Kent State and Miami Earn Field Hockey Regular Season Title

Updated 10/27/2012

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Kent State 1, Central Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory gave the Kent State field hockey team a share of the 2012 Mid-American Confernece regular season title on a brisk Saturday afternoon.
Junior Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia) scored the game winning goal off a corner in the final minute of double overtime to seal the victory for Kent State.
The regular seaston title is the 12th in school history for the Golden Flashes program which has now won at least a share of the regular season crown in four of the last five years. 
Kent State shares the 2012 title with Miami which defeated Ohio 3-1 on Saturday.  The Golden Flashes will be the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament which starts next Friday in Oxford, Ohio.  Kent State faces Central Michigan in a semifinal contest at 2:30 pm.  Top seed Miami faces Ohio in the other semifinal at 12pm.
The 1-0 double-overtime outcome is just the second 1-0 double-overtime victory for Kent State in school history and the first since Sept. 15, 1992 vs Ohio. 
Miami 3, Ohio 1 
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team won a share of the Mid-American Conference Championship with a 3-1 victory over Ohio on Saturday. It is the second time in the last three seasons that the RedHawks have earned a share of the MAC title. Miami improves to 10-9 overall and finishes 4-1 in the MAC. The Bobcats are 8-8 overall and 2-3 in the MAC.
The RedHawks will be the number one seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament that they will host next weekend in Oxford, Ohio. On Friday, Nov. 2, Miami will have a rematch with fourth seed Ohio in the first semifinal at noon. Kent State and Central Michigan will face each other in the second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The MAC Championship will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. between the winners of the two semifinals. The winner of the MAC Tournament will travel to the winner of the Nor PAC Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for a play-in game to earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio had the majority of the offensive opportunities during the first 10 minutes of the game. In the 10th minute, the Bobcats were able to earn a penalty corner. On the play, Laura Mastro would take a pass from Cathryn Altdoerffer and plug it in to put OU up, 1-0. A couple of minutes later, Miami would get a penalty corner attempt. Olivia Miller and Ali Froede each got off shots, but Brittany Walker made a pair of saves.
In the 23rd minute, the RedHawks received another penalty corner attempt. This time Leni Gross found Ali Froede in front of the net. She did not miss as Miami would tie the score going into halftime. The Bobcats had a 7-5 advantage in shots in the first half, while the RedHawks had a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Miami came out as the offensive aggressors in the second half. While Walker made a pair of saves early, Olivia Miller would give the RedHawks the lead when she scored on a pass from Bea Dechant in the 48th minute. Looking to equalize the score, Ohio had to become more aggressive offensively. Miami would take advantage in the 62nd minute when Emily Gruesser stole the ball. She found Valentina Neira for a breakaway. Neira would beat Walker to secure the 3-1 victory and the MAC Title for the Red and White.
Miami finished with a 12-9 advantage in shots. It also had a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners. Gruesser led the ‘Hawks with four shots, while Sarah Mueller made three saves in goal.
In addition to hosting the MAC Tournament this season, by earning the number one seed in this year’s tournament the RedHawks have earned the right to host the 2013 version of the event. Check back with and later this week for a full preview of the 2012 MAC Tournament.