ATHENS, Ohio -Brooke Edwards scored the game-winning goal as Ohio Field Hockey won its sixth Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship, and fourth since 2006, with a 2-1 overtime victory over the reigning title holders, Kent State this afternoon at Pruitt Field.
Edwards scored her ninth goal of the season when Cathryn Altdoerffer released her on a breakaway opportunity and the senior from Milford, Pa. converted in the 74th minute of play to set off a scene of mass hysteria. Bobcat players streamed on to the field to celebrate their team's accomplishment.
Altdoerffer, defender Jenna Green and goalkeeper Jen McGill were all named to the MAC All-Tournament team while junior Andrea Biegalski was named the 2011 MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Ohio registered the first shot of the game in the 10th minute when Biegalski went wide of goal. However, Kent State would be the first team on the scoreboard when Carla Johl scored her sixth goal of the season off a corner. Julia Hofmann, who scored two goals yesterday for the Golden Flashes was credited with the assist at 23:48.
The very next offensive chance for either team resulted in Taylor Brown tying the game with her team-leading 13th goal of the season. The junior from Eltkon, Md., took a pass from Altdoerffer and lifted a shot over the KSU goalkeeper to knot the score at 29:32.
In the second half, McGill made two big saves on Rebecca Lee and Debbie Bell to keep the game deadlocked. At the other end of the field, Jessica Jue had two point-blank tries on goal before Ohio was awarded a penalty corner. Off the ensuing situation, Biegalski was stoned yet again by KSU goalkeeper Jahna Jordan.
In the 60th minute, Brown went wide of goal and two minutes later, McGill made another key save on Lee to preserve the tie. Marissa Higgins had a crack at scoring the winner, but Jordan came up big again with three minutes showing in regulation.
The Bobcats now advance to a NCAA Play-In game against Patriot League Champions Lafayette. That game will also be at Pruitt Field and will be played at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Ohio reached the NCAA Play-In game in 2009, but fell to Richmond at home. The Bobcats won a play-in contest in 2007 against American, and then lost in the NCAA First Round to nationally-ranked Michigan.
With the victory today, Ohio also matched the 2007 team in wins with 18. The 1982 Ohio Field Hockey team holds the school record with 20 wins during a single season. The MAC record is 19 wins (Ball State - 1994, 1997; Kent State - 2000).