Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/18/2010

Friday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Kent State 2, Michigan State 0
Northwestern 6, Ball State 2
Ohio 4, Robert Morris 0
Indiana 2, Miami 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Kent State 2, Michigan State 0
KENT, Ohio - National rankings have met little to the Kent State field hockey team this season.  The Golden Flashes shutout No. 5 Michigan State 2-0 today at Murphy-Mellis Field to earn their second win over a top 10 team this season.  KSU has now won two straight for the first time season while improving to 4-3 on the year.  MSU falls to 7-1 with its first loss of the season.

"It was nice to see us build on our performance from Sunday's win over Iowa," said Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler.  "We maintained possession of the ball and really played a nice structured game this afternoon."

Kent State came out on the attack from the opening whistle.  Junior Amanda Hoffman (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) set the tone early with a steal and a shot attempt less than a minute into the game.  While Hoffman's shot attempt sailed wide of the goal it sent a message that Kent State was ready to play.  The Golden Flashes kept their early momentum going by placing four more shots on goal in the next 12 minutes.  The attack finally paid off when freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) put the Golden Flashes on the board in the 13 minute.  After Kent State forced a turnover at midfield Lee took a pass from senior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) to capitalize on a 2-on-1 breakway on give KSU a 1-0 advantage.

The score would remain there as the Golden Flashes went into halftime holding a 9-7 edge in shots taken and a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners.  

"At halftime I told our team to stay focused and just keep working on what we have been doing," said Wiler.

In the opening minutes of second half junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) dribbled in on the left side after taking a well placed sideline pass from freshman Sabrina Binder (Krefeld, Germany/Arndt-Gymnasium).  Bell's team leading fifth goal of the year put KSU ahead 2-0 at the 38:54 mark of the game.

With the offense setting up the 2-0 advantage the rest of the game belonged to the KSU defense.  Down by two goals the Spartans became more aggressive offensively only to have the Golden Flashes' back four continually turned them away time and again inside the circle.  After trailing statistically in the first half Michigan State came alive posting seven more shots and four more corners than Kent State in the second.  

Despite the increase in action there was no denying Kent State defense on this day as the team posted its first shutout of the season.  When a shot attempt did sneak past the Golden Flashes defense KSU senior goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) was there to turn it away.  The reigning Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Suitch recorded nine saves while posting her 32nd career victory and ninth career shutout.  Her 32 wins tie her for fifth place in school history with Kelly Walker (1994-97)

"This was a great win against a quality opponent.  I'm proud of the way our team stepped up and accepted the challenge," said Wiler.  "Now we have to get ready for Boston University on Sunday.  They are another great team and we have to come out ready to play."

Earlier this season Kent State recorded a 2-1 overtime win over No. 8 Syracuse.  The team returns to action against No. 13 Boston U. on Sunday.  Michigan State and BU will play at Murphy-Mellis Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Northwestern 6, Ball State 2
Evanston, Ill. - Juniors Caitlin Maguire (Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy) and Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) scored one goal apiece, however the Ball State field hockey team fell to Northwestern, 6-2, Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field.

The contest today versus the Wildcats marks the beginning of a four-game road swing as the Cardinals continue play Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. CT in Iowa City, Iowa at Grant Field. Northwestern outshot Ball State, 24-5, and connected on 6-of-18 shots on goal.

At 22:13, Kuhn scored the Cardinals' first goal of the game and her seventh on the season. After the Wildcats opened the game with two early goals, the communications studies major responded with a backhand shot off of a penalty corner. Maguire and junior midfield Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) provided the double assist.

Early in the second period at 40:05 mark, Maguire tallied her first goal of the season after Lulow dribbled it down the right side of the circle and passed it across the Wildcats' netminder Amanda Wirth. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Hammer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Area) finished with 11 saves during 70 minutes in the cage, while Northwestern's Katie Lynch and Wirth combined for a total of three saves in 70 minutes of action.

Next up for the Cardinals, the team looks to complete a four-game road swing and enter Mid-American Conference competition with contests against league foes Kent State and Ohio. On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Cardinals travel to Kent, Ohio to play the Golden Flashes in a game at 1 p.m. at Murphy-Mellis Field. On Sunday, Sept. 26, Ball State will play the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. in Athens, Ohio at Pruitt Field.

Ohio 4, Robert Morris 0
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team took their second game in a row with a 4-0 win over Robert Morris on Friday afternoon. Brooke Edwards, Andrea Biegalski, Jessica Jue and Cathryn Altdoerffer each scored for the Green & White.

"I think its good evidence that different people are getting into the attack," Head Coach Neil Macmillan. "We got everyone out there today, everyone playing and we got everyone involved. Players like Jessica Vaeth here at the end of the game diving and trying to put the ball in and when you have multiple people up front creating things it makes everything easier."

The Bobcats scored their only goal of the first half in the ninth minute when a breakout in the midfield area resulted in a 2v1 situation. Jue gave it off to Edwards for her second goal of the season a 1-0 Ohio lead.

Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders saw her most action in the first 35 minutes when she made four stops. At the break, Ohio held a 9-5 edge in shots a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners. Seiders would finish with her first shutout of 2010 after making five saves in the contest.

Ohio was even more aggressive in the second half when they scored three goals during a 16-minute stretch of play. With RMU goalie Stephanie Seeley out of the cage trying to make a play, the ball settled on the stick of Biegalski. The sophomore slotted home her first goal as a Bobcat in the 45th minute to make it 2-0.

In the 59th minute, Edwards intercepted a RMU clearance and found Katherine Ballard. The senior dished it off to Jue who scored her second goal of the season. Two minutes later, the Bobcats closed the scoring on Altdoerffer's first goal of the year.Once again, Seeley came out of the cage and this time, Altdoerffer blasted a shot from the top of the "D" into the roof of the goal.

Ohio out-shot Robert Morris 17-1 in the second half and held a 7-1 edge in penalty corners over the final 35 minutes.

"I think our backfield and midfield players did a fantastic job moving the ball around and keeping us in possession," Macmillan added. "That was the key and up front we did a good job, but to be able to get stops at the back and move forward from the back is something we did very well today.

The Bobcats return to action on Sunday at Richmond. The game is slated to start at noon.

Indiana 2, Miami 1
OXFORD, Ohio--An Indiana goal with under three minutes to play handed Miami University's field hockey its first loss of the season, 2-1 to the Hoosiers. The RedHawks, facing Indiana in their home opener, drop to 5-1 on the season, while the Hoosiers moves to 3-2.

Indiana struck first, scoring at 23:09 when Morgan Fleetwood tipped in a pass from the right side from Kelsey Kiper to take a 1-0 lead.

Miami evened the score at 50:39 when Emily Gruesser stole a pass and blasted it in to collect the unassisted goal and tie the game, 1-1.

The Hoosiers inched out the game as Shareyna Chang got her shot past the Miami keeper on a penalty corner at 67:19. Brooke Borneman was credited with the Indiana assist.

Miami returns to action on Sunday when the RedHawks travel to Northwestern for a 1 p.m. (EDT) contest.