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@OhioFieldHockey Gets Set To Take On Villanova

@OhioFieldHockey Gets Set To Take On Villanova

Sept. 17, 2016

 

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (2-5) goes on a brief one-game road trip as they travel to Conshohocken, Pa., to take on Big East foe Villanova (0-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) on Sunday (Sept. 18).

WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Sept. 18, Ohio (2-5, 0-0 MAC) at Villanova (0-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) | 1 P.M. ET | Proving Grounds | Conshohocken, Pa.

OHIO GOES 1-2 DURING WEEK 4 ROADTRIP
The Bobcats dropped their opening two matches in Piscataway, N.J., to Rutgers 7-4 last Thursday (Sept. 8) and Cornell 2-1 last Friday (Sept. 9).

Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) scored a pair of goals against a Rutgers with Junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.) adding a goal each during the loss.

Ballard scored the lone goal for Ohio against Cornell, her third of the weekend, with about one minute left in the 2-1 loss to the Big Red.

Ohio topped Towson in Towson, Md., last Sunday (Sept. 11) 2-1.

Russell started the scoring in the 20th minute with her second goal of the weekend.

The Bobcats held the Tigers scoreless until 55th minute when Devon Hake leveled the game at 1-1.

Ohio took the lead with 5 minutes left in the match when freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) netted her third goal of the season off a pass from Russell.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill) made a key save just minute later to preserve the win for Ohio.

MACMILLAN BECOMES WINNINGEST COACH IN OHIO FIELD HOCKEY HISTORY
Neil Macmillan is at the helm for his 12th season at Ohio in 2016. The Portsmouth, England, native sports earned his 124th career win on Sunday (Sept. 11) at Towson to become the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history. He has coached the Bobcats to four MAC titles, 2006, '07, '09 and '11, during his tenure. Macmillan is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey.

SCORING UP
Ohio has scored 13 goals in seven matches this season.

Ballard leads the Bobcats with five goals this season.

Keen and Russell have netted three goals apiece this season for Ohio.

Kingsbury and senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) have also scored a goal each for the Bobcats.

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.

VILLANOVA SCOUTING REPORT (0-7, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Villanova is led by head coach Joanie Milhous, who is entering her 22nd season at the helm of the Wildcats. Milhaus is a two-time Big East Coach of the Year winning the award in 1999 and 2005.

The Wildcats have been outscored 33-10 in their seven losses this season. Villanova has played one ranked team this season, a 3-0 loss to then-ranked No. 6 Michigan (Sept. 10). The Wildcats have also lost to MAC opponents this season, 4-0 to Kent St. (Aug. 27) and 4-3 against Longwood (Sept. 2). The Wildcats are giving up 4.71 goals per game.

The Wildcats are lead in net by sophomore goalkeeper Erika Miller. Miller has played in all seven of Villanova’s games this season making 48 saves. Miller was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for the week of September 12th when she made a career-high 13 saves in a 3-0 loss to then-ranked No. 6 Michigan.

Junior Francesca Bello was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Bello is the Wildcats second-leading scorer this season with eight points, including two goals and a team-leading four assists.

IN THE POLLS

Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Syracuse (6-0) (31)  
2. Duke (6-0)  (2)   
3. North Carolina (5-1)  (6)    
4. Penn State (5-0) (7)   
5. Connecticut (5-0) 
6. Louisville (6-0)  
7. Maryland (4-2)  
8. Michigan (4-1)  
9. Boston University (6-0) 
10. Princeton (3-1)   
11. Wake Forest (3-2) 
12. Delaware (4-2)  
13. Old Dominion (4-1)
14. Virginia (3-3) 
15. Northwestern (4-2)
16. Iowa (5-1)  
17. Albany (3-3) 
18. Boston College (2-3) 
19. Stanford (1-4)
20. Maine (5-1)  

QUOTABLE
“It’s funny because it’s not really the focus. The focus was trying to win a game.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on becoming the winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history

“We need to do a better job of creating opportunities for ourselves, which we did against Towson, and we also need to restrict their opportunities.” – Macmillan

UP NEXT
After playing the last five games on the road, the Bobcats return home next Sunday (Sept. 25) to take on Ball State in a non-conference showdown at Pruitt Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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