MAC Field Hockey Release: Week 3

Updated 9/15/2009

This Week’s Schedule

Wednesday, September 16   

*Ball State at Miami, 1:00 PM   

Ohio State at Kent State, 3:00 PM   


Friday, September 18

Ohio at Robert Morris, 1:00 PM   

Missouri State at Northwestern, 3:00 PM   


Saturday, September 19

Missouri State vs. Saint Joseph’s, 1:00 PM   

Ball State at Indiana, 1:00 PM   

Central Michigan vs. Vermont, 2:00 PM   

Miami at William & Mary, 5:00 PM   


Sunday, September 20

Miami at Richmond, Noon   

Central Michigan at Ohio State, 2:00 PM



MAC News and Notes

·          The Cardinals fell 4-0 to No. 20 ranked Michigan Sunday. Ball State is currently 2-3 overall before heading into conference play against Miami 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 16.


·          The Chippewas losing skid hit three matches in Oxford, Ohio over the weekend. CMU played tight in a MAC contest against Miami, tying the score at 1-1 in the second half, before the RedHawks scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes to pull out a win. Kelly Jordan assisted on Lauren Leed's tally against Northwestern on Saturday, it was the first assisted goal the Chippewas have scored this season.


·          With Rachel Miller's goal in the ninth minute in Sunday's 2-0 victory at Lock Haven, the Golden Flashes have now won 14 straight when they score the first goal of the game. Miller recorded four points in two games this weekend adding two assists on Friday. Goalie Kirstin Willders made eight saves in her first collegiate start on Sunday to lead KSU to the 2-0 shutout of five-time defending Northeast Conference Champ Lock Haven.


·          Miami out-shot its opponents 31 to 21 this week, as well as outscored them five to four. Defensively, the RedHawks were able to keep opponents out of scoring position, necessitating only six saves, as opposed to the 12 made by opponents. Miami is now 1-0-0 in its conference and 1-1-0 at home.


·          The Bears limited the high-powered Louisville Cardinals'offense to only three goals despite allowing 17 penalty corners and 24 shots. The Bears held the 16th-ranked Cardinals scoreless for the first 31 minutes of action.


·          The Bobcats faced tough opposition this past weekend, visiting No. 19 Ohio State and hosting No. 6 Virginia.


Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel Miller, Kent State, Jr., Midfielder, Bathurst, Australia

Miller account for four points in two games last week leading the Golden Flashes to a 1-1 record. On Sunday she helped KSU snap a two game skid with the game winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Lock Haven. On Friday she notched two assists as the Golden Flashes dropped an 8-2 decision to #6 Virginia.


Defensive Player of the Week

Kirstin Willders, Kent State, R-Fr., Goalkeeper, Litiz, Pa. / Kempsville Warwick

Making her first collegiate start on Sunday, Willders helped Kent State snap a two-game skid with a 2-0 shutout of five-time defending Northeast Conference Champ Lock Haven. Willders kept the host Eagles of the board making eight total saves with four coming in each half. Kent State coach Kathleen Schanne said, “Willders had a solid game in goal and made some nice saves particularly in the one-on-one situations.”