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Bobcats Begin 2013 In Beantown

Senior Jessica Jue will help lead the Ohio offense in 2013.

Aug 30, 2013


WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Aug. 31 vs. No. 16 Boston University (1 p.m.) | Sept. 1 vs. Delaware (1 p.m.)

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University field hockey team kicks off the 2013 campaign with a pair of matches in Boston, Mass., at Boston University’s brand new New Balance Field.

The Bobcats open with a matchup against the host Terriers on Aug. 31 (1 p.m.) before wrapping up the trip with a contest against CAA foe Delaware on Sept. 1 (1 p.m.).

Fans can follow Saturday’s contest against No. 16 BU at the following live stats link.

Opening With A Bang
In Saturday’s matchup against No. 16 Boston University, the Bobcats will open the season against a ranked opponent for the first time since 2009, when the Bobcats battled top-ranked Maryland. The match is one of two non-conference contests against nationally-ranked foes this season. The ‘Cats will also travel to Evanston, Ill., to battle 11th-ranked Northwestern on Sept. 15.

‘Cats Picked Second In MAC Preseason Poll
Ohio received two first place votes and finished second in the MAC Preseason Coaches Poll released Wednesday. The Bobcats also received a vote to win the MAC Tournament. Ohio returns 15 letter winners and seven starters from last season’s squad. Miami was picked to win the league in 2013.

Jue - That’s Who
Senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) will provide offensive leadership for the Bobcat attack this season. The 2012 Second Team All-MAC selection ranked second on Ohio last season with 16 points. Her eight assists (to go along with four goals) were tied for the team lead and her .250 shot percentage second-best among players that took at least 10 shots. She ranked second in the league in assists per game and was tied for seventh in the league with 1.00 points per contest.

Walker Anchors Bobcat Defense
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Walker played all 1239:15 minutes in the cage for Ohio last season and enters the 2013 campaign looking to improve upon an outstanding 2012. The Elizabethtown, Pa., native posted a league-best three shutouts on the year and registered a MAC-leading 1.95 goals against average. A three-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week, Walker was second in the conference with a .723 save percentage and she made at least five saves in eight contests.

Scouting The No. 16 Terriers (0-0, 0-0 Patriot)
The Bobcats and Terriers will meet on the field hockey pitch for the first time Saturday. Boston University enters the season ranked No. 16 in the NFCHA Preseason Poll and was picked to win the Patriot League in the team’s inaugural season in the conference. The Terriers return five starters from a 2012 squad that posted a 12-6 record. The team will feature two preseason All-Patriot League selections in senior Ysi Schieb and sophomore Sofi Laurito. Junior goalkeeper Cerda Valentina played 530:16 minutes in goal last season, allowing 13 goals while making 29 saves (1.72 GAA; .690 Save %).

Scouting The Blue Hens (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Bobcats defeated the Blue Hens, 2-1, in the only meeting between the teams in 2000. Delaware returns eight starters in 2013 from a squad that finished 8-12 (3-4 CAA) last season. The Blue Hens will be led offensive by preseason All-CAA First Team selection Kelsey McKee. Last season, the junior led the team with 24 points (11 goals, 2 assists) and posted two game-winning scores for the Blue Hens. Fellow All-CAA First Team pick Michaela Patzner finished second on the team last year with 16 points (7 goals, 2 assists). Senior goalkeeper Sarah Scher played 1049:56 minutes in the cage in 2012 while allowing 43 goals (2.87 per game/eighth CAA) and making 82 saves (sixth CAA) for a 65.6 save percentage (eighth CAA).