Nov. 2, 2011
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey begins their quest for a fourth MAC title in six years when it hosts the conference tournament November 3-5 at Pruitt Field.
Ohio is hosting the tournament for the third time and first since 2006. The Bobcats hosted back in 2000, falling in the championship game, and then again in 2006, when they defeated Ball State in the final.
Ohio won the regular-season championship, the fourth for Head Coach Neil Macmillan in his seven seasons as head coach of the Bobcats, to earn the No. 1 seed and receive a bye into the semifinals. The Bobcats have reached the semifinals of the six-team tournament, every season since 1997. Ohio is a perfect 8-0 when it enters the MAC Tournament as the overall No. 1 seed.
The Bobcats have won the conference tournament three of the last five years and have won nine of their last 11 games in the single-elimination playoffs. Ohio reached the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2007; participated in NCAA play-in games in 2006 and 2009 and won MAC titles in 1981 and 1987.
Bobcats by the Numbers
Ohio led the MAC in offense and defense, scoring 2.95 goals per contest, 17th nationally, and holding the best goals-against average in the nation, 0.73. The Bobcats average scoring margin is +2.14, ninth in the country,
Bobcat sophomore Jessica Jue finished second in the MAC with 35 points on the season. She ranks 11th nationally with 17 assists to her credit. Overall, the Bobcats finished with four players among the top 10 in the conference in points.
Taylor Brown finished the regular season with 12 goals, third in the MAC and Cathryn Altdoerffer had 10, which tied her for fifth in the league. Brooke Edwards also notched eight goals and six assists for 22 points, eighth in the MAC. Laura Mastro (2nd) and Louzeth Schutte (T-7th) are both ranked among the top of the league in assists.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jen McGill has posted nine shutouts while splitting a 10th. McGill is second in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.70, seventh nationally in save percentage (.788) and blanked six MAC opponents this season.
Ohio ranks among the top 20 teams nationally in almost every statistical category. Along with their rankings for goals, goals-against average, and scoring margin, the Bobcats also rank third in shutouts, seventh in assists, 11th in winning percentage, 15th in points and 16th in scoring average.
Ohio in the Rankings
Ohio Field Hockey got off to its best start in program history, reaching No. 15 in the NFHCA weekly poll. The Bobcats had not been ranked that high since 2007 with their highest ranking coming back in 2001, when they reached No. 9 in the country.
Not only did the Bobcats' win over No. 8 American raise their record to 6-0, eclipsing the 5-0-1 start of the 1981 team, but it also gave the Green & White wins over top-10 opponents in the same season for the first time ever. In fact, the only time the Bobcats have beaten two ranked teams in a season was also in 2007.
Ohio is ranked 21st in the latest NFHCA poll, up one spot from last week, and has a national RPI of 29 (as of 11/1)
MAC Players of the Week
Junior Laura Mastro was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her clutch performance two weeks ago. Mastro's goal in overtime at Ball State kept the Bobcats clinched the regular-season championship. She ranks second on the team with 14 assists, second all-time in a single season for an Ohio player.
Mastro became the sixth Bobcat this year to win a MAC Weekly Award. Ohio Field Hockey has captured both MAC Weekly Awards on three occasions this year, with the last pairing being Louzeth Schutte and Jessica Jue. Schutte returned from injury and scored both goals for the Bobcats in their win over Kent State and then added a tally in the win over Missouri State. Jue assisted on all five goals for the Bobcats in those games and set Ohio's single-season record for helpers.
Jen McGill was named Defensive Player of the Week after the Bobcats defeated Ball State, 9-1, and Miami, 2-0, earlier this season. This was the first weekly honor of McGill's career. The senior from Louisville, Kentucky, held Ball State scoreless during her 60 minutes of work and then followed that with a blanking of Miami, making three saves in the process.
Taylor Brown was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in 2011 after scoring the game-winning goal against No. 8 American. Brown, a 2010 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-West Region selection, was a First Team All-MAC selection after leading the Bobcats in goals and points last year.
Cathryn Altdoerffer scored three goals to earn her Offensive Player of the Week award. The junior tallied twice against SJU and added another to ice the victory against Temple.