In light of an 8-1 loss to open the season, Ball State head coach Beth Maddox said her field hockey team must buy into “the system.”
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Play for the Ball State field hockey team will begin this Sunday when it travels to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on James Madison.
For the first 15 minutes, it was all the Ball State field hockey team could have hoped for.
It’s a change of pace that will allow Ball State to keep up with its Mid-American Conference opponents.
In a sport requiring 11 players to be on the field, Ball State field hockey muscled through the 2012 season with just 13 on the roster.
After spending five years around the Ball State field hockey team as a player, Gretchen Lulow returned in 2012 as an assistant coach.
On Senior Day, it was a freshman who stole the show.
For Ball State field hockey seniors Marisa Weachter and Devon Bell, this weekend will be, as they both said, “bittersweet.” “I think for me it’s really bittersweet, because I’ve really enjoyed my four years here,” Weachter said. “I’m really going to miss these girls. I love this team. They’re awesome. But at the same time, I’m looking forward to starting my next move in life, with my career, looking for the next thing I’m going to go into.” Weachter said she is looking to go into something in marketing. “I’m not really sure yet – just hopefully finding something,” she said. Bell had similar reactions to her final Ball State regular season match. “[Marisa] took the words; it’s bittersweet,” Bell said. “Marisa and I together – as a senior class – I wouldn’t trade a different classmate for the world. We’ve definitely had a unique experience.” However, Weachter and Bell have one more home match together – Sunday against Bellarmine. Ball State played against Bellarmine as its first opponent of the season but just as a scrimmage that didn’t count in the record books. Coach Beth Maddox said she doesn’t think the familiarity with the opponent will impact the match on Sunday. “Honestly, I don’t think [the scrimmage] affects us at all,” Maddox said. “That was in the very beginning of the year. They’re a different team. We’re a different team. They want to beat us, we want to beat them.” Maddox said her team is different now, because the women are smarter and “hopefully it’ll finally translate to their play.” Bell is an outwardly emotional player, while Weachter is more inwardly emotional, but Sunday may change that for Weachter in her final regular season match, they said. “I think the emotions are really high this weekend,” Weachter said. “[There will be] just a whole bunch of different emotions at once.” Bell agreed that their sentiments will be easier to spot on Sunday. “I think that because it’s our end, Marisa will be a little more outward as well,” Bell said. During the four years Weachter and Bell have spent together, their teams have gone a combined 20-80.
After what many thought was a step forward in a 3-2 win against Indiana, the Ball State field hockey team took a hit after suffering through a 0-2 weekend at Ohio and Ohio State.
For the second time in 15 days, Ball State triumphed over its older sibling, Indiana.
Allie White doesn't even remember the shot.
Saturday saw Mid-American conference foes Ball State and Central Michigan square off on the BSU Turf Field at the Brinker Sports Complex. Ball State lost the contest 5-3, bringing its record down to 2-8 (0-2 MAC). The game teetered back and forth with waves of momentum crashing on both sides of the field. The Cardinals struck first nine minutes into the game. Sophomore forward Tori Widrick slapped in her fifth goal of the season off a deflection procured from a penalty-corner, which was drawn by some fancy stick handling by freshman midfielder Bethany Han. The Chippewas responded just over a minute later with their own goal off of a penalty-corner. Central Michigan continued controlling the possession for a span and was eventually rewarded by a Ball State own goal off a hard cross from the Chippewas. Ball State was able to even things up in the 15th minute with a goal by freshman back Natalie Jardell. Coach Beth Maddox kept to season form and switched goalkeepers at the half, this time from Maddi Elliott to Shelby Henley. The Cardinals struggled to get anything going in the beginning of the half, going the first eight minutes with no real possession on the Chippewas' side. In the 44th minute of the match Han was yellow carded, forcing Ball State to compete with only 10 players. Just 40 seconds later Central Michigan capitalized, and took the lead. Once the Cardinals were back to full strength they started dominating possession, staying on the Chippewas' side for an extended period of time. Their effort culminated with an extraordinary long shot from Jardell that found the back of the net in the 62nd minute for her second goal of the match. But just two minutes later Central Michigan scored on a perfectly executed penalty-corner. Despite pushing everyone forward Ball State couldn't muster up another goal, and was countered with a breakaway goal to ice the game. Maddox was disappointed with the cohesiveness of the team. "We were really disconnected at times, mainly because of fatigue, but that contributed to the momentum shifts." There weren't really any technical errors that frustrated Maddox though. "When we stopped talking and split-up we struggled, it was really the theme of the day," Maddox said. Ball State gets virtually no down time as it faces in-state rival Indiana tomorrow at 1 p.m. at home. The game plan for the night, according to Maddox, doesn't include much. "Rest. Rest. Hydrate. Rest"
Saturday saw Mid-American conference foes Ball State and Central Michigan square off on the BSU Turf Field at the Brinker Sports Complex. Ball State lost the contest 5-3, bringing its record down to 2-8 (0-2 MAC). The game teetered back and forth with waves of momentum crashing on both sides of the field. The Cardinals struck first nine minutes into the game. Sophomore forward Tori Widrick slapped in her fifth goal of the season off a deflection procured from a penalty-corner, which was drawn by some fancy stick handling by freshman midfielder Bethany Han. The Chippewas responded just over a minute later with their own goal off of a penalty-corner. Central Michigan continued controlling the possession for a span and was eventually rewarded by a Ball State own goal off a hard cross from the Chippewas. Ball State was able to even things up in the 15th minute with a goal by freshman back Natalie Jardell.
Shelby Henley and Maddi Elliott are two totally different people.
After 11 years, former Ball State field hockey coach Karen Fitzpatrick returned to the sideline - this time as a spectator.
Even with the added support of former players and families, the Ball State field hockey team couldn't secure a win over two games, falling to both Missouri State and St. Louis on Alumni Weekend.
It was a tale of two halves for the Ball State field hockey team Saturday afternoon, ending 2-4.
After the first home win of the season last weekend, the Ball State field hockey team has many things to prepare for this weekend.
Until Sunday's game, the Ball State field hockey team had scored seven total goals.
The Ball State field hockey team had a rough Saturday.