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@OhioFieldHockey Prepares To Take On Ball State

@OhioFieldHockey Prepares To Take On Ball State

Sept. 24, 2016

 

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (2-6, 0-0 MAC) returns home for the first time since Sept. 2 to take on Ball State (4-5, 0-1 MAC) in a nonconference match on Sunday (Sept. 25) at Pruitt Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Sept. 25, Ohio (2-6, 0-0 MAC) vs. Ball State (4-5, 0-1 MAC) | 1 P.M. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio l Gametracker

OHIO FALLS TO VILLANOVA
The Bobcats played just one match last week, traveling to Villanova last Sunday (Sept. 18). Ohio scored three goals, but fell to Villanova 5-3.

 

Sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) scored a pair of goals in the match, with Junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) adding a third goal, with senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.) adding an assist on Russell’s goal.

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 at Towson (Sept. 19) 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 16 goals in eight matches this season, matching its total through eight matches last season.

Ballard leads the Bobcats with seven goals this season.Russell has tallied four goals for the Bobcats.

 

Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) has netted three goals 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.

BALL STATE SCOUTING REPORT (4-5, 0-1 MAC)
This will be the 72nd match between Ohio and Ball State. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 37-34.

 

The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Christy Longacre.

Ball State has been outscored 23-11 and outshot 154-61 in nine games this season. Ball State has faced three ranked opponents this season , then-ranked No. 17 Northwestern (Sept. 9), then-ranked No. 4 Penn State (Sept. 17) and then-ranked No. 16 Iowa (Sept. 18).

 

The Cardinals were picked to finish last in the Mid-American Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

 

Ball State is fifth in shots (54), goals scored per match (1.25) and goals (11) in the MAC. The Cardinals are sixth in the MAC in shots per game (6.75).

The Cardinals are led by seniors Lexi Kavanaugh and Mikalya Mooney. Kavanaugh was named to All-MAC Second Team for the 2015 season. Kavanaugh has not missed a game for Ball State during her career. Kavanaugh has netted two goals and recorded three assists this season.

 

Mooney is Ball State’s leading scorer. Mooney has tallied four goals on 14 shots, four of which have been on goal.

IN THE POLLS

Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll: 
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Syracuse (7-0) 834 (25)
2. Duke (8-0) 822 (12)
3. Connecticut (7-0) 782 (4)
4. Penn State (8-0) 757 (3)
5. North Carolina (6-2) 692
6. Maryland (5-2) 601
7. Louisville (7-1) 569
8. Michigan (6-1) 544
9. Boston College (4-3) 444
Boston University (7-0) 444
11. Northwestern (6-2) 413
12. Delaware (6-2) 352
13. Princeton (3-2) 348
14. Wake Forest (4-3) 299
15. Iowa (6-2) 270
16. Virginia (4-4) 239
17. Old Dominion (4-3) 237
18. Stanford (2-4) 112
19. Maine (6-2) 103
20. Albany (4-3) 99

QUOTABLE
“Our play in terms of scoring goals and conceding goals has not been where it needs to be. I think those are areas that we look at and focus in on.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on where the team can improve

 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats kick off conference play at home next Friday (Sept. 30) when they play host to Central Michigan at Pruitt Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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