August 31, 2018

Buckeyes Travel to Boston to Take on No. 25 Maine, No. 19 Boston University

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State field hockey team is set for its first road trip of the 2018 season. The team will travel to Boston for a weekend of competition against No. 25 Maine on Saturday, Sept. 1 and No. 19 Boston University on Monday, Sept. 3 at New Balance Field.

 

BUCKEYE NOTES

  • The Buckeyes rank seventh in the country with 3.5 assists per game.
  • With five goals and 17 points so far this season, Ohio State is second in the Big Ten in both those categories.
  • Junior midfielder Esther Clotet has scored two goals and five points in two games. She is tied for third in the Big Ten in each category.
  • After this weekend’s games, the Buckeyes will have played four consecutive games against ranked opponents.
  • Goalies Ellen Westfall and Aaliyah Hernandez have been splitting time over the last two games. Westfall has recorded three saves in her 70 minutes and Hernandez has made six saves and tallied 65 minutes as well as her first win as a Buckeye.
  • Sammy Stone scored her first career goal for the Buckeyes against Louisville. The sophomore has added two assists so far this season to give her four points on the season.
  • Over two games, Ohio State has kept their opponents to one goal in the second half.
  • Ten of the Buckeyes’ 14 shots this season have been on cage, earning the team a .714 shot-on-goal percentage.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Ohio State comes into the weekend off of a 3-2 overtime win over No. 8 Louisville. Down 2-0 at half, the Buckeyes came out of half ready to stage a comeback. Sammy Stone scored the team’s game-tying goal and kept Ohio State in the game. Under two minutes into overtime, Esther Clotet knocked in a pass from Kelsey Nolan, pushing the Buckeyes over the Cardinals 3-2.

 

KNOW THY OPPONENT

No. 25 Maine Black Bears

The University of Maine Black Bears are 1-0 this season coming into the matchup against the Buckeyes. In their first game of the season, the team netted nine goals against Holy Cross to win 9-1. Senior Samantha Wagg scored three straight goals in 15 minutes to help lengthen the Black Bears lead over their opponent. Wagg leads the offense with six points.

The last time the Buckeyes and Black Bears met was in 2008, with Ohio State blanking Maine 4-0. This will be the teams’ eighth meeting in series history.

 No. 19 Boston University Terriers

Boston University is 2-0 this season, having most recently shut out New Hampshire 4-0. Leading the Terriers on offense this season is Ally Hammel who has two goals and three assists for seven points. The team has played three goalies in two games during the 2018 campaign, with Kathleen Keegan starting for the Terriers. Millie Baker has subbed in during two games and Livy Golini has made an appearance in one.

 Monday will be the first time since 1997 and only the second time in series history that the Buckeyes will have played the Terriers. Ohio State will be looking to pick up their first victory over Boston University.

OPPONENT NOTES

  • Players from Maine and Boston University hold four of the top five spots on the list of players leading the NCAA in assists.
  • Maine leads the nation in scoring average with nine goals in one game played. Boston University is tied for seventh with eight goals in two games.
  • Both teams will play each other on Friday before facing the Buckeyes.

 

QUOTE FROM COACH MARTIN

“Every weekend is going to add different challenges and different benefits. Going to Boston, I know the girls are excited, a lot of families are going to be able to come. We have two great games lined up with Maine on Saturday and BU on Monday. They are both really strong in their conference. As a unit, we are trying to get better each weekend.”

 

NEXT UP

The Buckeyes return to Columbus for a four consecutive games. They will be back on Buckeye Varsity Field to play Ball State on Sept. 7 at 4:00 p.m. and Lehigh on Sept. 9 at 1:00 p.m.