MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 9/1/2010
Offensive Player of the Week
Jackie Nguyen, Miami, Forward
Junior, San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
Among national leaders in goals scored with six in first three games. Scored two in each of the Miami's three wins. With 13 shots, she had an incredible .462 shooting percentage during the week. Scored two of her goals off penalty corners.

Defensive Player of the Week
Louzeth Schutte, Ohio, Defender
Junior, Senekal, South Africa (Oranje)

Helped anchor a defense that only allowed an average of one goal per contest through its first three games ... Had a defensive save ... Scored the game-tying goal against No. 14 Ohio State .. "Lo has been the rock for our defense early in the season," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "The fact that we've faced 28 penalty corners and only allowed one set-piece goal shows how important she's been back there for us."

Other Nominees:
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, Midfielder
Junior, Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart)
At Longwood, Kuhn's breakaway goal in overtime at 81:01 mark bested goalkeeper Kaye Goulding and secured the win for the Cardinals. Versus Appalachian State, the Louisville, Ky. native slid her second shot past goalkeeper Bridgette Street after sending her first attempt wide of the cage. Kuhn recorded one goal and two shots, adding to her previous day's total of one goal and four shots during weekend play in Farmville, Va. at Longwood's Athletics Complex.

Brooke Sihota, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh McRoberts SS)
Sihota was the catalyst for the Chippewas' offense on opening weekend. The junior back tallied both CMU goals, each of which tied the match against No. 7 Michigan State at the Champions Invitational on Saturday.

Kim Sihota, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior, Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh McRoberts SS)
Sihota played all 140 minutes during CMU's contests against No. 7 Michigan State and No. 13 Louisville at the Champions Invitational over the weekend. Her play helped the Chippewas remain close with the seventh-ranked Spartans throughout opening day as the contest was tied 2-2 with 14 minutes remaining.

Rachel Miller, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Bathurst, Australia (MacKillop College)
A two-time All-American, Miller wasted little time jump starting the Kent State offense this season.  The reigning MAC Player of the Year scored just 3:40 into the season to help lead the Golden Flashes to a 4-1 victory over William & Mary in the season opener. 

Kylie Landeros, Miami, Defender
Junior, Glendora, Calif. (Glendora)
In first weekend as primary defender, helped lead the team to 1.67 goals against average in three games. Only four of those goals were scored on the field as one was off a penalty stroke. She made life easy for the goalkeeper as well, as she led a defense that held their opponents to only 19 shots, 12 of which were on goal. That is a minuscule average of only four per game.

Sarah Cusick, Missouri State, Midfielder/Forward
Junior, San Diego, Calif.
Junior Sarah Cusick showed she is very capable of handling the forward position, after spending her first two seasons strictly as a midfielder, by scoring two goals and notching an assist in the Bears' season-opening win against Lindenwood. Cusick kept the pressure on the Lions' defense all game as she fired four shots as part of MSU's overwhelming offensive advantage over the Lions. It is the first time Cusick has ever scored multiple goals in a game, and gives her four for her career. It was also the fourth assist of her career.

Amanda Miyashita, Missouri State, Defender
Senior, Richmond, British Columbia
Amanda Miyashita showed no rust while playing in her first game since 2008 when she was a Second Team All-MAC performer. The senior leader was an anchor for a defense that allowed only one Lindenwood shot, and was able to transition loose balls into offensive breaks. She recorded two shots, one on goal, when playing in the offensive end.

Taylor Brown, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Elkton, Md. (Caravel Academy)
After scoring one goal all of last season, Brown erupted for four goals in three games this past week