Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 11

Updated 10/28/2008

-- Ball State will finish its regular season schedule as the team takes on Central Michigan and Miami next weekend.

 

-- The Chippewas are hitting their stride in MAC play lately, winning five of their last six league matches to improve to 5-4 in the conference. Defense has been the biggest reason for CMU's resurgence as it has allowed nine goals the past six MAC tilts (1.50 per match). By contrast, Central allowed 10 goals its first three league contests (3.33 per match) en route to an 0-3 start to the MAC slate.

 

-- The Golden Flashes are riding an eight-game winning streak, their longest since 2000. During that stretch, KSU has allowed just six goals, bringing opponents scoring average down to 1.28 goals per game. The Flashes improved to 7-1 at Murphy-Mellis Field this season. Kent State was ranked 20th in last week's NCAA RPI ratings and 19th according to Womensfieldhockey.com. Following their fourth consecutive weekend sweep, KSU clinched its ninth MAC regular season title since 1988. Laurie Wilkins scored her first goal of the season Saturday at Miami.

 

-- Miami completed a regular season sweep of Ohio for the first time since the 1996 season.  After Alyssa Nye graduated last season, one of the questions coming into the year is who would step up and be the primary goal scorer. The answer has come in the form of a balanced attack. Five different players have recorded at least five goals, led by Christine Brightwell with nine and her sister Katie Brightwell with eight.
Before closing out the MAC regular season Sunday against Ball State, Miami will look to move to .500 on the season against Big Ten opponents when it faces Michigan. So far this year, the RedHawks have defeated Indiana, and dropped matches to Northwestern and Ohio State.

 

-- In three of four seasons in the MAC, the Bears have had the opportunity to host games the last week of the season before traveling for the conference tournament. Kent State and Ohio travel to Springfield this season for the last week of play. The past two seasons, Ball State and Miami came to play the Bears at home.

 

-- Ohio defeated Ball State, 5-1, Saturday, but fell to Miami Sunday. The Bobcats sit in a tie for third-place in the conference and will finish up the regular season this weekend with a Friday game at Missouri State and a Sunday match against Richmond in St. Louis.