MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 10/6/2009

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Mary Hull, Miami, Sr., Forward, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Mary Hull led the offensive efforts for Miami this week with her four total goals, two per game, including the game winning goals in both contests. On top of the goals, Hull recorded eight points, seven shots, and had a .571 shot percentage. This week she doubled her goals on the season her, making her the leading goal-scorer for the RedHawks with eight.
 
Melissa Lantz, Missouri State, Sr., Forward, Wildwood, Mo.
In the Bears' first two games on the weekend road trip, Melissa Lantz continued her impressive offensive output. Her one goal and one assist helped MSU sweep the season series against in-state rival Saint Louis with a 3-0 victory. Two days later against Ball State, she spurred the Bears to a big second-half lead with two goals and another assist, before the Bears' fell to Ball State, 4-3. Entering Sunday's game against Miami, Lantz had scored eight goals in her last four games.

Defensive Player of the Week
Elizabeth Blaum, Ball State, Jr., Defender, Wilkes Barre, Pa. (Wyoming Seminary Prep)
With the Cardinals leading 4-3 in the final seconds against Missouri State, junior defender Elizabeth Blaum made a defensive save on a last-chance penalty corner opportunity that prevented the Bears from tying the score and sending the game into overtime. Her awareness in the backfield helped Ball State earn its first conference victory this season.

Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Kaitlan Mitchell, Ball State, Jr., Midfielder, Stevens, Pa. (Cocalico)
Kaitlan Mitchell scored two goals and added two assists on the week for Ball State. She helped the Cardinals to their first conference win after scoring the game-winner against Missouri State in the 4-3 come-from-behind victory. Her two weekend assists allowed Ball State to tie the score against the Bears, as well as against Miami.

Kelly Jordan, Central Michigan, Sr., Forward, Burt, N.Y.(Newfane Central HS)
Was involved in both of Central Michigan's goals over the weekend ... recorded CMU's lone tally in a 2-1 loss to defending MAC champion Kent State on Friday ... assisted on CMU's lone goal, which tied the match at 1-1, against Ohio on Saturday ... took seven of the Chippewas' 15 shots for the weekend.

Rachel Miller, Kent State, Jr., Midfielder, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop College)
Miller helped the Golden Flashes improve to a perfect 3-0 in the MAC with key contributions in both wins this weekend. On Sunday her goal nine minutes into the overtime period sent KSU to a 2-1 win over Ohio in a rematch of last season's MAC Championship game. The score marked the 12th career game winner for the 2008 All-American. Miller was also a factor in Friday's 2-1 at Central Michigan assisting on both goal scored. It was her second multi-assist game this season and the seventh for her career.

Katherine Ballard, Ohio, Jr., Forward, Charlottesville, Va. (Charlottesville)
Katherine Ballard was absolutely terrific this weekend for the Bobcats. She accounted for 100% of the team's total offense, scoring all three Ohio goals during tough conference games at Central Michigan and Kent State. One of her goals at Central Michigan was the game-winner and her goal at Kent State on Sunday gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Her six shots this weekend were all on target, netting her a 100% on goal percentage and a 50% shot percentage on the weekend. She has now fired 35 shots this season, with 72% of them (25) being on goal. "She's (Ballard) a person that has proved if you do the work on your own away from practice time, you can really see the rewards," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "Three goals in two games and all of her execution is fantastic." Despite Ballard's tremendous offensive weekend, she was very humble about her accomplishments and quickly deflected credit to her teammates. "I think the team's performance today was great," said Ballard. "We definitely came out in the second half and made corrections from the first and really worked well as a team. It was just a team effort all around.

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day HS)

Turned aside 15 of 19 shots for a solid .789 save percentage for the week, improving her season mark to .738 ... lowered her MAC-best goals against average to 2.07 ... turned aside seven of nine shots in a 2-1 loss to defending MAC champion Kent State on Friday ... stopped eight of 10 shots in a 2-1 loss to Ohio on Saturday.

Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Jr., Goalie, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
Suitch surrendered just two goals in 149:09 minutes this week while leading the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 record. Her performance help lead KSU to a 3-0 start in MAC play for just the second time since 2001. In addition she made seven saves in goal, while improving her all-time MAC record to 12-1. Suitch has now allowed one goal or fewer in 12 of the 13 MAC games she has played. On Sunday she helped force the overtime period by making saves on both Ohio shot attempts in the second half.

Kylie Landeros, Miami, So., Back, Glendora, Calif. (Glendora)
Kylie Landeros helped Miami to hold opponents to only one goal in the contest against Ball State, and a shutout against Missouri State. Landeros also recorded a defensive save against Ball State, which was the first defensive save for a Miami player this season and the first in her career with the RedHawks. Despite 25 opponent shots, the Miami defense, led by Landeros, held opponents to the single goal, allowing them only to accrue three points to Miami's 30 on the week.

Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Jr., Goalkeeper, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Old Dominion)
Courtney Seiders played a great weekend in goal for Ohio, starting both of the 'Cats two conference road games. She held Central Michigan to only one goal on Saturday, preserving Ohio's 2-1 victory. She played quite well in a very choppy, non free-flowing game on Sunday at Kent State, making saves and defensive plays when they came her way. She made three saves in each game this weekend, leading the Bobcats to a 1-1 weekend record.