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@OhioFieldHockey Opens 2016 At Home Against Saint Francis, Indiana

@OhioFieldHockey Opens 2016 At Home Against Saint Francis, Indiana

Aug. 25, 2016


ATHENS, Ohio --
 The Ohio field hockey team is set to host a pair of matches on the opening weekend of the 2016 season, welcoming Saint Francis and Indiana to Pruitt Field.

The Bobcats will battle the Red Flash in the season opener on Friday (Aug. 26) at 1 p.m. ET. The second match of the season pits Ohio against Indiana on Sunday (Aug. 28) in a 1 p.m. ET matchup.

Aug. 26, Saint Francis (0-0) at Ohio (0-0) | 1 p.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | 
Aug. 28, Missouri State (0-0) vs. Saint Francis | 11 a.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Gametracker
Aug. 28, Indiana at Ohio | 1 p.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | 
Aug. 29, St. Francis vs. Missouri State | Noon ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Gametracker

Neil Macmillan is at the helm for his 12th season at Ohio in 2016. The Portsmouth, England, native sports an all-time record of 122-102 (.545) and has coached the Bobcats to four MAC titles, 2006, '07, '09 and '11, during his tenure. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and is two victories away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.

Rachel McCarthy, a graduate assistant last year, is moving into the assistant coaching role this season.

Haley Kane joins Ohio as a graduate assistant coach this season. Kane joins Ohio after registering 100 points 36 goals and 28 assists during a four year career at Mary Washington. 

Ohio finished the 2015 season with a 8-10 (.444) record -- including 3-3 (.500) in Mid-American Conference play, which was good for fourth place for a second-straight season. The non-conference schedule was highlighted by a home victory against Big Ten Conference opponent Michigan State (4-1, Oct. 11), which was the start of a three-match winning streak. The Bobcats three conference wins came on the road at Central Michigan (3-1, Oct. 2), and back-to-back home wins against Ball State (4-1, Oct. 16) and Longwood (5-1, Oct. 18). Ohio’s season ended in the semifinals of the MAC Championship tournament with a loss to regular season and eventual tournament champion Kent State (2-1, Nov. 6).

On the field, four Bobcats earned All-MAC honors. Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Adele Sammons (Upminster, England) earned First Team All-MAC honors, while Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) and Clarissa Leickly (Gahanna, Ohio) received Second Team All-MAC honors. Sammons was also named a 2015 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Second Team All-West Region honoree. She became the first Bobcat to be honored as an all-region selection since senior Luli Gomez Teruel earned second team recognition in 2013.

Ohio also excelled in the classroom in 2015. Russell, Leickly, Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.), Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.) and Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario) earned spots on the 2015 Academic All-MAC Team. The Bobcats placed 10 student-athletes on the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. Leickly, Buchnana, Kingsbury, Russell, Silveira, Ballard, Sophia Cristofoli (Louisville, Ky.), Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas), Illona Hartman (Eindhoven, Holland) and Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) represented Ohio. The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2014-15 academic year. The Bobcats were also honored with a  2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award. The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year.

Russell looks to continue the success she had during the 2015 season. While playing in all 18 matches last season, Russell scored 12 goals, which tied for the MAC lead, en route to being named to First-Team All-MAC honors. 

Ballard played in all 18 matches, scoring one goal and registering one assist while being named to Second Team All-MAC honors.

Lina Trucco (Lake Bluff, Ill.) returns as the starting goalkeeper. She appeared in all 18 matches last season, winning eight -- including her first career shutout against Saint Francis (2-0, Aug. 28).

Buchanan and Kingsbury appeared in all 18 matches with each tallying nine points with a goal and seven assists apiece.

Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas) started in nine of the 18 matches she appeared in, tallying seven points on three goals and registering one assist.

Rachel Kho (Oakville, Ontario) played in all 18 matches, totaling five points on two goals and an assist.

Hartman started six of the 13 matches she played in, tallying two points on four shots.

Silveira appeared in 18 matches while starting 10 of them, making on defensive save.

Pennington appeared in the cage in four matches allowing just two goals in just less than 58 minutes played.

Kennedy Farr (Virgil, Ontario) played in 17 matches, starting two of them, and registered one shot on goal out of her two shots.

Vicky Nase (Lancaster, Pa.) appeared in 15 of Ohio’s 18 matches.

Tatyana Nelson (San Diego, Calif.) appeared in 15 matches while starting seven of them.

Cristofoli (Louisville, Ky.) has competed in four career matches.

Cassie Rich (Chesapeake, Va.) redshirted last season after suffering an injury before the start of the season.

Ohio's 2016 roster features seven new players to the roster, including six freshmen -- Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia), Sophia Boothby (Spotslyvania, Va.), Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.), Amy Edgerton (Louisville, Ky.), Gabbie Wink (Brighton, Mich.) and Gabby Lorenzo (Centereach, N.Y.) -- and a graduate studen, Amelia Milton (Exton, Rutland, England).

Among the new faces, the five freshmen from the United States all have MAC connections, including Lorenzo’s mother playing field hockey for the Bobcats and Baker’s father playing football at Eastern Michigan.

Ohio will be look to fill voids left by Sammons and Leickly.

Sammons had a career season for the Bobcats in 2015 as the top offensive threat on the team tallying a team-high 29 points (second in the MAC), including nine goals (fifth in the MAC) and dishing 11 assists (first in the MAC). She was also named to the All-MAC team three times during her Ohio career (Second Team All-MAC in 2013 and First Team All-MAC in ’14 and ’15).

Leickly led the Bobcats in shots during the 2015 campaign with 49 shots (tied for sixth in the MAC). Six of those shots were fired into the back of the cage for goals.

The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the conference standings in the 2015 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.

Here's a look at the 2016 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll: 
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. North Carolina 915 (16) 
2. Syracuse 898 (25) 
3. Connecticut 818 (3) 
4. Duke 758 
5. Virginia 746 (2) 
6. Maryland 688 (2) 
7. Wake Forest 579 
8. Boston College 521 
9. Albany 503 
10. Michigan 491 
11. Stanford 448 
12. Louisville 404 
13. Liberty 306 
14. Delaware 297 
15. Princeton 282 
16. Northwestern 242 
17. Boston University 219 
18. Penn State 199 
19. James Madison 175 
20. Old Dominion 130 

SAINT FRANCIS SCOUTING REPORT (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) 
Ohio is 2-0 (1.000) all-time against Saint Francis, posting shutouts in both matches, including a 2-0 victory in the season opener of last season on Aug. 28 on the road at DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa. The Bobcats ended a two-match losing streak in season openers with last year’s road victory.

Saint Francis is led by ninth-year head coach Stacey Bean. The Red Flash was picked to finish sixth in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll after finishing last season with a 10-7 (.824) record and finished their Atlantic 10 schedule with a 4-4 (.500) record. After a historic 2014 season for Saint Francis, the Red Flash failed to make the Atlantic 10 tournament in 2015.

Saint Francis led the Atlantic 10 in shutouts (8), shots (273), shots per match (16.06 shots per match) and penalty corners (185) while finishing second in scoring margin (1.11), scoring average (2.45 goals per match), goals scored per match (2.47 goals per match), goals allowed (23) and goals allowed per match (1.35).

The Red Flash had junior midfielder Shannon Pereira and sophomore midfielder Brea Seabrook on the 2016 Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Team. Pereira was named to the second team after tallying one goal and seven assists in 17 matches played, including starting all 17 matches. Seabrook finished third on the team with 10 goals on 25 shots and was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team.

Saint Francis is facing a challenge to replace a couple of key offensive contributors from the 2015 campaign in forward Irene Fritschy and midfielder Selena Adamshick. Fritschy led the Atlantic-10 in shots (102), shots per match (6), fourth in points (27) and third in points per match (1.59) en route to being named First Team All-Atlantic-10 and being name to the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team. The Bobcats will face Fritschy later in the season when they take on Ohio State as she transferred to play for the Buckeyes after the 2015 season. Adamschick was also named First-Team All-Atlantic-10 and NFHCA Second-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region after tallying 29 points (second in the Atlantic-10).

The Red Flash will also look to replace goalkeeper Samatha Zeiders. The senior goalkeeper recorded eight shutouts (first in the Atlantic-10) in 2015 while playing in every minute of each match. Zeiders was named First-Team All-Atlantic-10 and was named NFHCA First-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region. Zeiders left Saint Francis as the career leader in shutouts (15), goals against average (1.52) and save percentage (.745).

The Red Flash plays two other MAC opponents during the 2016 season. Saint Francis has two tilts against Missouri State (Aug. 28 and 29) at Pruitt Field and one match against Kent State (Oct. 30)

INDIANA SCOUTING REPORT (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten Conference)
Ohio and Indiana meet for the first time since 2014 (Sept. 20). The then-No. 17-ranked Hoosiers shutout out the Bobcats, 1-0, at Pruitt Field

Amanda Janney is entering her second season as head coach of the Hoosiers. Janney will look to build on the success she helped guide Indiana to in 2015, which included a 9-10 (.474) overall record and a 5-3 (.625) conference record, which earned the Hoosiers the third seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana received 12 points in the NFHCA Preseason Poll.

The Hoosiers finished fifth in the Big Ten in goals (40), assists (34), corners (69) and points (114).

Indiana had three players named to the Big Ten Preseason watch list -- senior Kate Barber, senior Morgan Dye and sophomore Noëlle Rother. Barber led the Hoosiers in shots (55) and shots per match (2.89) while tallying eight goals and seven assists in 19 matches garnering First-Team All-Big Ten, NFHCA Division I All-West Region First Team and NFHCA Division I All-American Third Team honors. Dye started all 19 of Indiana’s matches registering one assist and two goals on eight shots. Rother played all 19 matches as a goalkeeper for the Hoosiers as a freshman. Rother finished the season with a 1.81 goals against average (23rd nationally) and a save-percentage of .770 (10th nationally). Rother was Second Team All-Big Ten, NFHCA Division I All-West Region Second Team and was a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Hoosiers' leading scorer Maddie Latino returns for her junior season. Latino led Indiana in goals (10), assists (8) and points (28) as Indiana’s Offensive MVP and was also named to the All-Big Ten Tournament Team.

Indiana starts the regular season against No. 12 Louisville at the IU Field Hockey Complex Aug. 26.
The Hoosiers will also play Missouri State (Sept. 9), Central Michigan (Sept. 25) and Miami (Oct. 2) from the MAC.

After opening this weekend at home, the Bobcats will play host to UC Davis (Sept. 2) at Pruitt Field and then travel to Columbus to play in-state rival Ohio State (Sept. 4).



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