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 game...to hold them scoreless for the whole 70 minutes was great. She did a tremendous job of not allowing them to even get shots off."
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the WeekMaggie Marcum, Miami, Sr., Back, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
Maggie Marcum scored two of Miami's four goals on the week bringing her total on the season so far to eight. With these goals she officially surpasses her career record for goals in a season with Miami (6). Her assist this week brings her to two on the season which ties her total in 2007 and puts her just two shy of her career high of four. Marcum also added five points to her season total this week, bringing her to 18 on the season and putting her ahead of her previous season record of 16 established over the course of the 2008 season. Marcum's shot on goal percentage was 1.000% this week after finding the net both times she shot.Katelyn Shelley, Ohio, Sr., Midfielder, Ephrata, PA (Ephrata)
Katelyn tallied three assists over the weekend, increasing her team-leading season total to eight. Not only does she have eight assists, but she also has two goals, giving her a total of 12 points so far in the season. She has been on fire lately, accounting for six assists in the last four Ohio games. "Katelyn is a huge contributor for us, both in set plays and in the open field," said head coach Neil Macmillan. Shelley has assisted on more than just goals from penalty corners, as a number of her helpers have come during the natural run of play. "Scoring goals isn't just about putting the ball in the net...it's about the team patterns that lead up to that point," said Macmillan. "Katelyn is someone who is really providing that link between the buildup and goal-scoring."
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day HS)
Upped her MAC-leading save percentage to .755 over the weekend ... turned away 16 of 18 shots in a loss to No. 8 Michigan State on Sunday ... made five saves at Indiana on Saturday.
Kara Rhodenbaugh, Kent State, Jr., Back, Oxford, Ohio (Talawanda)
Rhodenbaugh help lead Kent State to a pair of win to improve the Golden Flashes to a pefect 5-0 in MAC play this season. Playing in her hometown of Oxford, Ohio on Saturday, the junior back matched her career total by scoring two goals to help fuel a 5-1 win at Miami in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the league. After Kent State fell behind 2-0 at half time against Ball State, Rhodenbaugh helped the Golden Flashes defense put a stranglehold on the Cardinals limiting them to just three shots in the final 35 minutes, including just one attempt in the last eight minutes with KSU playing a man down due to a yellow card.
Katie Brightwell, Miami, Sr., Back, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
Katie Brightwell consistently showed her ability to lead Miami's defensive efforts throughout each of the three games this week. Her ability to not only coordinate, but to actively defend as well held ranked opponent Ohio State to only five goals. The most telling statistic showing her contributions this week is that, despite being outscored 11-4 this week, opponents were held to a total of 19 shots on goal, only one more than Miami recorded. Brightwell's four shots on the week gives her the most on the team at 39. She also leads in assists (11), is tied for first in shots on goal (19) and is second in points (19). Her 11 assists thus far in 2009 put her seven above her season totals with Miami combined. She has also surpassed her career high for most points in a season which she set in 2008 with 17. Brightwell was an integral part of the seven-game winning streak the Miami put together earlier this season as well.