MAC Announces Field Hockey Players of the Week

Updated 9/11/2012

Field Hockey MAC Offensive Player of the Week  
Emily Gruesser, Miami, Forward
Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Ursula Academy)
Results: Longwood, W, 6-4; at No. 23 Ohio State, W, 2-1
Gruesser led the Miami offense as the RedHawks broke through with a pair of victories this weekend. She had two goals against Longwood on Saturday. She recorded the tying goal in the 38th minute on a penalty corner. She then helped put the game away in the 64th minute with a goal that gave Miami a 6-4 lead. She had her third goal of the weekend against the nationally ranked Buckeyes, tying the game in the 32nd minute, a game the RedHawks would go on to win.

Field Hockey MAC Defensive Player of the Week 
Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Junior, Berlin, Germany (St. Ursula Academy) 
Results: Longwood, W, 6-4; at No. 23 Ohio State, W, 2-1
Mueller made 16 saves in the two games Miami played, making several key stops. Her play in the last 45 minutes of the game was key to Miami coming back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Longwood, 6-4, on Saturday. The RedHawks then upset the 23rd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday despite being outshot 25-11. Mueller would come up big in that game, making 10 saves. Ohio State had 11 penalty corner attempts throughout the contest and did not score on any of them.


Other Nominees: 

Andrea Bain, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Junio, Victoria, British Columbia (Oak Bay High)
Missouri State goalkeeper Andrea Bain picked up two wins over the weekend and stopped 12 of 14 shots against Saint Louis and Georgetown. The junior claimed her second career shutout on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over Georgetown.

Laura Tavares, Missouri State, Midfielder
Junior, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Laura Tavares played a big role in Missouri State's two wins over Saint Louis and Georgetown. The junior midfielder notched a goal against the Billikens and picked up an assist against Georgetown.
Brittany Walker, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Elizabethtown, Pa. (Elizabethtown Area)
Walker made three saves during a shootout that led to an Ohio victory over previously undefeated Indiana. The Hoosiers had 17 shots in the game and were only able to score once. "Brittany came up with some big plays and stepped up for us in goal this weekend," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. The previous day, Walker made five saves in a 2-1 loss to Louisville.