second as Kent State built up a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 victory.  On Sunday at Ball State, with the Golden Flashes down 3-2 in the second half she assisted on the game tying goal then scored the go ahead goal 10 minutes later.  Miller also added another goal and assist in the contest to help give KSU its fifth win in the past six games.  Miller currently ranks second in the MAC with 10 assists and fourth with 24 points.

MAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week
Maura Sawicki, Ball State, F/MF
Senior, St. Louis, Mo. (Nerinx Hall)
Senior forward Maura Sawicki combined for six defensive saves and an assist on the weekend against the visiting Ohio Bobcats and Kent State Golden Flashes. Friday versus Ohio, Sawicki recorded a game-high four defensive saves. Sawicki also tallied two defensive saves, an assist and two shots Sunday against Kent State.  With her team-leading nine defensive saves so far this season, the elementary education major leads all active BSU players with 11 career defensive saves. Sawicki has also accounted for half of the Cardinals defensive saves so far this season (9-of-18) and ranks first in the NCAA in defensive saves.

Other Nominees:
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
Junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn combined for three goals on the weekend against MAC foes Ohio and Kent State. Friday versus Ohio, Kuhn tallied seven shots and her 13th goal of the season off a penalty corner. She also recorded two goals Sunday against Kent State, the second of which occurred with less than four minutes to go in the second period.  With 15 goals, Kuhn has doubled her total of goals scored during both the 2008-09 seasons (7). Also, with her team-leading 15 goals so far this season, the communication studies major leads all active BSU scorers with 22 career goals and her 52 career points stand as the most among active BSU players. Kuhn stands two goals shy of breaking Chantelle Isaac's record of 23 goals (2003-05) and 15 goals short of breaking Lindsay Quay's career record of 37 goals (2003-06).

Erin Dye, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Sophomore, St. Louis, Mo. (Cor Jesu Academy)
Erin Dye scored two goals against the Missouri State Bears on Saturday. She also had five shots and three shots on goal against MSU on Saturday. Dye had four shots and three shots on goal against the Bears on Sunday. Erin leads the Chippewas in points with 10 on the season. She also has the team lead in goals with four.

Anastasia Netto, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Trinidad & Tobago (St. Joseph's Convent)
Netto made four saves on Saturday and picked up her fourth win of the season against the Missouri State Bears. On Sunday, Netto continued her strong play as she made 10 saves on the day. Anastasia is second in the MAC in Save Pct.

Stephanie Arbelaez, Kent State, Back
RS Junior, San Diego, Calif (Mira Mesa)
Arbelaez played a brilliant game in the Kent State back field this past weekend.  Behind her contributions, the Golden Flashes have won five of the last six games and moved into a three-way tie atop the MAC standings.  This past weekend in wins over Miami and Ball State she helped create offensive opportunities for KSU by forcing turnovers and continually breaking up scoring chances for the opposition.

Christine Brightwell, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
Christine was the leading scorer with two goals and one assist as Miami took on the other two co-leaders, Kent State and Ohio last weekend. She scored her first goal off a penalty corner against Kent State on Saturday. In the impressive 4-0 win over Ohio on Sunday, she assisted Emily Gruesser in scoring the team's second goal, and punched another goal in herself off a penalty corner to give the RedHawks their fourth goal. She led the team with 10 shots over the weekend, six of which were on goal.

Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Berlin, Germany (Wener-von-Siemens)
Earned her fifth shutout of season against Ohio on Sunday. Made several key first half saves to keep Bobcats off the board until RedHawks blew game open. Rebounded from three early goals to shutout Kent State the rest of the way on Saturday. Did not allow a goal for 103 minutes against two of the top offenses in the MAC. Had a save percentage of .727 and goals against average of 1.52 for the weekend.

Steph Anderson, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny)
Anderson earned her second shutout of the season in the Bears' 1-0 win over Central Michigan. Getting the start after Andrea Bain played all of Saturday's match, Anderson saved all six Chippewa shots on goal, including two in the game's final two minutes.

Amanda Miyashita, Missouri State, Defender
Senior, Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh Boyd Secondary)
Amanda Miyashita scored two goals in two games over the weekend, including the game-winner in the Bears' 1-0 triumph over Central Michigan, Sunday. Her score came in the 19th minute after she beat the keeper from the left wing. She was also key as a defender, helping to shutout the Chippewas a day after they had scored four goals. Saturday, her goal in the 29th minute cut the Bears' deficit to 2-1, but they ended up falling 4-2. The goals were her first of the season.

Taylor Brown, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Elkton, Md. (Caravel Academy)
Was a part of all three goals in the win over Ball State ... Brown is currently third in the league in goals and points ... Registered a team-high five shots, four on goal, in the loss to Miami.

Jenna Green, Ohio, Back
Junior, Wescosville, Pa. (Emmaus)
Had two assists in the win over Ball State, which gives her four for the season ... Leads the team in defensive saves and sits third in the league ... Has started every game for the Bobcats this season.

Team Notes:
Ball State -
Ball State travels to play Missouri State Friday in Springfield, Mo. at 1 p.m., before returning to the BSU Turf Field Sunday to host Indiana in a non-conference contest scheduled for 1 p.m. So far this season, Ball State has tallied a 5-9 record (2-5 MAC). Last season, the squad recorded just four wins overall.

Central Michigan - Central Michigan split a weekend set with the Missouri State Bears. CMU won 4-2 on Saturday. Dye scored two goals to lead the Chippewas attack. Dye also had five shots and three shots on goal in the game. The other goals were scored by Alexis Gersbach and Emily Girasole. Senior Amanda von Leer and freshman Juliana Makrinos each had two assists in the game. CMU lost 1-0 to MSU on Sunday. Dye led again in shots with four and three shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto made four saves on Saturday and then made 10 saves on Sunday. Next up for the Chippewas is a trip to Athens, Ohio for a contest against the Ohio Bobcats.

Kent State - Kent State has won five of its last six games and moved into a three-way tie atop the MAC standings after posting wins at Miami (3-2) and Ball State (7-4) this past weekend. Senior All-American Rachel Miller led the attack scoring three goals, including two game-winners, and adding three assists. She scored or assisted on six of KSU's 10 goal for the weekend. Junior Carla Johl also racked up three goals to bring her season total to five this season. In MAC play the Golden Flashes are averaging more than two goals per game over the next closest team with a 4.7 goals per game scoring average. The Golden Flashes also rank ninth in the country with 8.8 penalty corner opportunities per game. On Sunday at Miami, junior Debbie Bell match the KSU school record with her 65th career goal. Bell's goal pulled her even with Elsbeth Vesterre (1997-98).

Miami - After splitting this key weekend, Miami now controls its own destiny for the MAC Title. If it wins all three remaining games, it will take at minimum a share of the MAC regular season championship. The RedHawks have never won even a share of a title in field hockey before. Miami showed it was a second half team in both games this weekend. In the first half, Ohio and Kent had a combined penalty corner advantage of 10-2. The RedHawks turned that around in the second half and had a combined penalty corner advantage of 15-3. That was also represented by the number of shots they took. In the first half, Ohio and Kent outshot Miami 15-8. The second half was 21-11 in favor of the RedHawks.

Missouri State - The Bears' win against CMU snapped a 14-game losing streak to MAC opponents. It was also their first win against the Chippewas since joining the MAC. With four wins, the Bears have matched their win total from last season, with four regular season games to play. The Bears are in the midst of their season-ending, six-game home stand. Next to visit Springfield are Ball State, Friday at 1 p.m., and Miami (Ohio), Sunday at 12 p.m.

Ohio - Taylor Brown scored two goals and added an assist as Ohio won their 11th straight against Ball State, 3-1. Brown's five points give her 27 for the season and she sits third overall in the league. Jenna Green and Paige Herr both picked up two assists apiece. Despite being shut-out by Miami on Sunday, the 'Cats are still in a three-way tie for first with the RedHawks and Kent State with three game remaining on each team's schedule.