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No. 20 Ohio to Play No. 1 North Carolina in NCAA Tournament

Ohio Field Hockey is playing in its third NCAA Tournament and faces No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday.

Nov. 11, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio - No. 20 Ohio Field Hockey travels to Chapel Hill this weekend for the start of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats will play No. 1 North Carolina and the winner of that contest will play the victor of No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 New Hampshire. This is third time in program history that Ohio has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Tarheels and Bobcats are set to square off at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and if Ohio comes away with the upset, it will play on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory against Patriot League champion Lafayette. Junior Taylor Brown scored both goals for the 'Cats, pushing her team-leading goal total to 15.

Ohio finished the regular season 9-1 in Mid-American Conference play, tying the best league mark in program history. Ohio defeated Miami in the MAC Tournament semifinals, 1-0. It was the third time this season that the Bobcats blanked the RedHawks with Jen McGill earning the shutout and Jessica Jue scoring the game-winner.

In the tournament final against reigning champion Kent State, Ohio fell behind early before Brown tied the game in the late stages of the first half. The contest would proceed to overtime where Brooke Edwards scored the game-winner for the Green & White.

The Bobcats won a play-in contest in 2007 against American, and then lost in the NCAA First Round to nationally-ranked Michigan. The only other time that Ohio has advanced to the NCAA Tournament was in 2001, and oddly enough, current Head Coach Neil Macmillan was an assistant on the Wake Forest team that defeated the Bobcats.

Ohio is now one victory away from matching the 1982 field hockey team for the school record of 20 wins during a single season. The Bobcats matched the current MAC record for wins with their 19th of the season (Ball State - 1994, 1997; Kent State - 2000) in the NCAA Play-In game against Lafayette.

Ohio All-Time vs. North Carolina -- First meeting
Ohio All-Time vs. Michigan  -- 0-8
Ohio All-Time vs. New Hampshire -- 2-0
Ohio All-Time vs. ACC -- 4-17-1
Ohio All-Time vs. Big Ten -- 15-41-1
Ohio All-Time vs. America East -- 4-4

Five Bobcats Make All-MAC First Team -- The Mid-American Conference named Ohio's Louzeth Schutte its 2011 Player 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 led the nation in goals-against average.

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 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.

MAC All-Tournament Team Names Four -- Junior 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.  McGill shutout Miami in the semifinals while Biegalski and Green led the midfield and defense in both wins. Altdoerffer had two assists in the championship game.

Macmillan Earns MAC Coach of the Year -- Head coach Neil Macmillan was named the MAC Coach of the Year. Pankratz earned the honor for a third time in his career after guiding the Bobcats to an outright MAC regular-season title and a 9-1 conference record this year. He also earned the award in 2006 and 2009.

In his seventh season, he has had a winning record in MAC play every year since arriving at Ohio and has never had a losing record during his tenure with the Bobcats. Macmillan has produced 20 All-MAC First Team selections, 13 All-MAC Second Team selections, a MAC Freshman of the Year, three MAC Tournament MVPs and three MAC Players of the Year. He has also produced 17 All-Academic selections and every year, he has had a player named NFHCA All-Region.

Ohio 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 38 points on the season. She ranks 15th nationally with 18 assists to her credit. Overall, the Bobcats finished with four players among the top 10 in the MAC in points.

Taylor Brown has scored 15 goals, tied for second-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.

Macmillan's ACC Ties -- Before coaching the Bobcats, Macmillan made an immediate impact at Wake Forest University, helping lead the Demon Deacons to three consecutive NCAA Championships from 2002 to 2004. He also accumulated two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles, four second place ACC regular season finishes and a record of 114-19 from 1999 through 2004. In Macmillan's six seasons in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons advanced to the Final four an astounding five times.

While at Wake Forest, Macmillan aided in scouting opponents in addition to planning practices and developing game strategies. He also served as the recruiting coordinator and helped sign the 2004 National Field Hockey Player of the Year, five United States National Team members as well as numerous All-Americans. Some of his other duties included organizing travel arrangements and monitoring the team's academic progress.

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. Ohio finished 20th in the final NFHCA poll and has a national RPI of 29 (as of 11/8).

Bobcats vs. The Best -- Ohio's wins over two top-10 opponents in the same season was another first. In fact, the only time the Bobcats had beaten two ranked teams in a season was in 2007, their last trip to the NCAA Tournament. Not only did the Bobcats defeat two top-10 teams (No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8 American) in starting 6-0, but they eclipsed the 5-0-1 mark of the 1981 team for the best start in program history.

MAC Players of the Week -- Junior Laura Mastro was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her goal in overtime at Ball State clinched the regular-season championship. She ranks second on the team with 15 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 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.

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NCAA Selection Show
NCAA Play-In Game - Lafayette
MAC Championship - Kent State

NCAA Field Hockey First and Second Rounds
Francis E. Henry Stadium - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saturday, Nov. 12

11:30 a.m. - North Carolina vs. Ohio
2 p.m. - Michigan vs. New Hampshire
Sunday, Nov. 13
2 p.m. - First round winners

Admission: $5 adults, $3 students