ATHENS, Ohio -- Redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) was named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year, as announced by the league today (Nov. 6). Ballard and junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) were named to the All-MAC First Team, while junior Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) was named to the All-MAC Second Team.
Ballard led Ohio's offensive attack this season, leading the team in goals with eight, while also putting the most shots on net, tallying 34. Ballard scored both the regulation and overtime goals in the 2-1 win against Big Ten opponent Indiana on Oct. 20. She also tied senior Brittany Keen for the team lead in assists with five. Ballard ranked second in the conference in shots (60), second in shots on goal, fourth in goals, fourth in assists and second in points (21). This is Ballard's first MAC Offensive Player of the Year Award and her third All-MAC First Team selection. She becomes the first Bobcat to garner MAC Player of the Year honors since Luli Gomez Teruel in 2013.
Warren played an important role for Ohio on the offensive and defensive sides of the field, tying for second on the team in goals with five while leading Ohio in defensive saves with three. Warren was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24 for the huge spark she provided the Bobcats in their come-from-behind win against Appalachian State on Sept. 20. She scored two goals in the 6-5 win, including the match-winner in the last minute of regulation.
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After an impressive 2018 campaign, Shive continued to dominate the competition with another strong season in 2019. She tied for second on the team with five goals, while also ranking second on the squad in shots on goal with 22. Shive tallied the first goal against Miami since 2013 in a close loss to the RedHawks in a penalty shootout.
Offenses beware. Don't mess with Jillian or she'll make you pay. ���� pic.twitter.com/mSpSytv10u— Ohio Field Hockey (@OhioFieldHockey) October 25, 2019
Shive also tallied two goals at Pruitt Field against Ball State on Oct. 18.
No. 3-seeded Ohio (8-7, 4-2 MAC) will take on either No. 6-seeded Appalachian State (9-8, 1-5 MAC) or No. 7-seeded Central Michigan (2-16, 0-6 MAC) in the 2019 MAC Championship Quarterfinals on Thursday (Nov. 7) at 1:30 p.m. ET at Miami University Field Hockey Field in Oxford, Ohio. The Mountaineers and the Chippewas are set to square off in the first round of the MAC Championship on Wednesday (Nov. 6) at noon ET. The winner of Thursday's quarterfinal match will meet No. 2-seeded Miami in the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 8) at 2:30 p.m. ET. The 2019 MAC Championship Final is set for Saturday (Nov. 9) at 2 p.m. ET.