Every week for the rest of the 2012-13 school year, I'll be honoring Miami University's top athletes in a blog post titled "High Marx", which recognizes them for outstanding performances. Enjoy!
Freshman forward Riley Barber made a big splash in his unofficial Miami debut, dishing out three assists in the RedHawks' 6-2 exhibition victory over Western Ontario Sunday. All three of his assists were the primary assist. Last year, a RedHawk recorded three assists in a game only three times all season.
Freshman forward Morgan Beck had a big weekend, helping Miami remain perfect in MAC play (6-0) with a 3-0 win over Western Michigan Friday and a 4-3 victory over Eastern Michigan Sunday. She contributed excellent play off the bench, totaling a goal and an assist for three points in the two games in just 31 minutes of action. On Friday, Beck recorded her first career goal in the 56th minute to give the RedHawks some breathing room and put them up, 2-0. Sunday, she assisted on Miami's third goal that put the 'Hawks ahead, 3-1, for her second career assist.
Junior Mark MacDonald had the best performance of his career when he tied for eighth place at the Firestone Invitational this week. He finished at one-under par for his first career top-10 placing. On Monday he shot a one-under par 71, the lowest round of the season for MacDonald and only one off his career low. He followed that with an even-par 72 on Tuesday, the second lowest round he has shot this season.