MAC Field Hockey Weekly Release: Week 12

Updated 11/4/2008

-- The Ball State field hockey team finished the regular season 2-16 overall and 1-9 in the MAC. Senior Jodi Mann was a perfect 2-2 in shots on goal during Saturday's match-up at Central Michigan. The Cardinals head into the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament Thursday, November 6.


-- The Chippewas are red hot in MAC play going into the conference tournament. After starting 0-3 in league play, Central has won six of its last seven conference matches to finish as the fourth seed in the tournament next week. The improvement on defense is the biggest reason for the Chippewas's turnaround as they have allowed two goals or less in eight of their last 10 contests, including Sunday's match against no. 10 Michigan State.


-- Kent State extended its winning streak to nine games, its longest since 2000. The Golden Flashes finished 9-1 in conference play, also their best mark since 2000. Last week, KSU was ranked 20th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll and 18th according to Allison Kittelberger had a pair of assists at Missouri State and Rachel Miller had a goal and an assist. Miller and Kittelberger are tied for second in the MAC in assists with 11. Miller, Debbie Bell and Nicole Leach all rank in the MAC's top five in goals scored. Natalie Barrett scored the go-ahead goal against the Bears, her fifth of the year. The KSU defense has allowed two goals or less in 16-of-19 games. The Flashes 4-1 win on Saturday gave them their fourth two-game sweep of a conference opponent this year.


-- The Bears enter their fourth MAC tournament looking to get past the first day of competition and finish the season above fifth place. Missouri State has not finished above fifth since joining the MAC in the 2005 season. The Bears have gone 18-61 since joining the MAC.


-- Ohio went 2-0 over the weekend, including a 3-1 win over a Richmond team that finished in second place in the Atlantic 10. The Bobcats finished MAC play at 6-4, marking the fourth-straight season Ohio has finished above .500 in conference, all under head coach Neil Macmillan. The 'Cats play Missouri State Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament.