Field hockey falls to non-conference Wake Forest and Michigan State

The RedHawks lost their second game of the weekend after falling to No. 11 Wake Forest 4-1. Miami falls to 4-6 overall (2-0 Mid-American Conference) and Wake Forest improves to 5-4. After quickly falling behind 3-0 in the first half, MU fought back and played evenly for the remainder of the game. “A well-executed counter attack from Wake Forest with just a few minutes gone on the clock sentenced the game,” head coach Iñako Puzo said. “However, we kept trying to cut the gap up to the end of the game. As a coach this is what you are...

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Do it for The Bell: The Miami-UC rivalry

Thousands of fans flocked to Oxford Saturday night for the 122th iteration of the Battle of the Bell, between Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. With a rambunctious, almost-capacity crowd at Yager Stadium, there was no love lost between the opposing teams and fan bases. In what was a wildly contested game, the Bearcats prevailed for the twelfth straight time, scoring 15 unanswered points in the last three minutes to stun the RedHawks. MU head coach Chuck Martin called the game “the most difficult defeat I’ve had in 25 years, probably by a wide-margin.” Evenly matched competition seems...

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RedHawks well-tuned at the Commodore Classic

Miami’s cross country teams took another step forward Saturday at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  In races featuring nationally-ranked competition, the men’s and women’s teams would finish fourth and seventh respectively. The men’s fourth place finish came nine points behind Lipscomb University and ahead of Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Missouri. Sophomore Sean Torpy led the men by finishing fourth overall, dropping his personal best by five seconds to 25 minutes and eight seconds. Torpy said that he owes his improvement from this year to last year to consistency and confidence. “I have fully committed myself to the training plan and operate in and out of practice with a purpose,” he said. “These guys give me a reason to be better.” The remaining scorers maintained a small gap, as the time between second finisher senior Ben Metzger and fifth finisher sophomore Christopher Torpy was a mere 11 seconds. Metzger’s time was 25 minutes and 45 seconds and was the 22nd finisher. Sophomore David Coffey placed third for the Red and White with a time of 25 minutes and 49 seconds, a new personal best by two seconds. Senior Jake Brumfield followed, finishing 27th overall with a time of 25 minutes and 52 seconds. No. 19 Middle Tennessee State just snuck by Butler University to win the meet, led by sophomores’ Jacob...

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Field Hockey starts MAC play with two wins

Miami field hockey came up big this weekend with two much-needed conference wins against Appalachian State University 6-2 and cross-state rival Ohio University 3-0. MU is now 4-4 overall (2-0 Mid-American Conference) after the successful weekend. The RedHawks traveled to Athens, OH to dominate the Bobcats 3-0. MU out shot OU overall 14-3, shots on goal 7-1 and 6-5 penalty corners. “It is always difficult to come to Athens and leave with a victory,” head coach Iñako Puzo said. “I am proud for the hard work of our players. They played with intensity and discipline.” Miami’s first goal came in the 23rd minute by junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal. This was Portugal’s fifth goal of the season, and she would go on to assist on the RedHawks other two goals as well. As time wound down in the first half, freshman forward/midfielder Lexie Nugent scored her third goal of the season, putting MU up 2-0 entering halftime. Freshman midfielder Neely Lochmoeller notched her first goal at the collegiate level in the 55th minute, giving the RedHawks a commanding 3-0 lead with fifteen minutes remaining. They would go on to maintain their lead the rest of the game, securing Miami’s first win in MAC play (1-0). “Today was a typical MAC contest between two teams that were going to fight for a win,” junior back/midfielder Avery Sturm said. “We were focused...

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Men’s basketball will hold walk-on tryouts

Miami men’s basketball will hold walk-on tryouts on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6-7 a.m. at Millett Hall. RedHawk basketball will begin their season at home on Nov. 5 with an exhibition game against Maryville University. The team looks to top their last season record of 11-21 overall, 4-14 in the Mid-American Conference, 10-8 at home and 1-13 away. Head coach Jack Owens joins the RedHawks this season after spending the last six years as the associate head coach at Purdue University. Owens coached the Boilermakers to 209 wins and helped Purdue win a Big Ten Regular Season Championship during the 2016-17 season. Owens brings an entirely new coaching staff to Miami. Miami alumnus Damon Frierson (‘99) is the new assistant to the head coach and Ryne Smith, Director of Basketball Operation, and Kenneth Lowe, Assistant Coach, come from Purdue. Miami welcomes the return of senior forward Logan McLane who leads the returning ‘Hawks with 353 points last season, averaging 11.8 a game. Redshirt junior Jake Wright and senior forward Rod Mills Jr. had 291 and 227 points, respectively. Five freshmen join the RedHawks this season, as well as three transfer student-athletes....

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