MAC Announces Final Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 11/3/2009
Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, So., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato
With six goals in two games this weekend, Bell helped lead the Golden Flashes to a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title for the 10th time in school history. The nation's co-leading scorer with 28 goals this season, Bell equaled a NCAA single game high this season with a career high five goals in the 8-0 win over Ball State on Sunday. She also added a goal on Saturday against Miami which helped her match the second most goals in a single season at KSU.

Defensive Player of the Week
Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Jr., Goalkeeper, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Old Dominion)
Courtney had a terrific weekend in goal for the Bobcats, posting two shutouts in vital conference wins against Ball State and Miami, which helped Ohio clinch a share of the regular-season Mid-American Conference title. "Courtney is highly instrumental in keeping us in games," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "She proved that this weekend with some really key saves in the first half against Ball State and the second half against Miami." Courtney has not allowed a goal in three consecutive matches, for a shutout streak of over 200 minutes. She is the owner of a 7-4 record in goal and a 1.93 GAA.

 



Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Kelly Jordan, Central Michigan, Jr., Forward, Burt, N.Y. (Newfane Central HS)
Scored her second-career hat trick and added an assist in the Chippewas' 4-1 victory over Missouri State on Saturday ... scored CMU's insurance goal in Sunday's 3-1 victory ... the nine point weekend gives the senior forward a career-high 31 points this season while the four goals ties her career high with 11.

Katie Brightwell, Miami, Sr., Back, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
Katie Brightwell was one of two RedHawks to score in the win against Kent State this past Saturday in the game that would find Miami on top of the now-MAC Co-Champion Golden Flashes. This week, Brightwell accumulated seven shots for one goal against Kent State, and three additional shots against Ohio. In that game against the Bobcats, Brightwell also proved herself on the defensive end as she recorded a defensive save in the tight 1-0 contest. This week's efforts move her into third on the team in points (22) and first in shots (59).

Marcy Dull, Ohio, Sr., Midfield, Ephrata, Pa. (Ephrata)
Marcy had a great weekend for the Bobcats, scoring two goals (both game-winners) in two very important conference games against Ball State and Miami. She also provided an assist in the game against Ball State. Her timely goals helped the 'Cats secure a share of the regular-season conference title and the number one seed in the conference tournament. Her senior leadership has been an integral part of the Bobcats' conference winning streak. "The importance of goal-scoring is when you put the ball in the back of the net," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "Marcy proved that this weekend by really stepping up at the right times."

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day HS)
Stopped all 12 shots she faced in three appearances (two starts) and earned all three CMU victories ... stopped seven shots to shut out Michigan, 1-0 ... held Missouri State off the scoreboard with three saves in over 60 minutes of action before getting replaced in a 4-0 contest ... stopped both shots she faced in a relief appearance to give CMU a weekend sweep of the Bears.

Kelsey Dean, Miami, Sr., Goalkeeper, Rye, N.Y. (Rye)
Dean was a key component of a tight RedHawk defense that allowed only two goals in both contests combined against the now-MAC Co-Champions. In the victory against Kent State, Dean recorded two saves, allowing one goal in 70 minutes in the net. With this feat, Kent State was held to just one goal for the first time in MAC play this season. Against Ohio, Dean recorded a total of four saves in that match and allowed another solo goal. In both contests, Dean held the opponent to shutout first periods. After the weekend she improves to 35 total saves on the season, tying her career record for saves set during her sophomore season in 2007. Dean also has a 1.48 goals-allowed average and a .714 save percentage, the best on the team in both categories. She has helped Miami to earn its current seat at second in the MAC in 2009 in goals allowed per game with 2.05.