OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team looks to build momentum going into next week’s Mid-American Conference Tournament as it hosts the final two games of the regular season this weekend. The RedHawks complete MAC play when they welcome Central Michigan to town on Saturday at noon. Miami then hosts Providence on Sunday at noon for Senior Day. Sunday’s game will be available on All-Access for those who have a subscription.
The RedHawks (8-9 overall, 2-2 MAC) are looking to improve their seeding going into next week’s MAC Tournament in Oxford. With a victory on Saturday, Miami can move up to as high as the second seed depending on the results of the game between Kent State and Ohio.
On Sunday, Miami will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony postgame. Fans are invited to stick around postgame as head coach Iñako Puzo talks about his six seniors, Kaitlin Evans, Emily Gruesser, Alyssa Logan, Jordan Long, Sid Marcum and Sarah Mueller. This group has been a part of three MAC Championships (2010 regular season, 2012 regular season and 2012 tournament), and has 41 career victories.
Central Michigan comes into the game 6-10 overall and 3-1 in the MAC. The Chippewas can still earn a share of the MAC regular season title if they can defeat the RedHawks and if Kent State loses to Ohio on Saturday. A defensive oriented team, CMU has only allowed 30 goals in 16 games this season. It has only scored a total of 23 itself however. The Chippewas are led by junior midfielder Mary Alice Moore. She has five goals for 10 points in 2013.
Providence is 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the Big East. Prior to taking on Miami, the Friars will have a conference game at Louisville on Friday. They are led by junior forward Daniella Bernasconi, who has an impressive 15 goals and two assists for 32 points this season.
The RedHawks will host the annual MAC Tournament next weekend. On Friday, Nov. 8 there will be two semifinal games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The championship game will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The winner of the MAC Championship will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.