OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University field hockey team looks for its first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament when it hosts the 2013 Mid-American Conference this weekend. The RedHawks are the third seed and will take on second seed Ohio in a semifinal game on Friday at 2 p.m. Top-seeded Kent State faces fourth seed Central Michigan in the other semifinal at 11:30 a.m. The championship game is on Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access.
Miami enters the tournament 10-9 overall and it finished 3-2 in the MAC. The RedHawks come in on a two-game winning streak, having won a pair of overtime games last weekend. On Saturday, Miami completed MAC play with a 2-1 double overtime victory over CMU. Junior back Ali Froede scored the game winner with only 2:31 remaining in the second overtime period. The next day, the RedHawks earned another 2-1 overtime victory, this time over Providence. Senior forward Emily Gruesser scored the game winner in that one.
Ohio finished the regular season 7-9 overall and was 3-2 in the MAC. It was able to capture the second seed after defeating Kent State, 3-2, in its final regular season game last Saturday. The Bobcats are led by senior Luli Gomez Teruel. She has 11 goals and three assists for 25 points on the year.
Ohio won the regular season meeting between the two teams, 1-0, on Oct. 23 in Athens. Gomez Teruel scored the only goal in the 38th minute in a very defensive oriented game.
Kent State is 8-10 overall and won the MAC regular season with a 4-1 record. The Golden Flashes are led by junior forward Julia Hofmann, who has 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points this season. They defeated Miami, 3-1, in their regular season meeting on Oct. 27 in Kent.
Central Michigan is 6-11 overall and finished 3-2 in the MAC. The Chippewas are led by junior back Jordan Brengosz, who has five goals and one assist for 11 points this season. They fell to Miami, 2-1, in double-overtime in their regular season meeting last Sunday in Oxford.
A change in format this year will give the winner of the MAC Tournament an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The tournament has been increased to 19 teams, and the play-in games are now considered a part of it. The winner of the MAC Tournament will most likely be slotted in one of those play-in games that take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The NCAA selection show is on Sunday at 10 p.m. and will air live on NCAA.com.