Oct. 5, 2012
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Ohio vs. Ball State - Saturday at 1 p.m. (Live Stats)
Ohio vs. No. 20 Michigan State - Sunday at 1 p.m. (Live Stats)
ATHENS, Ohio -
The Last Meeting
October 23, 2011
Ohio Field Hockey Wins MAC Title Outright with 2-1 OT Win at Ball State
Laura Mastro's game-winning goal in overtime handed the Ohio Field Hockey team the 2011 Mid-American Conference Regular Season Championship on Sunday. The Bobcats defeated Ball State on the road, 2-1, to seal the top seed in the MAC Tournament, which will be held at Pruitt Field in two weeks.
The Last Meeting
October 3, 2010
East Lansing, Mich.
Ohio Field Hockey resumes MAC play and takes on its fourth nationally-ranked team of the season this weekend. The Bobcats host Ball State on Saturday at 1 p.m. and No. 20 Michigan State on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. The game against the Spartans will feature a pink t-shirt giveaway in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Macmillan Closing in on Century Mark
A victory this weekend would be the 100th of Head Coach Neil Macmillan's Ohio career. Since arriving from Wake Forest, Macmillan has amassed a 99-67 record in Athens.
Macmillan was named the MAC Coach of the Year for a third time after leading the Bobcats to a 19-5 record and No. 15 ranking in the national coaches poll. He has led Ohio to four league titles and two NCAA Tournament berths during his tenure. Macmillan has also compiled a winning record in MAC play every season since arriving at Ohio and has never had a losing record during his tenure with the Bobcats.
He has produced 20 All-MAC First Team selections, 14 All-MAC Second Team selections, a MAC Freshman of the Year, three MAC Tournament MVPs and three MAC Players of the Year, including Louzeth Schutte in 2011. In addition, he has had a player named NFHCA All-Region every season of his tenure, including three Bobcats last season.
Ohio leads the MAC in scoring margin, thanks in part to two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week Brittany Walker. The sophomore goalkeeper leads the league with a 1.46 goals against average, 16th nationally, and owns a .746 save percentage, 20th in the nation.
Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, is second in the MAC with 1.72 points per game. A two-time NFHCA Division I All-West Region honoree, Brown has 19 points on the season (6G, 7A) after two assists in the win at No. 15 Wake Forest. 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 fourth 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. She scored twice, including the game-winner, at No. 15 Wake Forest earlier this week.
Ohio has won its last 12 games against the Cardinals dating back to a loss in Muncie in 2006. Ohio has not lost at home to the Cardinals, an opponent it plays every season in Athens, since 1998. Despite that string of success, the Bobcats are 33-33 all-time against BSU.
Ohio is 0-9 all-time against the Spartans and 1-2 against Big Ten teams this season with all three contests being decided by a goal. The Bobcats are 16-41-1 all-time against Big Ten foes and 4-9 over the past four seasons.
Opponents at a Glance
Ball State (3-8, 0-2) just concluded a five-game homestand with a 3-2 win over Indiana. Freshman Allie White netted the winning goal for the Cardinals with just 18 seconds left in the game. Tarel Teach and Marisa Weachter also scored in the contest. Tori Widrick leads the team with five goals and White paces the squad with 11 assists.
No. 20 Michigan State is 6-6 having dropped consecutive games to No. 13 Iowa and Pacific. Sophomore Abby Barker is one of the top scorers in the country with 11 goals on the season. Heather Howie, four goals and one assist, and Allie Ahern, two goals and one assist, are the other scoring leaders. Goaltender Molly Cassidy possesses a .814 save percentage and 1.55 goals-against average.
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.