Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/26/2009

Friday, September 25

Miami 5, No. 17 Indiana 1
Kent State 6, Missouri State 3


Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Miami 5, No. 17 Indiana 1
OXFORD, Ohio - An all-around effort and a large early lead helped the Miami field hockey team to a 5-1 victory at home over the17th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers. The RedHawks improve to 5-4-0 this season while No. 17 Indiana falls to 5-3-0.

The RedHawk offense proved a tough obstacle for the Hoosiers as the majority of first period play was spent on Indiana territory. Leading Miami’s offensive efforts in the opening half was senior midfielder/back Maggie Marcum who scored twice for the RedHawks at 17:16 and 31:14, with assists from Christine Brightwell and Kate Snyder, respectively.

Junior midfielder Brightwell also added to Miami’s first half tally with a goal off of a rebound 22 minutes into the period.

“Marcum and Mary Hull created outstanding front pressure on the other team,” said Head Coach Jill Reeve on Miami’s play. “It helped our attack and we were able to be dominant offensively. Katie Brightwell also did a great job organizing in the back, keeping the team strong and together.”

The RedHawks kept the momentum in their favor starting off the second half as senior forward Snyder opened the period with a goal at 38:14 off of a rebound, putting the team ahead of the Hoosiers 4-0.

Though Indiana responded at 42:34 with a goal by Brenna Moeljadi from Meg O’Connell off of a penalty corner, Miami’s defense held throughout the second period, keeping them at one goal. Olivia Miller rounded out the scoring efforts for the RedHawks with her goal from Jackie Nguyen at 46:49.

“We played a good 60 minutes today... that goal of 70 minutes is definitely within reach,” commented Reeve of her team’s efforts today. “I’m proud of them. We played our game today, it was fast and exciting. Central Michigan will be another big game for us, we will have to be professional and execute our special situations.”

The RedHawks now take to the road to face conference foe Central Michigan this Sunday at noon.

Kent State 6, Missouri State 3
Missouri State field hockey’s second half rally, led by Melissa Lantz’s hat trick, could not overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit, as the Bears fell to the Kent State Golden Flashes, 6-3, at Plaster Field.

After Kent State dominated the scoreboard in the first half, Lantz (Wildwood, Mo.) started a furious comeback less than two minutes after intermission. After the Bears earned a penalty corner, junior Jennifer Portell (Edwardsville, Ill.) took a pass in the middle and made a quick dish to Lantz on the left wing, whose shot from nine yards out found the back of the net. It was Portell’s second assist of the season.

But, as would be the story the rest of the game, the Golden Flashes responded. In the 51st minute, Ashley Espy took a loose ball in front of the net and scored her first goal of the season.

The Bears did not go quietly. Seven minutes later, Lantz scored her second goal on a beautiful individual effort. After securing a loose ball at midfield, Lantz beat two defenders off the dribble and drove into the goal area, where she ripped a shot past the Kent State keeper, making it a 3-2 game.

The scored remained that way until the 63rd minute when Kent State star Debbie Bell scored off a corner.

Once again, Lantz and the Bears were able to bounce back to cut the lead to one. In almost identical fashion to the Bears first goal, MSU took advantage of a penalty corner. This time though, Reiann Stoute (Bridgetown, Barbados) played the role of Portell, while feeding the familiar character, Lantz, who scored her third and final goal of the game. The Bears trailed by one, 4-3, with five minutes to play.

But the comeback stalled and the Golden Flashes put it away. Bell finished off her own impressive performance with her third goal of the game in the 68th minute. Kent State added one more in the 69th minute to finish the scoring.

Lantz’s three goals give her six on the season and 29 for her career. With her final goal of the day, she moved ahead of Rose Ann Torres for 11th on the Missouri State all-time goals scored list.

Kent State improves to 4-5, while the Bears drop to 2-7. Missouri State next faces Ohio University Sunday, at 11:00 a.m.