Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/4/2010
Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Fairfield 2, Missouri State 1
Miami 1, Brown 0
Kent State 2, Syracuse 1 (OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Fairfield 2, Missouri State 1
HANOVER, N.H. - Sarah Cusick's third goal in two games and Steph Anderson's 13 saves gave the Field Hockey Bears a halftime lead, but not a win, as a late Fairfield goal dropped the Bears 2-1, in the Big Green Classic at Dartmouth.

The Bears offense could get nothing going against a staunch Stag defense, managing only three shots, all coming in the first half. They also earned just one corner compared to Fairfield's seven. But even without the offensive fireworks that were prevalent in the team's season-opening, 7-1 win against Lindenwood, it looked as though the Bears may steal a victory.

In the game's ninth minute, Cusick (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) took a cross from Casey Bayliss (Jr., Bathurst, NSW, Australia) and fired a shot from a difficult angle. Her attempt scooted just behind the Stag keeper to rattle the cage in the corner and give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Anderson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and the Bears' defense kept it that way through halftime and into the 54th minute, but the shutout would end there. Fairfield's Anne Nieuwenhuis deflected a pass in the circle and through Anderson to force a 1-1 tie.

Ten minutes later, the Stags earned one of their seven corners and would capitalize. The Bears withstood the Stags' first wave of attack, but could not clear the ball from their end. Fairfield's Amanda Sullivan would clean up the mess in front with her first goal of the season.

The late score proved to be the game-winner, dropping the Bears to 1-1 on the season. The Stags improved to 1-3.

The Bears will face host Dartmouth tomorrow, Sunday, at 1 p.m., in the third and final game of the Big Green Classic. Live stats and free streaming video will be available through MissouriStateBears.com.

Miami 1, Brown 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A fantastic defensive effort allowed the Miami field hockey team to continue its perfect start to the season with a 1-0 win over Brown on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. The RedHawks held the Bears without a shot attempt for the entire 70 minute game. Miami improves to 4-0 on the season, while Brown falls to 0-1.

"I thought we played excellent defense, especially in the second half," said head coach Jill Reeve. "We were a little off our game offensively, but Brown played well on that end."

After a scoreless first half where the RedHawks outshot the Bears, 3-0, Miami came out firing in the second half. In the 37th minute, Jackie Nguyen collected the rebound of her own blocked shot to score the game's only goal. The RedHawks were able to manage 13 shots during the remainder of the period but were unable to score again. Still Coach Reeve wanted to single out a specific player for that improved offensive effort.

"Kate Snyder played strong for 70 minutes," said Reeve. "I appreciated her leadership and how she created several attacking opportunities."

Miami remains in Iowa City Sunday for a contest against 19th-ranked Iowa. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT).

Kent State 2, Syracuse 1 (OT)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) scored five minutes and 14 seconds into the overtime period to send the Kent State field hockey team past No. 8 Syracuse earlier today at Ohio State's Buckeye Varsity Field.  The Golden Flashes improve to 2-1 on the year with the win, while handing the Orange (3-1) their first loss of the season.  

Kent State earned Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler her 50th career victory behind a stout defensive effort in the hard fought contest.  The Golden Flashes fended off a Syracuse offense that generated 22 shots, including 15 in the first half alone.  

The Orange struck first scoring at 19:55 when Amy Kee's attempted from the top of the arc was lifted into the back of the goal.  The advantage would be short lived as junior Carla Johl (Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato) answered for Kent State less than a minute and a half later.  Capitalizing on a penalty corner opportunity, Johl deflected a pass in from senior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia / MacKillop College) at 21:22.  After missing over half of last season due to injury, the score marked the first for Johl since a gamer winner at Michigan on Oct. 19, 2008.

The aggressive defense by Kent State led to 10-1 advantage in penalty corners for Syracuse in the first half.  Despite the onslaught goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood) managed to keep the Orange in check recording 10 of her 11 saves in the first 35 minutes.  In the second half the KSU defense tightened holding SU to four corners and six shot attempts.  

"The defense stayed disciplined and really stepped up their tenacity in the second half," said Wiler.

After just three shot attempts in the first half, the Golden Flashes came alive in the second taking six shots and earning five penalty corners.  Despite the increased activity, KSU was unable to hit pay dirt as the game went into overtime.  

In overtime the Golden Flashes controlled the ball, but Bell's first shot attempt sailed wide.  The Orange earned a penalty corner on the other end only to have Sutich stonewall them for the 11th time in the game.  The reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and a two-time All-American, Miller then took control of a ball about 25 yards out and drove the left baseline.  A perfectly centered pass found a cutting Bell who slammed home the game winner from seven yards out.  

"Our overall effort was great today," added Wiler.  "The game was well played and it was an outright battle for every ball."

The Golden Flashes return to action tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. when they face No. 14 Ohio State.  OSU lost to Syracuse 2-1 in overtime on Friday.