FIELD HOCKEY: Cardinals start season 2-0

The Ball State field hockey team has begun its 2014 season with wins over Davidson and Appalachian State.“The team fought hard for the entire 70 minutes and were consistent with their effort all weekend,” head coach Beth Maddox said after Monday's 4-1 victory over Appalachian State. After opening

Bethany Han, a sophomore midfielder, defends against a University of Vermont player Sept. 28 at Briner Sports Complex. Ball State lost to IU on the road Oct. 27 with a score of 6-1. DN FILE PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

FIELD HOCKEY: Ball State drops game at IU

The Ball State field hockey team traveled to Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday to face IU in the final nonconference match of its season. The Hoosiers beat the Cardinals 6-1 to improve to 9-8 overall with a 1-4 Big Ten record.

Sophomore midfielder Bianca Velez searches for an open teammate as she makes a push downfield against Vermont on Sept. 28. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

FIELD HOCKEY: Victory keeps Ball State playoff hopes alive as Cardinals beat the Bobcats 1-0

Ball State scored in the 59th minute to beat Ohio University 1-0 and earned its first Mid-American Conference win since 2011. Today, the Cardinals won its sixth game this season at the expense of the Bobcats for the fourth and final spot in the MAC tournament. “We have been working hard for a long time, and to finally see the reward of all of our hard work means a lot,” Ball State head coach Beth Maddox said about snapping its six-match losing streak. Ball State earned 11 penalties and four player cards in the game.

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