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CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2009 Field Hockey All-MAC teams, Freshman of the Year, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year at the Field Hockey Banquet in Muncie, Ind. this evening.
Capturing Freshman of the Year honors was Andrea Bieglski of Ohio. A freshman from Collegeville, Pa., Andrea has had a terrific year for Ohio, starting 17 of the team's 18 games. She has shown a tremendous amount of poise and composure on the field while playing in the vital central midfield position for the Bobcats. She has been an important part of a team that leads the league in shutouts (4) and goals against average (0.97). She makes those around her even better and the program is very excited to see how she will perform throughout the rest of her Bobcat career.
Rachel Miller of Kent State claimed Player of the Year honors. A key catalyst for the Kent State offensive attack, Miller leads the MAC and ranks 13th in the country with 14 assists this season. Her five assists in the regular season finale equaled a NCAA single game high this season. Adding 10 goals, Miller is the only MAC player to reach double figures in both goals and assists this season. A NFCHA All-American last season, she has record at least one point in 10 straight games and ranks third in the league with 34 total points for the year.
Joining his player, Ohio head coach Neil MacMillan was named this year's Coach of the Year by his colleges. A native of Portsmouth, England, Neil Macmillan is in his fifth season as the head coach of Ohio. He has done an impressive job of bringing an already well-regarded program to new heights, leading the Bobcats to conference championships in 2006 and 2007 as well as two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Under Macmillan, Ohio has garnered 11 All-MAC First Team selections, 12 All-MAC Second Team selections and a MAC Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007. He has led the team to a 10-8 record in 2009 with an 8-2 conference mark. In his time with the Bobcats, Neil has accumulated a record of 60-46.
The All-MAC first team is lead by four time all-MACer Kim Erasmus of Central Michigan. Joining her for the third time is Rachel Miller of Kent State. Katie Brightwell of Miami and Debbie Bell of KSU were honored for the second year in a row. Joining her teammates is Allison Kettelberger of Kent State. Mary Hull and Maggie Marcum of Miami also join their teammate. Brooke MacGillivary of Ball State, Melissa Lantz of Missouri State, Marcy Dull and Katelyn Shelley of Ohio round out the first team.
The second team is lead by No. 1 Seed Ohio with Andrea Biegalski, Katherine Ballard and Nina Bruno. Central Michigan places two with Kim Sihota and Kelly Jordan. MAC Regular Season Co-Champion Kent State also has two on the team with Katie George and Laurie Wilkins. Christine Brightwell and Kate Snyder are named to the team for the RedHawks. Ball State and Missouri State each have one with Devanny Kuhn and Alyssa Hile.
The 2009 MAC Field Hockey tournament continues tomorrow as No. 1 Ohio takes on No. 4 Central Michigan at Noon followed by No. 2 Kent State vs. No. 3 Miami at 2:30 p.m. The MAC Championship will take place Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m.