Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 8/29/2010
Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Louisville 9, Central Michigan 0
Ohio 6, St. Louis 1
James Madison 4, Kent State 0
Miami 8, Pacific 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Louisville 9, Central Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Offense was hard to come by for the Central Michigan field hockey team in a 9-0 loss to No. 13 Louisville on the final day of the Champions Invitational at Michigan State on Sunday.

The Chippewas (0-2) were held to three second-half shots in their setback against the thirteenth-ranked Cardinals.

Nicole Youman paced the UL attack in the first half, opening the scoring in the third minute and finishing the frame with four goals and two assists as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead going into halftime.

"Louisville is a very good team," head coach Cristy Freese said. "They did a good job of surrounding our players when we had the ball and closing our passing lanes. We forced some passes up the middle that weren¹t there and it led to counterattacks against us."

UL tallied second-half goals in the 45th, 50th and 52nd minute to cap the scoring. Louisville outshot Central, 38-3, and held a 15-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Carissa Flocken started in goal for the Chippewas and stopped seven of the 12 shots she faced before giving way to Anastasia Netto, who made 12 saves on 16 shots.

"We played two tough teams this weekend in Michigan State and Louisville," Freese said. "Now we have two weeks to learn from what happened here and work on some things in practice."

The Maroon and Gold are off until Sept. 11, when they host Providence in their home opener at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

Ohio 6, St. Louis 1
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team earned their first win of the 2010 season with a resounding 6-1 win over St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at Pruitt Field. Sophomore Taylor Brown scored four goals, three in the first half.

"We played much better today in every area of the game," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said, "We moved the ball better, we finished better, it was evident that we had already had a game under our belt."

The Bobcats got on the board when the returning scorer from last season, Katherine Ballard, was able to find the back of the cage. Off the ensuing faceoff, Ohio stole the pass and quickly scored again when Brown knocked home her first of the day off a pass from Cathryn Altdoerffer. The sophomore would add another goal two minutes later for a 3-0 Ohio lead.

"Other than Taylor's outstanding play I thought Cathryn and Lo [Louzeth Schutte] played very well for us today," Macmillan added. "Altdoerffer had some nice passes and Lo was just a rock at the back for us. They both were exceptional."

Brooke Edwards became the third different player to score when she made it 4-0 in favor of the 'Cats off a pass from sophomore Laura Mastro. Two minutes later, Brown had the hat-trick to give Ohio a five-goal advantage going into the intermission. The Green & White dominated every facet of the game during the first half, scoring five goals and out-shooting the Billikens, 12-0.

The highlight of the game, and quite possibly the season, occurred on Ohio's lone goal of the second half. Mastro set up Brown, who then roofed a blistering shot for her fourth goal of the contest.

"Taylor was exceptional today," Macmillan stated. "You don't see many games where someone scores four goals. She's coming into her own this year because she works so very hard. She created two of those goals all by herself because she attacked the defense. That last goal, probably one of the best goals you'll ever see, off the top corner she hit it like a rocket."

The only shot SLU registered though resulted in a goal. Off a penalty corner, Chelsea Hower set up All-Atlantic 10 performer Nicole Kent for the lone blemish against Ohio's Courtney Seiders. In the opposing goal, SLU's Alex LaBarge made 10 saves.

For the game, Ohio out-shot SLU, 26-1, and held the advantage in penalty corners, 13-1. The six goals were the most for Ohio since they scored seven against Missouri State on November 6, 2008.

"I'm very pleased that we kept up the intensity in the second half," Macmillan said. "We out-shot them again, we had way more corner opportunities but the name of the game is putting the ball in the back of the net. I'm disappointed we gave up that one goal on their one shot."

The Bobcats remain at home and host No. 14 Ohio State at 1 p.m. on Tuesday from Pruitt Field.

James Madison 4, Kent State 0
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Kent State field hockey team played even with No. 12 James Madison for 66 minutes, but a four-minute span of the first half proved to be the difference as the Golden Flashes fell by a final of 4-0 today at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.  The loss evens KSU's record at 1-1 while JMU improved to 2-0.  

The game was scoreless through the first nine minutes before Lindsay Cutchins score on a penalty corner.  Less than a minute later Auburn Weisensale struck to give the Dukes a 2-0 advantage.  The lead grew to 3-0 at the 12 minute mark on a goal by Amy Goldstein.  James Madison then added its final goal at 13:33 when Dolores de Rooij scored off a penalty corner opportunity.

Held with out a shot attempt the first 16 minutes of the game, Kent State started to get in an offensive flow, but was unable to capitalize on its opportunities.  The Golden Flashes ended the game with a 14-13 advantage in shots taken and a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.  

Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) led the team with five shot attempts while freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) added three.

The Golden Flashes travel to Columbus next weekend to face No. 8 Syracuse and No. 14 Ohio State.

Miami 8, Pacific 0
BERKELEY, Calif. - The field hockey team's Northern California trip continued Sunday with a dominating 8-0 win over Pacific. Mary Hull, Kate Snyder and Jackie Nguyen each scored two goals for the RedHawks. Miami improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 0-2.

Hull got things started for the RedHawks less than three minutes into the game when she deflected in a goal off of Nguyen's shot. Nguyen was able to record her first tally of the day in the 20th minute off of a penalty corner. A little over a minute later, Snyder and Hull worked a 2-on-1 break perfectly as Snyder beat the goalie to send Miami into the half with a 3-0 lead.

"Our team actually came out a little conservative to begin the game," said head coach Jill Reeve. "But as we grew into the game we began to start moving stronger."

The RedHawks continued the offensive pressure early in the second half. In the 38th minute, Brittany Branco scored her first goal of the season off of a penalty corner. Hull and Brightwell each added their respective second goals of the game in the 42nd minute. Miami concluded the scoring with a goal by Christine Brightwell in the 60th minute and another penalty corner goal by Snyder in the 64th minute.

Reeve was especially happy with the last 15 minutes of the game, which featured mostly reserves on the field.

"It was nice to see our non-starting unit come into the game late and show they could perform," said Reeve.

While the offense was rolling for the RedHawks, the defense was equally up to the task on Sunday. Miami held Pacific to only four shots the entire game, two of which were on goal. Sarah Mueller was able to stop both of them to pick up her first career shutout. The RedHawks outshot the Tigers 23-4 for the game.

Miami has one more game remaining in Berkeley as it will take on UC Davis tomorrow in a neutral site game at 3 p.m. (EDT).