MAC Field Hockey Awards and Notes

Updated 10/27/2010
MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Debbie Bell, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)
Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) led Kent State to a pair of wins scoring five of the Golden Flashes' 13 goals this past week. Bell scored twice in the 4-1 win over Ohio on Friday, becoming the all-time leader in career goals at Kent State in the process. The nation's sixth leading scorer with 20 goal this season she now has a school-record 70 career goals, which also rank her third all-time in Mid-American Conference history. Bell then capped off the weekend with a hat trick against Central Michigan on Sunday that included her 5th game winning goal of the year. She currently leads the MAC in scoring has racked up six goals in her last three games. Behind Bell's performance Kent State has moved into first place in the conference standings by half a game.

MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Nicole Leach, Kent State, Forward
Senior, San Diego, Calif (Mira Mesa)
The play on both sides of the ball from Senior Nicole Leach guided a Kent State defensive effort that surrendered just eight shots and a mere four penalty corners in two games this past weekend. Led by all around play from Leach whose continually forced turnovers by applying pressure and winning loose balls the Golden Flashes gained a half a game lead in the race for the MAC regular season crown. In a 4-1 win at Ohio on Friday the KSU defense allowed just three shots and one penalty corner for the entire game. The Golden Flashes performance was so dominating that Ohio manged just one shot in the final 52 minutes of the game. On Sunday, Kent State cruised to an 8-1 over Central Michigan allowing only five shots including just one in the second half. On top of her solid defensive pressure, Leach also scored a pair of goals and added four assists.

Other Nominees:
Christine Brightwell, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
In RedHawks' 3-2 win over Missouri State on Sunday, Christine scored two of the goals. That included a game winner in overtime on a penalty stroke. She led the team with five shots, including four on goal in the match.

Amanda Miyashita, Missouri State, Defender
Senior, Richmond, B.C., Canada (Hugh Boyd Secondary)
A week after scoring her first two goals of the year, Amanda Miyashita assisted on two more in the Bears' 4-1 win over Ball State and nearly scored a goal. She also led a defense that kept Ball State out of the cage in the second half and held Devanny Kuhn, who had scored six goals in her last two games against the Bears, scoreless. Against Miami, she had one of the Bears' five shots on goal and helped to force overtime.

Reiann Stoute, Missouri State, Defender
Junior, Bridgetown, Barbados (Combermere School)
Reiann Stoute scored her first two goals of the season in the Bears' 4-1 win over Ball State. Stoute scored one from the left wing on a shot from 12 yards out, while the second came after a penalty corner when she beat the keeper from a tough angle near the endline. Against the RedHawks, her defensive save late in the second half helped preserve a 2-2 tie and force overtime. In all, she totaled five shots on goal in two games.

Brooke Edwards, Ohio, Midfielder
Junior, Milford, Pa. (Delaware Valley)
Leading the team in assists and one of the top players in the league with her eight total helpers ... Added one more on the only goal scored against Kent State ... Scored twice to give her five on the season against CMU ... Third on the team in goals and points ... "Brooke is one of those players that is able to create for others on the move," Neil Macmillan said. "She gets a lot, if not all her assists, out of the run of play. She isn't one to get them off penalty-corner opportunities which is how a lot of players do."

Team Notes:
Ball State -
Ball State travels to play No. 6 Ohio State Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Miami Friday at 1 p.m. before returning to the BSU Turf Field Sunday to host Central Michigan in a contest scheduled for 1 p.m. Against the Chippewas, seniors Ellen Vonderbrink, Morgan Cloutier, Maura Sawicki, Elizabeth Blaum, Hannah Jones and Kaitlan Mitchell will play in their last home game at the BSU Turf Field as the team celebrates Senior Day. On Friday, junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow scored a goal, but Ball State fell to MAC opponent Missouri State, 1-4, at the Plaster Sports Complex. The Bears outshot the Cardinals, 19-15, however Ball State tallied a 14-4 advantage on penalty corners. Lulow scored Ball State's lone goal of the day off a penalty corner at 33:53 mark, her fourth of the season. Junior midfielder Caitlin Maguire provided the assist. Lulow, an exercise science major, finished the contest with eight shots, while junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn tallied five shots. Vonderbrink and junior midfielder CJ Hermes each recorded one shot. Sunday afternoon, Vonderbrink scored the game-winning goal as Ball State defeated non-conference opponent Indiana, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the BSU Turf Field in double overtime. The Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 19-13, and tallied a 17-6 advantage on penalty corners. Junior midfielders Kuhn and Caitlin Maguire both finished the contest with two shots, while junior forward Kristen Falk and Lulow tallied three shots apiece. Cloutier and Sawicki completed the contest with a shot apiece. Sawicki, an elementary education major, recorded two defensive saves against the Bears and Hoosiers, for a season total of 11. On the weekend, Ball State junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell tallied 21 saves in the cage. With her team-leading 11 defensive saves so far this season, Sawicki leads all active BSU players with 13 career defensive saves. She has accounted for over half of the Cardinals defensive saves so far this season (11-of-20) and ranks first in the NCAA in defensive saves. Also, against Ohio, Chelsea Mitchell tallied a game-high 12 saves, the highest single-game total among all active BSU goalkeepers. With 15 goals, Kuhn has doubled her total of goals scored during both the 2008-09 seasons (7). Also, with her team-leading 15 goals so far this season, the communication studies major leads all active BSU scorers with 22 career goals and her 52 career points stand as the most among active BSU players. Kuhn stands two goals shy of breaking Chantelle Isaac's record of 23 goals (2003-05) and 15 goals short of breaking Lindsay Quay's career record of 37 goals (2003-06). Nearing the end of regular-season play, Ball State owns a 6-10 record (2-6 MAC). Last season, the Cardinals recorded just four wins overall.

Central Michigan - CMU lost both game over the weekend. The Chippewas lost to the Ohio Bobcats in Athens, Ohio on Saturday by a score of 3-0 and they lost to the Kent State Golden Flashes, 8-1, on Sunday. Senior forward Pam Seufert scored her first goal of the season against KSU. CMU travels to Miami and Ball State this weekend for their final two regular season games before returning home to host the MAC Tournament. Sophomore midfielder Erin Dye is leading the team in goals (4) and points (10). Juniors Brooke Sihota and Paulina Lee are tied for the lead in assists. Lee will be back on the field this weekend after being out with an injury for the last few weeks.

Kent State - The high powered Kent State offense was at it again this past weekend scoring 13 goals in two games. The Golden Flashes rank 12th in the country with 3.29 goals per game. The team has been even better in MAC play averaging 4.98 goals per game and outscoring the opposition by a 45-18 margin. The 60 goals scored this year are the second highest single season total by a Kent State team since the program produced a league record 106 in 2000. The scoring has been well balanced as five different players have scored at least six goals, something that has not occurred for the Golden Flashes since the 2004 season. Junior Debbie Bell became Kent State's career goals scored leader passing the previous record of 65 held by Elsbeth Versterre (1997-98). Bell, who scored five goals this past week now has 70 goals in her career which also rank third all-time in MAC history.

Miami - With two wins this weekend, Miami will earn a share of its first MAC Championship under the current format. The RedHawks did finish in a tie for first in a preliminary MAC setup in 1981, but after the conference did not sponsor field hockey in 1982 and only a tournament in 1983, it began in its current form in 1984. Mary Hull is now fourth all-time at Miami with 39 career goals and at 96 points is only four points away from becoming the fourth player with 100 career points for the Red and White.

Missouri State - With their 4-1 win over Ball State, the Bears won consecutive conference games for the first time since joining the MAC in 2005. Sunday's 3-2 loss against Miami was the second straight game between the teams to go into overtime at Plaster Field. Last season, Miami took a 2-1 decision with a goal early in the extra period. Goalkeeper Steph Anderson has allowed only one goal in her last 141:56 in the cage, and her .752 save percentage is second in the conference.

Ohio - Brooke Edwards scored twice and Courtney Seiders earned her fourth shutout of the season on an emotional senior day at Pruitt Field as Ohio defeated Central Michigan, 3-0. Taylor Brown scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season in the eighth minute with assists going to Paige Herr and Jenna Green. That goal would go down as Brown's third game-winner of the season. It also moved the sophomore into ninth on the single-season goal-scoring list as she tied Torrie Albini (2004-07). Ohio has now had a winning record in MAC play every year since 2004 and only one losing record in conference action since 1998. Katherine Ballard's first-half goal was not enough as Ohio fell to Kent State, 4-1. Ballard's goal in the eighth minute was her fourth of the season and the senior canceled out a Kent score two minutes prior. The assist was credited to Edwards, her eighth of the season. It was the first home loss of the conference season for Ohio and the first blemish at Pruitt Field in conference play since dropping a 3-2 affair back on Aug. 26, 2008 to Miami. This was the first regular-season home loss since a 2-1 decision to nationally-ranked Ohio State back on Aug. 31.