ATHENS, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team has its most important week of the season so far as it hits the road for a pair of Mid-American Conference games. On Wednesday, the RedHawks travel to Athens for a 5 p.m. game against Ohio. On Sunday, Miami heads to Kent State for a noon showdown against the Golden Flashes.

The RedHawks split their two games last week, winning 5-2 over Missouri State on Saturday before falling, 3-1, to 18th-ranked Iowa on Sunday. Miami is now 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the MAC. The ‘Hawks have clinched a spot in the upcoming MAC Tournament, which takes place Nov. 8-9 in Oxford. The next goal is to win a second straight regular season championship, with this week being a key one if Miami is going to accomplish it.

Ohio is 5-8 overall and 1-1 in the MAC. It dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Central Michigan in its last game on Saturday. That was the first home game of the season for the Bobcats as they just got a new playing surface installed. They are led by senior Luli Gomez Teruel, who has 10 goals and two assists for 22 points on the season.

Kent State is 7-8 overall and 3-0 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes defeated Ball State, 5-2, in their last action on Saturday. They have had the top offense this season in the league with 51 goals scored (Miami is second with 41). However, they have allowed 44 goals on in 2013 (Miami has allowed only 30). Kent State is led by junior forward Julia Hofmann. She has nine goals and six assists for 24 points this season.

Next week is the final week of the regular season for Miami. The RedHawks host Central Michigan in their final MAC game on Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon. Miami will then take on Providence in non-conference action for Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 3 at noon.