Kent Upsets Ball State In Field Hockey Final

Updated 11/6/1999

MUNCIE, Ind. (Nov. 6) - Second-seeded Kent scored five unanswered goals in the final 18:30 of the game to register a 7-4 upset victory over top-seeded Ball State in the championship of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Muncie.

This marked the second-straight year that the 17th-ranked Flashes upset Ball State, ranked 13th, in the MAC Tournament final.

After trading the first four goals, Ball State built a 4-2 lead after senior Sally Northcroft, the MAC's Player of the Year in 1999 and in 1998, converted a penalty stroke with 23:29 remaining in the game. Kent's Inge Corten, the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year, began the scoring barrage exactly five minutes later with the first of her two goals - an unassisted shot.

Six minutes later, Lisette Haars scored her second goal of the contest with an assist from Corten, who added her final goal -- unassisted -- at the 9:58 mark. Kristen Johnson, who like Corten and Haars is also a freshman, scored the Flashes' final two goals - the first with an assist from Laura Meckley at the 5:38 mark and the second - unassisted - with 2:57 remaining.

Ball State freshman Heather Weinhold put the Cardinals on the board first with a rebounded shot off Kent goalie Janelle Lynch 6:17 into the contest. Haars' answered with her goal on a pass from Corten at the 21:10 mark. Senior Maggie Downey's unassisted goal off of a broken corner play put Kent up 2-1 with 13:44 remaining. BSU senior Jocelyn Teall scored next with a beautifully executed corner play pass from Northcroft at the 12:02 mark. Teall finished up the scoring in the first half when she took sophomore Jenn Budney's pass and slipped it by Lynch with 1:30 left in the first half.

"I think it was probably the most exciting game I have ever been a part of," Kent head coach Kerry DeVries said afterwards. "Ball State played very well and we played very well. Fortunately for us, I think we were the better team in the second half and that"s what counted today. I am very proud of this team. This team has the heart of a lion and I am just really proud of them."

The teams were even with 27 shots apiece, but Ball State had a 17-9 advantage in corners. BSU senior goalie Jen Myers had 12 saves, while Lynch had nine for the Flashes. Junior Tracy Beck had a defensive save, while Megan Class had one for KSU.

"It was a heart breaker," BSU head coach Karen Fitzpatrick. "I thought we had that one in the bag, but Kent got some momentum building and got after it. I give Kent a lot of credit because they made a fabulous comeback. I think we were really fired up and ready to play. We just made a couple of critical errors in trying to push through them rather than go around them. They have tremendous speed and explosiveness in their attack and they took advantage of that today.

"This year has been fabulous. I think for a long time Ball State was carrying the Mid-American Conference and I am very proud of that. I think this year it is great that we had three teams in the top 20. It's fabulous because it allows our conference and teams to get the credit they deserve."

Ball State, which is hoping for an at-large bid into the 16-team NCAA Championship Tournament, is 15-6. Kent improves to 17-5.

BSU:    Weinhold (unassisted)   28:43/1st
KSU:    Haars (Corten)		21:10/1st
KSU:    Downey (unassisted)     13:44/1st
BSU:    Teall (Northcroft)      12:02/1st
BSU:    Teall (Budney)  	1:30/1st
BSU:    Northcroft(pen. stroke)	23:20/2nd
KSU:    Corten (unassisted)     18:29/2nd
KSU:    Haars (Corten)  	12:54/2nd
KSU:    Corten (unassisted)     9:58/2nd
KSU:    Johnson (Meckley)       5:38/2nd
KSU:    Johnson (unassisted)    2:57/2nd

Shots:  BSU 27;  KSU 27 
Penalty Corners:  BSU 17;   KSU 9
Goalie Saves:  Myers (BSU) 12;    Lynch (KSU) 9
Defensive Saves:  Beck (BSU) 1;  Class (KSU) 1

Records:  Ball State is 15-6; Kent is 17-5