Field Hockey wins MAC Championship

By winning the MAC Conference Championship, U of L is granted its first ever NCAA Tournament berth.

KENT, Ohio. - The University of Louisville field hockey team defeated Ohio University 2-1in the finals of the Mid-American Conference Championship Sunday at Kent State's Dix Stadium to clinch their first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament.

The jumped on the board less than a minute into the game when they capitalized on a penalty corner as freshman Jessica Javelet tipped a shot from fellow freshman Lisa Wasser to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Senior Desire' Miller converted a penalty stroke with 8:52 remaining in the first half for what would be the eventual game-winner. The Cards carried a 2-0 lead into halftime with OU outshooting U of L 7-4 and holding a 6-1 penalty corner advantage. Cardinal goalkeeper senior Christy Hershey posted four saves in the first half while Bobcat goalie Jen Cote had one stop.

OU opened the second half with six penalty corners in the first six minutes, but could not capitalize on the opportunities. The Bobcats finally got on the board midway through the second half when Elizabeth Holtzman netted an assist from Tanja Konijn to pull within 2-1 at the 51:09 mark in the game.

The Cardinals held strong throughout the game, withstanding two more Bobcat penalty corners to hold the lead. Louisville had an opportunity to increase its lead at the end of the game, drawing two corners in the closing minute of the contest.

Ohio outshot Louisville 15-12 and held a 14-6 penalty corner advantage. Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Christy Hershey collected nine save in the game. Bobcat goalie Jen Cote has four stops in the contest.

"I am so thrilled that this group gets to experience the pinnacle of being number one in the conference," said Louisville head coach Pam Bustin. "Ohio challenged us on the field, but we kept in the game and rose to the challenge. Playing in the NCAA tournament is something you work toward everyday, in practice, preseason and with every game. I'm so excited that we have the opportunity to go with such a young team."

Hershey, Miller, Javelet and senior Casey Lehman were named to the MAC All-Tournament team.

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