Kent State Pair Claims NFHCA All-American Honors

Updated 11/23/2010
Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

KENT, Ohio - The 2010 season was a banner year for the Kent State field hockey team.  The achievements for the program continued this week with the announcement of senior midfielder Rachel Miller (Bathhurst, Australia / MacKillop College) and junior forward Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato) the Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Team.

Miller was honored with a First Team recognition after being named Second Team in 2009 and Third Team in 2008.  A three-time First Team All-Region selection, Bell earned her first All-American accolade with a Third Team recognition this season.  The duo becomes the first set of Kent State teammates since 2001 to receive All-American honors in the same season.  

The achievement marks a program milestone for Miller who becomes the first player in school history to earn All-American status three times in a career.  In addition she joins Arlette van Cleeff (2001) as one of only two First Team All-Americans at Kent State.

A two-time Mid-American Conference Player of the Year recipient, Miller closed out the season as one of only three active players in the country to record over 40 career goals and 40 career assists.  She capped off her senior season earning MAC Tournament MVP honors while leading the Golden Flashes to their second title and NCAA Play-in game appearance in three seasons.  With 11 goals and a MAC best 14 assists this season Miller was one of just 10 players in the nation to post double digits in both categories.  

Bell's first All-American honor comes after a season in which she posted 26 goals and a career high seven assists.  One of the top scorers in the nation she ranked fourth in the country in total goals, marking the second consecutive year she finished in the top five.  Bell became the Golden Flashes' all-time leader in goals scored this season and her 76 career goals are the second most among active players in the nation.  She scored seven of the 15 game winning goals for Kent State in 2010.    

The Golden Flashes won a share of the MAC regular season title for the third consecutive year with a 15-7 overall record and an 8-2 league mark. Kent State won the MAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Play-in game before falling to No. 9 American, 2-1, in the opening round.