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Oct. 1, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will embark on its most challenging road trip to date, facing a pair of top-five team this weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes tangle with second-ranked Maryland and then turn around less than 48 hours later to face No. 3 Virginia on Sunday.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Friday’s game between the Terrapins and Buckeyes will air live on the Big Ten Network. Frank Hanrahan will handle the play-by-play duties while Kara Lentz will provide color analysis. A link to live stats will also be available on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 3-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten following a 4-3 loss to Penn State on Sunday.
  • Friday’s game vs. Maryland will be the Buckeyes’ fifth against a ranked opponent this year.
  • Ohio State has previously lost one-goal games to No. 5 Syracuse, No. 16 Michigan State and No. 7 Penn State.
  • On offense, the duo of Maddy Humphrey and Peanut Johnson have combined for 11 goals and 16 assists (38 points). They have recorded at least one point in each of the last five games.
  • Humphrey is a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week award. She and Maryland’s Moira Putsch are the only multiple winners of the award this season.
  • On defense, freshman goalie Liz Tamburro has started all nine games thus far and has a 2.95 goals against average with a Big Ten-leading 63 saves.
  • In each of their nine games this season, the Buckeyes starting lineup has featured at least five newcomers.
  • Head coach Anne Wilkinson, in her 19th season at the helm of the Ohio State program, is just three wins away from becoming the 15th Division I head coach to amass 300 career victories. Wilkinson, who spent nine years at American (1987-1995) before arriving in Columbus, is 297-234-9 in her career and 218-150 at Ohio State.

IN THE NCAA STATS

  • Peanut Johnson is fourth in assists per game (1.00) and 24th in points per game (1.89)
  • Maddy Humphrey is 10th in points per game (2.33), 22nd in goals per game (0.78) and 14th in assists per game (0.78)
  • Liz Tamburro is 10th in saves per game (7.00)

SCOUTING THE TERPS
Maryland, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, is 7-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten following a weekend sweep on Michigan and Michigan State. The Terrapins knocked off the Wolverines, 2-0, and then outlasted the Spartans, 4-2.

Offensively, four players have registered double-figure points thus far – led by the duo of Sarah Spink (five goals, three assists) and Moira Putsch (five goals, three assists). Brooke Cabrera has three shutouts and a 1.47 goals-against average to her credit thus far.

WILKINSON-MEHARG CONNECTION
Ohio State head coach Anne Wilkinson and Maryland’s Missy Meharg were college teammates together at the University of Delaware from 1982-84, where they led by Blue Hens to the unprecedented success. Wilkinson ranks fifth in the Delaware records books in career points (100) and goals (44). Meharg is seventh in points (98) and goals (42).

THE LAST TIME VS. MARYLAND
Friday’s game marks the eighth all-time between Ohio State and Maryland, with the most notable match up coming in the 2010 NCAA National Semifinals. The Terrapins won that contest, 3-1, and went on to claim the national championship with a victory two days later against North Carolina. The last time the two teams met was in 2012, a 5-0 Maryland victory in College Park.

SCOUTING VIRGINIA
Third-ranked Virginia, who faces top-ranked North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C., is 9-2 this season with wins over four ranked opponents – Syracuse, Albany, Duke and Louisville.

The Cavaliers are one of the nation’s top scoring teams, averaging 4.00 goals per game (44 goals in 11 games). Tara Vittese leads the way with 31 points on nine goals and 13 assists. Overall, four players have recorded at least 18 points. Virginia ranks second nationally in goals per game and points per game and fourth in scoring margin.

In goal, Jenny Johnstone has a 1.48 goals-against average with 43 saves and two shutouts.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
In its 9-1 win over Appalachian State, the Buckeyes have several notable offensive performances, including: 

  • Goals from six different players
  • Brooke Hiltz (four) and Peanut Johnson (three) both had career high in assists
  • Maddy Humphrey notched her first career hat trick
  • The nine goals was one shy of the single-game school records for goals
  • With nine goals and nine assists, the Buckeyes tied the school record for points in a game (27)

IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Six Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll: Maryland (No. 2), Iowa (No. 7), Penn State (No. 9), Northwestern (No. 11), Michigan (No. 15), Michigan State (No. 20). Overall, Ohio State’s schedule features 10 games against ranked opponents, including five that are in the Top 10.

LAST TIME OUT
Facing its second ranked opponent this week, the Ohio State nearly overcame a two-goal second-half deficit but dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to No. 7 Penn State on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes’ goal scorers were Emma Royce, Brooke Hiltz and Kaitlyn Wagner.

Peanut Johnson and Maddy Humphrey each recorded an assist and have at least one point in five straight games.

HUMPHREY 2X BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Maddy Humphrey has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice in the last four weeks.

Her first honor came following a two-goal, one assist performance against Miami on Sept. 5. She followed that up with a five-goal, one assist weekend in contests against No. 16 Michigan State and Appalachian State. In the Buckeyes’ 9-1 win over the Mountaineers, she recorded her first career hat trick, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second.

FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES THIS SEASON
Fans can follow Ohio State field hockey on social media all season long. The team’s accounts include:

Instragram: @OhioState_FH
Twitter: @OhioState_FH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OhioStateFieldHockey