Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Kent State 4, Missouri State 2
Central Michigan 3, Ball State 1Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Kent State 4, Missouri State 2
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Kent State Golden Flashes showed why they are the top offensive team in the Mid-American Conference, keeping keeper Andrea Bain under constant bombardment in their 4-2 win over the field hockey Bears in the regular-season finale.
The Golden Flashes (13-6, 8-2) used 17 penalty corners on their way to 21 shots on goal. The MAC's leading goal-scorer Debbie Bell had nine of those shots, scoring twice to bump her season total to 22. Carla Johl and Rachel Miller contributed goals of their own as the Golden Flashes guaranteed at least a share of the regular-season conference crown.
An impressive showing by the Bears' (5-14, 2-8) defense kept them within striking distance. Bain (Fr., Victoria, B.C., Canada) saved 15 shots, her season-high, while Lori Sinclair (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Laura Tavares (Fr., Oakville, Ontario, Canada) had defensive saves. The defensive effort took the teams to the half with Kent State holding only a 1-0 lead despite firing 14 shots in the opening stanza.
It looked as though an upset may be brewing when Kristi O'Connor (So., Fort Worth, Texas) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 39th
minute to tie it at 1-1. But it stayed that way for less than two minutes. That is when Bell took over.
Bell scored in the 41st
minute and again in the 42nd
to balloon the lead to 3-1. Her first goal came when she got behind the defense and received a long pass from Rebecca Lee. With only Bain to beat, she dribbled to her right and fired a shot past the charging keeper. Her second came off a direct feed from a penalty corner, when she faked one defender and then placed a shot into the near, left corner.
Reiann Stoute (Jr., Bridgetown, Barbados) got the Bears back in it in the 46th
minute. She gathered a rebound of a save and put it away from right in front of the goal. It was her third score of the year.
Rachel Miller capped the game's scoring in the 66th
minute with her tenth goal of the year.
Liz Grasso (Haddonfield, N.J.), Kelly Irwin (Bexley, Ohio), Amanda Miyashita (Richmond, B.C., Canada) and Jennifer Portell (Edwardsville, Ill.) were honored before the game during the Senior Day ceremony.
Up next for the Bears is the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., on the campus of Central Michigan. The Bears' will be either the five or the six seed, with a bracket announced early this week. The first day for games will be Thursday, Nov. 4.Central Michigan 3, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - Senior defender Elizabeth Blaum (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) scored her second goal of the season, however the Ball State field hockey team fell to Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan, 1-3, Sunday afternoon at the BSU Turf Field. The Chippewas outshot the Cardinals, 16-8, and recorded a 12-6 advantage on penalty corners.
At 4:28 mark, Central Michigan's Erin Dye tallied the first goal off a corner past the Cardinals' junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico). Dye scored her second goal of the game at 24:06 mark off another penalty corner. Simone Lazar and Pam Seufert provided the double assist for each of the goals.
Less than five minutes later, Blaum put Ball State on the board with a goal off a Cardinal penalty corner. Senior defender Morgan Cloutier (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) provided the assist, her first of the season.
At 62:19 mark, Pam Seufert scored off a deflection to help the Chippewas secure the 3-1 victory against the Cardinals.
Blaum also recorded a defensive save, her first of the season, while senior Maura Sawicki (St. Louis/Nerinx Hall) and junior Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) combined for another three defensive saves for Ball State. Cloutier finished the contest with two shots, while junior Kristen Falk tallied three and senior Hannah Jones (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual) tallied one.
Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) accumulated five saves in 70:00 of action in the cage.
With the loss to Central Michigan, Ball State earned the sixth seed in the MAC tournament and will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to play No. 3 Ohio in a first round contest Thursday at 11 a.m. from the CMU Field Hockey Complex.