Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/24/2010
Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Miami 3, Missouri State 2 (OT)
Kent State 8, Central Michigan 1
Ball State 2, Indiana 1 (2OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Miami 3, Missouri State 2 (OT)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Miami (Ohio)'s Christine Brightwell converted a penalty stroke 1:22 into overtime to give the RedHawks a 3-2 win and snap the field hockey Bears' two-game winning streak.

Brightwell's goal was not a thing of beauty. The senior mishit the stroke, squibbing it off the end of her stick. But MSU keeper Andrea Bain (Victoria, B.C., Canada), who had made 10 saves on the day, dove to her right on the swing and could only helplessly watch from her back as the ball trickled  into the left corner of the cage, ending the Bears' (5-12, 2-6) attempt for their first win against the RedHawks (11-6, 6-2) since 2005.

It was a physical game that saw the RedHawks outshoot (19-5), ourcorner (17-2) and even outcard the Bears. Miami was reprimanded with a green card and a yellow card and both teams were whistled for a slew of fouls.

The Bears got on the board early when Hillary Lawless (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Kristi O'Connor (So., Fort Worth, Texas) flawlessly executed a two-on-one break in the 28th minute. Lawless dribbled to the center of the circle and then fed O'Connor in the left corner, behind the keeper. O'Connor finished from two yards out to give the Bears a 1-0 lead, which would hold into halftime.

Brightwell's first goal, this one coming much more conventionally, tied it at 1-1 in the 42nd minute. Emily Gruesser's ninth goal of the season made it 2-1 RedHawks seven minutes later.

The Bears responded in the 51st minute when Lawless once again initiated the offense. Much like the game's first goal, the freshman threaded a pass through the defense and past the keeper, where Laura Tavares (Fr., Oakville, Ontario, Canada) easily put away her fourth goal of the season.

That sent the game into overtime, where Brightwell's heroics ended it.

It was the second straight game between the teams at Plaster Field to go into overtime. Miami won a 2-1 decision Oct. 25 of last season, spoiling the Bears' senior day.

The Bears will look to heal from the heartbreak when they welcome Ohio and Kent State to Springfield for their last home stand, and the final two games, of the regular season. The Bobcats are up first with a Friday, Oct. 29, meeting at 1 p.m. Kent State awaits on Sunday, which will be an 11:00 a.m. start.

Kent State 8, Central Michigan 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State field hockey team is now in the driver's seat to earn the top seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament and win a third straight regular season title.  Following an impressive offensive performance in an 8-1 Senior Day win over Central Michigan, the Golden Flashes can clinch both with a win at Missouri State next Sunday (Oct. 31).  

"At this point of the season every game is just as important as the next and I was very please with the two strong team performance we had this weekend," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler.

A well balanced offense in which six different players scored helped lead Kent State (12-6; 7-2 MAC) to its fifth straight win.  The Golden Flashes all-time leading goal scorer, Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) paced the attack with her second hat trick of the season while five other players scored one goal each.  Bell a junior, has scored six goals in the last three games and leads the league with 20 goals this season.  She now has school-record 70 in her career.   

Much like the Golden Flashes win on Friday at Ohio, Bell gave the Golden Flashes an early lift scoring on a penalty corner.  Junior Amy Wimsatt (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) and senior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) assisted on the goal which came just six minutes into the game.  The offensive attack continued for Kent State in the 10th minute when freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) sent home her ninth goal of the season off a rebound in front of the cage.  Lee leads all MAC freshmen in goals scored this season.  Less than two minutes later Bell extended the margin to 3-0 in favor of the Golden Flashes when she scored from the center of the circle.  

Central Michigan (4-12; 2-6 MAC) used a breakaway by Emily Girasole to get on the board in the 22 minute.  Girasole's shot attempted was knocked away but Pam Seufert was then to put in the rebound.  Kent State quickly responded on the other end by taking advantage of a penalty corner in the 24th minute.  Sitting on the right post, junior Carla Johl (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) deflected in a pass from Miller as the Golden Flashes took a 4-1 lead into halftime.  

Bell racked up her third goal of the game less than a minute into the second half when she tapped in a well placed cross pass from Leach.  Leach scored a goal herself later in the game to cap off a weekend in which she produced eight points on two goals and four assists. Wimsatt, who assisted on the first score of the game, added her own goal later in the second half.  Posting her third goal of the year Wimsatt ducked into the left post on a penalty corner and scored after receiving a tight pass from Johl.  

Finally Miller completed the scoring for Kent State when she recorded her ninth score of the season on a rebound shot from eight-yards out that went between the goalie's legs.  The highest power offense in the MAC lived up to its billing as the Golden Flashes held a 19-5 edge in shots taken and a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners.  

One of six seniors honored before the game, Kent State goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) made two save while posting her 40th career win.  The 40 career wins moves Suitch into a tie for fifth place all-time in the school record books.  Along with Suitch, Miller and Leach seniors Katie George (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara), Bryn Stevens (Hummelstown, Pa. / Lower Dauphin) and redshirt junior captain Stephanie Arbeleaz (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) were all recognized before the contest.

Kent State has one regular season game remaining before the MAC Tournament.  The team will travel to Missouri State on Oct. 31. The MAC Tournament is scheduled to take place Nov. 4-6 at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant.  

Ball State 2, Indiana 1 (2OT)
MUNCIE, Ind. - Senior forward Ellen Vonderbrink (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) scored the game-winning goal as the Ball State field hockey team defeated non-conference opponent Indiana, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at BSU Turf Field in double overtime. The Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 19-13, and tallied a 17-6 advantage on penalty corners.

"We are extremely proud of our team for bouncing back after a tough game on Friday," head coach Beth Maddox said. "We battled through some injuries today and everyone stepped up as we played together for the full game. That was our plan and we executed it well."

Indiana's Morgan Fleetwood scored the first goal at 44:48 mark in the second period off a penalty corner, her fourth of the season. Kristy McFadden and Kelsey Kiper provided the double-assist.

Ball State junior forward Kristen Falk (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) tallied the unassisted equalizer, her second on the season, at 60:05 mark from five yards out in front of Indiana's goalkeeper Becky Pany. The end of the second period featured a short lightning delay as the tie pushed the contest into overtime.

At 88:50 mark in double overtime, Vonderbrink recorded the Cardinals' game-winning goal off a penalty corner, her first on the season. Junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) provided the assist.

Junior midfielders Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) and Caitlin Maguire (Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy) both finished the contest with two shots, while Falk and Lulow tallied three shots apiece. Seniors Morgan Cloutier (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Maura Sawicki (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) completed the contest with a shot apiece. Sawicki, an elementary education major also recorded a defensive save, her 11th on the season.

Ball State junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) tallied nine saves in the cage, while Pany recorded seven saves in 88:50 minutes of action.

Ball State travels to play Ohio State Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Miami Friday at 1 p.m. before returning to the BSU Turf Field Sunday to host Central Michigan in a contest scheduled for 1 p.m.

Against the Chippewas, Vonderbrink, Cloutier and Sawicki join fellow seniors Elizabeth Blaum (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), Hannah Jones (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual) and Kaitlan Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) in their last home game at the BSU Turf Field as the team celebrates Senior Day.