Offense Field Hockey Player of the Week
Skylar VanNatta, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead HS)
VanNatta assisted on the game-winning goal Friday against Ohio in a 2-1 OT win to give the Chippewas a 3-1 conference record, tied for first. After holding a potent Ohio offense to just one goal in regulation, on a penalty corner in the sixth minute of overtime VanNatta received the initial pass and made a perfect connection to teammate Jordyn Brengosz on the near post for the game-winning goal. She was instrumental in sending the Chippewas into overtime against No. 20 Michigan State on Sunday with a goal just before halftime. VanNatta and the CMU defense kept the Spartans off the board in the second half to force overtime.
Defensive Field Hockey Player of the Week
Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Junior, Berlin, Germany (St. Ursula Academy)
Mueller made 16 saves in the two games she played this past weekend. She made four saves in a victory over Ball State on Saturday. Facing an offensive onslaught from 15th-ranked Michigan on Sunday, she stood tall and made 12 saves against the Wolverines, keeping the game scoreless until nearly the end of the first half. Mueller had an impressive .800 save percentage in 140 minutes of goal play this past weekend.
Jordyn Brengosz, Central Michigan,Back
Sophomore Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead HS)
Brengosz' defensive efforts not only limited a potent Ohio offense to just one goal in a 2-1 OT victory on Friday to keep a share of the MAC lead, but Brengosz' overtime goal actually won the game for the Chippewas. After putting a penalty corner into play in the sixth minute of overtime, Brengosz went to the near post, where teammate Skylar VanNatta found her with a perfect pass for a redirect goal and the game-winner. Her defensive efforts in Sunday's 2-1 OT loss to No. 20 Michigan State allowed the Chippewas to keep the Spartans off the board in the second half to force overtime and nearly pull off the upset.
Hannah Faulkner, Kent State, Midfielder
Sophomore, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville)
Faulkner kept Kent State tied for the lead in the Mid-American Conference standings after scoring the game winning goal in overtime for a 4-3 win against Missouri State. The next day Faulkner was the only Golden Flash who was able to best No. 12 Iowa's defense for a goal in Kent State's 3-1 loss. On the weekend Faulkner scored a goal on every shot she took for a shot on goal percentage of 100%. On the season Faulkner has recorded six goals, two assists, and 14 points.
Valentina Neira, Miami, Forward
Sophomore, Mendoza, Argentina (Universidad Del Aconcagua)
Neira was Miami’s top offensive player in its 7-1 victory over Ball State on Saturday. She scored the second goal of the game, plugging it in from five yards out. She also was the RedHawks leader in shots with seven, including six on goal.
Holly Scherer, Missouri State, Forward
Freshman, Belmont, Ontario, Canada (East Elgin Secondary)
Holly Scherer posted a pair of solid all-around games last week. The native of Belmont, Ontario, Canada played a pivotal role in Missouri State's comeback effort against Kent State on Friday, as she led the Bears that day with four shots, two shots on goal and two assists. Scherer followed that performance by playing all 70 minutes and recording a pair of shots at No. 8 Northwestern on Sunday.
Reiann Stoute, Missouri State, Defender
Senior, Bridgetown, Barbados (Combermere School)
Reiann Stoute was an outstanding last line of defense for the Bears last weekend, as she recorded a total of three defensive saves in Missouri State's games against Kent State and No. 8 Northwestern. She now has 10 defensive saves on the season, which matches a career high and ties her for the most this season among all Division I players.