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Ohio Opens MAC Play and Hosts Top-10 Team This Weekend

Adele Sammons and the Bobcats have another tough weekend on tap.

Sept. 20, 2012

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Ohio at Kent State - Friday at 3 p.m. (Live Stats)

Ohio vs. No. 10 Northwestern - Sunday at noon (Live Stats)

The Last Meeting
Kent State1  
November 5, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Field Hockey Wins 2011 MAC Tournament Championship
Brooke Edwards scored the game-winning goal as Ohio Field Hockey won its sixth Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship, and fourth since 2006, with a 2-1 overtime victory over the reigning title holders, Kent State this afternoon at Pruitt Field.

The Last Meeting
August 29, 2009
Evanston, Ill.
Bobcats Defeated by Wildcats in Overtime
The Ohio Field Hockey team played their second game of the year this afternoon, losing a very competitive overtime contest against the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 3-2.

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey has another challenging weekend in store as it opens MAC play at Kent State on Friday in a rematch of last year's MAC Championship game, before coming home for a contest against No. 10 Northwestern on Sunday at noon.

Last weekend, Luli Gomez Teruel scored the game-winner with under four minutes remaining to give Ohio Field Hockey a 2-1 win during a back-and-forth encounter with Robert Morris. Taylor Brown scored to give Ohio an initial lead just four minutes into the contest. The goal was the 35th of Brown's career, tying her for fourth all-time in Ohio history with former assistant coach Ali Johnstone (1998-01).

Earlier in the week, the Bobcats 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.

Prior to that match, Ohio was in another shootout against a Big Ten foe, 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.

Walker Named MAC Player of the Week
Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the league offices earlier this week. She became the third Bobcat to win a weekly award this season

This is the first weekly award for Walker as the sophomore allowed only one goal in 170 minutes of action this past week in contests with Ohio State and Robert Morris.

Walker had eight saves in the contest with the Buckeyes and stopped two tries during the shootout. She leads the league with a 1.53 goals against average and is second in the MAC with a .745 save percentage.

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 six goals this season rank her among the top-20 nationally and she currently leads the MAC in both goals and points

Teammate Taylor Brown has also been named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week along with Gomez Teruel. Brown's 13 points rank her in the top 35 nationally and her five assists are tops on the team and second in the MAC.

Former Bobcat Returns
During Johnstone's first season on staff at Ohio, the Bobcats won their third MAC championship in a span of four years and finished with a 12-9 overall record. OU followed that up in 2010 by going 7-3 in MAC play and reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Johnstone has a wealth of playing and coaching experience. A two-time NFHCA All-American and the first Bobcat to earn first-team All-MAC each of her four seasons in Athens, she graduated from Ohio in 2002 as one of the most decorated players in program history. Johnstone was a three-time first-team All-West Region honoree as well as the 2001 Ohio Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She has the career record for assists (36) and ranks third in all-time points (106) and fourth in career goals (35).

Catherine Brown Elected to NFHCA Hall of Fame
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association Office announced that former Ohio Head Coach Catherine Brown has been selected as a member of the Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Inducted into the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986, she was also a tireless crusader for women's rights.

Brown arrived in Athens in 1966 and created the initial track and field program at Ohio. She then moved on to field hockey, serving as the head coach from 1968-71 and leading her teams to an overall mark of 25-7-5. In fact, she lost only one game during her last two seasons at the helm.

During this time, Brown also served as assistant coach for the track & field team before moving on to assist the women's basketball team. She would also initiate the women's lacrosse program in 1970 and continued to coach the sport until 1976.

In total, Brown coached five student-athletes selected to the Ohio University Hall of Fame, including Olympian, Anita Corl Miller, and US Reserve Team selection Wendy Weeden Devine. Ohio Hall of Fame inductees Donna Jean Taylor, Janet Schmitt (McDowell) and Kathryn MacDonald were also mentored by Brown.

Series Notes
Ohio is 25-41 all-time against Kent State with the teams splitting the regular-season meetings last year and the Bobcats winning the rubber match in the MAC Championship game.

The Green and White went 9-1 against the MAC last season, matching the best league mark in program history. Ohio finished with a lone blemish in league play on five occasions in the double round-robin format.

Ohio is 2-2 against Northwestern all-time with last meeting occurring in 2009. The Bobcats dropped that contest 3-2 in overtime as Cathryn Altdoerffer assisted on the game-tying goal with four miutes left in regulation.

Ohio is 1-1 against Big Ten teams this season with both games going to shootouts. The Bobcats are 16-40-1 all-time against Big Ten foes and 4-8 over the past four seasons. They still have a game with No. 19 Michigan State still to come this year.

Opponents at a Glance
Kent State enters 4-6 having lost to No. 2 Syracuse and Ohio State in the past week. Julia Hofmann, a sophomore midfielder, was awarded the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after tallying a pair of second half scores as well as an assist to help the Golden Flashes overcome a one-goal deficit and top Villanova, 6-4,

Hofmann is second in the MAC in goals and third in points, while teammate Sabrina Binder leads the league in assists. Goalkeeper Jahna Jordan also ranks second in the conference in saves per contest.

Northwestern is ranked No. 10 in the country at 8-1, having won seven contests in a row. During this winning streak the Wildcats have knocked off four top-20 teams (Duke, Stanford, Wake Forest and California) and just defeated Ball State 8-0.

Senior Chelsea Armstrong continued Northwestern's dominance over the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award as she earned this week's honor. It is the third straight week that an NU player earned the distinction. So far this season, she leads the Big Ten with 13 goals and 30 points and has career totals of 84 goals and 203 points.

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.