MAC Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 2

Updated 9/8/2009
This Week's Schedule
Friday, September 11
Virginia at Kent State, 1:00 PM
*Central Michigan at Miami, 3:00 PM
Ohio at Ohio State, 4:00 PM

Saturday, September 12
Louisville at Missouri State, Noon

Sunday, September 13
Kent State at Lock Haven, 1:00 PM
Ball State at Michigan, 1:00 PM
Northwestern at Miami, 1:00 PM
Virginia at Ohio, 4:00 PM

Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Hile, Missouri State, Sr., Midfielder, Wildwood, Missouri
In the game against Robert Morris Hile scored two goals and had two assists totaling six points. She also recorded two goals and one assist in the Saint Louis game giving her a point total of 11 for the week.

Defensive Player of the Week
Courtney Seiders, Ohio, Jr., Goalkeeper, Mt. Joy, Pa. (Old Dominion)

Courtney played in one of the Bobcats' games this weekend and had 13 saves in a terrific shutout of the #20 Indiana Hoosiers. Coach Neil Macmillan said "She had numerous close-range saves and completely dominated the D, not allowing anything past her or even a second chance opportunity."

News and Notes:
• The Cardinals closed out the Labor Day weekend with two losses which included a heartbreaker against Fairfield in double overtime by a single goal. Ball State managed to accumulate more shots against both opponents, Fairfield and Villanova, despite the two losses. The team heads to Michigan for its fifth straight road game Sunday, September 16. The Cardinals are currently 2-2 overall.

• Central Michigan posted a dominant defensive effort to begin its 2009 campaign, shutting out Colgate, 3-0, on opening night ... the Chippewas did not allow a shot until a minute and a half remained in the victory ... freshman Erin Dye and sophomore Lauren Leed each scored their first collegiate goals in the victory.

• Kent State went 1-2 on the first trip to the West Coast in program history. The Golden Flashes opened the weekend with a 3-1 win over Pacific before suffering 2-0 loss at California and a 7-1 defeat at Stanford. KSU returns to Kent to host #6 Virginia on Friday.

• This is first time RedHawks have started 0-3 since 1997. The youth of the team is evident when you consider that of the 33 starting spots taken by Miami over the past three games, 19 of them were started by freshmen or sophomores.

• The 14 goals over the weekend mark the highest two-game scoring total since the 1998 season when the Bears' totaled 15 goals (12-2 vs. Davis & Elkins College; 3-0 vs. Pacific). MSU improved to 52-27-2 all-time against in-state rival Saint Louis. Freshman goalkeeper Steph Anderson recorded her first career shutout Monday, Sept. 7, against Saint Louis. Anderson played all 70 minutes and had five saves.

• No. 20 Indiana had 13 shots on goal and goalkeeper Courtney Seiders stopped them all. The Bobcats won their first game of the season on the strength of Katherine Ballard's fantastic individual effort Friday night. She was also a bright spot in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Michigan State, firing five shots with two of them being on goal.