MAC Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 7

Updated 10/13/2009
This Week in the MAC...
Friday, October 16
Central Michigan vs. Longwood, 2:00 PM
*Kent State at Ohio, 3:00 PM
*Central Michigan at Ball State, 3:00 PM
California at Miami, 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 17
*Missouri State at Kent State, 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 18
Longwood at Ball State, 1:00 PM
*Missouri State at Ohio, 1:00 PM
Michigan at Miami, 1:00 PM

Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, So., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Bell scored five goals, including a pair of game winners, and had two assists while leading Kent State to road wins at Miami and Ball State this weekend. In a match-up of the last two undefeated teams in MAC play on Saturday, Bell ignited a 5-2 win over Miami scoring two goals and recording a career best two assists. On Saturday Kent State fell behind 2-0 at halftime, before Bell took over once again scoring three unanswered second half goals to give KSU the 3-2 win. Her third hat trick of the year improved the Golden Flashes to a perfect 5-0 in the league and gave the program its 15th consecutive win against MAC competition. Bell, who leads the league with 18 goals, has scored at least one goal in eight consecutive games.

Defensive Player of the Week
Nina Bruno, Ohio, Sr., Sweeper, Chevy Chase, MD (Bethesda CCHS)
Nina captained a Bobcat defense that only allowed one goal over the weekend (which was the best in the conference this week) to MAC opponents Ball State and Miami. Nina's defense only allowed 11 shots on goal over the weekend, only one of which found its way into the net. "Nina is a huge part of the defense," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "She is very much a leader by example and really coordinates our efforts back there defensively. Especially on Sunday against a Miami team that was scoring over three goals a hold them scoreless for the whole 70 minutes was great. She did a tremendous job of not allowing them to even get shots off."

News and Notes...
Ball State drops to 3-10 overall, 1-4 in the MAC after two heartbreaking losses last weekend. Morgan Cloutier has logged three goals in the last three games for the Cardinals, while goalkeeper Tiffany Shifflett moved to fourth on the all-time career saves list for Ball State with 362 saves in her four years. Ball State takes on Central Michigan and Longwood for the last weekend of home games at the BSU Turf Field.

Central Michigan senior goalkeeper Melinda Curran had a great weekend in goal despite a pair of losses, turning aside 21 of 26 shots against Big Ten powers Indiana and No. 8 Michigan State ... Kelly Jordan netted her sixth goal of the season in Saturday's contest at Indiana, giving her 18 points this season (10 more than the next closest Chippewa).

Kent State gained sole possession of first place in the MAC after 5-2 and 3-2 wins at Miami and Ball State last weekend. Playing in her hometown, junior back Kara Rhodenbaugh matched her career total by scoring two goals in the win over Miami, but it was sophomore Debbie Bell who once again supplied the offensive fireworks for KSU. Bell scored twice and had two assists on Saturday, then posted her third hat trick of the year scoring all three goals in the second half to erase a 2-0 deficit at Ball State. Junior Rachel Miller had an assist in both games and has recorded four in the last four games. Kent State has posted on goal victories in three of the last four games.

Miami outshot opponents 34-30 this week and had only one less shot on goal at 18-19. The RedHawks also put together a .529 shot on goal percentage throughout the three games. Despite losing all three contests this week, Miami remains well in second place in the MAC at 5-2-0.

After the week off, Missouri State will be back on the road as they travel to Kent State, Saturday, and Ohio University, Sunday. The Bears fell to Golden Flashes in their first meeting, 6-3. The next day, MSU defeated the Bobcats in overtime, 3-2. With 11 goals this season, senior Melissa Lantz has moved to 10th on the MSU all-time goals scored list with 34.

The Bobcats earned two MAC victories this past weekend, winning on the road at Ball State and Miami. Ohio played tremendous defense over the weekend, only allowing one goal and 11 total shots on goal in these two matches. Outstanding defensive play led by Nina Bruno prevented teams from getting many chances at goal, and when they did, Courtney Seiders and Jen McGill pushed all but one harmlessly aside. Offensively, Marcy Dull led the charge with two goals and Katelyn Shelley with three assists. The team also completed their season-long seven game road trip and will play their remaining six regular-season games at home.