Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/20/2010
Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Indiana 4, Missouri State 1
Ohio 3, Richmond 1
Boston University 2, Kent State 1
Northwestern 2, Miami 1
Central Michigan 2, St. Louis 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Indiana 4, Missouri State 1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana blitzed the field hockey Bears with four goals in the game's first 40 minutes and held the Bears scoreless for 47 minutes to capture a 4-1 win in Bloomington, Ind.

The Bears threatened throughout the day, but Hillary Lawless' (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) third goal of the season was all they had to show for their efforts. MSU earned seven shots on goal, but the Hoosiers' Becky Pany saved five, with the team earning a defensive save.

Indiana opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute and closed the half with two more scores coming in the 16th and 32nd minutes. Their fourth and final goal came off a penalty corner in the 40th minute.

Lawless got the Bears on the board with 22 minutes to play. She took a feed from Sarah Cusick (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) in the middle of the circle and shot from straight on, beating Pany. Lawless is now tied for second on the team in goals scored.  

The Bears next face Pacific in a neutral field match-up in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers won last season's match 2-1 after the Bears could not hold a 1-0 halftime lead.  The all-time series is tied at 10-10.

Ohio 3, Richmond 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Three different Bobcats got in the scoring column as Ohio Field Hockey won their third in a row this afternoon, 3-1 at Richmond. The Green & White improved to 4-5 after goals from Laura Mastro, Taylor Brown and Brittany Zorn.

"To put three goals past a team like Richmond was great," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "It was exciting the way we scored them also. It was all-around good execution and we attacked well throughout the game."

Mastro's first goal as a Bobcat put her team on the board in the first half. With a minute and a half remaining in the first period, Paige Herr hit the ball in toward goal and a deflection by Brooke Edwards found Mastro at the left post. The sophomore's goal gave Ohio a 1-0 lead heading into intermission.

It was an evenly played first half with Richmond holding the edge in shots, 8-7, and penalty corners, 5-3. Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders made five saves and Ohio defenders made two to keep the Spiders off the board.

The 'Cats extended the lead to two goals with just a little over a minute gone in the second period. Brown scored her team-leading seventh goal as Edwards crossed a pass from the endline and was credited with her second assist of the game.

In the 50th minute, Dani Pycroft got Richmond back in the game with her third goal of the season. She and teammate Chelsea Davies each had five shots for the Spiders. It would be the only goal allowed by Seiders who made six saves in the second half for a season-high 11. Ohio also got a season-high four defensive saves, two in each period.

"Courtney made a couple outstanding saves off corners and her play at the back won us the game today," Macmillan added.

The game remained close until the 65th minute when the 'Cats got some insurance. Off a broken corner, Edwards collected a rebound and crossed it to Zorn. It was Edwards' third assist of the afternoon and gave her a team-leading four for the season. The junior had five points this weekend after scoring a goal against RMU on Friday. Zorn's tally was the first of the season for the senior.

Despite winning 3-1, Out was out-shot 19-11, 11-4 in the second half, and was behind in penalty corners, 9-5.

"I was happier with our organization in the second half, despite giving up that many shots," Macmillan said. "We had stifling defense in the first half, but I really thought we played better defensively as a team in the second half. We just allowed more shots."

Boston University 2, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio - Playing its sixth game against a rank opponent this season, the Kent State field hockey team was unable to prevail falling by a final of 2-1 to No. 13 Boston University today at Murphy-Mellis Field. The Golden Flashes, now 4-4 on the year, closed out the weekend with a two-game split after defeating No. 5 Michigan State on Friday. The team will now turn its focus to conference play which starts at this Saturday against Ball State.

We played some real quality opponents this season that have helped us prepare for the coming Mid-American Conference schedule,² said Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler.

Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) gave Kent State an early 1-0 lead when she scored out of a penalty corner situation in the 12th minute. The goal, which was assisted by senior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College), marked Bell¹s team leading sixth of the season. A little over two minutes later Boston (6-2) evened the count at 1-1 when the Terriers Leslie Zules deflected in a shot from the right side on a pass that came in from 30 yards out.

The score remained tied until the 48th minute when Boston¹s Andrea Greene dribbled up the left sideline and found the back of the cage from six yards out.

The Golden Flashes earned a pair of penalty corners in the final five minutes, but Bell¹s first shot attempt was blocked and her second was saved by BU goalie Amanda Smith. Smith ended the game with three saves while senior goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) made six for Kent State.

We had a couple of chances today that we did not take advantage of when the opportunity was there,² said Wiler.

For the game penalty corners were even at 8-8, but Boston held a 15-12 edge in shots taken.

Kent State wraps up a six-game home stand next weekend. The Golden Flashes take aim at their third straight Mid-American Conference regular season title when conference play starts on Saturday vs Ball State and Sunday vs Miami.

Northwestern 2, Miami 1
EVANSTON, Ill. - For the second straight game, a goal off a penalty corner in the last few minutes proved to be the undoing for the Miami field hockey team as they fell to Northwestern, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 5-2 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 7-3.

Northwestern struck first with a goal in the seventh minute by Nikki Parsley. It remained that way for the majority of the game, as Miami offense struggled to generate chances. Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Mueller came up big in goal, keeping the score at 1-0 on several occasions while coming up with six saves on the day.

In the 65th minute, the RedHawks were able to tie the score at one. On a penalty corner attempt, Jackie Nguyen's shot was deflected in by Kylie Landeros from about eight yards out. For the back Landeros, it was the third goal of her career and second this season. With her second assist of the year, Nguyen added to her team lead with 18 points.

The tie would not last long however, as the Wildcats put in the game-winning goal off a penalty corner of their own in the 68th minute.

Northwestern outshot Miami, 16-3 for the game. They also had the penalty corner advantage at 15-3. Emily Gruesser led the RedHawks with two shots on the day.

Miami begins Mid-American Conference play on the road next weekend. On Saturday, the RedHawks will be in Athens, Ohio for a 1 p.m. match against the rival Ohio Bobcats. Next Sunday Miami will travel to Kent State for another 1 p.m. match.

Central Michigan 2, St. Louis 1
ST. LOUIS - Freshman Ellen Riley scored as time expired to give Central Michigan (2-4) a victory over the Saint Louis Billikens (0-8) on their home field Sunday afternoon by a score of 2-1.

The Chippewas scored the game-winning goal, Riley's first goal of the season, off a penalty corner. Senior Amanda von Leer had an assist on the play.

"A win on the road is always tough," said CMU head coach Cristy Freese. "We really felt like we controlled the play in the second half. We are really pleased with the win, especially after yesterday's loss."

The game winning goal was the only one of the second half. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Freshman Alexis Gersbach started the scoring off when she scored for the Chippewas with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half, with an assist from Riley.

Saint Louis scored with 27 seconds left in the first half to tie the game. The goal came from sophomore Lauryn Smith, with assists from junior Nicole Kent and senior Natalie Gamez.
   
CMU outshot SLU 18-7 and had more penalty corners, 6-5.

Junior Anastasia Netto made three saves and picked up her second career win.

The Chippewas are back in action on Saturday, September 25 when they play the New Hampshire Wildcats at 2 p.m. in Mount Pleasant at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.