Sept. 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (0-2) welcomes in-state foe Miami (0-2) to Buckeye Varsity Field Friday for a non-conference match up. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. The Buckeyes are RedHawks are familiar foes, having met 42 pervious times.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Fans who cannot make it to Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday can watch the action live on BuckeyeVision (subscription required). Live stats will also be available for the contest and can be found on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Twitter updates will be available from @OhioState_FH
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
The Redhawks return 14 letterwinners and welcome seven newcomers for their 2014 season. Senior Ali Froede and junior Bea Dechant become key members for the squad. Both earned All-MAC First Team honors last season. Sophomores Carla Romagosa and Grace Leeker also return to spark the offense. Romagosa dished out six assists with two goals and Leeker posted five goals.
Miami dropped its first contest of the 2014 season to fifth-ranked Syracuse, 5-1, as part of the Buckeye Classic. While accumulating two shots on goal, Cooper Hudspeth, a freshman out of St. Louis, Mo., scored the Redhawks lone goal. Northwestern earned a 5-1 victory against Miami last Tuesday in Oxford for account for the second loss on the season.
Miami is coached by former Ohio State assistant Iñako Puzo, who was on Anne Wilkinson’s staff from 2001-07. During his tenure, the Buckeyes won a pair of Big Ten championships (2001, 2006) and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 2005, 2006).
ALL-TIME VS. MIAMI
Ohio State and Miami are familiar foes, having met 42 previous times. The Buckeyes own a 34-7-1 led in the series, but the RedHawks won last year’s contest in Oxford, 4-2. In that contest, Nora Murer and Kaitlyn Wagner each scored goals. Prior to Miami’s victory last year, Ohio State had won 17 of the previous 18 meetings.
THE LAST FIVE MEETINGS
2013 – Miami 4, Ohio State 2 (Oxford, Ohio)
2012 – Miami 2, Ohio State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2011 – Ohio State 2, Miami 1 (Oxford, Ohio)
2010 – Ohio State 5, Miami 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2009 – Ohio State 5, Miami 2 (Oxford, Ohio)
OPENING WEEKEND REWIND
Despite second-half goals from senior Kaitlyn Wagner and junior Peanut Johnson, and a standout 11-save performances from freshman goalie Liz Tamburro, Ohio State lost a hard-fought contest to fifth-ranked Syracuse in the opening contest of the annual Buckeye Classic.
The Buckeyes fought back from a 2-0 second-half deficit and scored a pair of goals just nine minutes apart. Wagner was awarded a penalty stroke following a Syracuse foul, and she quickly converted by beating Orange goalie Jess Jacko with a shot to the upper right of the cage. Ohio State’s equalizer came when freshmen Maddy Humphrey started a fast break down the middle of the field and fed Johnson, who sent a shot past Jacko from seven yards out.
Ohio State fell to 0-2 on the season following a 4-0 loss to Albany last Monday at Alumni Turf on the campus of the University at Albany. Despite the loss, freshman goalie Liz Tamburro made 14 saves, the third highest total in single-game school history.
Tamburro’s 14 saves are the most by an Ohio State goalie since Lindsay Williams stopped 14 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Penn State on October 10, 2003. Williams also holds the record for single-game saves with 18 versus Louisville (September 28, 2004). In her first two collegiate games, Tamburro has recorded 25 saves.
AN INSTANT IMPACT
In games vs. Syracuse and Albany last week, the Buckeyes’ lineup featured five newcomers – Tamburro, Maddy Humphrey, Morgan Kile, Annabel Sams and Georgia Thomas. Additionally, freshman Megan Rossi, Natalie Faust and redshirt freshman Maggie Reddecliff all saw action during the opening weekend.
Ohio State is idle until next Friday, Sept. 12, when it travels to Athens, Ohio, for another in-state nonconference matchup, this time with Ohio. After facing the Bobcats, Ohio State opens a three-game homestand when it welcomes Ball State on Sunday, Sept. 14.