Nov. 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University field hockey senior Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina) has been named the 2013 MAC Player of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.
Gomez Teruel is just the fifth student-athlete in Ohio program history to earn the honor. She joins a prestigious group that includes Louzeth Schutte (2011), Jessie Martin (2007), Lindsay Rothenberger (2005) and Ali Johnstone (2001).
“I’m really excited to see Luli voted as the player of our year in our conference,” head coach Neil Macmillan said. “It’s an extremely impressive honor and shows the level she’s been playing at this year. She’s been a driving force for us on the forward line and has really proved essential for our finishing, both in setting up players and scoring goals. She’s an excellent senior leader and well deserving of award.”
Gomez Teruel also garnered First Team All-MAC accolades for the first time in her Ohio career.
Fellow senior Jessica Jue (Vancouver, British Columbia) also was named to the All-MAC First Team for the second time in her career. She is now a three-time All-MAC selection (First Team 2011, 2013; Second Team 2012).
“I’m very happy for Jessica,” head coach Neil Macmillan said. “She’s been an essential player for us on both the forward line and in the midfield as needed throughout the year. She’s a very skilled player and has scored some essential goals for us this season.”
In addition to Ohio’s two first team selections, sophomore Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) earned All-MAC Second Team honors, marking the first time in her young Ohio career she’s garnered an all-conference award.
“It’s great to see Adele recognized,” Macmillan said. “She’s a mainstay of our midfield and backfield and a lot of play runs through her. She distributes the ball extremely well and gets our attack moving from her position in the middle of the field.”
Gomez Teruel has been a driving offensive force for Ohio all season and currently leads the MAC in goals (11) and goals per game (0.69) and is second in the conference in points (25) and points per game (1.56). The senior also is third in the MAC in shots per game (2.44) and leads the Bobcats in total shots (31).
Jue has put an impressive cap on a solid four-year career as a Bobcat this season, as the senior ranks eighth in the MAC in points per game (0.88) and goals per game (0.38). She has come up big on multiple occasions this season and leads the team with three game-winning goals on the year. Her goal in the second overtime of Saturday’s match against Kent State helped clinch a MAC Tournament berth for the ‘Cats. She ranks second all-time at Ohio in assists (30).
Sammons has enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore in 2013 and is one of Ohio’s primary leaders both offensively and defensively in the midfield. She’s also notched four points this season on one goal and two assists, including the game-winning score against Missouri State on Oct. 11.
Ohio is the No. 2 seed in the 2013 MAC Tournament and will face off with No. 3 seed Miami on Friday at 2 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. For a full preview of the matchup, click here.
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