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Wednesday Night Lights: Ohio Field Hockey Hosts Ohio State

Cathryn Altdoerffer and the Bobcats host Ohio State tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

Sept. 11, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Be a part of the Bobcat Blackout when Ohio Field Hockey hosts Ohio State tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. on Pruitt Field. The 'Cats knocked off the No. 6 Buckeyes in Columbus last season and knocked off Big Ten foe Indiana this past weekend.

On Sunday, Ohio went to a shootout, but got the result it wanted, topping previously-undefeated Indiana, 2-1 (3-2 SO). Laura Mastro scored the eventual game-winner as Brittany Walker made three saves during the shootout for the 'Cats. Ashley Cureton sent the game to overtime with a goal in the second half, her first of the season.

The Last Meeting
No. 6 Ohio State1
August 31, 2011
Columbus, Ohio
Brown's Late Goal Lifts 'Cats Past No. 6 Ohio State, 2-1
Taylor Brown scored in the 65th minute and Ohio defeated No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus this afternoon, 2-1. Katherine Fenzel's first goal as a Bobcat started things off as the team improved to 3-0 on the season.

Bobcat Notes
Junior Luli Gomez Teruel scored five goals in her first home start as a Bobcat in a dominant win over Radford, 9-0. She set the Ohio single-game record for goals in just her third contest and became the first collegiate player since 2010 to score five times in a match. Her 11 points this season rank her among the top-20 nationally.

Teammate Taylor Brown, along with Gomez Teruel, has been named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week. Her 10 points rank her in the top 25 nationally and her four assists rank her in the tp 10 nationally.

Ohio is one of five teams in the nation (No. 9 Virginia, No. 2 Princeton, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 10 Northwestern) to have two players among the top 25 in points.

Series History
Ohio trails the all-time series 5-14-1, but won last season after dropping seven of the last eight contests between the schools.

Last year, Taylor Brown scored in the 65th minute and Ohio defeated No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 2-1. Katherine Fenzel's first goal as a Bobcat got things going as the 'Cats started their season 3-0.

The Bobcats also upset the No. 13 Buckeyes 4-2 in Columbus during the 2007 season.

Opponent at a Glance
Ohio State is 2-3 having lost back-to-back games against Maryland and Miami (Oh). Senior Danica Deckard has scored four of the five OSU goals this season. Buckeye head coach Anne Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, recently picked up her 200th victory and in the offseason added former Bobcat assistant coach Kelly Terwilliger to her staff.

Preseason MAC Poll
Ohio University was 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.

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.