MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 11/4/2008

Offensive Player of the Week

Paige Herr, Ohio, So., Midfield, Lancaster, Pa (Penn Manor)

Paige scored the first two goals of her career over the weekend, both of which were game-winners. Her goal on Friday gave Ohio a 1-0 win over Missouri State, as she scored with 11.6 seconds remaining in the game. Sunday, she scored the game-winner again, giving Ohio a 3-1 victory over Richmond. She converted on her only two shot attempts of the weekend. “Paige’s first two goals of her career she really did a good job of getting into the right position and being able to execute for us," Ohio head coach Neil Macmillan said. "She scored on both her shots over the weekend. If you can score at that rate you’re doing a good job. It was a tremendous achievement getting the game-winning goals.”


Defensive Player of the Week

Nikki Gnozzio, Ohio, Sr., Back, Flanders, N.J. (Mt. Olive HS)

“Nikki’s been a prominent presence for us throughout the whole season, but it was even more telling this weekend," Ohio head coach Neil Macmillan said. "Her ability to posses the ball going forward out of our backfield was a huge help to jump start our attack, but more importantly, her defense was great on a different turf (than we’re used to), which was key for us to deny both teams a lot of opportunities.” Nikki earned her team-leading seventh assist of the season in the 3-1 win over Richmond. She also helped hold Missouri State to just three shots on goal and no goals, while holding Richmond, second place in the Atlantic 10, to just one goal, 1.47 goals below their average entering the weekend.


Additional Nominess

Samantha Sandham, Central Michigan, Sr., Midfield, Cape Town, South Africa (Parel Valley HS)

Added a pair of assists in a win over Mid-American Conference foe Ball State on Saturday to climb up Central's career points list. Sandham is third all-time in career points at CMU with 102. She is one point shy of matching Cheryl Eglin for second with 103. Sandham finishes the regular season with 11 goals, nine assists and 31 points.


Kim Erasmus, Central Michigan, Jr., Back, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Collegiate High School for Girls)

Scored first two goals of the season against Ball State to lead the Chippewas to their sixth win in their last seven league contests. Played one of her best defensive games of the season against no. 10 Michigan State on Sunday, as her efforts held the Big Ten's highest scoring team to 13 shots. The match was scoreless until State scored a pair late in the second half.


Debbie Bell, Kent State, Fr., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand (Waikato)

Bell helped the Flashes battle back from a 1-0 halftime deficit at Missouri State by scoring a pair of second half goals. Her 20 goals on the season leads the conference. KSU improved to 13-0 whne Bell has a goal or an assist.


Melissa Lantz, Missouri State, Jr., Forward, Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette High)

Lantz has been a key offensive leader for the Bears this year, scoring her 17th goal of the season against Kent State Saturday. With the goal scored, Lantz entered the Missouri State record books, tying former Bear Abbey Rolfe with 23 goals at number 15 on the Missouri State career goals scored list.


Amanda Miyashita, Missouri State, Jr., Defense, Richmond, B.C. (Hugh Boyd Secondary)

Amanda is day in and day out the best defensive player for the Bears, though she doesn't have any statistical numbers to prove that. Again this weekend against Ohio and Kent State, she broke up key fast breaks and made key defensive stops. She is also one of the first Bears to get back when the offense gets past the midfield.