MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 10/13/2010
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Junior Debbie Bell paced Kent State to a 1-1 week scoring six goals to bring hear season total to a Mid-American Conference leading 14 this season. Bell did the bulk of her damage on Sunday racking up five goals in a 9-1 win over Missouri State. Her five goal performance was the second most in school history and matches the output she had against Ball State on Nov. 1, 2009. Her 64 career goals also tie her for second all-time at KSU with Sue Jensen (1976-79). Bell is just one goal shy of Elsbeth Versterre's (1997-98) school record of 65.

Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
Junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Ball State defeated Central Michigan, 3-2, Saturday afternoon. With just 15 seconds to go in the second half, Kuhn evened the score at 2-2 and sent the contest into overtime after junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow sent her a pass from down the midfield. Then at 71:03 mark, Kuhn continued her hot-shooting and buried the game-winning goal on an unassisted shot for her 11th goal of the season. Kuhn netted a goal against UC Davis on Sunday at the BSU Turf Field, however the Cardinals fell to the Aggies, 3-2. Ball State did not score until 27:27 mark, when Kuhn scored off of a penalty corner for her 12th goal of the season. The communication studies major finished the contest with six shots.

Defensive Player of the Week
Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Elizabethtown Area)
Had a career-high 13 saves in a win over Kent State ... Earned her third shutout of the season in the blanking of Missouri State ... Allowed one goal in 140 minutes and after facing 22 penalty corners ... Currently ranks seventh in the nation in save percentage at .800 and 17th in goals against average at 1.35 ... As a team, Ohio ranks fourth nationally in save percentage at .814 and are allowing a league-low 1.35 goals per contest (0.54 in MAC play) ... "Courtney has made some outstanding saves on reverse shots against Kent State that single-handedly kept us in the game," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "She has played basically played six games in five and her numbers are still near the top, if not the best, in the MAC."

Other Nominees:
Gretchen Lulow, Ball State, Midfielder
RS Junior, Ballwin, Mo. (Cor Jesu Academy)
Junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow tallied two assists during Ball State's contest at Central Michigan, Saturday afternoon at the CMU Field Hockey Complex. Sunday, in a 2-3 loss versus UC Davis at the BSU Turf Field, Lulow recorded a goal and two assists. At 34:40 mark, Lulow scored off of a penalty stroke for the last goal of the day. The exercise science major also finished the contest with a defensive save, her fourth on the season.

Kim Sihota, Central Michigan, Back
Senior, Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh McRoberts SS)
Kim scored the first goal of the game for Central Michigan against Miami. It was her first goal of the season and it tied the game for CMU. She had two total shots against the RedHawks, including one shot on goal. Sihota also had two shots against Ball State, including one shot shot on goal. Kim has played every minute of every game this season. This included playing 71 minutes against Ball State and 70 minutes against Miami this weekend.

Mary Hull, Miami, Forward
Senior, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Mary came up big this week with three goals in three games to lead the RedHawks. She scored a goal against 15th-ranked Michigan, helping Miami tie the score up before they eventually lost the game in overtime. Against Central Michigan on Sunday, she scored two goals as the RedHawks earned an important 3-2 Mid-American Conference win. Hull had seven shots on the week, six of which were on goal for a .857 shots on goal percentage.

Brooke Edwards, Ohio, Midfielder
Junior, Milford, Pa. (Delaware Valley)
Edwards assisted on two of three goals in the win at Kent State ... Tied for the lead league in MAC play with three assists and teammate Jenna Green is tied for sixth with two helpers ... "Brooke is a true creator out there for our team," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "She has been able to get assists during the flow of play instead of off corners, which is where you generally see them. Her ability to distribute has been a key part of our attack."

Team Notes:
Ball State -
Ball State returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend as the Cardinals host the Ohio Bobcats and Kent State Golden Flashes Friday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest versus Kent State stands as Ball State's annual Think Pink game as the Cardinals join the fight against breast cancer. Donations will benefit the Ball Memorial Cancer Center. Juniors Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) and Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu) each netted a goal, but Ball State fell to UC Davis, 3-2, on Sunday. Kuhn and junior forward Brittany Hammer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph's) finished the contest with seven shots in total, while Lulow and senior forward Maura Sawicki (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) each recorded a defensive save. Sawicki also tallied three shots while Mitchell finished with four saves in 70:00 minutes of action.

Central Michigan - Central Michigan lost to Ball State 3-2 in OT on Saturday. CMU scored a go-ahead goal with under two minutes to go, but Ball State mid-fielder Devanny Kuhn scored a goal with 15 seconds to go in the game and then scored again one minute into overtime. The goals for CMU were scored by sophomores Erin Dye and Brittany Burga. The Chippewas lost to Miami 3-2 on Sunday. Senior Kim Sihota scored her first goal of the season in the game. The other CMU goal was scored by freshman Juliana Makrinos.

Kent State - Kent State took part in the Play 4 the Cure Initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday. Junior Debbie Bell became the fifth all-time leading goal scorer in Mid-American Conference history when she scored her 64th career goal. Bell, who totaled six goals on the week, reached the total on Sunday against Missouri State with a five goal performance. Freshman Rebecca Lee also had two goals against Missouri State to run her season total to six goals scored this season. The Golden Flashes are on the road for four of the final five games of the regular season.

Miami - Miami finished 1-4 vs. Big Ten competition this season. The RedHawks are 8-1 vs. everyone else. Mary Hull is now fourth all-time in goals scored for Miami with 38. She has 92 points and is looking to become the fourth player all-time to reach the 100 point mark for their career with the RedHawks.

Missouri State - After two road losses at Ohio, 3-0, and at Kent State, 9-1, the Bears return home to close out the regular season. MSU will host six straight games against MAC opponents, including two games against Central Michigan. With her goal against Kent State, Casey Bayliss (Bathurst, NSW, Australia) now has scored six of the Bears' last nine goals, giving her a team-leading seven on the season.

Ohio - Ohio won for only the second time in nine visits to Kent State, winning 3-1 on goals by Cathryn Altdoerffer, Andrea Biegalski and Taylor Brown. Brooke Edwards also added two assists for the 'Cats. The 'Cats scored on half their shots while the defense kept the Golden Flashes off the board despite allowing seven shots. Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders made two saves for Ohio during the first 35 minutes before matching her season-high for stops in the second half alone and set a new personal best with 13 for the game. Paige Herr, Brittany Zorn and Katherine Ballard all netted goals as the Bobcats roared past Missouri State 3-0. Ohio controlled play throughout the contest, out-shooting the Bears 17-7 and gaining an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners. Herr, Zorn and Ballard all notched their third goals of the season, while Zorn and Jenna Green each picked up assists for Ohio. Seiders added four saves while recording the shutout, her third of the year, and Brown tallied a game-high five shots, including three on goal.