For the second time this season, the Ball State field hockey team will face a top 25 team in No. 13 James Madison. After a close loss last weekend to Indiana, the Cardinals believe they can hang with the best of the best.
After a 2-1 overtime win over Lehigh on Sunday to break a three-game losing streak, Ball State field hockey (3-3) looks to carry momentum into the weekend as it takes on Saint Francis and Indiana.
After falling to No. 16 Boston University on Saturday, Ball State field hockey looked to split the Miami Invitational against UMass-Lowell, but the Cardinals fell to the River Hawks 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon.
The Ball State field hockey team opened its season with a pair of wins against St. Louis and Ohio, to make them undefeated as they travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on Boston University (2-0) and University of Massachusetts-Lowell (1-1) in the Miami Invitational.
Ball State field hockey junior midfielder Anya Eicher took home the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday afternoon.
Ball State field hockey started the season off with a dominant 5-0 victory against St. Louis on Friday afternoon.
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.
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).
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].”