Sept. 1, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After beginning the season with a pair of tough road games at No. 14 Delaware, the Ohio State field hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Buckeye Varsity Field to host the Buckeye Invitational this weekend. The event includes two opportunities to see the Scarlet and Gray – Friday, Sept. 2 against seventh-ranked Wake Forest (3:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 4 vs. in-state rival Ohio (3 p.m.).
Sunday, September 4 | Wake Forest vs. Indiana | Noon
Live Stats | Admission: Free
Monday, September 5 | Indiana vs. UC-Davis | 1 p.m.
Live Stats | Admission: Free
Both of Ohio State’s games this weekend can be seen live on BuckeyeVision (subscription required) while live stats and Twitter updates will also be available. Live stats can be found on the schedule tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEKES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State is searching for its first win of the 2016 season after dropping a pair of tough contests last weekend at No. 14 Delaware. After falling 5-2 in the opener on Saturday, the Buckeyes came back and jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Sunday but ultimately lost 6-3.
• Junior Maddy Humphrey, the team’s leading returning scorer from the 2015 season, picked up where she left off, netting two of Ohio State’s five goals last weekend.
• Playing in her first two collegiate games, freshman Esther Clotet Alsina had a three-point weekend, netting a goal and assist vs. the Blue Hens on Sunday.
• Five of Ohio State’s 11 starters were making their Buckeye debuts last weekend – Clotet Alsina, Irene Fritschy, Maartje Bongers, Kelsey Nolan and Whitney Harris.
• In addition to Humphrey and Clotet Alsina, the other goal scorers last weekend were Casey Cole and Morgan Kile.
• The Buckeyes open their season by playing three straight games against ranked teams. In all, nine of the Buckeyes’ 18 games are against opponents in this week’s Penn Mont/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
2016 Record: 1-1
National Ranking: #7 (as of last week)
Last Weekend: Lost to Iowa, 2-1, and defeated No. 10 Michigan, 2-0, in Winston Salem, N.C. as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Leading Scorer: Jule Grashoff (two goals, four points)
Goalkeeper: Cat O’Connor (1.03 GAA, .600 save percentage, three saves)
The Demon Deacons, coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015, were picked fifth in the preseason poll of ACC coaches. All seven teams in the conference are ranked in the national coaches poll.
2016 Record: 1-1
National Ranking: N/A
Last Weekend: Defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 4-2, and lost in overtime to Indiana, 3-2
Leading Scorer: Kendall Ballard (two goals, one assist, five points)
Goalkeeper: Lina Trucco (2.49 GAA, .643 save percentage, nine saves)
Ohio won eight games last year and qualified for the MAC Championships as the No. 4 seed, marking the 26th-straight season the Bobcats has qualified for the league tournament.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. WAKE FOREST/OHIO
Ohio State and Wake Forest have met just five times previously, most recently last September in Winston Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons won that contest, 3-2 in overtime. The Buckeyes’ two wins in the series came in 2010 and 2011, both in overtime.
Ohio State and Ohio are familiar rivals, having met 38 previous times (OSU holds a 25-10-3 advantage in the series). Last year in Columbus, Peanut Johnson scored two goals, including the game-winner with under seven minutes to play in the second half, as Ohio State came from behind to earn a 3-2 win over the Bobcats.
ABOUT THE COACHES
Anne Wilkinson is in her 21st year on the sidelines for the Scarlet and Gray and 29th season overall as a head coach. She’s coached in over 400 games and in 2014 entered elite company when she became just the 15th coach in NCAA history to reach the 300-career win mark. Wilkinson is assisted by Homero Pardi, who is in his third season after coming from Rider University, and Kate Lipton, who enters her second season after a two-year stint at Indiana. This year’s volunteer assistant coach is Jenn Sciulli, a first team All-American in 2011 for the Buckeyes.
WELCOME HOME, CHRISSY KILROE
Chrissy Kilroe, both a player and assistant coach for the Scarlet and Gray, returns to Columbus this weekend with the UC-Davis Aggies. Kilroe, who was hired at UC-Davis last January, played for the Buckeyes from 1997 through 2000 and then served for four years as an assistant coach (2008-11), shaping the Buckeyes’ 2010 Big Ten championship and NCAA Final Four roster.
AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Six of the 14 points this weekend for Ohio State came from newcomers, led by Clotet Alsina (one goal, one assist, three points), Irene Fritschy (two assists) and Bongers (one assist).
NATIONAL TV APPEARANCE
Ohio State’s contest against Iowa on Oct. 27 will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. In addition, fans that have a subscription to BTN Plus will be able to see the Buckeyes’ game live at Michigan State (Sept. 25) and at Indiana (Oct. 21). All of Ohio State’s home games (other than the Oct. 9 contest vs. Rutgers) can be seen on BuckeyeVision.
BUCKS ON US CAMPAIGN
All nine regular season games this season at Buckeye Varsity Field are free and part of the “Bucks On Us” campaign. Of the Buckeyes’ 36 varsity sports, over 20 do not charge admission to regular season home events. In all, there are over 172 free events per year on Ohio State’s campus.