Flashes field hockey team falls in MAC title game – Sports – Record-Courier
The Kent State field hockey team’s 2018 season concluded in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game. The 2nd-seeded Golden Flashes fell to most sensible seed and host Miami (15-6) five-Three on Saturday.
Flashes sophomore Emma Bressler scored two targets and assisted on a function by way of senior Pippa Best.
Kent State trailed simply 2-1 on the intermission regardless of being outshot 12-2, then Bressler’s 2nd function of the day introduced the Flashes inside Three-2 with 29 mins final. But the RedHawks took command with a couple of targets ahead of Best scored the general function off a penalty nook in the 68th minute.
The Flashes complex to the championship game by way of defeating No. 6 seed Appalachian State (7-14) Four-zero in the semifinals on Friday. Seniors Jessica Apelt, Helen Harper and Courtney Weise notched targets together with sophomore Clara Rodriguez Seto. Junior goalkeeper Mary Crumlish confronted simply 5 pictures and recorded a couple of saves to earn the shutout.
Apelt, Harper, and Weise have been named to the All-Tournament team.
• Five Flashes earned All-MAC honors in 2018. Crumlish and fellow junior Berta Jover Llorens gained First Team accolades together with Rodriguez Setó, whilst Bressler and freshman Helena Cambra Soler earned Second Team reputation.
Rodriguez Setó led the Flashes all through the common season with 5 targets and 7 assists, and in addition recorded 4 defensive saves. Crumlish began all 18 common season video games and racked up 84 saves for a .689 save share with 3 shutouts. Jover Llorens began and performed each minute of each game for Kent State, notching a couple of assists.
Bressler recorded two assists and netted 5 targets, together with 3 game-winners, all through the common season whilst Cambra Soler recorded 8 assists and scored a function for KSU.
Kent State earned its first season sweep of rival Akron (11-14, Three-11) since 2015, and clinched a place in the MAC Tournament with a three-2 victory highway on Saturday.
“This was an awesome win. I’m really proud of the way this team competed,” mentioned KSU trainer Don Gromala. “It was kind of a weird match that went back and forth each set. Our girls really stepped up in the fifth set after getting knocked down hard in the fourth. It was great to see them respond with a strong start to the fifth. That was really the difference in the match.”
After dropping 16 of the general 20 issues in the fourth set, Kent State by no means trailed in the 5th. The Flashes pressured Akron to name either one of its timeouts with the rating 7-2, and added two extra issues when play resumed for a commanding Nine-2 merit. A kill by way of freshman Melissa Kolurbasi made it 14-Nine ahead of the Zips recorded 3 consecutive kills. Following a timeout to regroup, freshman Kathryn Ellison put the ball away off the block to seal the victory.
Kolurbasi led the Flashes with 13 kills and a occupation-prime .458 hitting share. Junior Myla King additionally set a occupation-prime in hitting share (.529) and posted 11 kills, whilst Ellison completed with 12 kills and a .357 hitting share. Freshman Erin Gardner led all avid gamers with 19 digs, and freshman Danie Tyson led the way in which with 4 blocks.
Kent State will host Miami on Friday and Bowling Green for Senior Night on Saturday.
Three Flashes have been topped Clarion Open champions Saturday in consecutive weight categories, senior Isaac Bast (165) and sophomores Dylan Barreiro (174) and Andrew McNally (184).
“They all wrestled really, really well. They were about as good as they could be at this point in the year,” mentioned KSU trainer Jim Andrassy. “They pretty much set the pace in all of their matches.”
Bast went five-zero at the day and defeated Clarion’s Evan Delong in the finals 15-Eight. McNally, who pinned his first 3 foes, wanted surprising victory to most sensible Bloomsburg’s Trevor Allard 6-Four in the finals.
Also creating a finals look used to be sophomore Jake Ferri, who positioned 2nd at 125 and went Three-1. Junior Tim Rooney completed 3rd at 133 whilst going Four-1. Sophomore Colin McCracken additionally positioned 3rd at 197 and redshirt freshman Kody Komara positioned fourth at 149, each with Four-1 marks.
On Friday, Kent State claimed decisive victories over Cowley, Lindsey Wilson and Kent State Tuscarawas whilst going Three-1 on the Kent State Duals. The Flashes gained 26-of-29 suits in their first 3 duals, however dropped a number of shut bouts in a 21-14 loss to Ashland.
McNally, an Eastern Michigan switch, went Three-zero at 184 with a pin, a tech fall and a big determination.
Junior Shane Mast additionally went Three-zero, with one win at 184 and two at 197. Another victory at 197 belonged to returning All-American Kyle Conel. With restricted use of 1 shoulder, the 5th-12 months senior nonetheless controlled an excellent 20-Four tech fall by way of the top of the second one length towards Lindsey Wilson’s Lucas Miozza.
Sophomores Jake Ferri and Tomas Gutierrez every went 2-zero at 125. Sophomore Nick Monico moved up a weight magnificence this season to 157 and gained his lone fit of the night time, whilst redshirt newcomers Jake Hinkson (149) and Spencer Berthold (285) each went 2-zero in their varsity debuts.
Kent State senior linebacker Matt Bahr used to be one among 12 avid gamers named as a Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy successful quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the trophy is awarded to the FBS participant that easiest combines exemplary neighborhood provider with athletic and educational success.
Bahr has volunteered for plenty of organizations, together with Kent City Schools, Portage County Soup Kitchen, Haven of Rest Ministries and Kenton Church of the Nazarene. He additionally spent 8 days in Belize closing summer time in Kent State’s collaboration with Courts for Kids.
Bahr is in his 2nd 12 months as president of Kent State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a member of the MAC’s Student-Athlete Executive Committee. He is about to earn his grasp’s level in December.
• Kent State junior linebacker Dalton Hicks used to be named MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week after recording a occupation-prime 14 tackles in closing Tuesday’s victory at Bowling Green. In simply his 2nd occupation get started, Hicks made six solo tackles and had a go breakup to spearhead a Flashes protection that held the Falcons to only 86 yards speeding. In his two begins this season, Hicks has made 26 tackles.
Four Flashes earned All-MAC reputation in 2018. Senior defender Paige Culver and sophomore midfielder Vital Kats have been each named to the All-MAC First Team, sophomore midfielder Maddie Holmes garnered All-MAC Second Team honors, and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Faith O’Neill used to be decided on to the All-Freshman Team.
Culver used to be selected First Team All-MAC for the 3rd directly season after anchoring a Kent State protection that tied for 2nd in the league with six shutouts. She additionally scored six issues on two targets and two assists. Culver changed into simply the second one participant in KSU historical past to make the All-MAC squad in every of her 4 seasons.
Kats led the Flashes with 25 issues (Eight targets, Nine assists), which ranks fourth in the convention and 5th in college historical past. She tied for 2nd in the MAC with 9 assists.
Holmes completed 2nd at the squad in issues with 15 (6 targets, Three assists), and tied for the team lead with two game-winning targets. O’Neill began 17 video games in internet for the Flashes and recorded six shutouts, which tied for 2nd in the MAC.
Former Kent State big name slugger Maddy Grimm has joined the University of Pittsburgh training group of workers as a volunteer assistant.
“It’s an honor for our staff to add Maddy to the family,” mentioned Pitt trainer Jodi Hermanek. “Grimm is a fun, experienced and professional talent that connected immediately with the integrity of our staff. We are excited to have her work specifically with our infield and assist with defense and hitting. As a young coach, and current professional softball athlete, Maddy is a walking example for our student-athletes to relate to and grow from.”
Grimm performs professionally for Moh-BEEL! USA of the American Softball Association. She served as an assistant trainer at Ashland closing 12 months.
Grimm, the 2017 MAC Player of the Year, ranks first in KSU historical past in slugging share (.760), runs (172), RBIs (192) and residential runs (69). She is a local of Stahlstown, Pa.