Aug. 31, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey opens its home schedule tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Radford. The 2011 Mid-American Conference champions started the season 1-1 with a split of Colgate and No. 7 Syracuse last weekend.
Ohio is 6-3 all-time against Radford, but did drop a 1-0 contest at home to the Highlanders in 2010.
The Bobcats have claimed four MAC championships in the last six seasons. Last year, the team reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time under Head Coach Neil Macmillan, joining the 2007 squad.
The Bobcats lost four starters from last season's team but still feel confident about what they have returning, primarily over three-quarters of their goal, assist and point production from last season. The top three point scorers from last season, Taylor Brown, Cathryn Altdoerffer and Jessica Jue all return to form a potent offense for the Bobcats.
Joining Brown and Altdoerffer in this outstanding senior class are Andrea Biegalski
, Marissa Higgins
and Laura Mastro
. Biegalski was the 2011 MAC Tournament MVP and is a former MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Mastro was second only to Jue in the MAC with 15 assists last season. Higgins played in every game last season.
Sophomore Brittany Walker takes over in goal and recorded a career-best 13 saves in the Bobcats' match against the Orange last weekend.
Brown Earns MAC Honors
Taylor Brown was named the MAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week by the league offices on Tuesday. She has earned a weekly award each of the last three years while playing for the Bobcats.
Brown scored two goals and had an assist last weekend as she moved one goal away from breaking into the top-5 all-time at Ohio. Brown, a two-time All-MAC selection, scored a highlight-reel goal against Colgate to give her the ninth game-winner of her career.
Preseason MAC Poll
Ohio University has been picked in the 2012 MAC Preseason Coach's Poll to claim the regular season title, as well as to take home the conference tournament title.
Ohio received 30 votes, including four first place votes to be predicted as the 2012 regular season champs by the MAC coaches.
The Bobcats, who ranked 20th nationally in the final NFHCA 2011 poll, will be trying to reach the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years for the first time in program history.