Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/3/2010

Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Miami 3, Missouri State 0
Kent State 2, Northwestern 1 (OT)
Michigan State 6, Ohio 4

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Miami 3, Missouri State 0
OXFORD, Ohio--Dominating from start to finish, Miami University's field hockey team picked up a 3-0 win against Missouri State University on Sunday afternoon at the Miami Field Hockey Complex. The RedHawks, who recorded their second straight shutout, improve to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Bears drop to 3-8 on the season and 0-2 in MAC play.

Nearly the entire game was played with the RedHawks on the offensive attack with Miami taking 26 shots to Missouri State's three for the game. Fourteen of the RedHawks' shots were on goal. The Bears had no first-half shots, taking all three in the second period. Miami also took 16 penalty corners to Missouri State's one.

Miami took a 1-0 lead at the 25:43 mark when senior Christine Brightwell knocked in a goal off a junior Amanda Seeley assist on a penalty corner. Just minutes into the second period, the RedHawks took a 2-0 lead when senior Mary Hull scored off a deflection at the 38:11 mark. Sophomore Olivia Miller assisted on the goal.

At the 51:55 mark, Miami added to its lead when senior Kate Snyder blasted in an unassisted goal to hand the RedHawks a 3-0 win.

Freshman Sarah Mueller posted her eighth win in goal for the Red and White.

The RedHawks have a busy week, traveling to Ohio State for a 3 p.m. game on Thursday, Oct. 7, then playing at Michigan at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, before resuming conference play at Central Michigan at noon Sunday, Oct. 10.

Kent State 2, Northwestern 1 (OT)
EVANSTON, Ill. - Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) scored 10 minutes into the overtime period to give the Kent State field hockey team a 2-1 victory over host Northwestern earlier today at Lakeside Field.  The non-conference win improves the Golden Flashes to 7-5 overall and gives the team its first weekend sweep of the season.  

"After just wrapping up a six-game home stand last weekend it was great for us to go on the road and earn two hard fought wins this week," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler, whose team also won 2-0 at Central Michigan on Friday.  

Tied at 1-1, Bell took a breakaway feed from freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) and scored the game winner through the legs of the drawn out goalie to end a six game winning streak for the Wildcats which fell to 8-4 on the year.  Bell also scored Kent State's first goal of the game in the 21st minute and leads the team with eight goals this season.  

At first sight it appeared the Golden Flashes won the game in the 75th minute, but a would-be game-winner by senior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) was called back.

"I though our team responded well and continued to battle," said Wiler.  "It can be tough emotionally for a team to keep fighting after it appears to have won the game, but we did a tremendous job of digging in and kept right on going."

The Golden Flashes dominated play throughout the first half holding an 8-1 edge in shots taken and a 4-1 advantage in penalty corners.  Despite the aggressive attack Kent State was not able to find the back of the cage until Bell capitalized on a the penalty shot.

Both teams had three corners and five shots apiece in the second half, but it was Northwestern that posted the lone score.  The Wildcats tied the game at 55:19 when Maria Kovalchuk's backhanded shot from eight-yards out deflected in off the pads of Kent State goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood).  

The Golden Flashes had a chance to win it in the closing minutes of regulation but NU goalie Amanda Wirth saved a pair of shots from junior Carla Johl (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) in the 64th minute.  Like it did at the start of the game Kent State controlled overtime.  Paced by three shots from Bell, KSU out shot NU 4-1 in the extra session.  

"We were really effective defensively," said Wiler.  "We fought hard and held them to just five corners in over 80 minutes of play."

Shot attempts ended at 17-17 in favor of the Golden Flashes, which also led penalty corners by a 9-5 margin.  The game was the longest for KSU since a 4-3 double-overtime win at Albany on Sept. 21, 2008 that lasted 89:25.  The Golden Flashes are 2-1 in overtime this season.  

Kent State is back at home on Friday, October 8th against Ohio at 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 10th against Missouri State at 1:00 p.m.

Michigan State 6, Ohio 4
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Ohio Field Hockey put forth a valiant effort but was defeated by No. 6 Michigan State in East Lansing this afternoon, 6-4. Cathryn Altdoerffer scored twice and the 'Cats even led 3-2 during the first half.

Ohio (6-7) fell behind 2-0 within the first seven minutes after goals from Kristen Henn and Sabine van den Assem. However, Altdoerrfer's first goal off the game after a scramble in front of the penalty area seemed to waken the Bobcat attack.

Four minutes after getting on the board, Taylor Brown crossed the ball across the mouth of the cage and Jessica Jue deflected home the tying goal into the left corner.

Two minutes later, Ohio had the lead as Jue beat a drawn-out MSU goalkeeper and fed Brooke Edwards for a 3-2 lead.

Ohio scored on all three of their shots during the first half, Courtney Seiders made two saves in goal and the squad did not attain a penalty corner while allowing five.

After the break Holly Sherman would regain the lead for MSU and van dem Assem scored her third of the afternoon for a 5-3 lead in the 54th minute.

The resilient Bobcats would not go away though as Altdoerffer scored her second of the day to give the team a shot with eight minutes remaining. The chance was created off a penalty corner taken by Paige Herr.

With the momentum back in their favor, Ohio continued to attack as Brown, Edwards and Laine Greenawalt all had looks at goal. However, that left the team a little vulnerable at the back and MSU was able to score once more off a penalty corner in the waning seconds.

The 'Cats jump back into MAC play next weekend with matches at Kent State and against Missouri State. The contest the Bears will be at Pruitt Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.