Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/25/2009
Saturday's Field Hockey Results
Kent State 5, Central Michigan 2|
Duke 1, Ohio 0
Ball State 4, Missouri State 2

Kent State 5, Central Michigan 2
KENT, Ohio -Four goals in a seven minute span of the first half carried Kent State (10-6; 7-1) to a 5-2 win over visiting Central Michigan (4-11; 2-5) in Mid-American Conference action at Murphy-Mellis Field. Sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) scored twice in the spurt for KSU plus added a second half score to post her fourth hat trick of the season.

It took almost 26 minutes for the Golden Flashes to get on the board, but once they did the flood gates opened wide. A mere 26 seconds after Central Michigan's Kelly Jordan scored the game's first goal, Bell answered for KSU. The reigning MAC Freshman of the Year, Bell tied the game at 26:44 from right in front of the goal after taking a cross pass from senior Laurie Wilkins (Toledo, Ohio / Ottawa Hills).

At 28:17, Bell struck again when she flipped in a loose ball rebound to give the Golden Flashes a lead they would not relinquish. It was junior Rachel Miller's (Bathurst, Australia / MacKillop College) turn in the 30th minute. On a penalty corner attempt, Miller increased the lead to 3-1 by scoring off a goalie deflection. She would then capped off the outburst for KSU with her 10th goal of the year which came at 33:27 on a back hand from eight yards out.

In the second half, Wilkins and Bell teamed up again on a breakaway that led to Bell's MAC leading 22nd goal of the year. For Wilkins it was the first multi-assist game of her career. Bell, meanwhile has now totaled 43 career goals tying her for seventh all-time at KSU with Helen Jerdan (1999-2002).

The Chippewas' Kim Erasmus added a goal in the 60th minute to account for the final margin.

Kent State goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood) made four saves in the game while her counterpart Melinda Curran had eight for CMU.

"I was please with our overall performance today," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Schanne. "We played at a high tempo, but remained in control of our possessions which led to a lot positive results for us."

The Golden Flashes were aggressive from the opening whistle posting a 16-4 advantage in shots taken during the first half. They would finish with a 20-9 edge for the game and also led the penalty corner opportunities by a 7-6 count.

Kent State wraps up the regular season next weekend at home against Miami on Saturday and Ball State on Sunday.

Duke 1, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - What a difference a few weeks can make. After suffering difficult early-season defeats to ranked opponents in games that were somewhat one-sided, the Ohio Bobcats came out and really gave a tremendous showing against the No. 13 Duke Blue Devils.

"I thought it was good proof that we're up at their level now," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "We had early season struggles against teams such as that, but now we're a different team."

The Bobcat defense, led by standouts Brittany Zorn (Millersville, Md.), Nina Bruno (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Jenna Green (Wescosville, Pa.) held the high-flying Duke offense to only 12 total shots, five of which were on goal. Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.) was equal to four of those shots, making some very good saves to keep the game within reach.

Patty Donahue (Powell, Oh.) and Brooke Edwards (Milford, Pa.) tested Samantha Nelson early on, but she was equal to their attempts on goal.

Duke applied some pressure in the middle of the first half, generating four penalty corners and four shots in the span of a few moments. Megan Deakins broke the tie in the 18th minute when her she skillfully tipped a pass from Lauren Miller just past Seiders.

Ohio came very close to equalizing in the 25th minute when Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) hit a good shot on goal. Nelson made the save but Bruno found the rebound on her stick. She fired it immediately but Nelson somehow got there just in time and managed to preserve the Duke lead.

The Bobcats came out firing in the second half. Arguably the biggest play of the half was when Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) shot a rocket that beat Deakins but not the post. The ball clanged off the iron and the sound echoed around Pruitt Field.

The Blue Devils (9-7, 0-4 ACC) were able to hold off the feisty Bobcats for the remainder of the second half, escaping Athens with a 1-0 victory. Nelson made six saves on the day to preserve the shutout.

"It's hard to lose, it really is," said Macmillan. "However, when you play like that you've got to come away with a little excitement and confidence about doing a good job."

The Bobcats (7-8, 5-2 MAC) will next see action tomorrow when they host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Pruitt Field. Game time is set for one p.m.

Ball State 4, Missouri State 2
Missouri State field hockey scored first, but Ball State scored often, as the Bears fell to the Cardinals, 4-2, at Plaster Field.

The Bears dominated in almost every category, as they notched 12 shots on goal to Ball State's four; they earned ten more penalty corners than BSU; and they kept possession on the Ball State side of the field for the majority of the game. The only category they did not control was the most important one.

Megan Shamleffer's (St. Louis, Mo.) second goal of the season opened the game's scoring in the seventh minute. After Molly Busch (San Jose, Calif) secured a loose ball and fed Shamleffer on the left wing, the junior shot from five yards out and found the back of the net. It was Busch's first career assist.

The Bear's lead did not last long. Less than three minutes later, Devanny Kuhn stole the ball from a defender and tied the game. It would not be the last time the Bears heard from her. The teams went to intermission, tied 1-1.

At halftime the program honored the 30th anniversary of the 1979 AIAW Division II National Championship field hockey team. After halftime, this year's edition could not duplicate their predecessor's success.

One minute and nine seconds into the half, Kuhn scored again. This time, the goal came courtesy of a two-on-one breakaway, with Brooke MacGillivary providing the assist. Kuhn would score twice more in the second half to finish the day with all four Cardinal goals. Entering the game, she had only one all season.

Senior Melissa Lantz scored in the 69th minute to cap the scoring. The teams now have matching overall records at 4-12, with Ball State holding the conference record advantage, 2-6 to MSU's 1-6.

The Bears will celebrate Senior Day tomorrow against Miami (Ohio). Start time is 12 p.m., with the ceremony preceding the game.