Friday's MAC Field Hockey Result
Ohio 3, Ball State 1Game story courtesy of Ball State Media Relations
Ohio 3, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team fell to Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio, 3-1, Friday afternoon at the BSU Turf Field.
The Bobcats outshot the Cardinals, 22-10, however the Ball State defense shined, combining for 17 saves on the day.
"Our team fought hard today and our defense really stepped up," head coach Beth Maddox said. "Maura Sawicki really came up big today. We are really proud of the team and their effort."
Ohio's Jessica Jue opened up scoring at 10:46 mark, after the freshman found an opening past Ball State's junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico). Taylor Brown provided the assist.
Ball State tallied the equalizer less than four minutes later, when junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) scored her 13th goal of the season off a penalty corner. Junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) recorded the Cardinals' lone assist during the contest.
The Bobcats responded at 17:58 mark when Brown scored her 11th goal of the season off a penalty corner. With 15 seconds left in the second period, the sophomore capitalized off an Ohio penalty corner and scored her second goal of the day. Jenna Green and Paige Herr provided both assists on Brown's goals.
Kuhn completed the contest with seven shots, while Lulow, junior forward CJ Hermes (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) and junior midfielder Caitlin Maguire (Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy) tallied one each. Lulow, an exercise science major, also recorded one defensive save, while senior Maura Sawicki (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) finished the contest with a game high four defensive saves. With her team-leading seven defensive saves so far this season, the elementary education major leads all active BSU players with nine career defensive saves.
Mitchell tallied a game-high 12 saves, the highest among all active BSU goalkeepers, in 70:00 minutes of action, while Ohio's Courtney Seiders recorded two in the cage.
Ball State hosts Kent State Sunday at 1 p.m. in the squad's annual Think Pink game. Join the Cardinals in the fight against breast cancer. Donations will benefit the Ball Memorial Cancer Center.