Sept. 14, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio will try and exact a little revenge tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Robert Morris at 1 p.m. Last year, the Colonials ended the Bobcats undefeated streak to start the season and knocked the team from the national rankings.
In a hard-fought battle under the lights at Pruitt Field earlier this week, Ohio Field Hockey lost in a shootout to the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes, 1-0 (3-2). The Bobcats held possession for much of the match but couldn’t quite find the final scoring touch. OSU held slight edges in shots (15-14) and penalty corners (10-7) as Brittany Walker made eight saves for Ohio.
The Last Meeting
September 16, 2011
Moon Township, Pa.
No. 15 Ohio Falls to Robert Morris in Overtime, 1-0
No. 15 Ohio was handed its first loss of the season this afternoon at Robert Morris in overtime, 1-0. The Bobcats held a 16-2 edge in shots and a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners but could not find the back of the cage against the Colonials.
Last Sunday, the ‘Cats were in another shootout, but got the result it wanted, topping previously-undefeated Indiana, 2-1 (3-2 SO). Laura Mastro scored the eventual game-winner as Walker made three saves during the shootout for Ohio. Ashley Cureton sent the game to overtime with a goal in the second half, her first of the season.
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 has also been named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week along with Gomez Teruel. Brown’s 10 points rank her in the top 25 nationally and her four assists rank in the top 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.
National Field Hockey Day
Saturday, Sept. 15 is National Field Hockey Day. USA Field Hockey and Harrow Sports ask that all fans around the country come together to celebrate and share their passion to increase awareness and to encourage participation in the sport nationwide.
USA Field Hockey will list all Division I, II, and III games on usafieldhockey.com and encourage all to attend. Harrow Sports will provide a grand prize to the team with the highest attendance at a game.
Ohio leads the all-time series, 3-1 but the Colonials handed the Bobcats their first loss last season 1-0 in overtime. It was the first setback of the 2011 season for Ohio after starting 6-0 and being ranked No. 15 in the country.
The Bobcats held a 16-2 edge in shots and a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners but could not find the back of the cage against the Colonials. RMU goalkeeper Erin McKenzie finished with eight saves on the afternoon and 10 different players had a crack at goal for the Green & White with Cathryn Altdoerffer leading the way with five shots.
Opponent at a Glance
Last weekend, Robert Morris had its three-game winning streak snapped with losses to Kent State and Lock Haven. Sophomore Taleah Scott was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week prior to the two losses after registering two goals and one assist in RMU wins over Appalachian State and Saint Louis.
Sophomore Jamie Hartley, a native Australian like Scott, leads the squad with four goals. She is second in the Northeast Conference with 10 points. Robert Morris is fourth in the nation with five defensive saves. Marzana Fiedtkou leads the way with three stops.
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.