MAC Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 8

Updated 10/20/2009
This Week in the MAC...
Wednesday, October 21
Kent State at Michigan, 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 24
*Central Michigan at Kent State, 1:00 PM
Duke at Ohio, 1:00 PM
*Ball State at Missouri State, Noon

Sunday, October 25
*Central Michigan at Ohio, 1:00 PM
*Miami at Missouri State, Noon

Players of the Week
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.
News and Notes...
• Ball State fell to Central Michigan and Longwood during its last home stretch of the 2009 season. For the Cardinals' lone game this week, Ball State looks to earn another conference win as the team travels Saturday to Missouri State. Ball State holds a 3-12 overall record, 1-6 in the MAC.

• Central Michigan notched its second shutout of the season and the first since the season opener in a 4-0 victory at Ball State, sweeping the season series against the Cardinals ... despite a neutral site loss to Longwood, the Chippewas' goals against average improved to 1.91 on the season as they have allowed two goals or less in 10 of their 14 matches this season.

• Kent State went 1-1 on the week, but remained the front runner in the MAC with a 6-1 league record. The Golden Flashes (9-6) have won seven of their last nine games overall. Rachel Miller had a hand in all four goals scored this weekend producing three scores and assisting on another. In Sunday's 3-2 win over Missouri State she recorded her sixth career multi-goal game, which included the game winner in the 65th minute. Miller has recorded at least one point in the last six games. The combination of senior Allison Kittelberger and junior Nicole Leach helped set up Miller on the penalty corner with three assists each. Kittelberger, who has started 58 consecutive games for KSU leads the team with eight assists this season. Leach meanwhile has seven assists - nearly doubling her previous career total of four heading into the season.

• This week, Miami and its opponents were even in total goals, both accruing four, but Miami outshot opponents 36 - 24 and was the only team to strike in the first period in either match. The RedHawks defeated the California Golden Bears for the second time in program history, the first since 1996, bringing the series to 2-4-0.

• The Bears finished their season series with Kent State and Ohio, dropping both games to the Golden Flashes, while splitting 1-1 with Ohio. This weekend MSU will be home to take on Ball State, Saturday, and Miami, Sunday, during the program's Alumni Weekend. During the Ball State game, the team will honor the 30th anniversary of the 1979 AIAW Division II National Championship team. Sunday will be Senior Day for the four graduating players, Katherine Aslin, Molly Busch, Alyssa Hile and Melissa Lantz.

• The Bobcats had an excellent weekend, being the only MAC team to go 2-0. They outscored opponents 6-3 in their two games and played quite well both offensively and defensively. The Bobcats outshot opponents 36-19 in their two games this weekend. With its two weekend victories, Ohio brought its record back to .500 (7-7) and increased its conference record to 5-2. The ‘Cats will host No. 15 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday and Central Michigan on Sunday.