Nov. 4, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - In recognition of her superior year as the last line of defense for a Miami field hockey squad on the rise, goalkeeper Kerri Orr (San Diego, Calif./Serra) was named as the Mid-American Conference's Co-Player of the Year in balloting by the MAC field hockey coaches, the conference office announced Thursday. She is the first Miamian to win the award since it was first handed out in 1992.
Orr engineered shutouts in two significant games this year in the program's recent history. Today, Orr was in goal as Miami shut out Central Michigan, 1-0, for its first MAC Tournament game win since 2000. Earlier this season, Orr shutout Ohio, also 1-0, to help Miami to its first conference win after a 37-match drought that traced back to the 2000 season. This is also the first time since 2001 that a Miami player has been named to the all-MAC team.
Though a senior academically, Orr has a year of eligibility remaining and returns next season. Her rankings through the end of the regular season led her to the co-Player of the Year honor. She leads the MAC in shutouts, with five, more than twice as many as any other MAC keeper. She is also second in the conference in goals-against average (2.05), saves (154) and saves per game (8.11). Orr shares the award with Kent State midfielder Berber Rischen.
Miami's Taylor Florence (Louisville, Ky./Assumption), a freshman forward, was named to the MAC's first team along with Orr. She had two goals and two assists this season, for six total points. With Orr and Florence both being named to the first all-MAC squad, the RedHawks get multiple first-team all-MAC mentions for the first time since 1996, when five RedHawks were honored. Junior forward Keri von Kalinowski (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) was named to the MAC's second team. The junior forward scored four goals and had three assists, both tied for team bests, tallying 10 points in all.