CLEVELAND — The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly field hockey awards on Tuesday, Sept. 13. For Miami it was a clean sweep. Earning MAC Offensive Player of the week honors was sophomore midfielder Paula Portugal, while taking MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors was senior goalkeeper Alysa Xavier.
Portugal had another big week with four goals in two games for eight points. She had her second hat trick of the season against New Hampshire on Friday, scoring the first three goals of the contest. She added another goal at Ohio State on Sunday. Portugal led the RedHawks with 13 shots, including six on goal for the weekend.
This is the second time this season and third time in her career that Portugal has been named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Xavier saw her shutout streak extend to 143:14 this week before Ohio State was able to sneak one past her in the second half on Sunday. She allowed two goals on the week while making eight saves, finishing with a 0.98 goals against average and a .800 saves percentage. Xavier earned her second shutout of the year and 13th of her career in a 4-0 victory over New Hampshire on Friday. She had to make several tough saves, finishing with seven total to preserve the shutout. She didn’t see quite as much work against Ohio State on Sunday, but kept the Buckeyes off the board for the first 48 minutes of the game before the RedHawks ultimately fell in overtime.
This is the first time this season and third time in her career that Xavier has been named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Miami returns to action Sunday when it hosts second-ranked Duke at 1 p.m.