MAC Field Hockey Player of the Week

Updated 10/1/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Bianca Velez, Ball State
Redshirt sophomore, Virginia Beach, Va. (Floyd E. Kellam)

Velez registered a career-high two goals in the 3-0 win over Vermont. She was a crucial piece of the Cardinals’ penalty corner set, scoring all of her goals off of the play. In the win over UC Davis the redshirt sophomore scored in the 13th minute and then set up teammate Tori Widrick in the 17th minute for a goal.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Shelby Henley, Ball State
Sophomore, Novi, Mich. (Novi)
 
Henley and the Cardinals posted their second shutout of the season in the 3-0 win over Vermont. The last time the Cardinals posted two shutouts in a season was in 2010. Henley has a season goals against average of 2.34 and has made 71 saves.

 

Other Nominees

Jessica Jue, Ohio
Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia (Little Flower Academy)

Jue fueled the Ohio offense this past weekend in Coraopolis, Pa., averaging 2.5 points/game and 5.5 shots/game in two matches for the Bobcats. She also took all 24 penalty corners for Ohio. In Friday’s 2-1 overtime victory over Towson, Jue notched career-highs in shots (9) and shots on goal (5) while contributing a season-best three points on a goal and an assist. With Ohio trailing 1-0 with less than four minutes to play in regulation, Jue took a penalty corner for Ohio and executed a perfect pass to freshman Franziska Schmiedel, who hammered home the equalizer. Then, seven minutes into the overtime session, Jue took the ball on a breakaway and rifled home the game-winning goal for the ‘Cats. She also helped Ohio garner an 18-1 edge in corners against the Tigers. Against Robert Morris on Saturday, Jue led Ohio with two shots on goal and posted the equalizing goal (1-1) with five minutes to go in the first half. She has now posted goals in four of Ohio’s last five contests.

 
Kaysie Gregory, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Sophomore, Rome, N.Y. (Rome Free Academy
 
Central Michigan sophomore midfielder Kaysie Gregory was a huge contributor on offense against UC Davis. Gregory scored the game-winning goal by beating the goalie, knocking the ball to the left side in a 2-1 overtime victory. Gregory found herself on the MAC rankings tied for fourth for game-winning games with one.
 
 
Julia Hofmann, Kent State, M/F
Junior, Bad Muenster, Germany (IGS Iugelheim)
 
Hofmann led the team in shots in both games this weekend, totaling nine including four on-goal. She scored Kent State’s second goal in the opening game of the weekend. Saturday’s six shots accounted for more than half the team’s attempts (11) in the game.
 
 
Emily Gruesser, Miami, Midfielder/Forward
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Ursula Academy)
 
Gruesser had a pair of goals for Miami as it continued to play a challenging schedule. She scored against UC Davis on Tuesday, helping lead the RedHawks to a 4-1 win. She also had a goal against Indiana on Friday. She finished with five shots in three games, four of which were on goal.
 
 
Katie Mulloy, Missouri State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Antioch, Ill. (Lakes Community High)
 
Mulloy was terrific in relief of starting goalkeeper Andrea Bain on Friday, as the senior made seven saves in eight attempts in the second half of the Bears’ 5-0 loss to Michigan. For the season, Mulloy has a 2.54 goals-against average and a .769 save percentage in four games.
 
 
Sadie Reynolds, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Prospect, Ky. (Ballard)
 
Central Michigan goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds was a prime aspect to the defensive side in its neutral site contest versus UC Davis on Friday. Reynolds has seven saves in CMU’s 2-1 overtime victory. Reynolds contributed two key saves in the beginning of overtime at the 72:18 mark and the 75:10 mark.
 
 
Alexis Madeira, Kent State, Forward
Sophomore, Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin)
 
Madeira put in a lot of hard work for every minute played this past weekend. She was in charge of defending the top opposing players and was able to be very effective in that task. She helped limit the two teams to just four goals and 24 shots in the games.
 
Franziska Schmiedel, Ohio
Freshman, Mulheim, Germany (Lessing Gymnasium Dusseldorf)
 
Schmiedel anchored the Ohio defense in the midfield area during this weekend’s match in Coraopolis, Pa., and helped the ‘Cats put together a dominant defensive effort Saturday vs. Towson. Ohio held the Tigers to just three shots and had an 18-1 advantage in penalty corners. Ohio’s +30 shot margin (33-3) was its largest in more than two seasons. Schmiedel also served as an offensive catalyst against the Tigers, knocking in her first goal of the season with just three minutes to go in the contest to tie the score and send the match into overtime. She also notched a career-best six shots against Towson. Against Robert Morris on Sunday, Schmiedel helped Ohio hold the Colonials to one first-half goal and played well in the midfield area.