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Ohio Continues MAC Play with Trip to CMU

Lauryl Desch and the Bobcats travel to CMU for a pivotal MAC game.

Oct. 18, 2012

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Ohio at Central Michigan - Friday at 2 p.m. (Live Stats)

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey resumes MAC play with a road trip to Central Michigan for a Friday afternoon contest. The Bobcats are currently in a four-way tie for first place in the league with two games remaining on the schedule. 

The Last Meeting
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October 30, 2011
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Ohio Field Hockey Closes With 1-0 Win Over CMU
Andrea Biegalski's second goal of the season proved to be the difference as Ohio Field Hockey closed the regular season with a 1-0 victory over Central Michigan. The Bobcats are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAC Field Hockey Tournament this week in Athens.

Bobcat Notes
Ohio leads the MAC in scoring margin, thanks in part to three-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week Brittany Walker. The sophomore goalkeeper leads the league with three shutouts, a 1.31 goals against average, 10th nationally, and owns a .762 save percentage, 13th in the nation.

Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, leads the MAC with 30 points. A two-time NFHCA Division I All-West Region honoree, Brown has scored 11 goals, second in the league, and picked up eight assists, second in the conference.

She also leads the league with four 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 fourth in the MAC and her 15 points place her in a tie for sixth.

Seniors Laura Mastro and Cathryn Altdoerffer have also picked it up offensively in recent weeks. Altdoerffer scored six points against Ball State, matching her career-high, and is one of the league leaders in assists and tied for third in MAC play with seven points.

Mastro, who finished with 15 assists last year, leads the league with four assists during conference play this season. Both midfielders have also helped defensively, as Ohio has only allowed 20 goals in 14 games, five of which have gone into overtime. The Bobcats also have a top-20 scoring margin nationally at +0.98.

Jessica Jue became the fourth Bobcat this season to win MAC Player of the Week honors after scoring 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 second in the MAC in assists and 10th in points.

Macmillan Reaches Century Mark
Head Coach Neil Macmillan won the 100th game of his Ohio career this season 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
Central Michigan is one of the three teams tied with Ohio atop the MAC standings with two games to play. The Chippewas are 6-8 after losses last weekend to Indiana (4-2) and at No. 9 Northwestern (6-0). Despite those setbacks CMU has captured its last two MAC games, 5-3 at Ball State and 4-0 at Missouri State.

CMU is led offensively by Erin Dye and her eight goals and 17 points. She is joined in double figures by Bailey McKeon (6G, 3A) and Erica Garwood (4G, 5A). Cayleigh Immelman leads the Chips in assists with five and goalkeeper Anastasia Netto has started all but one game and owns a 2.37 GAA.

Series Notes
Ohio is 37-23 all-time against the Chippewas after sweeping the regular-season series last season. The Bobcats have taken six of the last seven matchups and two of the last three in Mt. Pleasant.

2012 MAC Tournament
Miami University will host the 2012 Mid-American Conference Field Hockey Championship taking place November 2 and 3 in Oxford, Ohio. The event will be the 30th annual Field Hockey Championship since it first began in 1983.

The top four (4) teams, based on conference winning percentage, will qualify for the tournament, which will be over two days.

Last season marked the sixth Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship for the Ohio Bobcats who won with a 2-1 overtime victory over the reigning title holders, Kent State. It marked their fourth championship since 2006.

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.