MAC Announces Field Hockey Player of the Week

Updated 10/28/2008

Defensive Player of the Week

Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Jr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio

Curran is gaining more and more confidence in goal after splitting time at the beginning of the season. Stopped five of six Missouri State shots in a 3-1 CMU victory on Saturday before turning aside seven shots to blank the Bears, 2-0, on Sunday. The shutout was Curran's second in her past three starts as she lowered her goals against average to a season-best 2.20.


Offensive Player of the Week

Debbie Bell, Kent State, Fr., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand

Bell scored a pair of game-winning goals on the weekend, totaling three goals in all. She had a hand in all three goals (2g, 1a) in a 3-1 win over second place Miami. The Golden Flashes improved to 12-0 when Bell records a goal or an assist. On the year, she has collected 18 goals and seven game-winning goals.


Additional Nominees

Tara Schiltz, Central Michigan, Jr., Midfield/Back, South Wales, N.Y. (Holland Central HS)

Scored the game-winners in both of CMU's weekend victories over Missouri State. Scored the Chippewas' second goal, one of her three shot attempts in a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Put CMU on the board at the 18:01 mark with her third goal in as many contests (all game-winners), also made a defensive save to keep the Bears off the board and giving the Chippewas their fifth win the past six MAC matches.


Rachel Miller, Kent State, So., Midfield, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop)

Miller had an assist in each of Kent State's victories and was dominant in-between the 25 yard lines. On numerous occasions she won possession on the defensive end and brought the ball to the offensive end, limiting Miami to just five shots on goal and Ball State to four shots on goal. Miller helped the Flashes control possession throughout key points of each game.


Christine Brightwell, Miami, So., Midfielder, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)

Recorded goals in both of Miami's games this weekend. Scored only goal in 3-1 loss to Kent State Saturday. Tied game on penalty corner against Ohio, eventually leading team to 3-2 win. Led team with six shots and four shots on net over weekend.


Danielle Gaynor, Miami, Sr., Back, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)

Led Miami defense against two of the higher powered MAC attacks over the weekend. Scored the second goal of game against Ohio off a penalty corner just before halftime. Helped hold Bobcats without a shot on goal for last 14 minutes of game after they had pulled to within one at 3-2.


Amanda Miyashita, Missouri State, Jr., Defense, Richmond, B.C. (Hugh Boyd Secondary)

Amanda led the defense in two games against Central Michigan. She lined up her fellow defensive players and midfielders to try to stop CMU's attacks. She also made key tackles and broke up many of CMU's fast breaks. She also was able to push the ball up the field for the Bears, leading a few attacks.


Rachelle Coetzee, Ohio, Sr., Forward, Bloemfontein, South Africa (Oranje)

Rachelle helped lead Ohio to a 5-1 victory over Ball State Saturday, as Ohio set a season-high for goals. The senior earned two assists and scored a goal in the victory. Sunday, Rachelle added another assist against Miami, giving her 21 career assists, leaving her two shy of being on Ohio's top five career assists list. She also fired six shots on the weekend, which moved her into fourth place on Ohio's career shots list with 225. (5 points)


Nikki Gnozzio, Ohio, Sr., Back, Flanders, N.J. (Mt. Olive HS)

Nikki led an Ohio defense that allowed just one goal to Ball State Saturday, while also scoring a goal on her lone shot of the day against the Cardinals. She also helped hold a Miami attack that was averaging 3.5 goals per game entering the weekend below their average. She also helped set up two of Ohio's goals this weekend, sending the ball in on penalty corners.