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@OhioFieldHockey Hosts Kent State For Home Finale, Travels To Michigan State

Graduate student Amelia Milton is among five seniors being honored Friday.
Oct. 20, 2016

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (6-8, 3-1 MAC) host Mid-American Conference rival Kent State (9-6, 5-0 MAC) on Friday (Oct. 21) at Pruitt Field for Senior Day, before heading to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Big Ten Conference Michigan State (7-8, 3-3 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 23).

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Oct. 21, Ohio (6-8, 3-1 MAC) vs. Kent State (9-6, 5-0 MAC) | 3 P.M. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio l Gametracker
Oct. 23, Ohio at Michigan State l 1 P.M. ET l Ralph Young Field l East Lansing, Mich.

SENIOR DAY
On Friday (Oct. 21) against Kent State, Ohio will honor five seniors in their final home match at Pruitt Field. The Bobcats will honor graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.), senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Kent.), redshirt senior Vicky Nase (Lancaster, Pa.) and redshirt senior Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) before the match.

BOBCATS SPLIT PAIR OF MAC ROAD MATCHES
Ohio took down Ball State, 2-1, last Thursday (Oct. 13) at Muncie, Ind. in a MAC matchup sealing a 2-0 season series against the Cardinals.

The Bobcats were led by two goals from sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) in the victory. Her first goal came off a penalty corner assisted by sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) and freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia). Ballard buried her third penalty stroke of the year for the second goal and the eventual game winner. Ballard leads the team with 12 goals this season.

The Bobcats fell to Longwood last Sunday (Oct. 16), 3-1, at Farmville, Va. in their second match of the week.

Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) scored the lone Ohio goal, her sixth of the season, assisted by Milton.

MACMILLAN BECOMES WINNINGEST COACH IN OHIO FIELD HOCKEY HISTORY
Neil Macmillan is at the helm for his 12th season at Ohio in 2016. The Portsmouth, England, native sports earned his 124th career win at Towson (Sept. 19) to become the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history. He has coached the Bobcats to four MAC titles, 2006, '07, '09 and '11, during his tenure. Macmillan is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey.

ASSISTS ALL-AROUND
The Bobcats have had nine players contribute assists on goals this season.

Eggleston leads Ohio with five helpers this season, while Milton and Keen has assisted on four goals this season.

Ballard has recorded three helpers this season and has four her season.

Three Bobcats, Kingsbury, Buchanan, and Russell, each have a pair of assists during the 2016 campaign. Kinsgbury and Buchanan have tallied 10 career helpers each, and Russell has contributed three helpers in her career.

Sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) and junior Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario)
have a helper a piece this season.

Ohio ranks fourth in the MAC with 24 assists this season.

BOBCATS TOUGH IN THE CAGE
Trucco has made 37 saves this season. She has made 127 during her Ohio career.

Sophomore Alex Pennington has made 33 stops this season, and has totaled 41 for her career.

BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC PRESEASON POLL
The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the conference standings in the 2016 MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the conferences' head coaches, the league office announced on Aug. 16. Ohio received 24 points, including one first-place vote in the pole.

Miami was picked to finish first with 38 points while Kent State was voted second with 37 points, with each school receiving three first-place votes.

Longwood, Missouri State, Central Michigan and Ball State rounded out the poll.

Miami and Kent State each received three votes to win the MAC Championship with Ohio receiving one vote to take the title.

KENT STATE SCOUTING REPORT (9-6, 5-0 MAC)
This marks the 73rd meeting between Ohio and Kent State. Ohio is 26-46 all-time against Kent State.

Kent State head coach Kathleen Wiler is in her 11th season as head coach of the Golden Flashes. During her tenure, she has won seven MAC regular season titles.

Kent State is led on offense by Alison Harmatz. Harmatz has netted 13 goals this season and recorded on assist. She has also been a three-time MAC offensive player of the week this season.

Goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart has played every minute in net this season for Kent State. Rinehart has recorded three shutouts this season and has been named a MAC defensive player of the week during the 2016 campaign.

MICHGAN STATE SCOUTING REPORT (7-8, 3-3 BIG TEN)
This is the 11th meeting between the Bobcats and the Spartans. Ohio is 1-10 all-time aginst Michigan State and won the last meeting, 4-1, at Pruitt Field last season.

Head coach Helen Knull is in her sixth season as the head coach of the Spartans.

Michigan State is led on offense by Kendal Anderson and Megan Fenton. Anderson has scored 12 goals this season and has recorded eight assists, while Fenton has tallied goals and recorded 2 assists. Anderson leads Michigan State in goals (12), assists (8), shots (48) and points (32).

The Spartans primary goal keeper has been Katie Miller. Miller has a 6-6 record, with one shutout and she has allowed 27 goals while making 58 saves this season.

IN THE POLLS
Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Connecticut (15-0)  892 (32) 
2. Duke (13-2)   836 (8)   
3. Syracuse (12-2)   833 (3)   
4. North Carolina (12-3)  791 (3)    
5. Maryland (12-3)  733    
6. Penn State (12-2)  663    
7. Louisville (13-3)  638    
8. Delaware (13-2)  567    
9. Virginia(10-5)   555    
10. Northwestern (10-5)  463   
11. Princeton (9-5)   427   
12. Michigan (9-6)   370    
13. Boston University (10-4) 335   
14. Boston College (7-7)  322   
15. Iowa (10-6)   254   
16. Wake Forest (7-6)  217   
17. James Madison (11-3)  147    
18. Stanford (7-5)   145   
19. American (10-4)  129  
20. Harvard (8-4)   88    

UP NEXT
Ohio will conclude regular season play and conference play when it travels to play Miami next Saturday (Oct. 29). The match is scheduled to begin at 12:30 ET.

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