MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State earned the fourth seed in the MAC tournament and will travel to Athens, Ohio to play No. 5 Miami in a first round contest Thursday at 11 a.m. from Pruitt Field.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) and freshman midfielder Tori Widrick (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) scored goals, however Ball State fell to Mid-American Conference foe Missouri State, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Plaster Stadium.
At 27:37 mark, Kuhn scored on a shot past netminder Andrea Bain, for her fifth goal of the season, and freshman defender Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) tallied the assist for the Cardinals, for her fourth career assist. Widrick tallied her fourth career goal in the second period at 47:37 mark and returned at 58:14 mark to score her second goal of the game on a rebound from Bain.
Kuhn finished the contest with five shots, while senior defender Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) posted three, freshman forward Kaitlin Thompson (San Carlos, Calif./St. Francis) recorded two and freshman midfielder Sanne Hermans (The Hague, Holland) tallied one shot. Goalkeepers Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) and Haley Fusting (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) split 70 minutes of action in the cage after combining for four saves.
SCOUTING BALL STATE: The Cardinals own a 4-15 record on the season and 4-6 tally in league play as Ball State averages 9.2 shots per game, with Kuhn leading the squad with 3.63 shots per game, including seven goals. Mitchell and Fusting have shared 1341:43 in goal, including tallying 80 and 63 saves, respectively.
SCOUTING MIAMI: Under the guidance of first-year head coach Iñako Puzo, the RedHawks enter tournament play Thursday with a 6-14 record and 4-6 tally in league play after falling to the Missouri State Bears, 2-0, Saturday. Junior midfielder Olivia Miller leads Miami’s charge with 22 points, including 10 goals, while sophomore netminder Sarah Mueller has tallied 1365:00 in the cage and 103 saves, allowing 47 goals.
SERIES HISTORY: Thursday’s contest marks the 61st time Ball State and Miami will meet as the Cardinals own the 45-15 series advantage versus the RedHawks. The teams last met Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Oxford, Ohio as Ball State defeated Miami, 6-5, at Miami Turf Field. The RedHawks outshot the Cardinals 22-12, and recorded a 10-5 advantage on penalty corners, however the victory marked the season sweep for BSU after the squad shut out MU, 3-0, Sept. 21 at the BSU Turf Field.
MAC HONORS: Kuhn and Lulow earned First Team and Second Team Mid-American Conference Postseason honors, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Kuhn, a communication studies major, stands as a First Team All-MAC selection for the second time in her career after tallying first team honors last season and second team honors as a sophomore. The award caps a spectacular senior season for Kuhn, as she posted goals against Rider, Miami, Ohio, Kent State, Central Michigan and Missouri State, while making 19 total appearances.
A four-year letterwinner at Ball State, Kuhn has started 75 games since joining the Cardinals and has tallied 29 goals and 11 assists for a total of 69 points. The 29 goals and 69 points rank first among all active BSU players.
Lulow has earned Second-Team All-MAC honors for the second-consecutive season, also marking the ninth-consecutive season in which Ball State has had at least one player earn second team accolades.
This season, the exercise science major tallied four goals versus Central Michigan, Missouri State and Kent State, in addition to an assist against Miami, while making 19 appearances. A four-year letterwinner at Ball State, Lulow has started 51 games since joining the Cardinals and has tallied 10 goals and 16 assists for a total of 36 points.