July 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University field hockey head coach Neil Macmillan announced the team's 2013 schedule Tuesday, which features a competitive slate of matches against teams from eight NCAA conferences.
The Bobcats will play eight of their 16 contests on the road and host four home matches at Pruitt Field in 2013. The remaining four contests will be held on neutral site fields.
"With the new Pruitt Field turf coming in at the start of the season, we were a little apprehensive to play home matches early in the schedule," Macmillan said. "So there are significantly more road matches this year, but it's a good challenge for us."
Due to the turf upgrades in Athens, the Bobcats will begin the campaign with six-straight contests on the road.
Ohio opens the 2013 campaign with a pair of matches in Boston, Mass., over Labor Day weekend. The Bobcats debut on Aug. 31 with a contest against Boston University at 1 p.m.
The Terriers, who begin play in the Patriot League this season, finished No. 18 in the final NFHCA Coaches Poll last season and return 2012 America East Midfielder of the Year Ella Gunson.
The match is a homecoming of sorts for Ohio assistant coach Pam Spuehler, a who played for the Terriers from 2004-07 and is the program's only three-time All-American.
The Bobcats return to action at BU's New Balance field on Sept. 1 with a matchup against CAA foe Delaware (1 p.m.). The Blue Hens finished with an 8-12 record in 2012.
From there, Ohio makes the trek to Louisville, Ky., to play a pair of contests at the University of Louisville's Traeger Field. It will be a trip home for student-athletes Katherine Fenzel, Riley Higgins and Hannah Kingsbury, who are from the Louisville area.
The Bobcats begin the two-match swing on Sept. 7 with a 1 p.m. contest against William & Mary. The Tribe posted a 10-9 record in 2012. Ohio remains in Louisville to take on the host Cardinals on Sept 8 at 1 p.m. Louisville finished No. 25 in the final 2012 NFCHA poll.
Ohio wraps up its six-match road trip with two contests in Evanston, Ill. The Bobcats take on NorPac opponent California on Sept. 14 (2 p.m.) and face off with the host Northwestern Wildcats on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.
Northwestern returns 15 letter winners from a team that posted a 16-4 record in 2012 and finished No. 10 in the final NFHCA poll. The Wildcats will be led by 2012 Third Team All-American Tara Puffenberger.
Ohio plays its first home contest of the 2013 season on Sept. 21, as the Bobcats welcome Indiana to Pruitt Field for a 1 p.m. contest. Ohio defeated the Hoosiers in a shootout (2-1) last season in Bloomington, Ind.
The `Cats close out the month of September with a two-match road swing in Corapolis, Pa. The Bobcats open the trip with a matchup against Towson (Sept. 27, noon) and face host Robert Morris on Sept. 28 at noon.
Ohio opens Mid-American Conference play at home on Oct. 5 against rival Miami (1 p.m.). The RedHawks posted a 12-10 record last season and advanced to the NCAA Play-In Game where the team fell to Stanford.
The Bobcats then return to the road for three contests, beginning with an Oct. 6 contest at intra-state foe Ohio State (1 p.m.). The Buckeyes upended the Bobcats last season, 1-0, in a shootout.
The `Cats face off with MAC opponent Missouri State on Oct. 11 (noon) before remaining in the Show Me State for a contest at Saint Louis on Oct. 12 (1 p.m.).
Ohio wraps up the regular season with three-consecutive MAC contests.
After a 1 p.m. home matchup with Central Michigan on Oct. 19, the Bobcats play their final road contest against Ball State on Oct. 26 (1 p.m.).
The `Cats play host to the Kent State Golden Flashes on Nov. 2 (1 p.m.) in the final game of the regular season.
"The schedule has a good balance of teams from different conferences this season," Macmillan said. "The slate isn't as Big Ten heavy as it has been in recent years. We're looking forward to playing teams like William & Mary and Boston University that we haven't seen in the past."
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