Nov. 7, 2011
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Field Hockey hosts a NCAA Play-In Game on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Patriot League champion Lafayette. The 'Cats, who won their fourth MAC title in six years this past weekend are looking to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time and first since 2007.
Ohio reached the NCAA Play-In game in 2009, but fell to Richmond at home. The Bobcats won a play-in contest in 2007 against American, and then lost in the NCAA First Round to nationally-ranked Michigan.
With its 18 wins this year, Ohio has also matched the 2007 team in victories. The 1982 Ohio Field Hockey team holds the school record with 20 wins during a single season and the MAC record for wins is 19 (Ball State - 1994, 1997; Kent State - 2000).
Brooke Edwards scored the game-winning goal in overtime against reigning MAC champs, Kent State, to advance the Bobcats. Cathryn Altdoerffer, defender Jenna Green and goalkeeper Jen McGill were all named to the MAC All-Tournament team while junior Andrea Biegalski was named the 2011 MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Bobcats by the Numbers
Ohio led the MAC in offense and defense, scoring 2.82 goals per contest, 20th nationally, and holding the best goals-against average in the nation, 0.71. The Bobcats average scoring margin is +2.04, 10th in the country,
Bobcat sophomore Jessica Jue finished second in the MAC with 37 points on the season. She ranks 15th 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 has scored 13 goals, third-best in the MAC and Cathryn Altdoerffer has 10, which tied her for fifth in the league. Brooke Edwards also notched nine goals and six assists for 24 points, ninth in the MAC. Laura Mastro (2nd) and Louzeth Schutte (8th) both ranked among the top of the league in assists.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jen McGill has posted 10 shutouts while splitting a 11th. McGill leads the nation with a goals-against average of 0.68, ranks sixth nationally in save percentage (.795) and blanked seven 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, ninth in assists, 15th in points and 20th in scoring average.
Deanna DiCroce and Brittany Blass each earned major awards from the Patriot League after the regular season. DiCroce was named Offensive Player of the Year while Blass took Rookie of the Year accolades. Both were First-Team selections with Carolyn Cabrey and Emily Valeo. Jaclyn White was a Second-Team honoree and Valeo was named to the All-Academic Team.
After capturing a share of the Patriot League regular season title, No. 2 Lafayette won its eighth Patriot League Field Hockey Championship by defeating No. 3 Lehigh and No. 4 Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament. The title was Lafayette's first since 2002. Led by Patriot League Tournament MVP, Cabrey, Lafayette had four players selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Joining Cabrey were juniors DiCroce and Valeo, along with Blass, a freshman.
DiCroce leads Lafayette in goals (13), assists (10) and points (36). In games when the junior forward scores a goal, Lafayette has a perfect 10-0 record. The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, scored three goals and added three helpers in two games in the Patriot League Tournament this past weekend.
The goalkeeping duo of junior Mara Kish and freshman Jessica Deutsch. The duo has two combined shutouts this season and two each to their credit. Deutsch has started the last six games, posting a 4-2 record. Overall she has 6-5 overall record and a 1.73 goals-against average in 648:16. Kish is 5-3 this season with a goal-against of 1.74 in 722:04.
Getting Defensive: Lafayette has shut out seven opponents in 2011, including Colgate and Holy Cross, which it held without a shot in both wins. The Maroon and White have scored the first goal of the game in 14 of their 19 games this season. In those contests, Lafayette has a 11-3 record.
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 24 (as of 11/6)
The Mid-American Conference named Ohio's Louzeth Schutte its 2011 Player of the Year, Head Coach Neil Macmillan its Coach of the Year and placed five Bobcats on the All-MAC First Team. Schutte becomes the first Ohio player to win the award since 2007 and the five first-team selections are the most ever for a Bobcat team.
The All-MAC first-team was led by five players from the MAC regular season champion Bobcats. Cathryn Altdoerffer, received first-team honors for the second year in a row. The other four Bobcats to receive honors with the first-team were sophomore Jessica Jue, juniors Taylor Brown and Jen McGill, and senior Louzeth Schutte. Jen McGill was named to the first-team following a season in which she was among the nation’s elite in goal.
Schutte collected top honors in the MAC following her dominant season, leading the Bobcats to their seventh regular season title and having the Bobcats receiving votes for the NFHCA Top 20 for most of 2011. Schutte was part of a defense that only allowed 15 goals during the 2011 regular season, and has only allowed multiple goals in four matches.
Schutte’s efforts earned her the MAC Defensive Player of the Week three times, as well as the Offensive Player of the Week once. Schutte is the fourth Bobcat to be honored as the MAC Player of the Year, and the first since Jessi Martin was honored in 2007.
Ohio continued to collect on postseason awards as Macmillan was named the 2011 MAC Coach of the Year. Macmillan has led the Bobcats to 18-4 overall record in 2011, and had the Bobcats ranked as high as 15th in the national coaches poll. Macmillan also led Ohio University to their fourth league title in his seventh season at the helm with a 9-1 MAC record. This is the third time that Macmillan has been named the MAC Field Hockey’s Coach of the Year.
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.