Anderson Named to Field Hockey Academic All-MAC Team
SPRINGFIELD - Goalkeeper Steph Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named to the 2010 Field Hockey Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
The sophomore led the MAC in saves per game (7.15) and was tied for first with fellow Academic All-MAC Team member, Ohio's Courtney Seiders, in save percentage (.762). She started 13 games in the cage, earning three of the five Bears' wins. Anderson recorded the Bears only two shutouts of the season with a pair of 1-0 wins against Saint Louis (9/10) and Central Michigan (10/17). The two shutouts were the third most of any MAC keeper. She set a career high with 21 saves in the Bears' 5-3 defeat at Dartmouth.
Her improvement from her freshman season was a big reason for the award. Anderson increased her save percentage by .107 (.655 to .762) and was part of a defense that allowed 19 fewer goals than last season.
Anderson also excelled off the field, compiling a 3.97 GPA as a mass media major.
"We are excited for Steph," head coach Dawn Callahan said. "It is a great honor for her. We are proud of our student-athletes' accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the field."
Anderson is the 12th Bear to earn the honor since MSU joined the conference in 2005, and the second in as many years. Melissa Lantz was named to the team last season.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50% of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
2010 Academic All-MAC Field Hockey Team