Three Field Hockey Bears Earn All-MAC Honors
Nov. 2, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio -
Missouri State’s field hockey team (7-11-0, 3-7-0) garnered three All-Mid-American Conference honors the league office announced Wednesday afternoon. Senior powerhouse Casey Bayliss earned first-team honors for the second-time in her career, while junior Reiann Stoute and freshman Sarah Bradley received second team accolades.
Senior forward Casey Bayliss has been the Bears’ top offensive threat the past two seasons, leading the team in almost every offensive category. Bayliss’ ranks second in the MAC with 14 goals this season, seven of those goals were during conference play.
The Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia native totals 23 goals in her two-year career at Missouri State and currently ranks 17th nationally in goals per game (.93). She had two hat trick performances this season, with the first earning her MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors in her three goal match against Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Mo. (Aug. 27). Bayliss’ second hat trick of the season came during the Bears’ 4-3 win over Ball State on Oct. 30 at Plaster Field. She also was recognized as MAC Offensive Player of the Week for her performance during a 3-1 win over Saint Louis at Plaster Field (Sept. 15). During the match, Bayliss had two of the Bears’ three goals.
Junior defender Reiann Stoute was named to the All-MAC second-team. The Bridgetown, Barbados native has been a force on the Bears’ defense this season, racking up 10 defensive saves, enough to rank her first in the MAC and third in the nation. Stoute was recognized as the MAC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 8 and Ball State on Oct. 9. Despite the Bears falling in both matches, Stoute posted a goal in both matches and had two defensive saves in the Ball State match. She currently has three goals on the season.
Freshman forward Sarah Bradley also earned All-MAC second-team recognition. The newcomer from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia is eighth in the conference in goals per game (.47) and points per game (1.27). She ranks third on the team with seven goals this season and five assists. Bradley had at least one goal in six of the Bears’ matches this season. Her best offensive performance was against Appalachian State (Sept. 10) in Louisville, Ky. Bradley had two goals and one assist to lead the Bears to a 3-2 victory.
Missouri State heads to the MAC Tournament to take on Central Michigan Thursday (Nov. 3) at 1:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.