CLEVELAND -- Ohio field hockey sophomore Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors while junior Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) received Second Team recognition, as announced by the league office on Thursday (Nov. 3).
Ballard earns First All-MAC honors for the first time in her career, after reeling in Second Team honors as a freshman in 2015. Russell earned her second career all-conference honor as she earned 2015 First Team All-MAC honors.
Ballard followed up her freshman season with a strong sophomore season in 2016. During the 2016 campaign, Ballard led Ohio in goals (12), points (28), shots (55) and shots on goal (31) while being second on the squad in assists with four. These were all career-highs for the sophomore, as Ballard was fourth in goals in the MAC and fifth in points while playing in 16 matches and starting in all 16.
Ballard has 13 career goals and five career assists.
Russell finished in a tie for second on Ohio with six goals and was second on the squad in shots on goal with 15. Russell also ranked third on the team in shots (21) and points (14) while adding two assists to bring her career total to three. Russell played and started in all 17 of Ohioâs matches this season.
Russell has 20 career goals through her junior season.
Ohioâs season came to an end after failing to make the MAC Championship. The Bobcats finished the season in a three-way tie for the third and fourth seeds with Ball State and Longwood, but lost the tie on goal differential.