COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The seventh-ranked Ohio State field hockey team made its final preparations for the NCAA Final Four this afternoon, practicing at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Buckeyes (18-4, 5-1 Big Ten) will face No. 1 Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the NCAA Semifinals after the first national semifinal between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia. The Final Four games will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
View the photo album from the Buckeyes’ practice along with quotes from today’s pre-championship press conference featuring head coach Anne Wilkinson and junior co-captain Aisling Coyle.
Head Coach Anne Wilkinson
“Well obviously along with the other three teams we are just very excited to play in the Final Four. With the season that we have had, we have had a great season and have been on quite a roll and we are hoping that it continues.”
On what they have learned from playing ACC teams so far this year:
“Well I think that we have learned a lot this year in playing the ACC teams, it is a different style but at the end of the day it’s the same. It’s about showing up and competing and taking advantage of the opportunities that we have.”
On having the opportunity to play in the Final Four:
“I think it has been incredible, after our Syracuse game is when it hit us. It was a tough weekend with the Albany game going down to the last minute to put us in a position to play Syracuse and once that game was over it dawned on us that we were going to the final four.”
On what they need to do to beat Maryland:
“I think that we need to put pressure on them early and give ourselves some opportunities to score early in the game and get into our rhythm and dictate the tempo. We are here to get down there and attack and not just sit back and prevent Maryland but we have to go after a championship.”
On the style of Ohio State field hockey:
“I would say we play an up tempo game, we look to move the ball around the feel a lot and get a lot of touches. We try to find the first pass we can and keep things simple and create opportunities.”
Junior Co-Captain Aisling Coyle
On the excitement of playing in the Final Four
“After the Syracuse game it really hit usthat night with the drive back from Penn State we were all very happy and excited. After that we regrouped and thought about it and we feel like we do deserve to be here and we have worked towards it all year. We are not just happy to be in the final four, we are looking forward to playing Maryland and giving them a good game and hopefully coming out with a win.”