Oct. 26, 2012
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Ohio at Miami - Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (Live Stats)
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey closes the regular season tomorrow morning at rival Miami. Both teams are headed to next week's MAC Tournament but the 'Cats are trying to extend a three-game winning streak against the RedHawks and dash their hopes of a regular-season league title.
The Last Meeting
November 4, 2011
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 1.34 goals against average, 12th nationally, and owns a .747 save percentage, 24th in the nation.
Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, is second in the MAC with 29 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 among the MAC's league leaders, as do her 15 points.
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 during MAC play, ranks third in assists and fifth in points
Mastro, who finished with 15 assists last year, leads the league with five assists during conference play this season. Both midfielders have also helped defensively, as Ohio has only allowed 22 goals in 14 games, six of which have gone into overtime.
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.
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
Miami has a lot to play for as well in this one, entering the game at 3-1 in MAC play (9-9 overall). The RedHawks are tied for the conference lead with Central Michigan and Kent State and a victory would give them a regular season title. Since Miami beat both of those teams earlier this season, a win over Ohio would also earn it the top seed in next week's MAC Tournament.
Ohio won all three meetings against Miami last season, beating them twice during the regular season before ending their year in the MAC Tournament semifinals. The 'Cats have also won five of the last six regular-season meetings between the two sides.
2012 MAC Tournament
Miami University will host the 2012 Mid-American Conference Field Hockey Championship taking place November 2-3 in Oxford, Ohio. The event will be the 30th annual Field Hockey Championship since it first began in 1983.
The top four 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 Bobcats who won with a 2-1 overtime victory over the reigning title holders, Kent State. It marked their fourth championship since 2006.