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Friederike Stegen
Friederike Stegen scored the only goal for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Field Hockey Falls to Miami in MAC Championship

App State field hockey finished the 2022-23 season as the Mid-American Conference runner-up after a 3-1 loss to Miami (OH) on Saturday in the championship game.

This was the first championship appearance for the Mountaineers after a historic season where they finished 14-6 and earned 10 consecutive wins.

After three goals from Miami’s Paula Peña Martinez, Friederike Stegen dribbled through several RedHawk defenders before dishing it inside the circle to Rachel Fleig, who quickly shot in the Mountaineers’ lone goal on the afternoon.

Fleig scored six goals this season, the most in her career. Stegen, the all-time leader in assists at App State and MAC Offensive Player of the Year, had her seventh assist of the season and 31st of her career.

The Mountaineers outshot the RedHawks 13-10 and forced 11 penalty corners to Miami’s three.

Stegen, Anna Smarrelli and Allison Corey were named to the All-Tournament team for their collective ability to deflect opposing offenses and facilitate scoring opportunities over the weekend.