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@OhioFieldHockey Travels East For A Trio of Matches

@OhioFieldHockey Travels East For A Trio of Matches

Sept. 7, 2016

 

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ATHENS, Ohio
-- The Ohio field hockey team (1-3) travels east for a trio of games this week. The Bobcats start the week off with a pair of games in Piscataway N.J., with a road game against Big Ten Conference foe Rutgers on Thursday (Sept. 8) at 3 p.m. and a neutral site game against IVY League opponent Cornell (2-0) on Friday (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m. Ohio then travels to Towson, Md., for a showdown with Colonial Athletic Conference foe Towson at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 11).

WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
Sept. 8, Ohio (1-3) at Rutgers (2-2) | 3 P.M. ET | Bauer Field Hockey Complex | Piscataway, N.J. l Gametracker
Sept. 9, Ohio at Cornell (2-0) l 5 P.M. ET l Bauer Field Hockey Complex l Piscataway, N.J. l
Sept. 11, Ohio at Towson l 12 P.M. ET l Johnny Unitas Stadium l Towson, Md. l Live Stats l Watch

BOBCATS DROP PAIR OF MATCHES DURING WEEK 2
Ohio started out the week with UC Davis at home last Friday (Sept. 2). The Bobcats fell short to the Aggies 3-0.

Ohio outshot UC Davis in the match 13-10.Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) lead the Bobcats in shots with six shots, including two on goal.

The Bobcats lost their first road match of the year 3-0 to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) made five saves in the match. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) saw her first action of the season when she relieved Trucco in the second half. Pennington also recorded her first save of the season.

MACMILLAN RETURNS FOR 12th SEASON
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.

BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC PRESEASON POLL

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.

RUTGERS SCOUTING REPORT (2-2, 0-0 BIG TEN)
The Red Knights are led by fifth-year head coach Meredith Civico.
Rutgers is 2-2 (.500) on the season. Both losses came on the road against Bucknell (Aug. 26) 2-0 and a loss to then-ranked No. 5 Virginia 3-2 in overtime last Friday (Sept. 2). The Red Knights scored a victory at home against VCU and collected a road victory against William & Mary last Sunday (Sept. 4).

A player to watch from Rutgers is sophomore midfielder Linde van Schaik. As a freshman, she was named Second Team All-Mid Atlantic Region and Second Team All-Big Ten, while starting all 18 games and tallying two goals and assists during the 2015 season. This season she has two goals, matching her total from last season, and an assist while starting in all four games this season for Rutgers.

CORNELL SCOUTING REPORT (2-0, 0-0 IVY LEAGUE)
Donna Hornibrook is in her 13th season at the helm of the Cornell field hockey team.

Cornell is 2-0 (1.000) this season defeating their opponents by a combined 9-0.

The Big Red offense has been led by a trio of contributors this season. Krysten Meyers has two goals and two assists, Kate Fitzpatrick has tallied three goals and Elizabeth Horak has tallied two goals this season for Cornell.

The Cornell defense has been stout during the 2016 season allowing just six shots, three on net, in its two games this season. The Big Red defense has stepped since losing defender Marisa Siergiej to graduation after last season. Siergiej was a two-time unanimous First-team All-Ivy honoree, a two-time First-team All-Mideast Region All-American, three-time Cornell defensive MVP, was named to the 2015 ECAC Field Hockey All-Star first team and was the 2015 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Siergiej also started 66 of the 67 games she played in her career for the Big Red.

TOWSON SCOUTING REPORT (0-4, 0-0 CAA)
Carly Campana is in her fourth season as the Towson field hockey head coach.

The Tigers have struggled this year on both sides of the pitch. Towson has been outscored 17-0 in its four games and has been outshot 101-5 in those four matches.

These struggles are a continuation from the 2015 season. Towson had a record of 2-16, including 0-6 in CAA conference play. The Tigers scored 17 goals in their 18 games last season. They were outshot 490-101 by opponents last season.

IN THE POLLS
Here's a look at the 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Sept. 6 Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Syracuse 788 (25) 
2. Duke 712 (1)   
3. North Carolina 707 (7)    
4. Connecticut 697    
5. Penn State 590 (8)    
6. Michigan 501    
7. Maryland 465   
8. Louisville 438    
9. Wake Forest 436    
10. Delaware 401    
11. Virginia 362   
12. Albany 338   
13. Boston University 298   
14. Stanford 265
15. Old Dominion 242    
16. Princeton 205  
17. Northwestern 200  
18. Boston College 192   
19. Iowa 159   
20. Maine 156   

QUOTABLE
“It is certainly going to be a challenge playing three games in four days, but it’s not unlike tournament time when you challenge yourself. It will be a measure of our fitness and how we are able to adapt from one game to the next.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan

“I am looking to see us play a complete game of hockey. We are trying to do things that will make us more dynamic and aggressive going forward.” – Macmillan on what he wants to see from his team this week

UP NEXT
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.

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