MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team (1-1) opens up its home season this weekend with contests against Robert Morris and Colgate. Freshman Lexi Kavanaugh led the Cardinals with two goals and eight shots against James Madison and Appalachian State.
Ball State was one of only two teams in the MAC to manage a shutout in the opening weekend of competition. Central Michigan kept Robert Morris scoreless when they squared off. Ball State ranks first in the conference in saves (25) and saves per game (12.50).
Kavanaugh, who scored two goals for the Cardinals last weekend, is third in the conference in goals scored. Sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Henley ranks second in the MAC in save percentage at .758.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS: Robert Morris opened up its season in similar fashion as Ball State with a split weekend. The Colonials lost to Central Michigan, 2-0, and then took a 2-0 win over Saint Louis. Jamie Hartley is the leading goal scorer for Robert Morris with two goals on the season. She has taken 10 shots, seven of which have been on goal. Goalkeeper Erin McKenzie has made seven saves in her two starts.
SERIES WITH ROBERT MORRIS: Friday’s game will mark the second time the Colonials have faced the Cardinals. Ball State was victorious, 5-0, when the two teams last played on Sept. 3, 2010.
SCOUTING COLGATE: Colgate started the season suffering losses to Rider, 3-2, and Bryant, 4-3. Eliana Brown has scored three goals off five shots for the Raiders. Goalie Amanda DiDomizio has made 16 saves in her two starts.
SERIES WITH COLGATE: Sunday will be only the second meeting between the two programs. Colgate took a 3-0 win when the schools squared off in Hamilton, N.Y., on Aug. 26, 2011.
Ball State will take on Robert Morris at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Robert Morris and Colgate will face off on Saturday, Sept. 7 at noon and the weekend wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 8 when Ball State squares off against Colgate at noon. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game on Sunday and students who scan their student ID’s will get 300 Student Rewards Points.