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@OhioFieldHockey Places Nine on Academic All-@MACSports Team

Dec. 7, 2016

MAC Release

CLEVELAND – Redshirt senior Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.), seniors Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), juniors Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario) and sophomores Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), Sophia Cristofoli (Louisville, Ky.), Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) and Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) represented the Ohio field hockey team by earning spots on the 2016 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, as announced by the league office on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

A total of 61 student-athletes were named to the team.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Kingsbury earned Academic All-MAC distinction for a third time while Buchanan, Russell and Silveira received the honor for the second-straight year. Ballard, Cristofoli, Eggleston, Pennington and Trucco each earned the honor for the first time in their career.

An Athletic Training major with a 3.746 GPA, Ballard had a career season playing ion 16 matches, setting career-highs in goals (12), shots, (55) and shots on goal (31), all of which led the team en route to being named to the 2016 First Team All-MAC and being named to the 2016 NFHCA All-West Region Second Team. She also registered a career-high four assists, good for second on the team. Ballard also two game-winning goals and went three-for-three on penalty stroke during the 2016 season.

An Early Childhood Education major with a 3.279 GPA, Buchanan played in 13 matches, tallying two assists and a goal for the season. She also registered 11 shots – including seven on goal.

A Pre-Medicine major with a 3.605 GPA, Cristofoli played in 14 matches during the 2016 campaign for the Bobcats.

A Pre-Childhood Education major with a 3.657 GPA, Eggleston played in 16 matches recording a career-high five assist, which led the team. She also tallied a goal on seven shots – including five on goal.

A Screenwriting & Production major with a 3.430 GPA, Kingsbury played in 12 games during the 2016 season. She registered one goal and recorded two assists to go with five shots, including one on goal.

An Athletic Training major with a 3.584 GPA, Pennington started 8 games in cage for Ohio sporting a
4-5 record and making 67 saves during the season. She registered a career-high, and season-high for any MAC goalkeeper, 17 saves in a double-overtime loss to Kent State.

A Pre-Early Childhood Education major with a 3.502 GPA, Russell fired six goals to the back of the
cage, tied for second on the squad, and registered two assists on 21 shots – including 15 shots on goal en route to being named 2016 Second Team All-MAC.

A Middle Childhood Language Arts/Math major with a 3.605 GPA, Silveira played in all 17 matches for Ohio and registered a defensive save in 2016.

A Coaching Education major with a 4.00 GPA, Trucco was one of only three members of the 2016 Academic All-MAC Team to have a 4.00 GPA. She started nine matches in the cage for Ohio during the 2016 season making 39 saves in 532:25 minutes of action.

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