Friday's MAC Field Hockey Recap

Updated 9/7/2012

Friday's MAC Field Hockey Scoreboard- 9/7
Missouri State 4, Saint Louis 2
Kent State 5, Robert Morris 2 

Missouri State 4, Saint Louis 2
The Missouri State field hockey team is winless no more, as the Bears (1-3) defeated the Saint Louis Billikens by a score of 4-2 on Friday in St. Louis, Mo.
 
“We finally made the transition from practice to the game,” head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said. “We moved the ball well and executed our possession game well which gave us more scoring chances.”
 
A pair of freshmen led the Missouri State charge, as midfielder/forward Olivia Nicotera scored the first two goals of her college career while midfielder Sydney Richelieu added another. Junior midfielder Laura Tavares chipped in a goal of her own to cap the MSU scoring.
 
The Bears jumped out of the gates quickly when Richelieu scored unassisted at the 3:39 mark of the first half. The score remained 1-0 until the 23rd minute when Nicotera found the back of the cage off an assist from Richelieu. About four minutes later, junior forward Hillary Lawless delivered a nice pass to Tavares, whose goal made the score 3-0 at halftime.
 
But Missouri State didn’t stop there, as the Bears came out firing again in the second half. Nicotera scored her second goal of the day in the third minute of the stanza. Freshman defender Leah Reitmayer assisted Nicotera on the point.
 
The Billikens broke the shutout at the 40:03 mark when Tori Lycett got a shot past Missouri State goalkeeper Andrea Bain, who recorded six saves in eight attempts. SLU’s Corinne Murphy scored five minutes later, which brought the final margin to 4-2.
 
However, the Bears played smart defense, assistant coach Erika Dombkowski said, noting that the Bears denied the Billikens breakaway opportunities. The aggressiveness of seniors Reiann Stoute and Chelsey Medlock were key to that defensive success, she said.
 
Missouri State out-shot Saint Louis by a 14-to-12 margin and matched SLU’s eight shots on goal.
 
The Bears will take the win and try to get even better, Dombkowski said.
 
“We still have a lot to work on,” she said. “We still gave up two goals, but are going to bring this into our next game.”
 
The Bears will remain in St. Louis to play Georgetown on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m
 
Kent State 5, Robert Morris 2 
KENT, Ohio – Four first half goals helped the Kent State field hockey team overcome Robert Morris, 5-2, Friday (Sept. 7) at Murphy-Mellis Field.
 
The Golden Flashes (3-3) put a halt to a two-game losing skid with the victory over the Colonials (3-2).
 
Freshman forward Alexis Madeira (Harrisburg, Pa.) and junior midfielder Melanie Kahn (San Diego, Calif.) helped Kent State jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half, each tallying their first goals of the 2012 season. Junior midfielder Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia) and sophomore midfielder/forward Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) allowed the Flashes to build a four-goal edge going into the break as each posted their team-leading fourth goals of the season.  
 
After the two squads endured a 30-minute lightning delay with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half, sophomore midfielder Shannon Martin (Williamsville, N.Y.) put the contest out of reach and matched Lee and Hofmann for the team lead in goals with her fourth of the year.
 
Kent State closes the weekend by hosting Lock Haven Sunday (Sept. 9) at Murphy-Mellis Field in a 12 p.m. contest. Lock Haven and Robert Morris will square off in a neutral-site game Saturday (Sept. 8) at 1 p.m. at Murphy Mellis-Field.