Knights aim for second straight win with Central Michigan in town on Friday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bellarmine field hockey hosts central Michigan on Friday after claiming their first-ever Division I conference victory at Ball State last week.

Friday’s game, which starts at 1 p.m., will be Bellarmine’s last game at Trager Stadium this fall. The Senior Day match and the season finale will take place at Frazier Stadium in a non-conference clash with Saint Francis University on October 31.

Last meeting with Central Michigan

On March 13 in the spring, the Knights fell to CMU 5-2. It was the second meeting between Bellarmine and the Chippewa in as many days. Central Michigan won the previous game 4-3, scoring three goals in the fourth quarter that day. In the last game, Lindsay Sturgeon scored his first DI goal in the fourth minute, while Amber Hofenk Jerembo scored a goal in the 39e minute. Hofenk Jerembo also scored the day before, giving him two goals in two games against WCU this spring.

Central Michigan this season

The Chippewas are 3-10 this season and are tied with Bellarmine at 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference. The record is slightly disappointing as CMU has lost five games by just one goal. Central’s best win came at home against number 23 Kent State on September 24 by a final score of 1-0. It’s Kent State’s only MAC loss this season. The Chippes also held off preseason favorite Miami OH, losing 3-2 in overtime. CMU’s last two games ended in a 4-0 loss to No.1 Iowa and a 2-1 overtime loss to Ohio.

Central have struggled offensively, scoring a total of 14 goals this season and generating the fewest shots for the MAC (seven per game). CMU is a bit stronger defensively, ranking fifth in the MAC in goals against in 13 games (40).

Junior forward Rachel Ruttenberg leads center Michigan with three goals this season, while sophomore Kate Biglin has the most assists with three. Senior full-back Allaura Bohan scored two goals and made three defensive saves, a high for the team.

Second-year goaltender Katie Maxim is 2.98 GPA with a 0.728 save percentage this season. His score of 7.27 saves per game ranks fourth in the country.

Knights’ Notes

The Knights are 2-11 this year with both wins over Ball State. With the opening game classified as a non-conference game, Bellarmine is 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference.

Bellarmine is currently enjoying his best offensive streak of the DI era according to the number of goals. The Knights have scored at least two goals in their last three games, including four in Ohio on October 8.

Hofenk Jerembo has scored one goal in each of his last two games and four in his last six. She leads the Knights with five goals this season.

Teresa schmidt notched his second assist in his last three games at Ball State last week. She leads the Knights with four assists this year.

Anna crump has shot 10 shots in the last three games and scored three goals, marking the best offensive streak of his career.

Goalkeeper Breanna McWhorter leads the MAC and ranks third nationally with 110 saves this season.

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