Friday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/5/2009

Friday’s Field Hockey Results

Fairfield 5, Ball State 4 (2OT)

Ohio 1, Indiana 0

Central Michigan 3, Colgate 0

Fairfield 5, Ball State 4 (2OT)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Ball State field hockey team fell just short of defeating Fairfield in double overtime Saturday as the team was handed its first loss of the season 5-4.

Despite losing by a lone goal, Ball State managed to take 18 shots in regulation (24 total) while allowing Fairfield to take 17 all game including the two overtime periods.  The Cardinals also kept the pressure on the Stags' goalkeeper Caitlin O'Donnell who tallied 14 saves.  Cardinal goalkeeper Tiffany Shifflett (Yorktown, Va./Hampton Roads Academy) played all 98:31 minutes in the cage, posting eight saves.

Fairfield took an early 1-0 lead ten minutes into the game on a goal from Marit Westenberg, assisted by Molly Byrnes.  However, Ball State's 2008 leading scorer, sophomore Brittany Hammer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph's Academy) brought the Cardinals into the game by tying the score 1-1 as she logged her first goal of the season on an unassisted shot.  Junior Hannah Jones (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual) gave the Cardinals the lead nine minutes later, maintaining the 2-1 advantage into halftime.

            As the Stags tied the score once more twelve minutes down in the second period, Ball State answered back, commanding a two-goal lead.  Jones stepped up for the Cardinals with her second goal of the game and added an assist to junior Elizabeth Blaum's (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Wyoming Seminary College Prep.) goal with 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

Fairfield made another comeback by scoring one goal off a penalty corner opportunity and another on a one-on-one opportunity with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, bringing the game to its first overtime.  Neither team scored in the first extra period although Shifflett made three saves, while Ball State attacked the net five times. However, at the 1:29 mark in double overtime, Stag midfielder Carly McCullough gave Fairfield the 5-4 victory with the final goal.

Ball State owns a 2-1 record heading into Saturday's 2 p.m. road game against Villanova.  The Wildcats have only played one game so far this season, recording a 7-1 loss to Old Dominion. 


Ohio 1, Indiana 0
ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio Field Hockey team didn't pepper the opposing goalkeeper with shot after shot on Friday night, but they did score the one that mattered. The Bobcats beat the Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 1-0 on a beautiful late-summer evening at Pruitt Field.

The first few minutes of the match belonged to the Bobcats, with Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.) and Patty Donahue (Powell, Oh.) firing shots in the offensive third. The next few minutes featured some nice possession by both squads, but no real chances at goal.

This changed in the 23rd minute, when Indiana opened up a barrage of shots at goalkeeper Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.). She was equal to them all, making five solid saves in a span of approximately five minutes. The Bobcat defense did a tremendous job of bending without breaking during most of the game by allowing one shot but immediately clearing the goalmouth once Seiders made the save. There were very few, if any, quality second-chance opportunities for the Hoosiers, and this was a big factor in the Bobcats' success.

Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) found the net with just four minutes remaining in the first half for her team-leading second goal of the season. She fired a hard, low shot that was too much for Indiana's Alex Mann, and just like that the Bobcats were on top.

The Green and White never looked back and refused to concede the equalizer, though it wasn't for lack of trying on the part of the visiting Hoosiers. Indiana accumulated 21 shots on the night, 13 of which were on goal. Seiders made a total of 13 saves in the game, and the Bobcat defense simply refused to allow any quality rebound opportunities.

"We gave up too many corners and too many shots, but we were very good on the defensive corners," said head coach Neil Macmillan. We were very good defensively around the goal and kept them out."

The defense wasn't the only thing discussed, as Macmillan was pleased with the opportunistic nature of the offense. "KB (Ballard) scored an excellent goal. It was a great individual effort, the way she found some space and hammered that home."

The next challenge for the Bobcats (1-2) will be when the Michigan State Spartans come to Pruitt Field this Sunday. Game time is set for 1 pm.



Central Michigan 3, Colgate 0

HAMILTON, N.Y. ? Lauren Leed scored two second-half goals and the Central Michigan field hockey team’s defense allowed only one shot in a 3-0 season-opening win at Colgate on Friday.

The win gives the Maroon and Gold their first season-opening victory since 2006.

CMU came out strong early, putting up five shots and three penalty corners in the first fifteen minutes of the match.

The Chippewas finally got a goal to show for its dominant performance in the 26th minute when freshman Erin Dye pounced fired home a loose ball to put Central up, 1-0. CMU ended the first half with the one-goal lead and the Chippewas held a 12-0 edge in shots at halftime.

Central carried the play once again in the second half and added an insurance tally when Leed tipped a Kelly Jordan shot to net her first-career goal to make it a 2-0 contest in the 56th minute.

With the assist, Jordan registered her first point since Oct. 21, 2007. It was also the senior’s first match played since Nov. 2, 2007.

Leed capped the scoring with her second goal in the 60th minute, two minutes after Colgate called a timeout in an attempt to regroup.

The story of opening night was the Maroon and Gold defense. The Chippewas fired 22 shots, 14 of which were on goal, and nearly held the Raiders without a shot until Katelyn Nerbonne’s attempt with a minute and a half remaining. CMU also took 10 penalty corners and one penalty stroke while CU managed just one penalty corner attempt.

Melinda Curran got the start between the pipes and notched her fourth-career shutout, knocking aside the only shot that came her way.

Central returns to action on the same field against Rider on Saturday. The match begins at 2 p.m.