This Week's Schedule...MAC Field Hockey Tournament
Thursday, November 5
No. 4 Central Michigan vs. No. 5 Ball State, 11 a.m.
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 Missouri State, 1 p.m.Friday, November 6
No. 1 Ohio vs. No. 4/5 Seed Winner, 12 p.m.
No. 2 Kent State vs. No. 3/6 Seed Winner, 2:30 p.m.Saturday, November 7
No. 1/4/5 Seed Winner vs. No. 2/3/6 Seed Winner, 1 p.m.
Players of the Week...
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.
News and Notes...
The Ball State field hockey team is the No. 5 Seed heading into the Mid-American Tournament in which it hosts at the BSU Turf Field. The team finished with a 4-14 overall record, including two wins in conference for a 2-8 MAC record.
After recording only four wins in its first 16 contests, Central Michigan closed its regular season with three consecutive victories last week... the Chippewas defeated Michigan, 1-0, for the first time since 1988 as the Maroon and Gold notched their third shutout this season... Central then swept Missouri State to secure the fourth seed in next week's MAC Tournament in Muncie, Ind.
Kent State earned a share of the MAC regular season title and a first round bye in the conference tournament with an 8-0 win over Ball State on Sunday. In the game Debbie Bell and Rachel Miller each matched single game NCAA highs for this season, Bell with five goals, and Miller with five assists. With 28 goals this season, Bell has equaled Jakolien van Eijk (1997) for the second most goals in a single year by a KSU player. She is now tied with for the NCAA lead in goals scored this season. Miler, recorded her 100th career point on Saturday against Miami, before the five assist performance on Sunday. With 37 career assists, she is tied for second all-time at KSU. The Golden Flashes will face the winner of the Miami-Missouri State game on Friday at 2:30 pm.
The win over Kent State this Saturday broke the Golden Flashes' three game winning streak, and made Miami only the second team in the MAC to defeat them. Heading into the tournament, Miami has five players with five or more goals so far on the season, with seniors Mary Hull and Maggie Marcum leading the charge at 11. This season marks the third time in four years that the RedHawks have entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Alyssa Hile's goal Sunday against Central Michigan was her 11th of the season, establishing a new career high for a single season. Melissa Lantz assisted on that, giving her eight on the season, which is also good for a new career high. The Bears finished the regular season with a 4-15 overall record, 1-9 in MAC play.
The Bobcats earned their sixth and seventh consecutive conference victories this weekend, shutting out Ball State and Miami en route to winning a share of the regular-season conference title. The 'Cats earned the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will play the winner of Central Michigan and Ball State.