MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 10/6/2010
Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Junior Debbie Bell helped lead Kent State to its first 2-0 weekend of the season scoring two goals and totaling five points. On Friday assisted on a goal for the third consecutive game when she provided the helper on the game winning goal in a 2-0 victory at Central Michigan.  Bell followed up Sunday scoring both goals, including the game-winner in overtime in the Golden Flashes 2-1 overtime win at Northwestern that ended a six game winning streak for the Wildcats.  Sunday's performance was the second overtime game winner for Bell this season and also marked the 13th career multi-goal game of her career.  She now ranks third all-time at Kent State with 58 career goals.

Defensive Player of the Week
Andrea Bain, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Victoria, British Columbia (Oak Bay High)
Andrea Bain played well in her first two career starts this past week, picking up a win against Saint Louis, 5-1. Bain made three saves against the Billikens and directed a defensive end that allowed only six total shots. At Miami, Bain kept the Bears in the game by saving 11 of the RedHawks 14 shots.

Other Nominees:
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)
In Ball State's MAC home opening weekend versus Miiami and Missouri State, Devanny Kuhn recorded four points. Against Miami, Kuhn tallied seven shots during the contest. Versus Missouri State, Kuhn scored both of Ball State's goals. At 8:51 mark, Kuhn put the Cardinals' on the board with an unassisted goal and netted the game-winner at 78:51 in overtime on an unassisted shot. The communication studies major tallied six shots on the day. Kuhn paces the MAC in shots per game (5.83), points per game (2.67), goals per game (1.17) and game-winning goals (3).

Gretchen Lulow, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Ballwin, Mo. (Cor Jesu Academy)
In Ball State's MAC home opening weekend versus Miiami and Missouri State, Gretchen Lulow recorded one shot agaisnt the Bears and tallied her third defensive safe of the season versus the RedHawks. Lulow leads the MAC in assists (6), assists per game (1.00) and defensive saves (3).

Brooke Sihota, Central Michigan, Back
Junior, Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh McRoberts SS)
Had 1 shot against Kent State (10/2) ... Recorded 1 assist vs. Ohio (10/2) ... Scored on a penalty stroke in the shootout win against Ohio ... Leads CMU in points with six and is tied for the lead in goals with two.

Rachel Miller, Kent State, Midfielder
Senior, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop College)
Senior Rachel Miller was a key component of the Kent State's first weekend sweep of the season.  Miller continually broke up scoring threats from the opposition by breaking up plays inside the 25-yard line.  With the two-time All-American spearheading the defensive unit Kent State limited their two opponents to just six shots on goal.  On the defensive corner unit, Miller helped the Golden Flashes deny all 10 penalty corner attempts in the two games.  On Friday in a 2-0 win at Central Michigan she scored the game winning goal.  In a 2-1 overtime win at Northwestern on Sunday she forced a turnover in the extra session that led to a breakaway game winning goal that ended a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats. 

Mary Hull, Miami, Forward
RS Senior, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Was team's offensive player in perfect week for RedHawks with one goal and two assists. She assisted on both goals for Miami in 2-0 win over Ball State Friday. She set up the offense for two relatively simple point blank shots during that game. She added a goal in the 3-0 win over Missouri State. Hull had six shots on the week, three of which were on goal.

Amanda Seeley, Miami, Midfielder/Back
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
Helped lead a strong defense that held opponents to no goals in two games last week. Limited Ball State and Missouri State to 13 shots combined over the weekend. Made a defensive save against Cardinals on one of those shots. Seeley also assisted on a goal against the Bears and quarterbacked the penalty corner attack.

Casey Bayliss, Missouri State, Forward
Junior, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia (Charles Sturt University)
Casey Bayliss led the Bears to victory over the visiting Billikens, 5-1, when she scored two goals and assisted on another. At Ball State, her second-half goal forced overtime before the Bears lost to the Cardinals. And at Miami (Ohio), Bayliss registered a shot on goal. The junior has scored five goals in her last four games and leads the team in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16). She is in the top five in the MAC in points, goals per game (0.55) and assists.

Cathryn Altdoerffer, Ohio, Midfielder
Sophomore, Conestoga, Pa. (Penn Manor)
Led the team in shots, goals and points over the weekend ... Had two goals against No. 6 Michigan State ... Altdoerffer sits fifth in the MAC in goals and tied for fifth in points ... "Cathryn has played very aggressively on the offensive end of the field these past couple weekend and it's really to starting to pay dividends," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "She's been our best goal-scorer these past two weekends and we hope to see her high level of play continue."

Team Notes:
Ball State -
Ball State travels to play Central Michigan Saturday, Oct. 9 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. at 1 p.m., before returning to the BSU Turf Field Sunday, Oct. 10 to host UC Davis in a contest scheduled for 11 a.m.

Central Michigan - CMU got a 2-1 win over Ohio at home in a shootout. They held the edge in penalty strokes 4-3. The Chippewas lost to Kent State in their MAC opener 2-0 at home. Bailey McKeon scored the lone goal against Ohio. Simone Lazar scored the game winner in the shootout. Brooke Sihota, Paulina Lee, and Amy Binder scored on their penalty strokes as well. Junior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto had nine saves against KSU on Friday.

Kent State - Kent State earned its first weekend sweep of the season with road victories at Central Michigan and at Northwestern. The Golden Flashes' defense allowed just six shots on goal and 10 penalty corners in the two wins. Kent State has outshot the last five four opponents by a 79-31 margin. Junior Debbie Bell recorded her second overtime game winner of the season on Sunday in the win over Northwestern. She also posted her 13th career multi-goal game and moved into third place all-time at KSU with 58 career goals. Senior goalie Caroline Suitch posted her second shutout of the season and 10th in her career. She now has totaled 35 victories in goal the past three seasons. With wins in five of the last seven games Kent State returns home to host Ohio (Friday) and Missouri State (Sunday) this weekend.

Miami - Mary Hull is now fifth all-time on Miami with 35 career goals. She is also tied for fifth with 87 points. Miami now has four shutouts in only 11 games after having five total in the previous two year combined.

Missouri State - After a 5-1 win Wednesday against Saint Louis, the Bears took to the road for their first MAC games of the year. They dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Muncie before falling 3-0 in Oxford. Newcomers have scored 16 of the Bears' 22 goals this season. The Bears will play at Ohio and at Kent State this weekend. They are 9-16-1 all-time against the Bobcats, and 3-18-1 against the Golden Flashes.

Ohio - Last weekend, Ohio scored five goals but lost two close matchups in Michigan. On Saturday, the 'Cats dropped their first conference game of the season on penalty strokes at Central Michigan. Taylor Brown scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season early on, but it was not enough as CMU won 4-3 on strokes after two scoreless overtime periods. The Green & White then dropped a non-conference battle to No. 6 Michigan State, 6-4. Cathryn Altdoerffer scored twice, Jessica Jue had a goal and an assist and the Bobcats built a 3-2 first-half lead. However, the Spartans rallied and kept Ohio winless on their weekend trip.