Forward Abbey Main fights for control over the ball during the game against St. Louis on Aug. 25 at the Briner Sports Complex. The Cardinals won 5-0. Kyle Crawford // DN
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Field hockey takes 2-0 record into 8-game road trip

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.




Senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney tries to pass the ball to an open teamate in a game against La Salle on Oct. 16 at Briner Sports Complex.  Mooney had two shots in the game.  DN // Patrick Murphy
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Two field hockey players win All-MAC honors

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.


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Longacre rebuilds team culture in first year as head coach

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.


Senior forward Morgan Nash tries to pass the ball to a teammate late in the second half against Ohio State on Oct. 3 at Briner Sports Complex.  Nash has played in nine games in the season.  DN // Patrick Murphy
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Ball State field hockey beats Central Michigan

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.


Junior midfielder Carley Shannon attempts to get the ball around a La Salle defender at Briner Sports Complex on Oct. 16.  Shannon had one shot on goal in the game.  DN // Patrick Murphy
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Ball State Field Hockey falls to Miami in final home game of season

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.


Junior midfielder Carley Shannon attempts to get the ball around a La Salle defender at Briner Sports Complex on Oct. 16.  Shannon had one shot on goal in the game.  DN // Patrick Murphy
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Ball State field hockey fighting for last spot in MAC Tournament

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].”






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