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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey team (6-10, 3-2 MAC) travels to Oxford, Ohio, to take on Miami (10-7, 4-1 MAC) in its Mid-American Conference and regular season finale on Saturday (Oct. 29) in search of a MAC tournament berth.
WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Oct. 29, Ohio (6-10, 3-2 MAC) at Miami (10-7, 4-1 MAC) | 12:30 P.M. ET | Field Hockey Complex | Oxford, Ohio l GameTracker
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio dropped a pair of matches last week falling at home last Friday (Oct. 21) to Kent State 2-1 in double overtime on Senior Day and to Michigan State on the road last Sunday (Oct. 23), 2-1.
Kent State took an early 1-0 led, but graduate student Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England) would tally a goal during a scramble in front of the cage and the match would go to overtime.
In the first overtime period of play, junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) fired a shot of the post and Kent cleared the ball. At the end of the period, sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) made four saves on five Kent State penalty corner opportunities for Ohio to send it to a second overtime.
Kent State scored the game winner in the second overtime off a rebound to win 2-1.
In the match against Michigan State, freshman Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia) netted her sixth goal of the season, assisted by sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), in the loss to the Spartans.
Pennington made 10 saves in the match.
CAREER WEEKEND FOR PENNINGTON
Pennington made a career game-high 17 saves against Kent State. The performance also marked the most saves made by a MAC goalie in a match this season.
MAC TOURNAMENT STANDINGS AND SCENARIOS
SCHOOL MAC OVERALL
Kent State 6-0 11-6
Miami 4-1 10-7
Ball State 3-3 8-10
Ohio 3-2 6-10
Longwood 2-3 8-8
Missouri State 1-4 3-11
C. Michigan 0-6 2-16
Kent State, Miami, and Ball State have all clinched berths in the MAC Field Hockey Tournament. Ohio clichÃ©s a berth with a victory over Miami or Missouri State win over Longwood. Both matches are being played Saturday (Oct. 29). An Ohio win over Miami would give the Bobcats the second seed in the tournament. The Bobcats are scheduled to start at 12:30 in Oxford, Ohio, with Missouri State and Longwood scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
If a three-way tie occurs between Ball State, Longwood, and Ohio, the Bobcats would lose the tiebreaker on goal differential in the matches played between the three teams.
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 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.
The Bobcats have had nine players contribute assists on goals this season.
Sophomore Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) leads Ohio with five helpers this season, while Milton, Ballard and Keen have assisted on four goals this season.
Three Bobcats, senior Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), senior Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.), and Russell, each have a pair of assists during the 2016 campaign. Kingsbury and Buchanan have tallied 10 career helpers each, and Russell has contributed three helpers in her career.
Sophomore Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) and junior Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario)
have a helper a piece this season.
Ohio ranks fourth in the MAC with 25 assists this season.
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.
MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT (10-7, 4-1 MAC)
This will be the 68th meeting between Miami and Ohio. Ohio trails in the all-time series 30-37.
The Redhawks are led by sixth-year head coach Inako Puzo.
Miami is led on offense by sophomore Paula Portugal and senior Carla Romagosa. Portugal has tallied 14 goals, second in the MAC, and recorded two assists, while Romagosa has netted five goals and assisted on 11 goals, first in the MAC, this season.
Senior goalkeeper Alysa Xavier has played every minute in the cage for Miami this season. Xavier has recorded six shutouts and has allowed 31 goals in 17 games 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. Duke (14-2) 822
2. Syracuse (13-2) 779
3. Connecticut (16-1) 721
Maryland (13-3) 721
5. North Carolina (13-4) 694
6. Penn State (13-2) 617
7. Louisville (15-3) 585
8. Virginia (11-6) 506
9. Delaware (15-2) 503
10. Northwestern (11-6) 389
11. Michigan (10-6) 380
12. Boston College (9-7) 352
13. Princeton (9-6) 327
14. Boston University (10-5) 299
15. Iowa (11-6) 251
16. Harvard (10-4) 206
17. Stanford (9-5) 173
18. Wake Forest (8-7) 147
19. Albany (12-5) 112
20. American (11-5) 67
âIt makes for a good game. Either team wouldnât want it to be any other way than to play a meaningful game against your rival during the last week of the season.â â 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on the rivalry game and implications of the match
âIt was our best game of the year.â â Macmillan on the match against Kent State
The MAC Tournament semifinals are scheduled to begin next Friday (Nov. 4).