MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 10/20/2009
Offensive Player of the Week
Katelyn Shelley, Ohio, Sr., Midfielder, Ephrata, Pa. (Ephrata)

Shelley had an unbelievable weekend for the Bobcats, assisting on both goals against Kent State (including the game-winner) and scoring two goals (including the game-winner) in the span of one minute against Missouri State. She leads the team in assists (10) and points (18) and has tallied 15 points in the last nine games for the 'Cats. She has accumulated at least one point in nine consecutive games for Ohio. "Katelyn was extremely instrument in both wins for us this weekend," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "She is a great provider and one of her assists (the game-winner) against Kent State came from open play. She really does a good job in both set pieces and open play. Her goals on Sunday were two great finishes from the middle of the D."

Defensive Player of the Week
Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day HS)
Curran turned aside all five shots she faced in just over 60 minutes of action at Ball State. She made six saves on seven shots against Longwood. Curran allowed only one goal all weekend.

Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel Miller, Kent State, Jr., Midfielder, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop College)
Miller had a hand in all four goals scored by the Golden Flashes this week, including the game winner in the 65th minute on Saturday against Missouri State. With the game tied at 2-2 the All-MAC performer scored off a penalty corner attempt to give Kent State its seventh win in the last nine games. Miller, who also had an assist in the contest also scored the game's first goal. She now has eight goals and seven assists for the year. On Friday against Ohio she produced another timely goal down the stretch for the Golden Flashes. Trailing 1-0 in the closing minutes, Miller knocked home KSU's only score in the 66th minute to tie the game.

Mary Hull, Miami, Sr., Forward, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Mary Hull was one of four RedHawks to contribute to Miami's scoring efforts this week, and had the game winning goal in overtime against the visiting California Golden Bears. She also had three shots on goal this week, with a shot-on-goal percentage of .600. After this week, Hull leads the team in goals (11), points (25) and game winning goals (4). She has also surpassed her career record for most goals and most points in a season, both set in 2006, of nine and 21, respectively. Also, her four game winning goals so far in 2009 doubles her career highs of two set in both in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Hull has scored goals in six of nine Miami wins, and has recorded two goals in three of those matches, putting together a shot-on-goal percentage of .710 so far, the second highest on the team.

Alyssa Hile, Missouri State, Sr., Midfielder, Wildwood, Mo.
Alyssa Hile had her hand in all four goals the Bears scored this weekend. After her two assists at Kent State helped bring the game down to the wire, Hile scored once and assisted on another goal at Ohio. Her five points give her 24 on the season, good for second on the team. And now with nine goals and six assists this season, she matches her career highs in both categories.

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Kelsey Dean, Miami, Sr., Goalkeeper, Rye, N.Y. (Rye)
Kelsey Dean recorded 13 saves this week in only two contests and maintained a save percentage of .765. In over 143 minutes in the goal, Dean allowed only four goals, with a goals-allowed average of 1.95. Her tight control of the net and a fierce defensive effort helped to keep California winless in a close overtime match, and she recorded seven saves in the game against Michigan. Dean also managed to keep both opponents scoreless through the first half despite ten total shots and six shots on goal. In 2009, Dean has a total of 26 saves in just seven games played which is nearly double her total in 2008. She is also well above last year's save percentage of .609 as she currently sits at .703.

Reiann Stoute, Missouri State, Fr., Defender, Bridgetown, Barbados
Reiann Stoute helped hold a potent Kent State offense to only three goals in Saturday's 3-2 loss. On Sunday at Ohio, Stoute scored her first collegiate goal when she tied the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute.

Jenna Green, Ohio, So., Defense, Wescosville, Pa. (Emmaus)
Jenna was an integral part of an Ohio defense that only allowed three goals over the weekend. Her crew held conference-leading scorers Debbie Bell and Melissa Lantz both goal-less and point-less over the weekend, while holding Bell to two shots on goal and Lantz only one. She played all 140 minutes for the Bobcats this weekend, not getting taken out once. "Jenna is the most level-headed and calm player that I've seen in a while," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "She is extremely composed out on the field; never seems to get flustered and always does her job of keeping the ball out of the attacking D and making sure that any attacking player is extremely well-marked and denied any opportunity." Her defense only allowed 19 total shots over the weekend.

 


Tara Schiltz, Central Michigan, Sr., Back, South Wales, N.Y. (Holland Central HS)
Tallied a goal and an assist to put Central Michigan up early in Friday's win at MAC foe Ball State ... the tally was the senior's first of the season ... fired five shots with three reaching the keeper in two matches.