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 Haley Walter had a goal and two assists in the two MAC Tournament games this weekend, helping Miami win its first MAC Tournament title since 2002. Against Kent State in the semifinals, she assisted on Miami's first goal less than eight minutes into the match as Miami went on to win, 3-1. In the championship against Central Michigan, she tallied a goal and an assist. She scored Miami's first goal of the match just 4:17 into the contest as she beat CMU's keeper to a long through ball with a sliding shot in the box that found the back of the net. Her hustle then led to Miami's game-winning goal as she was able to keep the ball in play at the offensive end, getting around a defender to keep the ball from crossing the end line. Her saving the ball then led to a cross and the game-winning goal as the RedHawks won, 2-1. Walter, who was named the MAC Freshman of the Year last Thursday, was also named to the All-MAC Tournament Team.
- Sophomore defender Courtney Zanotti anchored Miami's defense over the weekend as she led the RedHawks to their first MAC Tournament championship since 2002 and fourth in program history. She started both the semifinals against Kent State and the championship match against Central Michigan, as her strong play limited each team to just one goal. In the 3-1 win over KSU, she played 75 minutes at center back and then played all 90 minutes as Miami's last line of defense against CMU in the 2-1 championship victory. Zanotti was named to the All-MAC Tournament Team for her efforts.
- Junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made eight saves, including some tough ones during the second half to preserve Miami's 2-1 win over Kent State in the MAC Tournament final on Saturday. She then made 13 saves against No. 11 Stanford in NCAA Play-In Game on Tuesday.