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Ohio at No. 15 Wake Forest - Wednesday at 5 p.m. (Live Stats)
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey kicks off a demanding week by traveling to Winston Salem, N.C. for a contest with No. 15 Wake Forest tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. It will be the first of three games in five days for the 'Cats with the Demon Deacons representing the third ranked team Ohio has played this season.
Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, leads the MAC with 1.70 points per game. A two-time NFHCA Division I All-West Region honoree, Brown has 17 points on the season (6G, 5A). She led the league last season with six game-winning goals and finished second with 15 total tallies.
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 second in the MAC and her 13 points place her third in the league.
After a record-setting 2011, Jessica Jue is tied for third in the MAC with four assists. The junior, a First Team All-MAC selection, set the Ohio single-season record last year with 18 assists, leading the league and finishing 15th nationally.
Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker is the third Bobcat to win a weekly award this season, earning two Defensive POW nods. She leads the league in shutouts and goals against average (1.87). She also ranks second in the MAC with a .746 save percentage.
Ohio is 1-4-1 all-time against the Demon Deacons. The last time the Bobcats played an ACC team was during the 2011 NCAA Tournament when it lost to No. 1 North Carolina. Ohio's last regular-season matchup against an ACC team was in 2009 when it played Duke. The 'Cats also faced Virginia and Maryland during that same season. Overall, Ohio is 3-16-1 against ACC foes and the last win occurred in 2007 when it topped No. 4 Duke.
Opponent at a Glance
No. 15 Wake Forest enters with a record of 4-6 with eight of its games coming against teams ranked among the top 12 in the nation. WF played its first road game of the season on Saturday, falling at No. 2 North Carolina, 3-2.
Taylor Rhea, who has collected goals in five of her last six contests, now leads the Deacons in scoring with six goals. She is tied for the team lead in points with Jess McFadyen, who scored the other WF goal in the contest with UNC. Krysta Wangerin is third on the team with 11 points. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf has made 39 saves this season and is averaging 4.33 per game, the top mark in the ACC.
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.
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.