Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/5/2010
Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Drexel 1, Ohio 0
Ball State 4, St. Louis 0
Miami 5, Iowa 1
Dartmouth 5, Missouri State 3
Ohio State 4, Kent State 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Drexel 1, Ohio 0
PHILADELPHIA - The Ohio University field hockey team was unable to find the back of the cage for the second-consecutive game, falling on Sunday afternoon at No. 11 Drexel, 1-0.

With 15 minutes reaming, Drexel's Elizabeth Koch intercepted a Bobcats pass and fed the ball to Preseason All-CAA selection Susan Ciufo. Ciufo chipped in a shot from the left side for the decider.

Ohio dominated play in the first half, out-shooting the Dragons 6-1. Preseason All-CAA goalkeeper Jenna Phillips made two crucial saves on Louzeth Schutte and Cathryn Altdoerffer and Paige Herr had an attempt blocked. Schutte, Brittany Zorn and Brooke Edwards all had chances go wide during a scoreless first 35 minutes.

Drexel woke up in the second half with 10 shots, seven on goal, as opposed to four shots for Ohio. Schutte had three of her team-high five shots during the second half, having two tries blocked and one saved by Phillips. Ohio's leading scorer Taylor Brown registered her only shot in the 46th minute, but was denied by Phillips.

The Dragons barely out-shot the Bobcats on the day, 11-10, and also held a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Courtney Seiders made six saves to keep the 'Cats in the match. Ohio had a 5-0 lead in penalty corners after the first half, but Drexel finished with a 10-9 edge.

Ohio remains on the road next weekend when they travel to Bloomington, Ind. for contests against California and No. 17 Indiana.

Ball State 4, St. Louis 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team recorded its second-straight win of the young season with a 2-0 shutout victory of the St. Louis Billikens, Sunday afternoon at the BSU Turf Field.

The win completes the action during Ball State's home-opening weekend, including the Cardinals' two shutouts over the visiting teams of Roberts Morris (5-0) and St. Louis (2-0). Today, the Cardinals outshot the Billikens by an astonishing 27-6 margin and connected on 4-for-16 shots on goal.

"Overall, it was a good opening weekend at home, it was nice to get two shutouts," Head coach Beth Maddox said. "When we play together as a unit, good things happen. It was a great crowd out here today and there was great support by other athletes. I think it makes the team feel very good."

Ball State junior midfielder Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) opened up scoring for the Cardinals at 30:47 mark in the first period off of a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season. Senior forward Kaitlan Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) and junior midfield Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) provided the double assist.

Early in the early second period, at 37:32 mark, senior Hannah Jones (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual) buried a shot from the top of the circle past the Billikens' netminder Alex LaBarge. The goal, her second of the season, had assistance from teammates Lulow and junior midfield Brandi Mixell (Fort Littleton, Pa./Frostburg State).

At 67:34, Kuhn tallied her second goal of the day, and sixth of the season, on an unassisted rebound shot from LaBarge. Ball State quickly resumed its hot-shooting at 69:08 when Mitchell struck just in front of the Billikens' cage, her first goal of the season. Kuhn recorded the assist with the Cardinals' final point on the board.

Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) and sophomore netminder Morgan Hammer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Area) split time in the cage. The duo combined for a total of five saves in 70 minutes of action, while LaBarge finished with 12 in the cage.

Coming up on the Cardinals' calendar, the squad travels to play Northwestern and Iowa in a two-game series in the Big 10 Conference, starting Friday, Sept. 17 in Evanston, Ill. at 3 p.m. Friday's game marks the 24th time Ball State and Northwestern have met. The Wildcats own a 14-7-2 all-time record against the Cardinals. The teams last met Sept. 3, 2007 when Northwestern defeated Ball State, 5-2.

The contest versus Iowa Saturday, Sept. 18 marks the 21st meeting between the two teams, as the Hawkeyes own an 18-2 series advantage against the Cardinals. Northwestern finished the 2009 season with a 12-8 record (1-5 Big 10), while Iowa went 9-10 (3-3 Big 10).

Miami 5, Iowa 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The amazing start to the Miami field hockey season continued on Sunday, and this time a nationally ranked team became one of its victims as the RedHawks downed 19th-ranked Iowa, 5-1. Five different players scored for Miami, which improved to 5-0 on the season. The Hawkeyes, which started the season last week dropping close matches to two top five opponents, fell to 0-3.

The 5-0 start matches the 1980 and 1982 teams for the longest win streak to begin a season. The 1978 team (only the second team in school history), holds the record with an 8-0 start.

"We played a great game today," said head coach Jill Reeve. "The team really played together and had some awesome passing throughout the game. It was a team victory today."

Jackie Nguyen got things started for the RedHawks with her eighth goal of the season in the sixth minute. In the 13th minute, Kate Snyder sent a hard shot that the Iowa goalie was able to get a pad on. Undaunted, the rebound came right back to her and Snyder quickly sent the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the season. During the first half Miami held the Hawkeyes to only two shots, neither of which were on net, and it went into the break with a 2-0 advantage.

Early in the second half, Mary Hull got in behind the defense and slammed in her shot to make it 3-0 in favor of the RedHawks. Iowa responded with a goal of its own in the 47th minute. Kylie Landeros would make sure that any hopes the Hawkeyes had of completing the comeback were stuffed when she scored her second career goal in the 58th minute off a deflection of a Christine Brightwell shot. Emily Gruesser completed the scoring with her first career goal in the 66th minute of play.

"While everybody had a hand in this win, we had a couple of outstanding individual efforts," Reeve reports. "Kylie Landeros and Brittany Branco were outstanding in leading our defense and limiting the offensive chances of a very good team. Up front Emily Gruesser was great and I was proud to see her get her first goal, while Kate Snyder picked up where she left off yesterday to complete an outstanding weekend."

For the game Miami outshot Iowa, 13-9. The RedHawk defense was once again strong in front of starting goalkeeper Sarah Mueller, holding the Hawkeyes to only two shots on net. This was despite Iowa holding a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners.

After starting the season with five games in its first 10 days, Miami will get 12 days off to rest of its next game. The RedHawks will welcome 17th-ranked Indiana to the Miami Field Hockey Complex for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.

Dartmouth 5, Missouri State 3
HANOVER, N.H. -- For the second straight game, the Field Hockey Bears established an early lead only to watch it disappear, this time to the Dartmouth Big Green, losing 5-3.

The Bears led 2-0 early in the first half and 3-1 at halftime before four unanswered Dartmouth goals, and a Kelly Hood hat trick, sent MSU to its second loss at the Big Green Classic. The Big Green's offensive pressure eventually wore down the Bears' defense and goalkeeper Steph Anderson, as they registered 41 shots, 18 on goal, and earned 22 penalty corners.

Junior Sarah Cusick's fourth goal of the season opened the scoring in the game's ninth minute. After freshman Hillary Lawless (St. Louis, Mo.) pushed the ball into Big Green territory, Cusick controlled a loose, bounding ball, and flicked it past the keeper's left side to put the Bears up 1-0. The San Diego, Calif., native entered the 2010 season with only two career goals, but has thrived since moving to the forward position.

After helping out on the Bears' first goal, Lawless scored the next one all on her own. A clear from the Bears' defensive end sent Lawless on a foot race for the ball as it rolled into Big Green territory. Lawless outran two defenders and got to the ball just as the Big Green's keeper came out to challenge. She lifted a shot over the sliding keeper, absorbed a solid collision and watched as the ball rolled into the cage for her second career goal. Lawless' incredible individual effort made it a 2-0 game.

Dartmouth's Kelly Hood's first goal cut the lead in half, but Laura Tavares (Fr., Oakville, Ontario, Canada) answered five minutes later. After earning a penalty corner, the Bears forced the ball close to the Big Green cage. Tavares gathered possession and snuck in a low shot just under the Big Green keeper. The Bears' lead increased to 3-1, but that would be MSU's last shot on goal. It was all Big Green the rest of the way.

Dartmouth's Meghan Everett and Kelly McHenry scored a goal apiece, while Hood completed her trio of goals with a score in the 67th minute to provide extra cushion and close the scoring at 5-3.

The Bears fell to 1-2 as the Big Green improved to 2-0 on the young season. MSU will next face Saint Louis and Northwestern in a weekend series in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 10-11.

Ohio State 4, Kent State 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Kent State field hockey team returns to campus with a weekend split after enduring a 4-0 loss at No. 14 Ohio State earlier this afternoon.  One day after knocking off No. 8 Syracuse, the Golden Flashes were unable to pick up their first road win of the season as they fell to 2-2 on the year.  

Kent State was aggressive out of the gate taking five shots in the first 20 minutes of action but unfortunately the Golden Flashes were unable to get on the board.  Ohio State (2-1) then took advantage of a penalty corner in the 24th minute to grab a 1-0 lead.  

The score held up to the early stages of the second half when another penalty corner led to a second goal by the Buckeyes.  Down 2-0, Kent State was unable to mount a comeback charge and went without a shot attempt the rest of the game.  

Ohio State, which led shots taken 19-5 and penalty corners 11-2, scored off another penalty corner situation in the 52nd minute before accounting for the final score at 56:33.  Jena Cacciatore scored the first two goals of the game for OSU while Aisling Coyle and Maria Briones scored the other two.  

Seniors Bryn Stevens (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia / MacKillop College) led Kent State with two shots each.  

The Golden Flashes return Kent for their home opener next weekend.  Kent State hosts No. 20 Stanford on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and No. 19 Iowa on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.  Both game take place at Murphy-Mellis Field.