Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 8/27/2012

Sunday's Field Hockey Results - 8/26
Villanova 3,Central Michigan 2
Lafayette 5, Ball State 1
Kent State 1, James Madison 0 
Syracuse 6, Ohio 0 
Louisville 3,  Miami 1

Courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Department
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A second-half rally from the Central Michigan field hockey team forced overtime with Villanova, but the comeback effort came up just short as Villanova claimed a 3-2 victory and the Robert Morris Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon.
Senior midfielder Erin Dye and junior forward Bailey McKeon both scored for the Chippewas (1-1) for the second consecutive match to overcome a 2-0 Villanova (2-0) halftime lead.
"When you can come back after 2-0 and make a game of it, that's something we're proud of,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “We didn't necessarily get the results we wanted, but we can learn from it and move on.”
Villanova took four shots in the overtime period before connecting for the game-winner on the fifth off a penalty corner in the eighth minute of the first seven-on-seven, “sudden death” overtime period to end the game.
Taking the field in the second half down 2-0 after a stagnant half on the offensive side of the field, the Chippewas poured on the offense to force the overtime period.
“At halftime we talked about having more discipline and doing the little things well,” Freese said. “The players responded and certainly we controlled the second half. We had opportunities to get that third goal and just couldn't finish it off.”
The Maroon and Gold broke through for their first goal of the game in the 49th minute on Dye's second goal of the season, which came off the rebound of sophomore forward Mary Alice Moore's shot. Moore was credited with her first assist of the season.
Not even a half minute later, Dye assisted McKeon for her second goal of the season to tie the match at 2-2. McKeon redirected a pass from Dye from about two yards outside the cage.
All of the Chippewas' 11 shots on goal and 15 of their 17 total shots came in the second half, which, when combined with a defense that only allowed five shots in the period, contributed to the comeback.
Villanova took 16 shots in the game, five of which came in the extra time.
Both teams were scoreless in the first half until Villanova's Carolyn Clark scored on a deflection off the right post on a penalty corner. The goal was assisted by Kristen Davila and Jessica Swoboda.
The Wildcats added a second 11 minutes later, when Keira Zambon scored off a deflected shot by Swoboda, who was credited with another assist.
McKeon led the way with eight shots, five of which were on goal, while Dye fired two of her three shots on goal.
Moore, sophomore Cayleigh Immelman, sophomore defender Jordyn Brengosz and sophomore midfielder Simone Lazar each recorded one shot on goal.
The Chippewas are next in action Friday against Delaware at Ann Arbor. The match begins at 11:30 a.m.
EASTON, Pa. - The Ball State field hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to Lafayette Sunday, Aug. 26 at Rappolt Field to move to 1-1 for the season. Sophomore midfielder Tori Widrick (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) scored her fourth goal of the season for the Cardinals.
"This weekend was what we needed," said head coach Beth Maddox. "The opportunity to gain confidence and also compete against top caliber teams is essential. The team fought well and we will be ready for next weekend."
The Leopards (1-0) got on the board early, scoring twice in the first five minutes of action. Widrick answered for the Cardinals in the 15th minute off a rebound from a penalty corner. The midfielder holds a .571 shot on goal percentage this season.
Lafayette put a shot in the back of the net in the 19th minute and the score would stay 3-1 for the remainder of the half. The Leopards scored in the 38th and 53rd minutes to take the victory.
Freshman Maddi Elliott (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) saw 35 minutes of action and made two saves and allowed three goals. Classmate Shelby Henley (Novi, Mich./Novi) played the second half and allowed two goals while making three saves. Lafayette held the advantage in shots, 13-5, shots on goal, 10-4, and penalty corners, 8-2. 
The Cardinals are back in action next weekend, traveling to Louisville, Ky., to take on Davidson on Sunday, Sep. 2 and Louisville on Monday, Sep. 3. You can follow the team on Twitter at @BallStFHockey or "like" Ball State Field Hockey on Facebook. Be sure to stay tuned to for more updates.
KENT, Ohio — A 70-minute defensive performance by Kent State was backed by nine saves in goal from Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) as the Golden Flashes posted a 1-0 shutout of James Madison on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field.
With Jordan backing the intense defensive effort, sophomore Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) added all the offense the Golden Flashes would need.  Hoffman delivered her second goal in as many games this season when she struck on a direct corner in the 16th minute.  Sophomores Sabrina Binder (Krefeld, Germany) and Abbie Carrico (Willow Street, Pa.) assisted on the score.  
Kent State and James Madison both sit at 1-1 on the year.    
The shutout is the first of Jordan’s career and the first 1-0 victory since Oct. 21, 2009 at Michigan.  The victory also marked the Golden Flashes first win over the Dukes since the 2004 season, ending a five game win streak by  James Madison in the series.   
In the second game of the day, Indiana defeated Vermont, 3-0.  
The three-game home stand by Kent State to start the season continues on Tuesday, August 28 vs Vermont.  Game time is 12:00 pm.
LOUISVILLE - Sarah Mueller had a career day for the Miami University field hockey team on Sunday with 14 saves, but it was not enough as the RedHawks fell to 23rd-ranked Louisville, 3-1, to conclude the Sherrill Brakmeier Classic. Miami is now 0-2 on the season, while the Cardinals improve to 1-1.
Mueller had to hold strong during the first half as Louisville peppered her with 10 shots on goal during the frame. That included the Cardinals also being awarded four penalty corners in the first half. Despite that, Mueller made nine saves, allowing only a goal to Erin Schneidtmiller in the 10th minute.
"We gave away the opportunity of the first 35 minutes," said head coach Iñako Puzo. "Good goalkeeping kept us in the game. When we did step up and penetrate the 25 we didn't take advantage of the chances we gave ourselves."
Louisville made it 2-0 with a goal a little over a minute into the second half. Miami got a little more aggressive from there, beginning to move play into the Cardinals' defensive zone. That work paid off in the 60th minute when the RedHawks were awarded a penalty corner. In the midst of the play, Jordan Long would take the ball on the right side of the circle and find Emily Gruesser to the left of the cage. Gruesser would strike the ball into the left part of the cage during the 61st minute for her first goal of the season to put Miami on the board.
Louisville would answer a little over a minute later with an insurance goal as Haley Jurich made it 3-1 off a rebound of a Mueller save. The RedHawks would get one final chance on a penalty corner, but an Olivia Miller shot was blocked and a Gruesser shot was saved.
The Cardinals outshot Miami, 20-6, for the contest. They also had a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners. Gruesser led the RedHawks with three shots on goal, while Bea Dechant had a defensive save for the second straight game.
"We can learn from this game and expect more from ourselves," said Puzo.
Miami returns to action next weekend when it heads to East Lansing, Mich. for a pair of contests. The RedHawks will take on their third straight ranked opponent when they face 11th-ranked Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. Miami will then play host Michigan State on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio (1-1) dropped its first game of the 2012 season with a 6-0 setback at No. 7 Syracuse this afternoon.
"I think we really got an education on what we need to do if we want to take that next step as a program today," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We were in it to start but the scoreline was not flattering at half. We didn't do ourselves any favors by letting them score quickly after halftime either. However, after the timeout I think we moved some pieces around and set some things up that will benefit us down the road."
The teams alternated shots over the first 10 minutes with Luli Gomez Teruel having the first attempt on goal. Syracuse would then turn up the pressure by notching the next five shots and four penalty corners before scoring in the 15th minute. Leonie Geyer, a Preseason All-Big East choice would capitalize off a corner for a 1-0 Orange lead.
Syracuse doubled their lead in the 21st minute when USA U21 National Team member Jordan Page scored on a shot from the right side of the circle. The Orange would score again two minutes from half on a goal from Anna Crumb to make it 3-0.
In the second half, Page crossed a ball to the center and Kelsey Millman deflected it in for a 4-0 Syracuse lead. Gillian Pinder then rebounded a shot that was initially blocked for a 5-0 advantage five minutes into the second stanza.
Ohio’s first try of the second half came in the 48th minute when Cathryn Altdoerffer was denied off a Jessica Jue penalty corner. The ‘Cats got another penalty corner two minutes later but were unable to capitalize. Despite those efforts, Pinder would score her second goal of the game to make the score 6-0 with 10 minutes to play.
Taylor Brown, coming off a two-goal, one-assist performance on Friday, registered her only shot on goal with eight minutes remaining. Overall, Syracuse out-shot Ohio 27-4. Goalkeeper Brittany Walker had a career-best 13 saves for the Green & White.
Ohio opens up its home slate next Saturday at 1 p.m. with a contest against Radford.