Sept. 4, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - After opening the regular season with two consecutive wins in the Miami Kick-off Classic, the Miami University field hockey team heads to Evanston, Ill. to take on host Northwestern and Sacred Heart this Friday and Saturday.
The Northwestern Wildcats opened their season this past weekend with losses to both Northeastern Illinois University and Boston University. Though off to a slow start, the Wildcats' senior goalkeeper Emily Kyle currently ranks fifth on the school's all-time saves list. They also boast senior forward Courtney Plaster-Strange who was selected to the US Field Hockey High Performance Midwest Regional Team in 2007.
For the past eight years Sacred Heart University has qualified for the Northeast Conference Tournament, reaching the championship game in two of the past three years. This year, the team is 0-2, having fallen to the University of Connecticut and Maine. Sacred Heart is led by senior forward Carisa Eye, who has been called the best offensive player in the school's history, along with five additional seniors.
On the first day of the Kick-off Classic, the RedHawks defended their home field against the Davidson College Wildcats, winning 5-0. Freshman goalkeeper Abbey Huck not only earned her first win in her first game as a RedHawk, but her first shutout as well.
Seniors Courtney Fretz and Teja Kammler proved a dynamic pair in the opening minutes of the game as Fretz scored with an assist from Kammler just seconds into play, and moments later Kammler scored Miami's second goal of the season with an assist from Fretz. Senior Danielle Gaynor, sophomore Christine Brightwell and senior Katie Brightwell also scored for the RedHawks.
Day two of competition saw no change in pace from Miami as they defeated the Richmond Spiders 6-1. After a scoreless first half against the team that had defeated Ball State the previous day 8-3, a powerful RedHawk offense managed to score six goals in 25 minutes, propelling them over the Spiders, 6-1.
Junior forward Mary Hull was the first to strike for Miami, followed quickly by seniors Jessica Reading and Elizabeth Gilroy. Kammler earned her second goal of the season off of an assist from Gilroy in the 55th minute of play. Freshman Jackie Nguyen scored the final two goals for the RedHawks in the final minutes of play, finishing the team's impressive weekend.
The RedHawks will continue their road trip as they travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to face off against host Central Michigan on Sept. 12 and the Colgate Red Raiders on Sept. 13.