Saturday's MAC Field Hockey Recap

Updated 9/8/2012

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Saturday's Field Hockey Scoreboard - 9/8
Miami 6, Longwood 4
Missouri State 2, Georgetown 0
Louisville 2, Ohio 1
Miami 6, Longwood 4
The Miami University field hockey team recorded their first win of the season on Saturday's home opener, winning 6-4 despite an early 3-0 deficit against Longwood University. Junior Emily Gruesser led the team with two goals in the second half, as the RedHawks erased a 4-3 Longwood advantage to begin the period. Miami moves to 1-4 on the season, while the Lancers fall to 0-6.
"Coming back from a three-goal deficit isn't always easy, but we kept fighting to tie it up and then some." Gruesser said, "We all feel very good about how we played."
The RedHawks fell behind early as Lancer Jennifer Burris opened the scoring just two and a half minutes into the game. Stacey deGrandhomme would add to the Red and White's woes four minutes later with a penalty stroke goal to put Longwood ahead, 2-0. After Nicole Deckard made the score 3-0, Miami head coach Inako Puzo called a time out to rally the faltering RedHawks.
"I think this game really exemplified our character and mental toughness. We came out slow and were just letting them play their game, but finally we stepped it up and took control of the game."
After an impassioned speech from coach Puzo, Miami junior Kaitlin Evans found the back of the net off a feed from freshman Lizi Kuhl to pull the RedHawks within two. Evans received Kuhl's pass and fired the ball passed Lancer goal keeper Amy Lewis to put the Red and White on the board. The celebration was short lived, as Jessica Diaz scored on a breakaway to put to the Lancers ahead, 4-1.
Miami answered right back at the 21:04 mark when sophomore Ali Froede redirected a shot from freshman Bea Dechant off a penalty corner bringing the score to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Red and White would pull the game within one with three minutes left in the half as Gruesser recorded her first goal of the afternoon off a penalty corner with the assist going to senior Olivia Miller. Miller took a pass from the short corner and put the ball on net, her shot somehow finding its way into the net after a deflection in front, making the score 4-3 at the break.
The 'Hawks came out firing in the second half, as Gruesser recorded her second goal of the afternoon after a pair of yellow cards on the Lancers created a two-player advantage for the RedHawks. Gruesser was in front of the net for the goal after Dechant sent the ball in from the short corner, tying the game at four aside.
The defense for both teams really clamped down after the goal, as neither team could really get an advantage in the offensive zone for a long stretch of the second half. Miami junior Alyssa Logan finally broke through the Lancer defense for a goal at 60:28 giving the RedHawks a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the game off another penalty corner.
Gruesser would add another goal at 63:45 when she tapped in Logan's pass far side to close out the scoring at 6-4.
The RedHawks outshot the Lancers 22-15. They also had a 15-7 advantage in penalty corners. Miller led the way with six shots. She also had two assists, tying Dechant for the team lead. Sarah Mueller made six saves in net to earn the victory. 
"We really played together as a team." Gruesser said after the game, "I am so excited for what's to come. We have some more really tough teams (ahead of us) so we're going to use this momentum and keep fighting the whole season."
Miami travels to 23rd-ranked Ohio State Sunday as they take on the Buckeyes at 1 p.m.
Missouri State 2, Georgetown 0 
The Missouri State field hockey team picked up their second win in two days on Saturday, as the Bears (2-3) defeated the Georgetown Hoyas 2-0 in St. Louis, Mo.
"Today we picked up where we left off yesterday," head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said. "We worked together, kept our composure and played a full 70 minutes."
Defense for both sides ruled most of the game as MSU and Georgetown played to a scoreless tie for the first 59:23. However, senior defender Reiann Stoute got the Bears on the board at the 59:24 mark when she scored off assists from Laura Tavares and Chelsey Medlock.
Less than two minutes later, Hillary Lawless gave the Bears an insurance goal when she scored unassisted at the 61:11 mark. Georgetown tried to chip into the Missouri State lead in the final eight minutes of the game, but Missouri State goalkeeper Andrea Bain stopped a shot from Georgetown’s Catherine Shugrue and the Bears blocked another Shugrue attempt with less than three minutes remaining.
Shutting down the Georgetown offense was key, assistant coach Erika Dombkowski said.
"The defense was great, making a lot of switches and creating movement," Dombkowski said. "They were patient and kept their composure in two-on-one situations. I'm really proud of that."
Bain was terrific for the second day in a row. The junior from Victoria, British Columbia followed up a six-save performance on Friday with another half-dozen stops on Saturday en route to her second career shutout.
Bain's performance set the pace for Missouri State's defense, Dombkowski said.
"Bain was very confident in the goal today," she said. "I always talk about how the goalkeeper commands the tone of the game. I think she passed that confidence along to the defense."
MSU will return to action on Sept. 14 against Albany in Iowa City, Iowa.
Louisville 2, Ohio 1
Bloomington, Ind. - Ohio Field Hockey fell this afternoon to Louisville, 2-1, in a closely-contested match from the campus of Indiana University. Sophomore Caelyn Hartley scored the lone goal for the Bobcats.
"We started slowly but gained our composure and picked up the tempo as the first half went on," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "We were a little unlucky in the second half because we executed well and produced a bunch of penalty corners. We had a few shots that either grazed or nicked off the post and although I'm upset with the result, I'm happy with the way we competed today."
After Louisville notched the first shot of the game, Taylor Brown had three tries on goal, two which were saved. After defending two consecutive penalty corner chances for the Cardinals, Brown had another chance stymied by the UofL goalkeeper, Erin Conrad.
Ohio's Brittany Walker also stood tall in goal making two critical saves and the Bobcat defense blocked a try before the Cardinals struck on the stroke of halftime.
Elisa Garcia dribbled through traffic and scored just outside the cage to give Louisville a 1-0 lead. At the break, UofL held a 7-4 lead in shots and 7-3 edge in penalty corners. Walker made four of her five saves in the first half for the Green and White
Ohio came out of the intermission and applied pressure immediately with two penalty corners and two more Brown opportunities in the first three minutes. In the 46th minute, Brown was denied twice more by Conrad to keep the score 1-0.
In the 53rd minute, the breakthrough finally occurred when Hartley collected a rebound off a Brown try and scored the equalizer. It was the sophomore's third goal of the season and tied her for second on the team.
Two minutes later, the Cardinals took the lead once more as Paige Monsen dribble through the Ohio defense and gave UofL a 2-1 advantage with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
The reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Luli Gomez Teruel had her first try trickle wide right after the Cardinal goal and Ohio's last chance in the contest would arrive with two minutes left. Freshman Adele Sammons was denied by Conrad to preserve the win for UofL.
Ohio finished with an 8-2 edge in shots during the second half and 12-8 difference overall. The Bobcats also worked five penalty corner opportunities in the second stanza to even that category at 8-8 for the contest.
Ohio plays undefeated Indiana tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.