ATHENS, Ohio - On the day it honored its four seniors, Ohio Field Hockey relied on them in an easy MAC win over Missouri State, 5-1. Taylor Brown matched her career-high with four goals and Laura Mastro notched her first tally of the season, while adding an assist, as the `Cats cruised in their final home game.
"We executed in all facets of the game and I'm so proud of what this senior class has been able to accomplish," Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. "The group of them has really been leaders on and off the field and I know they, and this team, still have some goals to accomplish."
Brown picked up a hat trick in the first 22 minutes of action, scoring off a deflection, a penalty corner and a penalty shot. She added the fourth goal in the 63rd minute, once again off a penalty shot. Brown now has 42 goals for her career, third all-time, and is one point shy of the century mark, fourth all-time.
"Our fans were great today and the atmosphere was special, it being Senior Day with all our friends and family here," Brown said. "We wanted to come out like we always do and apply pressure and get some goals. We still have a couple games left to play but it was different emotionally today because of the circumstances."
Today was the 10th time Brown scored multiple goals in a game during her career. She scored four goals in a game back during her sophomore season in a win over St. Louis.
"Taylor was exceptional today, as were all of the seniors," Macmillan added. "I think it is great that she was able to get so many goals so early in the contest. It really eased the pressure on her and the rest of the team,"
Laura Mastro made her senior day special with her first goal of the season. She added an assist to move her into a tie for fifth all-time at Ohio with Torrie Albini.
"Laura always plays hard and she is one of those players that always competes," Macmillan said. "She probably deserves more credit than she gets outside of our team. I thought Cathryn did well today on corners and put some good shots on goal and Marissa was her usual self, causing havoc all over the field."
Ohio racked up 31 shots and 15 penalty corners while the Bears managed eight shots and five penalty corners. Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Walker, who came into the game 10th nationally with a 1.33 goals against average, made seven saves for the `Cats.