ATHENS, Ohio— The Ohio field hockey team (2-4) is back at Pruitt Field to face off against the Aggies of UC Davis and the Chippewas of Central Michigan. The game against UC Davis is Thursday (Sept. 20) at 4:00 p.m. EST. The Bobcats will continue conference play on Sunday (Sept. 23) at 12:00 p.m. against Central Michigan.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 | Ohio v. UC Davis | 4:00 p.m. | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 | Ohio v. Central Michigan | 12:00 p.m. | Pruitt Field | Athens Ohio | Live Stats
JOHNSTONE ERA BEGINS
The Ohio field hockey program began a new era last weekend as Ali Johnstone made her debut as head coach of the Bobcats.
Johnstone, a former Bobcat standout and member of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame, returns to Athens after spending the last six years on the coaching staff at Northwestern -- including the last four as the associate head coach. Johnstone's coaching staff consists of first-year assistant Louisa Boddy and second-year assistant Andrea Rinehart.
MAC PRESEASON POLL
Ohio was picked to finish sixth in the 2018 Mid-American Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced the league office on Wednesday (Aug. 22). The preseason poll was voted on by the league's seven head coaches. The Bobcats garnered 18 points overall. Ohio went 4-12 a year ago -- including 2-4 in MAC play. Miami, which received six of seven first-place votes, was selected to repeat as the conference's regular season champion. The RedHawks also received five of seven votes to win a second-straight MAC tournament title.
NEW CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT FORMAT
By virtue of winning last season's league tournament title, Miami will host to the 2018 MAC Championship Oct. 31-Nov. 3) in Oxford. All seven teams will qualify for the conference tournament this season, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving byes to the semifinals. The No. 6 and No. 7 seeds will face off in a play-in game, with the winner taking on the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals. The No. 4 and No 5 seeds will matchup in the other quarterfinal contest. The 2018 MAC Championship Final will take place on Nov. 3, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championship Field as conference champion. A total of 18 teams will qualify for the 2018 tournament. Ten teams will receive automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments and an additional eight teams will earn at-large bids. The national semifinals (Nov. 16) and championship match (Nov. 18) will be held at Louisville's Trager Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Bobcats first match up will be against UC Davis (4-5). The Aggies are coming off a two game losing streak against the universities of Vermont (L, 1-3) and Maine (L, 1-7). The Aggies are averaging ten shots per game with the average of 1.78 goals per game. The Aggie defense has made 57 saves so far into this season.
The Chippewas (1-9) are coming off a two game losing streak against two Big Ten opponents, Michigan (L,9-0), and Michigan State (L, 2-1). Central Michigan is averaging .60 goals per game this season. All six goals scored during the season have been by six different players. The Chippewa defense has allowed 40 goals this season but has made 74 saves.
The Bobcats take off for Philadelphia next Sunday (Sept. 30) against the Drexel Dragons on Buckley Field. The match will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.