Offensive Player of the Week
Maggie Marcum, Miami, Sr., Midfield/Back, Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy
Marcum scored four goals on the week for Miami, including the game-winning goal against Central Michigan in overtime on Sunday securing Miami's fifth-straight win. The four accumulated this week bring her to six on the season which ties her total number of goals during the 2008 season. She scored two of the five goals against No. 17 Indiana, the only two goals against CMU, and her shots-on-goal percentage was .778 this week.
Defensive Player of the Week
Abbey Huck, Miami, So., Goalkeeper, Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus
Huck recorded another 11 saves this week, bringing her total on the season to 38. She currently has 38 of the 45 total saves the RedHawks have accumulated this season and is only nine saves shy of her 2008 season total. For the second-straight week she was able to hold opponents to one goal per contest, bringing her goals allowed average down to 0.94. Huck started and played in both games, accruing a save percentage of .846, bringing her season's save percentage to .704. She is now 5-3-0 on the season and a perfect 2-0-0 in conference play.
Additional Nominee for Offensive Player of the Week
Pam Seufert, Central Michigan, Jr., Forward, Vista, Calif./Vista
Scored three of CMU's five goals in a pair of MAC contests over the weekend. Tallied her first two goals of the season, including the game-winner against Ball State on Saturday. Opened the scoring three minutes into Sunday's match against Miami. (3 goals, 6 points)
Debbie Bell, Kent State, So., Forward, Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato
Bell continued her offensive assault this week by posting her second hat trick of the year. Her three-goal performance, included the game winner and led Kent State to a 6-3 in its MAC opener at Missouri State. The win also marked the Golden Flashes 11th straight against MAC competition. Bell, who leads the conference in goals (11) and total points (24) scored the first goal of the game in the 11th minute, then added two more in the second after Missouri State twice cut the KSU lead to a single goal. She has now recorded at least one goal in four consecutive games. (3 goals, 6 points)
Melissa Lantz, Missouri State, Sr., Forward, Wildwood, Mo.
Melissa Lantz stepped up big against the perennial powers of the MAC. Against Kent State, she single-handedly kept the Bears in the game, scoring all three goals. Her last goal cut the Golden Flashes' lead to one with five minutes to play before KSU pulled away. Her three goals set a career high for goals in a game. Against Ohio, her second-half heroics allowed the Bears to defeat the Bobcats for the first time since 2004, when MSU was played in the NorPac. Trailing 2-0 with less than ten minutes to play, she scored twice to force overtime. In the ot, she assisted Alyssa Hile on the game-winning goal. Her five goals over the weekend give her eight on the season and 31 for her career, moving her to into a tie for 11th on MSU's all-time goals list.
Additional Nominee for Defensive Player of the Week
Melinda Curran, Central Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper, Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day
Made stopped six of seven shots in Saturday's victory over Ball State. Played a stellar game against Miami, turning aside nine of 11 RedHawk shots in Sunday's overtime loss. (15 saves)
Rachel Miller, Kent State, Jr., Midfield, Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College
Miller's play in the scrums and in the open field helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 6-3 win in their MAC opener at Missouri State. Behind her play in the in the first half, Kent State limited the Bears to just two shot attempts. A midfielder, Miller helped the Golden Flashes control the game's tempo on both ends of the field.
Molly Busch, Missouri State, Sr., Defender, San Jose, Calif.
Over the weekend, Molly Busch extended her consecutive starts streak to 70 games. She has started every MSU game in her three plus years. Against Ohio, she helped the defense fend off nine second-half penalty corners, keeping the team within striking distance for their eventual comeback. In the 7-on-7 overtime, she played a big role in the offense, securing many loose balls and keeping possession on the Ohio side of the field.