Drew McDonnell, Staff Writer

Senior Christine Brightwell advances upfield Oct. 29 against Ball State University. (MICHAEL GRIGGS | The Miami Student)

The Miami University field hockey team overpowered Ball State and Central Michigan universities to earn a share of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Head Coach Jill Reeve said. “It’s been a wonderful journey and I think this team has something special.”

The RedHawks wasted no time against Ball State, as freshman Emily Gruesser landed the first goal of the match 10 minutes into play. Sophomore Olivia Miller followed her lead and put another point on the board for Miami a minute later.

The RedHawks continued to strike offensively, and midway through the half freshman Kelsey Lund scored another goal for the Red and White.

The RedHawks were on fire. Junior Kylie Landeros scored a fourth goal for Miami with the aid of senior Christine Brightwell. Then, Lund stayed on the attack and scored her second goal of the match. The period ended with a score of 5-0.

Full of momentum, the ‘Hawks were ready for the second period. The RedHawks continued to dominate the field, and senior Mary Hull scored two goals back to back for Miami, clenching the win 7-0.

With two goals and two assists in the match, Hull became the fourth player in Miami history to reach the 100-point mark in her career.

The RedHawks remained at home to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas. The ‘Hawks dominated the field for the first half, but the Central Michigan defense remained strong and held the RedHawks off of the scoreboard.

Full of determination, the RedHawks came back ready to fight in the second half. Hull scored the first goal of the half with an assist from senior Kate Snyder.

The duo worked together again as Hull passed the ball to Snyder, who scored another point for Miami. Snyder then tipped in the final goal of the match in the final minutes, bringing the score to 3-0.

With these wins, the Red and White are now headed to the MAC tournament as regular season conference champions. As a result, Miami is guaranteed a bye in the first round of play.

The players, especially the seniors, are excited to have a chance at the MAC championship.

“This is my last season to earn a MAC championship and I plan to have the attitude to give everything I have,” Hull said. “A MAC ring is one thing I would love to have at the end of my career.”

The RedHawks play their first match of the MAC tournament Nov. 5 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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