Score: Ohio 1, Longwood 2
Records: Ohio (3-9, 1-3 MAC), Longwood (10-2, 3-0 MAC)
Location: Athens, Ohio
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (3-9, 1-3 MAC) suffered a tough, hard-fought 2-1 loss to MAC-opponent Longwood (10-2, 3-0 MAC) on a warm Friday evening (Oct. 6) to open homecoming weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first few minutes of the period, the Bobcats had two shots on goal but were unable to score.
- The Lacers would strike first on a goal from Charlotte Wilm (Dusseldorf, Germany) in the 18th minute to give Longwood a 1-0 lead.
- On a penalty corner earned just before the first period, Longwood's Leonie Verstraete (Utrecht, Netherlands) would score, giving Longwood a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
- Both squads would record 2 shots in the first half while the Lacers would tally two penalty corners compared to none for Ohio.
- For the majority of the second half, the Bobcats maintained control of the ball but found limited success in scoring.
- The Bobcats had two corners in the second half but were unable to score either time.
- Ohio would call a timeout with 10:39 left in the game.
- With under 2 minutes remaining, Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) would score on a combination from Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) to Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) shortening the Bobcat's deficit and making it a 2-1 game.
- With just seconds remaining on the clock, Russell would break away from the pack, narrowly missing the goal to tie the game.
- After 70 minutes of play, the Bobcats fell 2-1 to the Lacers.
- Ohio would outshoot the Lacers 6-5 and both teams would record two shots on goal for the entirety of the game.
- Russell would lead the way in shots for Ohio with four on the match.
- Ballard and Warren would each record one shot on the game.
- Ballard and Baker would each earn a single assist on the match.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would not record a save, allowing two goals on the game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats and the Lacers are now 3-2, with Longwood leading the series.
Senior, Maria Russel:
On scoring the only goal
When that was happening, all I was thinking was, 'This just needs to go in'. And I saw it bouncing and bouncing. It went past Baker first, and then Kendall, and then I stepped into it and heard the backboard. I freaked out."
On the last shot
So coach drills into our head 'Pull right, pull right, pull right'. If there's room, you pull right—so all I'm thinking, 'This goalie is coming out at me, I'm going to pull right' and then when I shot, it just barely skimmed the post. It eats me up inside; it really kills me.
On the mentality going into the game
"We knew that they were good and that they were going to swarm us. So we knew coming in that they were going to have pressure on us and that we were going to have to pass and move, pass and move throughout the whole game. We had a little 'preview' of it—we've watched film."
Head coach Neil Macmillian:
On the performance in the first half
"The first half was pretty even, I felt. We gave them some chances, yes, but I thought we had a few, not enough, chances in the first half. The second half, we started really well. The first five-ten minutes we were mostly down at their end. When the urgency was there and we changed formation a little bit and when we were a bit more aggressive, that gave us the opportunity to really put the pressure on in the last five minutes: scored one and hit the outside of the goal on the other."
On the urgency after the timeout/response to the pep talk
"Yeah, I thought that was evident in how we played. We created, what, three shots in the last five minutes? We intercepted the ball out of the backfield. Yeah, we gave up a little bit of territory at one point, but we turned that around and got it down the field quickly. We did a really did a good job of fighting for that last opportunity and we came very close to coming."
On Maria Russell
"She's playing better now than she was earlier in the year, without question. It's not just putting the ball in. Her play in the press is great, her idea of where we need to be, defending lines, she's doing a good job all around."
On the physicality of the game
"I was really proud of how we fought through that. I think it was a physical game. I think it was physical both ways and the umpires let us play, so it was probably more like a game of rugby than hockey at times. But they weren't calling things either direction and both teams played to the whistle, that's a tribute to both squads. What the umpires allow you to do; you get away with it, right? It's part of the sport. I think the key thing with that is that I was really, really proud of how we continued to fight and continued to play despite it being physical. That's not something I've seen out of this team consistently in the past but it was here consistently today."