Kent State's Rachel Miller Named Field Hockey All-American

Updated 11/24/2008

Story Courtesy of KSU Media Relations


KENT, Ohio -  Sophomore midfielder Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop) became just the sixth player in Kent State’s history to earn All-American status Monday (Nov. 24)as announced by the  National Field Hockey Coaches Association.  A third team selection, Miller is the first Golden Flash to claim the honor since 2002.


“We are very proud to have a Kent State student-athlete among this talented group of field hockey players,” Head Coach Kathleen Schanne said.


After being named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007, Miller topped her rookie season performance by leading the MAC with 14 assists.  She was named to the All-MAC and All-West Region First Teams for the second straight season and matched her freshman year total of 12 goals, despite making the transition from forward to midfielder.


Schanne also considers Miller “an outstanding defender and distributor with exceptional speed.”


Miller helped the Golden Flashes win a conference regular season title, by totaling six goals and 10 assists in 10 league games.  She then helped KSU to a MAC Tournament crown with a goal and three assists in two tournament games.  For her efforts, Miler was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team for the second straight season.


At 17-5, Kent State posted its best winning percentage since 2000 and was ranked 19th in the final NFHCA Coaches’ Poll.