Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
VanNatta and Lazar Highlight Five All-MAC Selections

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Five members of the Central Michigan field hockey program earned All-Mid-American Conference honors Thursday afternoon, highlighted by first-team selections Skylar VanNatta and Simone Lazar.

Sophomore back Anne Middeldorp, sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds and senior forward Bailey McKeon rounded out the selections as second-team honorees.

Lazar earned first-team honors for the third consecutive season by helping the Chippewas post the top scoring defense in the conference. She has started all 17 games, playing all 70-plus minutes in 15 of the contests. The Chippewas’ defense has posted three shutouts this season and led the MAC with a 1.77 goals-against average in the regular season.

VanNatta is a first-team selection for the second-straight season and also played a key role in the team’s number one defense. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21 after dishing out the game-winning assist in a 2-1 overtime victory at Ohio. A native of Hartland, Wis., VanNatta has started all 17 contests and enters the MAC Tournament having started each game over the last three seasons.

Reynolds led all MAC goalkeepers in goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.770) and tied for the league lead with three shutouts in her first season as a starter. She recorded her first career shutout in a 2-0 win over Robert Morris on Aug. 30 and posted a 2-0 shutout over MAC foe Missouri State on Oct. 26. Despite taking the loss in the season-finale at Miami, Reynolds made a career-high 17 saves.

McKeon was the lone selection from the Chippewas’ attack, earning All-MAC honors for the first time in her career. She leads the Chippewas with 11 points on four goals and three assists.

Middeldorp also was key to CMU’s defensive prowess in her second season in the Maroon and Gold, earning All-MAC honors for the first time. She also dished out a team-high four assists and has started all 17 contests.

CMU earned the No. 4 seed in this weekend’s MAC Tournament hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Chippewas will play regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Kent State tomorrow morning at 11:30.