Field Hockey Begins Conference Play

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Sept. 14, 2017

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami field hockey team opens MAC play this weekend. The RedHawks travel to Ohio on Friday for a 3 p.m. contest and then Appalachian State on Sunday for a 12 p.m. game.

Miami is coming off a 0-2 week in which it fell to Ohio State 3-2 and Indiana 3-2 in overtime.

Head Coach Inako Puzo and junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal spoke with about their weekend against Big 10 teams and previewed the start of conference play this weekend. The entire video can be viewed above.


ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats are 1-5 this season, after losing to Virginia Commonwealth 3-1 and 2-1 this past weekend. Ohio was 6-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play last season. Junior Kendall Ballard is the Bobcats’ current leading scorer, notching five goals and 11 total points total thus far.

SERIES WITH OHIO: Miami holds a 39-34 lead in the all-time series with Ohio. In 2016, the RedHawks blanked the Bobcats 6-0 in the regular-season finale. Miami held a 21-12 shot advantage in the game. Three RedHawks scored two goals apiece – Paula Portugal, Geagy Pritchard and Carla Romagosa.

ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE: The Mountaineers are 2-4 this season, after topping Davidson 2-0 and falling to No. 4 North Carolina 6-1 last weekend. Appalachian State held a 1-15 record last season. Sophomore Ali Williams and senior Taylor Cimbalist currently lead the Mountaineers’ scoring efforts with three goals apiece.

SERIES WITH APPALACHIAN STATE: The RedHawks hold a 10-4 lead in the all-time series with Appalachian State. In 2016, Miami dominated with a 6-1 win. Six different players scored for the RedHawks. Miami held a 21-6 shot advantage in the game.

UP AHEAD: The RedHawks host Michigan State on Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Miami then travels to Louisville, Ky. for a neutral site match against Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.