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@OhioFieldHockey Set To Host Missouri State, Travel To No. 17 Wake Forest

@OhioFieldHockey Set To Host Missouri State, Travel To No. 17 Wake Forest

Oct. 6, 2016

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (4-6, 1-0 MAC) continues Mid-American Conference play as it hosts Missouri State (1-7, 0-1 MAC) on Friday (Oct. 7) at Pruitt Field before traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 17 Wake Forest on Sunday (Oct. 9).

WEEK 7 SCHEDULE
Oct. 7, Ohio (4-6, 0-0 MAC) vs. Missouri State (1-7, 0-1 MAC) | 5 P.M. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio l Gametracker
Oct. 9, Ohio at No. 17 Wake Forest l 1 P.M. ET l Kentner Stadium l Winston-Salem, N.C. l Gametracker

BOBCATS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY WITH A WIN
The Ohio field hockey team defeated Central Michigan, 4-3, in overtime last Sunday (Sept. 25) to open MAC play with a victory at Pruitt Field. The win marked back-to-back overtime victories for Ohio.

Ohio saw goals scored in regulation scored by sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas), Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) assisted by senior Kristen Buchannan (San Diego, Calif.), and freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) netted her fifth goal of the season assisted by graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England)

In overtime, Kho fired a shot toward goal and junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) tipped into the back of the cage for the game-winning goal. The goal was her fifth of the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton Area, Pa.) made eight saves and picked up her second win of the season.

TRIO OF BOBCATS RECORD SEASON FIRSTS AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Eggleston scored her first goal of the 2016 season.

Kho recorded her first goal and first assist of the season in the match.

Milton recorded her first assist of the season.

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.

ASSISTS ALL-AROUND
The Bobcats have had eight players contribute assists on goals this season. 

Eggleston leads Ohio with four helpers this season, she has five for her career, and sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) has assisted on three goals this season to give her four career helpers at Ohio.

Four Bobcats, senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), Keen, Buchanan, and Russell, each have a pair of assists during the 2016 campaign. Kinsgbury and Buchanan have tallied 10 career helpers each, while Keen has two for her career and Russell has contributed three helpers in her career.

Sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) and Milton have a helper a piece this season and one each during their time at Ohio.

Ohio ranks fourth in the MAC with 15 assists this season.

BOBCATS TOUGH IN THE CAGE
Redshirt senior Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) has made 37 saves this season. She has made 127 during her Ohio career.

Pennington has made 16 stops this season, and has totaled 24 for her career.

BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC PRESEASON POLL
The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the conference standings in the 2016 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.

MISSOURI STATE SCOUTING REPORT (1-7, 0-1 MAC)
This marks the 35th match between Ohio and Missouri State with Ohio leading the series 24-10. Ohio has won eight of the last 10 matches against Missouri State.

The Bears are led by first-year head coach Catherine Ostoich.

Missouri State is led offensively by redshirt senior Liz Young and junior Bianca Mills. Each has tallied three goals and a pair of assists this season. Junior Andre Soler Codina and redshirt senior Brynne Satre have each contributed three assists this season with Satre also tallying two goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Feli Heinzel has appeared in cage for seven matches for Missouri State this season. Heinzel has made 37 saves this season while posting a 1-5 record.

No. 17 WAKE FOREST SCOUTING REPORT (5-5, 0-4 ACC)
This marks the eight match between Wake Forest and Ohio. Wake Forest leads the all-time series 2-5-1. The pair have split the previous two meetings, Wake Forest winning in Athens in 2014 and Ohio winning at Wake Forest in 2012.

Jennifer Averill is in her 25th season at the helm of the Demon Deacons. She has led Wake Forest to the NCAA tournament 15 times.

The Wake Forest offense is led by freshman forward Nicola Pluta. Pluta leads Wake Forest with 11 goals this and has recorded three assists. Pluta is eighth in NCAA Division I field hockey in goals per game (1.10).

Sophomore goalkeeper Cat O’Connor has appeared in all 10 games for Wake Forest. O’Connor has made 37 saves this season and is 5-5 with one shutout, against then-ranked No. 10 Michigan.

IN THE POLLS
Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll: 
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Connecticut (11-0) 952 (29)
2. Duke (10-1) 921 (9)
3. North Carolina (9-2) 906 (9)
4. Syracuse (10-1) 871 (3)
5. Penn State (11-1) 788
6. Northwestern (10-2) 732
7. Maryland (8-3) 668
8. Louisville (10-2) 634
9. Delaware (10-2) 566
10. Michigan (7-4) 493
Virginia (8-4) 493
12. Princeton (6-4) 473
13. Old Dominion (6-4) 338
14. Boston College (4-6) 281
15. Boston University (7-4) 280
16. Iowa (7-5) 222
17. Wake Forest (5-5) 221
18. Stanford (5-4) 187
19. Albany (7-4) 111
20. American (7-3) 93

QUOTABLE
“They (Missouri State) do a great job and they are well organized defensively. It took Miami a long time to break them down and that’s going to be our main focus this week, to generate an attack in that style of play.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan

“We saw a little bit of them (Wake Forest) at Ohio State and we have watched them on film as well and like anyone, if you can put them under pressure you can be successful. We need to figure out how best to do that.” – Macmillan

“Four weeks ago to now we are a completely different team.” – Junior Maria Russell on where the team has come since the beginning of the season.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will be on the road for a pair of MAC matches next week. Ohio travels to Muncie, Ind. To take on Ball State next Thursday (Oct. 13, before traveling to Farmville, Va. to play Longwood next Sunday (Oct. 16). The matchup with Ball State is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET with the Longwood match scheduled to being at noon ET.

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