Freshmen backfeidler Hannah Bohn tries to get past an Ohio State defender during a game on Oct. 3 at Briner Sports Complex.  Bohn has played in 11 games.  DN // Patrick Murphy

Ball State field hockey is ready to prove itself in MAC play

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.

The Ball State Cardinals played against Eastern Kentucky during the home opener game on Sept. 17 in Scheumann Stadium for Family Weekend. Ball State won 41-14. Grace Ramey // DN

Weekend in Review

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.

The Ball State Women's Soccer Team gathers for a group hug after winning in overtime in the match against Buffalo on Oct. 25 at the Briner Sports Complex. DN PHOTO ALLYE CLAYTON

Athletics faces busy weekend

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.

Freshman Carley Shannon rests after running during practice on Aug. 26 at Briner Sports Complex. Transitioning from high school to college has helped her learn a lot about field hockey. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

FIELD HOCKEY: Cardinals start season with 3 straight wins

For the first time in seven years, the Ball State field hockey team has won three straight matches after defeating Colgate 2-1 on Saturday.Coach Beth Maddox, whose team moved to 3-0 on the year, said the contest was in no way pretty, but it was hard fought and the team was happy to come out with a win.

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