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@OhioFieldHockey Travels To Ball State, Longwood For #MACtion

@OhioFieldHockey Travels To Ball State, Longwood For #MACtion

Oct. 12, 2016

 

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (5-7, 2-0 MAC) continues Mid-American Conference play as it goes on the road for a pair of conference matches against Ball State (6-7, 1-1 MAC) on Thursday (Oct. 13) and Longwood (6-7, 0-3 MAC) on Sunday (Oct. 16).

WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
Oct. 13, Ohio (5-7, 2-0 MAC) at Ball State (6-7, 1-1 MAC) | 3 P.M. ET | BSU Turf Field | Muncie, Ind. l Live Stats
Oct. 16, Ohio at Longwood l 12 P.M. ET l Athletics Complex l Farmville, Va. l Live Stats

OHIO SPLITS PAIR OF MATCHES IN WEEK 7
The Bobcats toppled Missouri State, 3-1, in last Friday (Oct. 7) at Pruitt Field.
After giving up the first goal to Missouri State early in the match, Ohio scored three unanswered goals. Sophomore Kendall Ballard tallied the first two scores for the Bobcats. The first goal was scored of a penalty corner assisted by freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) and graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) and Ballard’s second goal came off a penalty stroke. She is for two for two on penalty strokes this season. Freshman Karynee Baker (Falls Church, Va.) sealed the deal for Ohio, scoring the third goal, asissted by Milton, late in the second half to buffer Ohio to the 3-1 victory. The match was Ballard's third multi-goal match of the season.

Wake Forest took down Ohio, 6-1, last Sunday (Oct. 9) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ballard tallied the lone goal for the Bobcats, her 10th goal of the season, by beating three Wake Forest defenders before firing the shot from right arc of the D.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) made seven saves during the weekend, while going 1-1 in the two matches.

BOBCAT RECORDS SEASON FIRST AGAINST MISSOURI STATE
Baker scored the first goal of her Bobcat career against the Bears. Baker’s goal marked the 10th different Bobcat to tally a goal this season. Ohio had 10 different players score a goal during the 2015 campaign.

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.

Sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Tx.) leads Ohio with four helpers this season, she has five for her career,

Ballard, Milton and Keen have assisted on three goals this season. Ballard has four for her career, while Kenn and Milton each have three during their time at Ohio.

Three Bobcats, senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.), and junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio), each have a pair of assists during the 2016 campaign. Kinsgbury and Buchanan have tallied 10 career helpers each, while Russell has contributed three helpers in her career.

Sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) has one helper this season and for her career.

Ohio ranks fourth in the MAC with 21 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 23 stops this season, and has totaled 31 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.

BALL STATE SCOUTING REPORT (6-7, 1-1 MAC)
This will be the 73rd match between Ohio and Ball State. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 38-34 and won a match a nonconference match against the Cardinals earlier this season.
The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Christy Longacre.

Ball State has been outscored 32-18 and outshot 212-82 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 (91), goals scored per match (1.38) and goals (18) in the MAC. The Cardinals are seventh in the MAC in shots per game (6.31).

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 three 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. Mooney has also recorded two assists this season.

LONGWOOD SCOUTING REPORT (6-7, 0-3 MAC)
This will be the fourth meeting between the Lancers and the Bobcats. Ohio leads the series 2-1.

Longwood is led by 12th-year head coach Iain Byers.

Longwood is tied for the MAC lead in goals (36), fifth in goals allowed (35), third in shots (179), and second in assists (26).

The Lancers are led by junior Edel Nyland and sophomore Leonie Verstraete. Nyland has tallied 13 goals this, while Verstarete has netted 12 and each has five assists this season.

Longwood senior goalkeeper Lauren Bernard has played every minute in net for Longwood this season. Bernard has made 63 saves and has one shutout this season.

IN THE POLLS
Here's a look at the latest 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll:
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. Connecticut (13-0)  759 (18)   
2. Syracuse (12-1)   752 (11)  
3. North Carolina (11-2)  705 (6)   
4. Duke (11-2)   702 (5)   
5. Penn State (12-1)  609    
6. Maryland (10-3)  573   
7. Louisville (11-3)  509       
8. Delaware (12-2)  500    
9. Northwestern (10-4)  449    
10. Virginia(8-5)   431   
11. Princeton (7-5)   366    
12. Michigan (8-5)   354    
13. Boston College (6-6)  324   
14. Boston University (8-4)  206    
15. Stanford (7-4)   198   
16. Iowa (9-5)   182   
17. Albany (9-4)   168    
Wake Forest (6-5)  168    
19. Old Dominion (6-6)  130    
20. American (8-4)   69   

QUOTABLE
“Their (Ball State) style is fairly similar watching their few games. They are playing a very similar game of hockey. I think it will different playing at their place and being a MAC game it brings added intensity to it.” – 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on the Ball State matchup

“She (Longwood junior Edel Nyland) has got the ability to put the ball in all corners of the goal. She is fast. She knows where to move behind the defense.” – Macmillan on Longwood junior Edel Nyland

UP NEXT
Ohio hosts Kent State in a MAC matchup next Friday (Oct. 21) for senior day, before heading to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Big Ten Conference foe Michigan State next Sunday (Oct. 23).

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