After first year head coach Christy Longacre guided the Ball State field hockey team to their first appearance in the MAC Championships since 2011 last season, the team continues to move further away from the program it once was.
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Ball State field hockey (8-10, 3-3 MAC) is relishing its opportunity as the underdog in this year’s Mid-American Conference field hockey tournament.“We have nothing to lose,” said head coach Christy Longacre. “I hope the girls realize that.
A pair of Ball State field hockey (8-10, 3-3 MAC) players were named All-Mid-American Conference.Senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney made the All-MAC first team, and sophomore forward Darbi Gullett was awarded a spot on the second team. Both are winning a postseason award for the first time in their Ball State careers.
In her first year as head coach, Christy Longacre led Ball State field hockey to its first Mid-American Conference Tournament since 2011, one season after the Cardinals lost all six of their conference games.But her biggest accomplishment might be returning a family culture back to the team. Longacre won't take the credit, however, because that’s her style. Instead, she said the seniors were responsible.
The Cardinals are currently fourth in the MAC and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over fifth-place Longwood (2-3 MAC, 8-8 overall), but if Longwood wins Oct. 29 and Ohio (3-2 MAC, 6-10 overall) loses, there will be a three-way tie for third place.
Only four teams make tournament, and the Cardinals (7-10, 2-3 MAC) will take that last spot with a win over Central Michigan (2-15, 0-5 MAC) or if fifth-place Longwood (8-8, 2-3 MAC) loses to Missouri State (2-11, 1-4 MAC).
Having a career year for Ball State field hockey (7-10, 2-3 MAC) is not enough for the ever hard-working senior goalkeeper Jordan Dues.
Emotions were not only running high for Ball State Field Hockey (7-10, 2-3 MAC) at Briner Sunday for Senior night, but to gain momentum going into the MAC playoffs facing Miami (10-7, 4-1 MAC). Coming into the game the cardinals held a 2-2 conference record which is just enough to hold a playoff spot for the time being.
Only four teams make the Mid-American Conference field hockey tournament, and right now Ball State (6-9, 1-2 MAC) is in that last spot.Half a game back in the standings is Missouri State (7-8, 1-3 MAC), which hosts the Cardinals Friday at 4 p.m.“It’s a must-win game, 100 percent," said senior forward Lexi Kavanaugh. "We have to [win].”
“We were taking soft shots and not shooting on goal well enough,” said junior forward Abbey Main. “We were push-passing a lot when we needed to be hitting harder.”
With the season winding down, Ball State (6-9, 1-2 MAC) field hockey had hoped that their 2-1 win over Longwood (7-8, 1-3 MAC) on October 9 would catapult the team into a winning streak with two straight home games coming after.
It will only take one win for Ball State field hockey (5-7, 0-1 MAC) to finish with a better Mid-American Conference record than it did last season.The Cardinals finished the 2015 season 0-6 in the MAC (2-16 overall), and first-year head coach Christy Longacre has been looking forward to the team's first conference win since Oct. 11, 2014.
After being on the road for over a month, Ball State field hockey will play its first regular season home game Oct. 3 against Ohio State.
Behind three goals on three first-half shots, Ball State field hockey snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Michigan State Oct. 2.
After a 3-0 start to the season and getting off to their best start in two years, Ball State field hockey (4-6; 0-2 MAC) has lost four straight and six of their last seven games with their last win coming on Saturday, Sept.
Ball State Field hockey (4-4) went 0-2 this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, losing against No. 15 Iowa (6-2), 1-4, and No. 4 Penn State (8-0), 0-7.The Cardinals got off to a good start against Iowa, taking the lead in the first half, 1-0, via a goal by senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney, her third of the season.
Several Ball State sports teams are back in action this weekend, and they will all be competing in road games.
Ball State’s football and cross country teams will make their season debuts this weekend, while the field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams continue their seasons on the road.
With the first week of classes underway, three Ball State athletic teams will compete this weekend.Soccer will play at home against Xavier Aug. 26 and Fort Wayne on Aug. 28.Field hockey opens its season with a pair of games in North Carolina against Appalachian State Aug. 26 and Davidson Aug. 28.Women’s volleyball kicks off its season with three games at the Fort Wayne Invitational beginning Aug. 26.
It has been a dim season for the Ball State field hockey team, but there is still hope for post-season play.Ball State is 1-11 overall with an 0-1 Mid-American Conference record.