Shots (on goal)
Score: Ohio 2, Towson 1
Records: Ohio (2-5), Towson (1-5)
Location: Towson, Md. (Johnny Unitas Stadium)
Short Story: Freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) scored the winning goal in the 66th minute to help the Ohio field hockey team (2-5) overcome Towson (1-5), 2-1, and snap a five-match losing skid on Sunday (Sept. 11) at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
Twelfth-year head coach Neil Macmillan picked up his 124th career victory -- the most in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
â¢ The Bobcats dominated the box score, holding the advantage in shots (22-6), shots on goal (17-3) and penalty corners (10-8).
â¢ Graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) totaled a match-high eight shots for Ohio -- a match-high six of which were on goal.
â¢ Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) posted five shots for the Bobcats -- including two on goal.
â¢ Junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) finished with three shots on goal and gave Ohio a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, taking a pass from sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) and beating Towson junior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall. Russell then assisted on Keen's game winner.
â¢ Keen, Hartman and sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) all had two shots on goal for the Bobcats. Keen scored on a wide open net after a scrum to propel Ohio to victory.
â¢ Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) made two saves for Ohio. After helping to shut the Tigers out in the first half, she made a key save on a shot by Towson freshman defender Carli Herman in the 68th minute to preserve the Bobcats' 2-1 lead.
â¢ Sophomore midfielder Erika McKay led the Tigers with three shots.
â¢ Sophomore forward Devon Hake scored the equalizer for Towson in the 56th minute off of a penalty corner, with junior midfielder Taylor Kvilhaug assisting on the goal.
â¢ Woodall made 15 saves for the Tigers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
â¢ Ohio earned its first road win of the 2016 season.
â¢ Russell has now scored three goals this year to tie for second on the team. She now has 17 career goals, two career assists, 47 career shots and 32 career shots on goal.
â¢ Keen has now scored three goals this season and has taken seven shots -- four of which were on goal.
â¢ Hartman recorded her first career assist. Her first two shots on goal of the year increased her career shots total to six and her career shots on goal total to five.
â¢ Milton has now taken 13 shots this year -- including eight on goal.
â¢ Ballard leads Ohio with 24 shots this season -- including a team-high 13 on goal. She has tallied 39 career shots and 23 career shots on goal.
â¢ Eggleston has now taken three shots this year. She now has taken 12 career shots -- including eight on goal.
â¢ Trucco has now made 32 saves this season and has upped her career total to 122.
"Very excited with the result today. We did a much better job over the course of the whole game playing our style of hockey." â 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan
"Disappointed we gave one up with about 15 minutes to go, but very happy to see how the team responded and came back to get the winner with five minutes left in the match." â Macmillan
"I was very encouraged with a good result to end a tough road trip where at times we played well, but this was really the first time in the last few games we put it all together and had a polished result." -- Macmillan
Ohio is scheduled to play one match next week on the road at Villanova next Sunday (Sept. 18). The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa.