CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ohio field hockey team has been picked to place fourth in the league standings in the 2017 Mid-American Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches, the league office announced.
The Bobcats received 19 points to tie with Ball State to finish fourth in the poll.
Defending league champion Kent State was picked to win the MAC by way of 41 points – including six first-place votes. The Golden Flashes were also picked to win the conference's tournament championship. Miami garnered 35 points to place second in the poll and also received one first-place vote. Longwood would fall in the third spot with 25 points.
Appalachian State and Central Michigan each tied for sixth place with four points each to round out the poll.
After visiting Ohio State on Thursday (Aug. 17) for an exhibition match, Ohio embarks on its 16-match 2016 regular season schedule by traveling to Muncie, Ind. to compete with Saint Louis and Ball State Aug. 26-27 in the first of four-straight matches on the road. Ohio will compete at home on Sept. 9, playing host to Virginia Commonwealth for a home weekend series. The Bobcats open MAC play with a home match against Miami on Sept. 15.
As last year's champion, Kent State will host the 2017 MAC Championship (Nov. 3-4).