OXFORD, Ohio – The tough non-conference schedule continues for the Miami field hockey team with a three-game road trip to Ohio State, Maryland and Virginia. The RedHawks are 0-2 after playing two top-15 teams to open the season.
Last week, freshman Cooper Hudspeth and senior Ali Froede each got their first goals of the season in loses to Syracuse and Northwestern. Hudspeth scored in the first game of her career against the Orane while Froede picked up her 15th career goal against the Wildcats.
Head coach Iñako Puzo saw improvement between the Syracuse and Northwestern games and wants to see that continue as the RedHawks play three more talented teams.
“We want to be exposed to really good hockey so we can try to make as many corrections as we can before we play our first conference game against Longwood,” Puzo explains.
A Look at Ohio State
The Buckeyes, like Miami, are off to a 0-2 start. Ohio State opened its season with a 3-2 loss to Syracuse in overtime and a 4-0 loss at Albany. Junior Peanut Johnson and senior Kaitlyn Wagner have scored the team’s two goals while freshman Maddy Humphrey has collected the team's only assist.
All-Time Against the Buckeyes
Ohio State owns the all-time series lead with a 28-6-1 record, but Miami has won the last two meetings. The two squads played last season in Oxford as the RedHawks earned a 4-2 win behind goals from Bea Dechant, Ali Froede and Valentina Neira. In 2012, Miami won in Columbus by a 2-1 margin.
A Look at No. 1 Maryland
The Terrapins enter the 2014 season as the No. 1 team according to the coaches’ poll after finishing the national semifinals with a 22-2 record last season. Maryland is off to a 2-0 start with wins against UMass and Northwestern and will play No. 2 North Carolina on Friday before hosting Miami. Junior Shari Jones leads the team with two goals while junior Anna Dessoye had an assist and a goal.
All-Time Against the Terrapins
Miami and Maryland have only met one time on the turf with the Terrapins winning that game last season by a 6-0 score.
A Look at No. 6 Virginia
The preseason No. 6 Cavaliers are 1-1 after finishing 15-6 last season. The team opened with a big 9-0 win over William & Mary and then fell 3-0 to Penn State. The Cavs will play Iowa and Princeton this weekend in advance of hosting the RedHawks. Sophomore Lucy Hyams leads the team with two goals and freshman Tara Vittese is pacing her squad with four assists.
All-Time Against the Cavaliers
The game will be the eighth all-time with the RedHawks still looking for their first win against Virginia. In the most recent meeting on Sept. 14, 2012 the Cavs pulled out a 6-1 win despite Ali Froede’s goal.
- Prior to the 2014 season the RedHawks had played three top-10 teams in the three years under Iñako Puzo. After playing Syracuse to open the season and Maryland and Virginia this week the team will have played three preseason top-10 teams already this year.
- Miami has never earned a win against a top-10 team, the highest ranked opponents that the RedHawks have beaten are No. 17 Kent State (2010) and No. 17 Indiana (2009).
- Junior Bea Dechant’s assist against Northwestern was the 10th of her career. Dechant also has 15 goals and is the seventh RedHawk since 2006 to post at least 10 assists and 10 goals in her career.
Miami (0-2) at Ohio State (0-2) – Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.
Buckeye Varsity Field | Columbus, Ohio
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Miami (0-2) at No. 1 Maryland (2-0) – Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.
Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex | College Park, Maryland
Live Stats: UMTerps.com
Miami (0-2) at No. 6 Virginia (1-1) – Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.
University Hall Turf Field | Charlottesville, Virginia
Live Stats: VirginiaSports.com