Sept. 20, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (4-3 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) welcomes conference foes Michigan (Friday) and Michigan State (Sunday) to Buckeye Varsity Field for a conference double dip this weekend.
Ohio State vs. No. 9 Michigan | Friday, Sept. 22 | 3 p.m. ET
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Ohio State vs Michigan State | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 1 p.m. ET
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Ohio State will be hosting a free youth clinic following Sunday’s game with the Spartans. All parents should sign their children up at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits a 4-3 on the season with its biggest win coming against then No. 9 Louisville. The Buckeyes will play their fourth ranked team of the season when they take on No. 9 Michigan Friday.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored six goals through the first seven games of the season. Her 0.86 goals per game is the third highest in the Big Ten and ranks 19th nationally.
- Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 102, six points away from tying Mieke van Ulden for eighth most in Ohio State history, and her career goal total of 40 places her in sole possession of ninth place in program history.
- The Scarlet and Gray feature a number of athletes who can score when called upon. Ten different Buckeyes have scored the combined 16 goals this season with Humphrey and Morgan Kile being the only multi-goal scorers.
- Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a .725 clip for the season. The last line of defense, Tamburro has picked up the seventh and eighth shutouts of her career this season. The most recent one came against Ohio (Sept. 17) as she turned away the Bobcats only shot on goal of the game. Her eight shutouts tie her for eighth most in program history alongside Nikki Thompson (1994-97). Tamburro is turning away 4.14 shots per game, the third highest average in the Big Ten.
- Caroline Rath has been a mainstay on the defensive side of things for the Buckeyes over the years. A senior from Greeneville, Del., Rath has started 56 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 16 defensive saves. Rath has two assists this year, she initiated the game-winning penalty corner against No. 9 Louisville and also recorded an assist in the season opener against Lehigh.
- The Buckeyes’ offensive unit is averaging 6.86 penalty corners per game which ranks 23rd nationally and fifth in the Big Ten.
- Natalie Faust, Kelsey Nolan, Maartje Bongers, Lauren Carroll and Sofia Haramis, all seniors, have scored their first career goals this season. The trio of Haramis, Nolan and Faust did it against Lehigh in the season opener, Carroll scored hers in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH) and Bongers registered hers against Ohio (Sept. 17).
- Juliette Duquesne scored the first goal of her career in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH). The Belgium native received a pass from Casey Cole and put the ball in the back of the net.
- Tamburro is one of only three goalies in program history to record 100-plus saves during her first three years as a Buckeye. Her career total in saves (379) is the sixth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
- Ohio State has 18 letterwinners from 2016 on the 2017 squad, including 10 seniors. Ohio State returns over 85 percent of its points scored from last year (71 out of 83 points).
- The 2017 roster features six newcomers: Juliette Duquesne (Brussels, Belgium), Mara Hunter (Powell, Ohio), Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.), Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.) and Ellen Westfall (Worthington, Ohio).
SCOUTING NO. 9 MICHIGAN
2017: 5-2 (1-0 Big Ten)
2016: 12-8 (5-3 Big Ten)
Meg Dowthwaite – 19 points (7g, 5a)
Emma Way – 16 points (5g, 6a)
Sam Swenson – 1.35 GAA, 28 saves, .757 save percentage
Head Coach: Marcia Pankratz, 259-120 record
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
2017: 4-5 (0-1 Big Ten)
2016: 8-12 (3-5 Big Ten)
Kendal Anderson – 10 points (5 goals)
Simone Vagnoni – 8 points (3g, 2a)
Katie Miller – 3.64 GAA, 37 saves, .661 save percentage
Head Coach: Helen Knull, 58-73 record
The Buckeyes and Wolverines have played 66 times in program history with Michigan holding the advantage (40-24-2).
The Scarlet and Gray have tangled with the Spartans 65 times in program history. Ohio State has won 38 of those meetings for a .584 winning clip.
NOTING THE 2017 SCHEDULE
Ohio State’s schedule this fall includes seven home games and contests against five teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Buckeyes will play eight games against teams that were ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
Ohio State is in its 47th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 469-395-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 379 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 27 to move into fifth and pass Nikki Thompson (1994-97).
Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 16. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31.
Humphrey’s 40 career goals puts her at No. 9 on the all-time list. She surpassed her former teammate Peanut Johnson for No. 10 with a goal against Miami (OH) on Sept. 8. Her 102 career points are good for No. 8 all-time.
ROSTER ROLL CALL
The Buckeyes have 25 student-athletes on the roster for the 2017 season. Four Buckeyes Buckeyes hail from Ohio (Genevieve and Adelaide Penzone, Ellen Westfall and Mara Hunter) while the largest contingent of athletes comes from Pennsylvania (10 athletes). Five of the athletes are international: Maartje Bongers (Netherlands), Yolanda Cabello (Spain), Esther Clotet Alsina (Spain), Juliette Duquesne (Belgium) and Carolina Vergroesen (Netherlands). The final six athletes come from the East Coast: Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Caroline Rath (Greenville, Del.), Maddy Humphrey (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sofia Haramis (Roseland, N.J.), Courtney Daniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Natalie Faust (Lutherville, Md.).
OHIO STATE’S RECORD WHEN…
Scoring first: 2-0
Opponent scores first: 2-3
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 0-2
Trailing at halftime: 1-1
Outshooting its opponent: 3-1
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-2
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 4-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-2