MOUNT PLEASANT - Five Central Michigan field hockey players have earned All-Mid-American Conference honors, the league office announced Thursday.
Junior backs Simone Lazar and Skylar VanNatta have earned first-team honors, while seniors Erin Dye (midfielder) and Anastasia Netto (goalkeeper) and sophomore back Jordyn Brengosz were named to the second team.
This marks the second consecutive year Lazar has earned first-team honors, while Dye and Netto each make their second appearance on the second team. VanNatta and Brengosz are first-time honorees.
Lazar, VanNatta, Brengosz and Netto were each instrumental in the efforts of one of the best defenses in the conference. During the course of MAC play, the Chippewas allowed just 34 shots on goal in five matches - second fewest in the conference. CMU was also one of just three MAC teams to record a shutout in conference play. In addition, they posted a 1-0 shutout of No. 22 Maine.
VanNatta also contributed to the offensive attack with a goal and two assists, one of which was on the game-winning goal in overtime against Ohio to keep the Chippewas’ Regular Season MAC Championship hopes alive.
Dye, one of the team’s co-captains, leads the team with eight goals and is tied for the team lead in total points with 17. She also scored the game-winning goal in the upset of No. 22 Maine.
Netto posted two total shutouts on the season, and posted the second-best save percentage in the conference at .735. She made a season-high 10 saves in the Chippewas regular season MAC finale against Kent State to send the game to double-overtime.
Brengosz’ impact on defense and on penalty corners figured prominently into the Chippewas’ late-season successes. She scored the game-winning goal against Ohio in a 2-1 OT win and scored her first career goal while assisting on another in a 4-0 shutout win at Missouri State.
The Chippewas will face Kent State in the MAC Tournament Semifinals in Oxford, Ohio, Friday at 2:30 p.m.