September 5, 2018

Buckeyes Set For Weekend at Home Against Ball State, Lehigh

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes return to Columbus for a pair of games this weekend after three games on the road. Ohio State will host Ball State on Friday at 4 p.m. before playing Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes picked up their second win of the season on Monday with a 4-2 victory over Boston University. Senior Casey Cole scored the first two goals for the Buckeyes, tying her single-season high in just one game. Sammy Stone and Jessica Hourihane scored one goal apiece for the Scarlet and Gray. In her second start of the season goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez made four saves to record her second win as a Buckeye.

RANKED BUCKEYES
Ohio State was tabbed at No. 22 in the Week 1 edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. This is a two-spot jump for the Buckeyes who entered the season ranked No. 24. The No. 22 ranking is the highest for the program since October 16, 2012 when the team was tabbed at No. 21.

 PRESEASON WATCHLIST
Ahead of the 2018 season, Esther Clotet, Casey Cole, and Kelsey Nolan received Big Ten Preseason Honors for the Buckeyes. The recognition was a second nod for Clotet, a junior, and a first for the seniors Cole and Nolan.

Clotet was the second leading scorer last season for the Buckeyes with five goals and is one of the leading scorers this season with two goals. Cole has also scored two goals this season and finished the 2017 season with two goals and two assists. Nolan has started every game this season, recording one assist and two shots.

KNOW THY OPPONENT

BALL STATE
The Ball State Cardinals are coming to Columbus off of a 7-1 loss against the Iowa Hawkeyes last weekend. The lone goal for the Cardinals was scored by Sierra Jefferson, her first of the season. Michelle Shampton assisted the goal and led the team with three shots in the contest. Goalkeeper Grace Chavez recorded 13 saves against the Hawkeyes.

Ohio State and Ball State have met 23 times prior to Friday’s matchup. The last time the teams met was in 2016 with the Buckeyes blanking the Cardinals 3-0. Ohio State leads the series 16-7 leading up to the weekend matchup.

LEHIGH
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks most recently played Villanova, dropping the contest 7-3. Leah Mullery scored two of the team’s three goals and leads the team in scoring this season. Goalkeeper Paige Innarella has played all three games for the Mountain Hawks, recording 25 saves on the season.

Sunday’s matchup will be just the third time that Ohio State and Lehigh will play each other. The series is tied at 1-1. The last time the teams met was in the Buckeye’s 2017 season opener with the Buckeyes earning a 4-0 decision over the Mountain Hawks.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Four Buckeyes are tied for the most goals scored this season. Esther Clotet, Casey Cole, Jessica Hourihane, and Sammy Stone have all recorded two goals this season.
  • The Buckeyes have recorded 30 points in the first four games this season, ranking them fourth in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State is also tied for fourth with No. 5 Penn State in the Big Ten with 2.50 goals per game.
  • Freshman Aaliyah Hernandez is ranked third in the Big Ten among goalkeepers who have played at least four games with a save percentage of .706.
  • Casey Cole has tied her single-season high of two goals in just one game. In the win over Boston University the senior scored two consecutive goals to spark the Buckeye’s to score four goals over the Terriers.
  • Jessica Hourihane scored her first goals donning the Scarlet and Gray last weekend in Boston. She tallied one against Maine and another in the victory over Boston University.

 NOTING THE 2018 SCHEDULE
The Buckeyes’ 2018 season features 10 home games and will play four opponents who made it to the quarter finals of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Ohio State will play nine opponents who were ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.

BIG TEN PLAY APPROACHING
Next Friday, the Buckeyes will start conference play with a home game against No. 5 Penn State. Last season, the team finished 2-6 in conference matchups, including a win over a No. 15 ranked Rutgers squad. In the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Poll, six of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opponents are ranked with four landing in the top-10.

2018 HALL OF FAME CLASS
Linda Haussener (2005-08) is set to be the eighth field hockey player to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 7. Haussener is one of the most decorated field hockey players in Ohio State history. A three-time All-American, she was the 2008 Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team all-conference honoree. Her 52 points as a senior put her at sixth most in a single-season in program history. During her four years, the Buckeyes won 50 games, made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, and won a Big Ten regular season title. The 2008 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient was also a three-time NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

NEXT UP
The Buckeyes remain on home turf as conference play begins on Friday, Sept. 14 as Ohio State hosts No. 5 Penn State and Miami.