Field Hockey Falls to No. 20 Kent State in Senior Day Action



Missouri State field hockey team battled with No. 20 Kent State in a defensive struggle the first half, but was unable to hold on for the win, losing 4-1, on Saturday Senior Day at Plaster Field. Kent State improves to 15-4 on the season, 9-1 in Mid-American Conference play. The Bears fall to 6-14, 1-9 in the MAC.

Early in the first half Kent State had two chances at goals wiped from the board. The first goal taken back was off a corner play at 25:15 while the second goal was also a play off a penalty corner that went too high.

The Bears' Melissa Lantz entered the record books today by scoring her 17th goal of the season, her 23rd career goal, to enter the top 15 on the career scoring list for Missouri State field hockey. Lantz tied Abbey Rolfe at No. 15, who played for the Bears from the 2000 season to 2003.

Lantz dribbled past the Kent State goalkeeper and put it in the right side of the net, to help the Bears go into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Kent State came out of halftime with apparent urgency to score. Two of Kent State's goals came off corner play scrambles in front of the net, while the other two were tipped over the Bears goalkeeper Jessica Schuster and dribbled by her left side.

The Bears' wait to see what seed they are given for the MAC tournament that will be held in Kent, Ohio, Nov. 6-8. Going into the weekend, Missouri State was tied with Ball State with a 1-7 conference record, before Ball State plays at Central Michigan Saturday and hosts Miami Ohio on Sunday.



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