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@OhioFieldHockey Is Set For Big Weekend

@OhioFieldHockey Is Set For Big Weekend

Sept. 1, 2016


ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (1-1) hosts America East Conference foe UC Davis (0-1) in a non-conference matchup on Friday (Sept. 2) at Pruitt Field at 5 P.M. and travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on in-state rival Ohio State (0-2) at Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday (Sept. 4) at 3 P.M.

Sept. 2, UC Davis (0-1) at Ohio (1-1) | 5 P.M. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio.
Sept. 5, Ohio at Ohio State l 3 P.M. ET l Buckeye Varsity Field l Columbus, Ohio l Live Stats

The Bobcats will host a free field hockey clinic for kids of all ages after the match against UC Davis (Sept. 2). The clinic will last one hour and will include an autograph session and a bounce house.


The Bobcats went 1-1 (.500) during the opening weekend of the 2016 season. Ohio won the first of two home matches 4-2 against Saint Francis last Friday (Aug. 26), followed by a tough, 3-2 overtime loss to Indiana last Sunday (Aug. 28)

The Bobcats were led by two goals from freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) and a goal apiece from junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) in Ohio’s win over Saint Francis.

Sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) assisted on Keen’s first goal and added another on Ballard’s goal. Senior Hannah Kingsbury also assisted on Keen’s goal and Ballard tallied the lone assist on Russell’s goal.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) came up big in the cage stopping four of the Red Flash’s six shots on net.

Ohio took the match from Saint Francis despite losing the shot battle 10-7 and having fewer penalty corners, 8-2.


Ohio scored six goals in its first two matches. The Bobcats scored six goals in their first three games during the 2015 season.

Keen scored two goals in her debut for Ohio against Saint Francis.

Ballard doubled her 2015 goal total scoring a goal in each game of the opening weekend.

Russell and Buchanan added a goal apiece in the opening weekend for the Bobcats.

Neil Macmillan is at the helm for his 12th season at Ohio in 2016. The Portsmouth, England, native sports an all-time record of 123-103 (.544) and has coached the Bobcats to four MAC titles, 2006, '07, '09 and '11, during his tenure. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and is just one win away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.

The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the conference standings in the 2015 MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as voted on by the conferences’ head coaches, the league office announced on Aug. 16. Ohio received 24 points, including one first-place vote in the pole.

Miami was picked to finish first with 38 points while Kent State was voted second with 37 points, with each school receiving three first-place votes.

Longwood, Missouri State, Central Michigan and Ball State rounded out the poll.

Miami and Kent State each received three votes to win the MAC Championship with Ohio receiving one vote to take the title.

The Aggies are led by head coach Chrissy Kilroe. Kilroe is in her first season with UC Davis. She helped lead Ohio State to a 2010 Big Ten Championship as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

The Aggies were tabbed to finish in a tie for third in the west division in the 2016 America East Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

UC Davis lost its opening match of the season last Friday (Aug 26.) to Northeastern 3-0 at home.

During the 2015 season, UC Davis finished eighth in the America East in scoring average (1.58) and in shutouts (1), and sixth in goals against average (2.56) and shots (241).
The Aggies look to replace their leading scorer from the 2015 season, Jamie Garcia. Garcia led the aggies in points (20) and goals (9) last season. UC Davis also looks to replace its assist leader, Hannah Drawbridge, from last season. Drawbridge tallied seven assists in 20 games during the 2015 season.


Ohio is 6-16-1 (.260) against Ohio State since the NCAA era began in 1981.

The Bobcats suffered a tough loss to the Buckeyes last season in Columbus, when Ohio State capitalized on two yellow card penalties to take the match 3-2.

Anne Wilkinson leads the Buckeyes for her 21st season as the head coach of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State started the 2016 campaign with a pair of road losses to the No. 14-ranked Delaware Blue Hens. The Buckeyes were outshot 40-18 and outscored 11-5 in their opening weekend road trip to Newark, Del.

Junior forward/midfielder Maddie Humphrey continued her offensive prowess from the 2015 season into the 2016 campaign. Humphrey scored two goals, one in each game, against Delaware. Humphrey tallied 10 goals and four assists in 2015 en route to being Ohio State’s second leading scorer during the 2015 season.

Despite having Humphrey back on offense, the Buckeyes look to replace their leading scorer from the 2015 season,, Peanut Johnson. Johnson lead the Buckeyes with 12 goals, a career-high and good for fourth in the Big Ten Conference, and five assists, good for first on  the team. She also garnered first team All-Big Ten, first team All-West Region and third team All-American honors for the 2015 season. Johnson scored two of the three Buckeye goals in their 3-2 win over the Bobcats last season.

Here's a look at the 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. North Carolina 915 (16)
2. Syracuse 898 (25)
3. Connecticut 818 (3)
4. Duke 758
5. Virginia 746 (2)
6. Maryland 688 (2)
7. Wake Forest 579
8. Boston College 521
9. Albany 503
10. Michigan 491
11. Stanford 448
12. Louisville 404
13. Liberty 306
14. Delaware 297
15. Princeton 282
16. Northwestern 242
17. Boston University 219
18. Penn State 199
19. James Madison 175
20. Old Dominion 130

“They have a new coach, someone who knows Ohio very well. She was at Ohio State for a while. They’ll be well versed on us and we will have to do our scouting on them.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on UC Davis head coach Chrissy Kilgore being familiar with Ohio

"Always a good rivalry. Every game I can remember the last few years has been a one-goal game one way or another.” –Macmillan on Ohio State

Ohio is scheduled to play a trio of matches next week. The Bobcats will play a pair of matches at Bauer Field Hockey Complex in Piscataway, N.J. against Rutgers on Thursday (Sept. 8) and Cornell on Friday (Sept. 9). Ohio’s final match of the week is against Towson on Sunday (Sept. 11) in Towson, Md., at Johnny Unitas Stadium.


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