Friday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 8/28/2009

Friday’s Field Hockey Results

Kent State 7, Saint Louis 0
No. 6 Virginia 7, Miami 0
Missouri State 1, Pacific 2



Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices


Kent State 7, Saint Louis 0


KENT, Ohio -- The shots were flying for the Kent State field hockey team while Saint Louis never managed to fire any off as the Golden Flashes rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Billikens in the 2009 season opener Friday (Aug. 28) at Murphy-Mellis Field.

"We were very solid in all facets of our game today," said fourth-year Head Coach Kathleen Schanne.

The Flashes (1-0) ripped 34 shots - 14 of them on goal - and capitalized on seven while an attacking defense prevented SLU (0-1) from getting an opportunity at hitting the back of the cage. The contest marked the first time KSU has held an opponent shotless under the direction of Schanne.

Sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato) looked to be in midseason form and showed why she was the 2008 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, lighting up the scoreboard four times and dishing out an assist to tally nine points.

Bell got the offensive onslaught started when she scored just under three minutes into the '09 campaign off an assist from senior Laurie Wilkins (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills). Bell found the back of the goal again five-and-a-half minutes later by firing one off in front of the cage. Wilkins made it 3-0 when Bell returned Wilkins' favor on the game's first goal and found her with a pass from the right side to lead to the score.

Kent State continued attacking in the second period. Junior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College) dribbled into the circle and scored on a goalie deflection to increase the advantage to four. Bell picked up her third goal of the day three minutes later. Junior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) got in on the scoring spree by adding KSU's sixth point to the scoreboard two minutes later. Fittingly, Bell made the score final by producing the team's seventh goal courtesy of an assist from junior Katie George (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara).
The Golden Flashes wrap up the season-opening homestand 1 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) as 12th-ranked James Madison comes to town.

No. 6 Virginia 7, Miami 0

? The Miami field hockey team fell to sixth-ranked Virginia 7-0 on Friday. It was the season opening game for both teams.

The RedHawks team were hurt by giving up three goals in the first 19 minutes against the more experienced Cavaliers. Despite this, head coach Jill Reeve was encouraged by the team’s performance.

“The score did not reflect the effort,” said Reeve. “That said, the team could have put forth more a challenge to Virginia. We did not step up when we had opportunities (to score). Mary Hull and Amanda Seeley played well for us today.”

Hull and Kate Snyder recorded shots on goal for the RedHawks. Abbey Huck made five saves in net.

The RedHawks return to action Saturday when they take on VCU in Charlottesville, Va. at 1 p.m.

“I hope the team reflects on this game as they have a chance for a do-over,” said Reeve. “We just need to work together as a team.”

Missouri State 1, Pacific 2
The Missouri State field hockey team could not hold a halftime lead, and dropped its season opener 2-1 to the University of the Pacific.

 Senior Melissa Lantz (Wildwood, Mo.) opened the scoring in the 25th minute of the first half with an unassisted goal off a penalty corner. The goal was the 24th of Lantz's career, moving her into sole possession of 15th place on MSU's all-time scoring list. 

 The score stayed 1-0 until shortly after intermission. But Pacific senior Kim Keyawa proved to be too much for the Bears in the second half. Keyawa's first goal tied the game four minutes into the second half, and she netted the deciding goal with just over 11 minutes remaining. The tough Tiger defense held it from there.

 The Bears had their opportunities. Alyssa Hile (Wildwood, Mo.) had a shot on goal with less than four minutes to play, but Pacific goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier made a big save to preserve the lead. In all, both MSU and Pacific had six shots on goal.

 The most impressive player of the night may have been MSU's freshman goalkeeper, Steph Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa.). With sophomore keeper Mackenzie Crawford (Dublin, Ohio) out with mononucleosis, Anderson was pressed into starting action in her first collegiate game. She held the Tigers scoreless for nearly 40 minutes and finished with four saves.

 "Steph did very well," said Callahan. "She made a save on a corner that not many people would have made. We were very happy with her play."

 Despite the loss, head coach Dawn Callahan was satisfied with her team's effort.

 "We fought hard," said Callahan. "The team did the things we asked them to do. A few adjustments and we will be all right."

 The team continues its west coast trip Sunday at Stanford. Game time is 2:00 p.m. CT.