Sunday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/14/2009

Sunday’s Field Hockey Results
Kent State 2, Lock Haven 0
Michigan 4, Ball State 0
Northwestern 3, Miami 2
Virginia 5, Ohio 0

Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices


Kent State 2, Lock Haven 0

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. ? Red-shirt freshman goalie Kirstin Willders (Lititz, Pa. / Warwick) made her first career start in the cage  on Sunday and did not disappoint.  Willders’ eight saves help lead Kent State to a 2-0 shutout of Lock Haven and improved the Golden Flashes to 3-4 on the year.  

“Defensively we played a really strong game today,” said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Schanne.  “Willders had a solid game in goal and made some nice saves particularly in one-on-one situations.”

Junior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College) put KSU on the board early in the game when she scored off a penalty corner. Coming in the ninth minute, Miller’s direct shot was her third goal of the year and was assisted by senior Allison Kittelberger (Webster, N.Y. / Schroeder) and junior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif. / Mira Mesa).  Miller has now totaled four points in the last two games having recorded two assists in Friday’s game vs #6 Virginia.  

“Our corner unit executed extremely well today,” said Schanne.  “It was a total team effort.”

Adding to the KSU total in the 16th minute was sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato) who notched her Mid-American Conference best eight score of the year.  Bell, who had five shots on the day scored on a hard low backhand attempt.  

The two goals were all the offense the Golden Flashes would need on the day as Willders did the rest in goal.  Playing in just her third career game after red-shirting all of last year, the Lititz, Pa. made four saves in each of the first and second halves to help keep the Eagles (3-3) off the board.  

Kent State held a 7-4 edge in penalty corners, while Lock Haven outshot KSU 12-9.  

The Golden Flashes return to action at home on Wednesday (Sept. 16) when 16th-ranked Ohio State comes to Murphy-Mellis Field.  


Michigan 4, Ball State 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Ball State field hockey team lost 4-0 to Michigan 1 p.m. Sunday.  Both teams now hold a 2-3 overall record.

Ball State was outshot 24-4 in the game, while attempting two penalty corner opportunities to Michigan's seven.  Brooke MacGillivary, Elizabeth Blaum and Gretchen Lulow were the three Cardinals to record a shot on goal.  Goalkeeper Tiffany Shifflett stopped nine shots in 70 minutes of action in the cage.

The Cardinals were able to hold the Wolverines to just one goal in the first period on a shot to the right side at the 25:25 mark.  But Michigan found the back of the net once again just ten minutes into the second period on an unassisted shot by Bryn Bain.  While giving up just one Ball State shot in the period, Michigan put the game out of reach, scoring two more goals ten minutes apart.  The final 0-4 loss marks Ball State's first shutout this season.

"We are going to have to make adjustments that we can carry into Mid-American Conference play," said head coach Annette Payne.

Ball State is scheduled to face Miami in the Cardinal's Mid-American Conference opener 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 16.  The team then challenges No. 18 Indiana for its last of a seven-game road stretch 1 p.m. Saturday, September 19.

Northwestern 3, Miami 2
? In the final game of its home tournament hosted at the Miami Field Hockey Complex, the RedHawks fell in a close match to the Northwestern Wildcats 3-2. Miami is now 1-4 on the season while the Wildcats advance to 6-2 after defeating Central Michigan yesterday as well.

The Wildcats shot out to an early lead with their first goal coming 2:53 into the first half off the stick of Chelsea Armstrong with the assist by Sarah Marcincin. The RedHawks responded quickly when senior Mary Hull was able to beat the goalie off a pass from junior Christine Brightwell at 9:09.

Northwestern answered shortly after with two goals within five minutes of each other. The first came from Marcincin off Regan Mooney with the next from Armstrong off Elizabeth Dobbs, at 14:01 and 18:59, respectively.

Miami returned with a strong start to the second half, keeping the Wildcats on the defensive for the opening minutes of play. The RedHawks’ Hull was able to capitalize on the team’s first shot of the half with a goal at 37:54.

Despite an intense rest of the period, which included several cards being issued to both sides, neither team was able to score again, leaving Northwestern with the win.

“I was very impressed with the level of play, and it was an unfortunate outcome,” said head coach Jill Reeve. “We played a solid 55 minutes I would say, but we started sluggish and waited too long to step into our game. It’s hard to come back from that kind of deficit, but we were very evenly matched.”

Miami will continue its home stint when they face the Ball State Cardinals this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.

Virginia 5, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio -
The No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers came into Athens on fire Sunday, winning their first five games and riding into town after an 8-2 victory at Kent State on Friday. They kept up their offensive attack against the Bobcats, scoring five goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 win.

The Cavaliers struck early, with Piage Selenski scoring three minutes into the contest. The match then settled down for a few minutes as each team traded possession. Later on, the visitors found themselves peppering Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.) with multiple shots halfway through the period. Two of these shots, by Traci Ragukas and Haley Carpenter respectively, found the back of the net for the Cavaliers. Paige Selenski added two more in the first half--one of which via a penalty stroke--as the `Cats went into the locker room down 5-0.

Ohio came out of the locker room a different team and played a very solid second half. Jen McGill (Louisville, Ky.) made three saves in net and didn't allow any goals. The `Cats mustered four shots to Virginia's five in the second half, as well as creating two opportunities on penalty corners. Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) and Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) led the way offensively for the Green and White, with each of them registering two shots. Sophomore Laine Greenawalt (Pottstown, Pa.) saw some significant time on the field and fired her second shot of the season.

"There's no surprise that they're ranked sixth in the country, but what is really frustrating is we just didn't play a good first half," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "In the second half we came out and showed that we can compete with teams like this. Until we start putting a full game together it's not going to be good for us."

The Bobcats now embark on a season-long seven game road trip, which begins on September 18 with Robert Morris and concludes on October 11 at Miami. The `Cats will then end the season with six consecutive home contests, five of which will be against teams in the Mid-American Conference.