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Ohio off to Oxford for MAC Tournament

Taylor Brown and the Bobcats are trying to repeat as MAC Champions.

Oct. 31, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey heads to Oxford for the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament this weekend. The Bobcats, last year’s champions, are trying to win their fifth crown in seven seasons.

The Last Meeting
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October 27, 2012
Oxford, Ohio
Ohio Drops MAC Finale at Miami, 3-1
Laura Mastro gave Ohio Field Hockey an early lead, but Miami countered with three goals en route to a 3-1 win this afternoon. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bobcats in the series.

Ohio opens against Miami in the semifinals on Friday at noon. The winner of that game will play either Kent State or Central Michigan in the championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.  

The Bobcats have reached the semifinals of the MAC Tournament every season since 1997. Ohio has not been the No. 4 seed since 2004 and it is 8-4 all-time in that position, winning the MAC title once in 1987.

The Bobcats have won the conference tournament four of the last six years and captured 11 of their last 13 games in the single-elimination playoffs. Ohio reached the NCAA Tournament in 2001, 2007 and 2011; participated in NCAA play-in games in 2006 and 2009 and won MAC titles in 1981 and 1987.

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 1.44 goals against average, 15th nationally, and owns a .742 save percentage, 24th in the nation.

Taylor Brown, a two-time First Team All-MAC choice, is second in 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, also 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 25 goals in 15 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.