Marissa Higgins and three other seniors will play their final home game on Saturday.
Oct. 12, 2012
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Ohio vs. Missouri State - Saturday at 1 p.m. (Live Stats)
ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio Field Hockey closes its home slate for the 2012 season when it hosts Missouri State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bobcats will honor their four seniors, Cathryn Altdoerffer, Taylor Brown, Marissa Higgins and Laura Mastro. The quartet has been a part of 50 Ohio wins (30-8 MAC record) and two MAC championships in the last three seasons.
The Last Meeting
October 15, 2011
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 three shutouts, a 1.33 goals against average, 10th nationally, and owns a .750 save percentage, 20th in the nation.
Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, leads the MAC with 22 points. A two-time NFHCA Division I All-West Region honoree, Brown has scored seven goals, tied for third in the league, and picked up eight assists, second in the conference. She is also tied for the league lead with three game-winning goals. 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 seven goals this season have her tied for third in the MAC and her 15 points place her in a tie for fourth.
Seniors Laura Mastro and Cathryn Altdoerffer have also picked it up offensively in recent weeks. Altdoerffer scored six points against Ball State last Saturday, matching her career-high, and is one of the league leaders in assists. Mastro, who finished with 15 assists last year, is tied for sixth in the conference this season. Both midfielders have also helped defensively, as Ohio has only allowed 19 goals in 13 games, five of which have gone into overtime.
Jue Named MAC Player of the Week
Ohio Field Hockey's Jessica Jue was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is the second weekly award for Jue and she becomes the fourth Bobcat this season to be honored by the MAC.
Jue scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime at No. 15 Wake Forest. She followed that with another multi-point outing in the win over Ball State, collecting two assists.
After a record-setting 2011, Jue ranks third in assists and ninth in points. 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.
Macmillan Reaches Century Mark
Head Coach Neil Macmillan won the 100th game of his Ohio career last weekend against Ball State. A three-time MAC Coach of the Year, he has led Ohio to four league titles and two NCAA Tournament berths during his tenure. Macmillan 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.
Opponent at a Glance
Missouri State stands at 4-8, 2-1 in MAC play and is led by Hillary Lawless. The junior from St. Louis ranks third in the league with seven goals and fourth with 15 points. Senior defender Reiann Stoute has two game-winning goals this season for MSU and is one of the leaders nationally in defensive saves with seven. Teammate Chelsey Medlock is second in the MAC with three defensive saves.
Ohio has won the last five meetings, and 13 of the past 14, against Missouri State. In fact, the Bobcats are a perfect 11-0 against the Bears at Pruitt Field.
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.