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Central Michigan 2, Radford 1
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Offense was on display early with two goals in the first 15 minutes as Central Michigan opened up its 2012 season with a 2-1 win over Radford at the Robert Morris Tournament Saturday morning.
Junior forward Bailey McKeon and senior midfielder Erin Dye both found the back of the cage as the Chippewas (1-0) took 10 shots on goal in the first half to jump out to what proved to be an insurmountable lead for Radford (0-1).
Though the Chippewas walked away with the win, head coach Cristy Freese said the team has many opportunities for improvement moving forward.
“I think there are some things we certainly need to do better, because we could have put this game out of reach and we weren’t able to do that yet,” Freese said. “We missed some opportunities today, but we got the win and we’ll move on and learn from it.”
With the win the Chippewas advance to the championship game of the tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. against Villanova.
McKeon scored to the far left post in the ninth minute off the rebound of a shot by junior forward Erica Garwood, who was credited with an assist. She took six shots in the match, five of which were on goal.
The Chippewas continued to push the pace offensively, with eight shots in the following six-and-a-half minutes of the game, five of which were on goal.
Dye capped that stretch with her first goal of the season on a tip-in from five yards out. Sophomore midfielder Maureen Riley assisted Dye on the goal, which was her 23rd as a Chippewa.
Dye fired a game-high 10 shots, including a game-high six on goal - both of which are career-highs.
The Chippewa defense, led by seniors Brittany Burga and Emily Girasole, allowed just one shot in the first half, which was saved by senior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto.
“Overall, I though we did well defensively. In the first half they didn’t have anything on goal until the very end,” Freese said. “It’s still the first game of the season so there are still game situations we need to get used to, but I thought we handled getting scored on well by not letting them to tie up the game.
Radford scored its lone goal of the game in the 56th minute on a shot off a corner from the top of the arch by Stacey Mackintosh.
The Chippewas took nine shots in the second half for a total of 23, while allowing five in the second for a total of six. Netto made two more saves in the second half.
Garwood finished with three shots, one on goal, while sophomores Jordyn Brengosz and Mary Alice Moore took two shots apiece.
The Chippewas took nine corners, three times as many as Radford.
CMU is now 1-2 all-time against Radford.
Northwestern 3, Miami 0
LOUISVILLE - The Miami University field hockey team dropped its opening game of the season to 20th-ranked Northwestern, 3-0, on Saturday. The game was part first round of the Sherrill Brakmeier Classic.
"Today's game was a good next step for us," said head coach Iñako Puzo. "We have grown together as a team, and the contest today showed that. We are going to approach our next game with the same mindset of developing our game and learning from all of the work we have done over the last nine months. Tomorrow is another opportunity for this team to take the next step in our journey together."
The RedHawks kept the Wildcats off the board for the first 31 minutes of the contest. The Miami defense would prevent Northwestern from getting clean shots off as they recorded several blocks, while junior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made two saves. The Wildcats finally struck in the 32nd minute when All-American Chelsea Armstrong scored from the front of the cage to send the RedHawks into the break down, 1-0. Northwestern outshot Miami, 9-2, during the first half.
The RedHawks had two early penalty corner attempts in the second half to try to even the score. However, Miami was unable to get the equalizer. Northwestern struck again in the 50th minute when Tara Puffenberger found the left corner of the cage from the top of the circle. The Wildcats would get one final insurance goal by Nikki Parsley three minutes later.
For the game, Northwestern outshot Miami, 18-5. The RedHawks had a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners. Olivia Miller led Miami with three shots, including two on goal. Mueller finished with five saves. Bea Dechant recorded a defensive save.
Miami returns to action on Sunday when it takes on 23rd-ranked Louisville in the consolation game of the Sherrill Brakmeier Classic at 11 a.m.
Ball State 4, Lehigh 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team got the 2012 campaign off to an exciting start with a 4-3 overtime victory over Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore midfielder Tori Widrick (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) scored three goals for the Cardinals, while classmate Leanne Goldblatt (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland) netted the winning goal in overtime, her first collegiate goal.
"The team fought hard today," said head coach Beth Maddox. "They played together and because of that we were able to come up with a win. This is a great way to start our season."
Widrick got the Cardinals on the board early at the 4:54 mark, getting a pass from sophomore defender Jenna Rosenberry (Maheim, Pa./Elizabethtown Area). Widrick connected with red-shirt freshman midfielder Bianca Velez (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) at 18:22 off of a penalty corner to put Ball State up 2-0.
The Mountain Hawks (0-1) would get on the board before the first period was over with Erin Ricker putting in a goal off of a penalty corner at 23:49. Lehigh scored at the 43:48 mark when Rachel Werley found the back of the net off an assist from Kimberly Eng.
The score remained, 2-1 until Lehigh's Werley put in a goal at 43:48. The Mountain Hawks took a 3-2 lead at 62:33 when Eng was fed from Steph Fratoni.
The Cardinals responded quickly, with Widrick getting a goal off of a rebound 75 seconds later to knot the score at 3-3.
Ball State came out victorious in the sudden-death overtime as Velez was able to get a hard shot in to Goldblatt who was able to tip it in for the first win of the 2012 season.
Widrick finished the day with six shots and three goals. Freshman forward Allie White (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) was active offensively, getting five shots off. Velez had two shots and had her hand in assisting on two goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddi Elliott (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) was credited with her first collegiate victory. Elliott made five saves and allowed three goals in 78:39 of play.
Ball State was able to outshoot Lehigh 24-12 on the day and held the advantage in penalty corners, 6-3. The Cardinals were able to get eight shots in the first period, 10 in the second and six in the overtime session, while the Mountain Hawks had five, four and three, respectively.
Ball State (1-0) will take on Lafayette on Sunday, Aug.26 at noon. You can follow the team on Twitter at @BallStFHockey and be sure to check back to ballstatesports.com for updates.