ATHENS, Ohio—The Ohio field hockey team (4-9, 2-2) is set to take on top ranked No.3 Duke(13-4) at home for senior day this Friday (Oct. 26). The Bobcats will then travel to Oxford, Ohio to finish out the regular season and conference play this Sunday (Oct. 28) to take on the Miami University Redhawks (12-6, 5-0). The home game against Duke will start at 3 p.m. and the game against Miami will start at 12 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 | Ohio v. Duke | 3:00 p.m. | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 | Ohio v. Miami | 12:00 p.m. | Miami Field Hockey Complex | Oxford, Ohio | Live Stats
JOHNSTONE ERA BEGINS
The Ohio field hockey program began a new era this season as Ali Johnstone made her debut as head coach of the Bobcats.
Johnstone, a former Bobcat standout and member of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame, returns to Athens after spending the last six years on the coaching staff at Northwestern -- including the last four as the associate head coach. Johnstone's coaching staff consists of first-year assistant Louisa Boddy and second-year assistant Andrea Rinehart.
NEW CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT FORMAT
By virtue of winning last season's league tournament title, Miami will host to the 2018 MAC Championship Oct. 31-Nov. 3) in Oxford. All seven teams will qualify for the conference tournament this season, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving byes to the semifinals. The No. 6 and No. 7 seeds will face off in a play-in game, with the winner taking on the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals. The No. 4 and No 5 seeds will matchup in the other quarterfinal contest. The 2018 MAC Championship Final will take place on Nov. 3, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championship Field as conference champion. A total of 18 teams will qualify for the 2018 tournament. Ten teams will receive automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments and an additional eight teams will earn at-large bids. The national semifinals (Nov. 16) and championship match (Nov. 18) will be held at Louisville's Trager Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Bobcats will match up against No.3 Duke. The Blue Devils have a current record of 13-4 this season. Duke is coming off a split weekend with a win over No. 11 Boston College 2-1 and loss to No.1 North Carolina 5-2. The Blue Devils are led by Rose Tynan who has scored 13 goals this season. Duke is averaging 17.47 shots per game with the average of 3.18 goals per game. Th Duke defense has made 58 saves so far into this season.
Ohio Field Hockey will later match up against conference opponent Miami University (12-6, 5-0). The Redhawks are coming off of a double win over Appalachian State (W,4-1) and a shutout win over Michigan State (W,4-0). The Miami offense is led by Paula Portugal with 21 goals this season. The Redhawks are averaging 15.3 shots a game and scoring 2.89 goals per game. Miami's defense led by goalkeeper Maddie Passarella has made 43 saves this season.