MAC Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 9

Updated 10/27/2009
This week in the MAC...
Wednesday, October 28
Michigan at Central Michigan, 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 31
*Miami at Kent State, 11:00 AM
*Ball State at Ohio, 1:00 PM
*Missouri State at Central Michigan, 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 1
*Missouri State at Central Michigan, 1:00 PM
*Ball State at Kent State, 1:00 PM
*Miami at Ohio, 1:00 PM

Players of the Week...
Offensive Player of the Week
Devanny Kuhn, Ball State, So., Louisville, Ky. (Sacred Heart Academy)

The Cardinals were outmatched in almost every statistical category except for the 4-2 score against Missouri State last weekend. Sophomore Devanny Kuhn displayed an all-around effort with a sensational four-goal performance, two of which were unassisted. Kuhn, who posted just one goal and three assists before Saturday's game, now leads the team with 13 points. Her four goals are the most by any player in a single game since 2007 for Ball State.

Caroline Suitch, Kent State, Jr., Goalie, Mountain Top, Pa. (Crestwood)
Sutich posted her first shutout of the season as the Golden Flashes claimed a 1-0 non-conference win at Michigan on Wednesday. The win gave KSU seven road victories this year - the most by the program since the 2000 season. Suitch made four saves in the game, including a key stop on Michigan's leading scorer with less than two minutes remaining. On Saturday she led Kent State to another MAC win by making four saves in a 5-2 win over Central Michigan.

News and Notes...
• Led by a career-high four goals from sophomore Devanny Kuhn, the Ball State field hockey team improved its overall record to 4-12 (2-6 in MAC) with a 4-2 victory at Missouri State Saturday. Senior Tiffany Shifflett also reached the 111 save milestone that included nine saves against the Bears. The Cardinals face Ohio and Kent State this weekend before coming back to the BSU Turf Field as hosts of the MAC Tournament.

• Kelly Jordan moved into fifth on CMU's career scoring list with her goal against Kent State on Saturday, giving her 90 career points ... the Chippewas return home for their final three matches of the season after playing 12 of their first 16 contests away from the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

• Kent State posted a 1-0 shutout of Michigan and a 5-2 win over Central Michigan last week. Senior Laurie Wilkins provided the game winner against Michigan and then recorded her first career multi-assist game with two helpers in the CMU win. Her efforts were backed up by sophomore Debbie Bell who notched her fourth hat trick of the year and added an assist against CMU. Bell, who has six game winning goals this season, leads the league with 22 goals on the year. Her 22nd goals are tied for the sixth most in a single season at KSU and are the most by anyone since the 2000 season. In just two years she is already tied for seventh on the career goals scored list with 43. Junior Rachel Miller was also on the offensive with an assist vs Michigan and a pair of goals vs CMU. She has now recorded at least one point in eight straight games.

• With the win against Missouri State this weekend, Miami improves to 10-8-0 overall and 6-2-0 in MAC play. Miami has won both of the 2009 meetings with the Bears, and has outscored them 11-1. This week, the RedHawks outshot and outscored their opponent 11-6 and 2-1, respectively. After this match, Miami has now outshot opponents 264-219 and outscored them 49-39 so far this season.

• The Bears' strong defensive effort Sunday, against Miami, forced overtime, but the Redhawks scored in the 74th minute to earn the win. The loss dropped the Bears to 4-13 overall, 1-7 in conference. After winning their first two home games this season, the Bears finished their home slate 3-4 with loses this weekend against Ball State and Miami. MSU concludes its regular season this weekend, with two games at Central Michigan.

• The Bobcats played two very solid games over the weekend, falling to No. 13 Duke on Saturday and beating conference opponent Central Michigan 5-0 on Sunday. The ‘Cats improved their conference record to 6-2 after this weekend's games, keeping them well in the hunt for the top two conference spots. Ohio will finish out the regular season the upcoming weekend when they host Ball State on Saturday and Miami on Sunday.