Sept. 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following its first win of the 2014 season, the Ohio State field hockey team will look to take its momentum on the road when it travels to Athens, Ohio, to face in-state foe Ohio on Friday at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes are also in action this Sunday, hosting Ball State at 1 p.m.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio is 0-3 on the season following a 3-0 loss to California last Saturday. The Bobcats have also lost to fifth-ranked Syracuse (7-0) and Boston University (4-3). Ohio’s leading scorer is Maria Russell, who has tallied two goals on four shots. In goal, Brittany Walker has 10 saves, a .417 save percentage and 7.20 goals-against average.
Ohio State and Ohio are familiar foes, having met 37 pervious times, with the Buckeyes holding a 24-9-3 lead in the series. Last year in Columbus, Mona Frommhold broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half and Ohio State held on for a 2-1 victory. Four of the last five meetings have been decided by one goal.
THE LAST FIVE VS. OHIO
2013 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2012 – Ohio State 1, Ohio 0 (3OT) (Athens, Ohio)
2011 – Ohio 2, Ohio State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2010 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (Athens, Ohio)
2009 – Ohio State 3, Ohio 0 (Columbus, Ohio)
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State is 3-1 on the year after suffering its first loss of the 2014 campaign last Sunday, a 5-0 setback to No. 5 Syracuse. The Cardinals own wins over Davidson (4-1), Appalachian State (4-1) and Colgate (2-1).
The Cardinals feature a balanced offense, as eight players have recorded at least two points. Bethany Han, a junior from Lititz, Pa., leads the way with five points (two goals, one assist) while four other players have four points.
In goal, Shelby Henley has played all 280:00 minutes thus far and has 32 saves to go along with a .800 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against average.
Ohio State and Ball State have met 20 previous times, with the Buckeyes holding a 13-7 advantage in the series. Last year, Ohio State edged the Cardinals 2-1 on a goal from Mona Frommhold in with just five minutes remaining in regulation.
THE LAST FIVE VS. BALL STATE
2013 – Ohio State 2, Ball State 1 (Muncie, Ind.)
2012 – Ohio State 9, Ball State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2011 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0 (Muncie, Ind.)
2010 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0 (Columbus, Ohio)
2009 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0 (Muncie, Ind.)
On the strength of a two-goal, one-assist performance from freshman Maddy Humphrey, Ohio State picked up its first win of the 2014 season, downing in-state rival Miami, 3-2, on last Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field.
Humphrey scored a pair of first half goals and assisted on a tally by Emma Royce that have Ohio State a 3-1 halftime lead. In the second half, freshman goalie Liz Tamburro thwarted the RedHawks with 10 stops, marking the third straight game in her young career that she has registered double-digit saves.
Ohio State got on the board first just over 11 minutes into the first half when Humphrey, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., took a crossing pass in front of the cage from senior Kaitlyn Wagner and beat Miami goalie Alysa Xavier from five yards out. The RedHawks answered nearly 15 minutes later, however, as Geagy Pritchard collected a pass from Shannon Regan and freed herself for a shot that tricked back Tamburro in the lower right corner of the cage.
The Buckeyes quickly seized the momentum back, however, as Humphrey made an impressive individual effort to dribble into the circle and create enough space to send a shot in from 10 yards out. Less than two minutes later, Ohio State increased the lead to 3-1 when Royce scored off a penalty corner with assists from Peanut Johnson and Humphrey.
HUMPHREY B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Maddy Humphrey was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday following her standout performance against Miami.
Through three games, Humphrey, from Virginia Beach, Va., leads the Buckeyes in four statistical categories – goals (two), assists (two), points (six) and shots on goal (four). Humphrey, who has recorded at least one point in two of Ohio State’s three games, is one of five newcomers that have started every contest so far this season. She is the first Ohio State player to win the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week award since Brooke Hiltz took home the honor on Oct. 8, 2013.
IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Five Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll: Maryland (No. 3), Penn State (No. 6), Iowa (No. 7), Northwestern (No. 13) and Michigan State (No. 19). Overall, Ohio State’s schedule features nine games against teams currently ranked in the poll, including five matchups against top-10 teams.
Ohio State continues its season-long three-game homestand when it welcomes in defending Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan State to open conference play on Friday, Sept. 19. The Spartans are ranked No. 19 in this week’s national coaches poll.