Field hockey hosts UC Davis
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 01:09
The Miami University field hockey team received its championship rings for the 2012 season, during which they won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament.
The team was surprised with the rings at their pre-football game tailgate Saturday. Miami University president David Hodge was in attendance to recognize the hard work the team put in last season.
Last season’s MAC tournament championship was the first in school history and the RedHawks goal this season is to repeat that success.
The RedHawks (4-4) have a chance to get above .500 on the season when they take on the University of California-Davis Aggies (1-4) 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“UC Davis hasn’t had great results recently, but they are a team that truly believes they can beat anyone and they are coming here with nothing to lose so they are going to put a good competition on the field,” Head coach Inako Puzo said. “We have to be disciplined and to be sure that we bring the intensity from the first minute of the game because if we give them a little space to get into the game they will take that opportunity.”
Puzo said his team has to stay focused following a win over The Ohio State University Wednesday.
“It is always easier to handle a locker room coming off of a win because they are a little more confident, but we have to stay focused and while we played a good game against Ohio State that game is in the past, so we have to be ready for the near future,” Puzo said.
Senior back Sid Marcum said she was looking forward getting back to practice.
“Personally I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things by increasing intensity at practice, we all needed a break, but we are all going to have some jitters in the locker room before practice just in anticipation of an intense practice and an intense next couple days getting ready for the UC Davis game,” Marcum said.
Puzo said the game is going to prepare the team for MAC play.
“We have been working a lot lately, to improve our capacity to make quick adjustments in our game structure during the game so we can solve problems and adapt,” Puzo said. “We want to become a team that can make adjustments so we can even trouble the other team.”
Marcum said the ’Hawks are trying to dictate the game.
“We want to make [the other teams] react to us, so we want to be the bully and that’s something we are going to focus on,” Marcum said.
Marcum also said the team is getting close to where they want to be.
“[UC Davis is] going to test our character a lot, since our chemistry as a team we are still trying to figure each other out on the field and know where things work best, and we are at the point of the season, where we’ve almost mastered that and now it’s just showing people what Miami field hockey is all about,” Marcum said.