MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 9/22/2009

Offensive Player of the Week

Katie Brightwell, Miami, Sr., Back, Louisville, Ky./Assumption

Brightwell opened the week with four assists in the match against Ball State which is as many assists as she had in her first three years at Miami. She scored twice and had the game-winning goal in overtime against William and Mary. In the final contest of the week she had another assist and an unassisted goal to help Miami to its third-straight victory over Richmond. She now leads the team in shots with 25 by a margin of nine. Brightwell is also second on the team in goals (4), tied for first for points (14) and leads the team in assists (6).


Defensive Player of the Week

Abbey Huck, Miami, So., Goalkeeper, Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus

Huck held all three opponents this week to one goal per contest and recorded 15 of the 27 saves that she has so far this season. She improved her overall record to 3-3-0 with the three-straight wins and is undefeated in conference play. In her 212:58 played she averaged 0.99 goals allowed, and had a .800 save percentage against MAC-rival Ball State. In her six outings this season she has logged 375:05 minutes and has a team-leading save percentage of .659.


Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week

Lauren Leed, Central Michigan, So., Forward, Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing

Leed scored two goals in Saturday's dramatic, 3-2, victory over Vermont in Columbus, Ohio. (2 goals, 4 points)


Nicole Leach, Kent State, Jr., Forward, San Diego, Calif.

Leach recorded her first career multi-assist game with two assists in a 5-2 loss vs #20 Ohio State on Wednesday. She now has accounted for five points in the last four games and is tied for the team lead with three assists. (2 assists)


Katherine Ballard, Ohio, Jr., Forward, Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville

Katherine had a tremendous game for the Bobcats on Friday at Robert Morris, scoring the game-winning goal against the Colonials. She led the team with eleven shots on the day, with a whopping nine of them being on goal. Katherine led the charge for a Bobcat offense that accumulated 34 total shots on the day, with 26 of them being on goal. (1 goal, 2 points)


Kristen Pettey, Missouri State, So., Forward, San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch High

Pettey scored two goals against the Hawks, both in dramatic fashion. Her first goal came with four seconds left in the first half to tie the game at three heading to intermission. She was right back at it shortly after the half, scoring her second goal of the game to give the Bears' what looked to be the deciding goal before the Hawks scored late to force overtime. (2 goals, 4 points)


Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week

Kim Erasmus, Central Michigan, Sr., Back, Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate HS for Girls

Led CMU's improved defensive effort over the weekend which allowed only three goals in two matches (1.5 per contest) and assisted on the game-winning goal with 14 seconds left against Vermont on Saturday.


Nina Bruno, Ohio, Sr., Sweeper, Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Nina led an Ohio defense that did not allow a single shot against Robert Morris. "Nina was an integral part of our defense on Friday," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "Our defensive organization was tremendous and with her stepping up in the sweeper position and really meeting the last ball through, we didn't allow any opportunities."