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Senior midfielder Skylar VanNatta drives the ball past a Miami defender in MAC Championship.
CMU Suffer a 2-0 Heartbreak Loss to Miami in MAC Championship

OXFORD, Ohio – Central Michigan field hockey suffered a heartbreak 2-0 loss to No. 3 seed Miami in the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday, November 9, ending its 2013 season.

“I thought we hung in there; the first half was better than the second, but Miami played very well.” head coach Cristy Freese said.

After a scoreless half, Miami (12-9 overall) took the lead off a penalty corner scored by Bea Dechant with an assist by Sid Marcum at the 60:32 mark of the second period.

The Redhawks furthered its lead with 4:56 left in the contest. Miami’s Alyssa Logan chipped in a goal by accepting a pass from Ali Froede off a penalty corner.

Freshman midfielder Maude Stalars attempted to get momentum going in the second period by getting a shot off at the 58:02 mark, but Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made the save.

The Chippewas earned its first penalty corner at the 67:17 mark in the second period but couldn’t convert when senior forward Bailey McKeon’s shot was wide.

The Maroon and Gold defense battled in front of the cage having multiple steals and blocked shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds contributed eight saves in the contest keeping the Chippewas (7-12 overall) in close scoring distance.  

Reynolds, sophomore back Anne Middeldorp and senior midfielder Skylar VanNatta were selected to the MAC All-Tournament team.