Friday's Field Hockey Results

Updated 9/12/2009

Friday’s Field Hockey Results

Virginia 8, Kent State 2
Miami 3, Central Michigan 1
Ohio State 3, Ohio 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices


Virginia 8, Kent State 2
KENT, Ohio
— Sophomore Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato) accounted for two goals and helped Kent State keep pace with sixth-ranked Virginia in the first half. The Cavaliers (5-0) attack was too much to overcome in the final 35 minutes, though, as the Golden Flashes (2-4) dropped an 8-2 decision  at Murphy-Mellis Field.

“I thought we played a great first half,” said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Schanne.  “We were able to get a few shots on goal and our defense was promising.  Unfortunately, you have to play for all 70 minutes and that is something we are continuing to work on.”

Junior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia/MacKillop College) found Bell twice in the opening half, and KSU’s leading scorer converted for the team’s only points of the afternoon. Her first score came 15:04 into the contest as she found the back of the cage from eight yards out on the left side to tie things up at 1-1. UVA struck back just under two minutes later, but Bell made the score square again with a goal from two yards out to raise her season total to seven.

UVA proceeded to rack up six more goals over the final 49 minutes as KSU was held to just five shots.  The loss marked the second straight at home to a ranked opponent for the Golden Flashes. Six Cavaliers tallied goals with freshman Tara Puffenberger and senior Traci Ragukas leading the way with two apiece.

Kent State junior goalkeeper Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) made a career-high 13 saves in the loss.

The Golden Flashes hit the road for a 1 p,m. meeting with Lock Haven Sunday (Sept. 13) before returning home Wednesday (Sept. 16) to face 16th-ranked Ohio State.


Miami 3, Central Michigan 1
OXFORD, Ohio – The first home game of the season also brought the first win of the season for the Miami field hockey team as it overcame the Central Michigan Chippewas, 3-1. Miami is now 1-3 on the season and 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference, while CMU falls to 1-2 and 0-1 in the MAC.

Despite their best offensive efforts, and close shots by RedHawk forwards Jackie Nguyen and Kate Snyder it was the defense that held strong through most of the first half, keeping both ends scoreless. It was senior back Katie Brightwell that broke the stalemate with 5:45 left in the first half with her goal from junior midfielder Christine Brightwell.

“It’s hard to take all of those shots and not have them go in,” said head coach Jill Reeve of the first half. “It can get in your head, but we did a nice job of keeping our composure until the goal came.”

With Miami leading by a score of 1-0 going into the second half, the Chippewas responded quickly with an unassisted goal from Brooke Sihota. Despite six other attempts, the RedHawks were able to keep CMU scoreless for the rest of the game.

Two Miami goals at the end of the half provide the final margin. The first was from Mary Hull and was assisted by Christine Brightwell with 5:32 remaining. The final one came from Christine Brightwell and was assisted by Snyder at the 2:26 mark, to seal the victory for Miami.

“I’m impressed with our effort today,” commented Reeve. “We’ve been struggling with our combinations and playing as a unit, but today we came together and played great. It’s very rewarding.”

Miami will wrap up the home weekend when they face off against Northwestern on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Miami Field Hockey Complex.

Ohio State 3, Ohio 0
The Bobcats couldn't quite find their rhythm on Friday, as they were shut out by the No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes. The `Cats were able to put the first shot on goal as junior Katherine Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) tested goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani early on, but she was equal to the challenge. Just moments later the game had its first goal when Jena Cacciatore found the back of the net for the Buckeyes. The goal was scored off of a penalty corner and was her fourth of the season.

Ohio was on the defensive for much of the game, as goalkeeper Courtney Seiders (Mt. Joy, Pa.) faced 12 shots on goal. She had another quality day for the `Cats, as she did make nine saves on the night. Offensively for the Bobcats, Marcy Dull (Ephrata, Pa.), Andrea Biegalski (Collegeville, Pa.) and the aforementioned Ballard each tallied a shot on goal.

The Buckeyes offensive pressure carried over into the second half, as they added goals from Berta Queralt and another from Cacciatore to put the game out of reach at 3-0.

"It was a very frustrating day," said head coach Neil Macmillan. "We certainly need to give Ohio State credit for playing well and stopping us in our execution. It was disappointing, but I'm looking forward to another chance against a top-20 team with Virginia coming in on Sunday. We'll re-focus and get ourselves ready for that game."

The Bobcats will look to get back on track on Sunday when No. 6 Virginia comes to Pruitt Field. Game time is set for one pm.