MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 10/21/2008

Offensive Player of the Week

Katie Brightwell, Miami, Jr., Back, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)

Brightwell led team with four goals on the week, tallying eight points. She put in two penalty corners and led team with 12 shots and seven shots on goal. Helped solid defensive effort that led team to wins over Big Ten foe Indiana as well as win over Missouri State.


Defensive Player of the Week

Stephanie Bernthal, Kent State, Sr., Back, River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park)

Bernthal helped the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 weekend by making key tackles in both games. She recorded two assists in KSU's 5-2 win at Central Michigan. Head Coach Kathleen Schanne called Bernthal "the leader from the backfield in one of our best defensive performances of the year," against Michigan. She played all 74 minutes in the OT victory, holding the Wolverines to just three shots, none of which were on goal.



Additional Nominees

Paulina Lee, Central Michigan, Fr., Midfielder, Pittsford, N.Y. (Mendon HS)

Seeing extended playing time with improved production. Registered a point in all three matches CMU played this weekend (her first career points). Scored first career goal at Michigan to tie the match at 2-2 going into the half. Put the Chippewas on the board against Kent State in Friday's contest. Assisted on the game-winner in a 1-0 upset victory over defending MAC champion Ohio on Sunday. (5 points)


Rachel Miller, Kent State, So.,  Midfielder, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop)

Miller scored two goals, including the game-winner and recorded one assist in KSU's 5-2 win at Central Michigan. Her five-point game gave her five goals and six assists in a five-game span. Miller also began the game-winning play in a 1-0 overtime victory over Michigan with a pass to Carla Johl. On the year, Miller is second on the team in goals (10), assists (8), points (28) and game-winning goals (4). (5 points)


Louzeth Schutte, Ohio, So., Back, Senekal, South Africa (Oranje)

“Louzeth is worthy of the honor for her work this week and the work she’s put in throughout the season,” Ohio head coach Neil Macmillan said. “She controlled one of the highest scoring attacks in the nation (No. 4 Michigan State, averaging 4.36 goals per game, third nationally) and held them to one goal in regulation. She is an integral part of our defense and both games this weekend did a great job clearing the ball from the back. She deserves recognition for a position that doesn’t get the statistics other positions might.” In addition to helping limit No. 4 Michigan State to just one goal in regulation, Louzeth powered a defense that only allowed one goal against Central Michigan Sunday. She fired seven shots in three games during the week, including a game-high five at CMU.