No. 5-seed Ohio State opens tournament against No. 4 Michigan Thursday at 12:15 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State field hockey begins postseason play in the Big Ten tournament Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. The No. 5-seed Buckeyes will face No. 4 Michigan at 12:15 p.m. (ET) in a first-rounf game at the IU Field Hockey Field.
Ohio State has been on a 12-day break following its final regular-season game Oct. 24. The Buckeyes, ranked 17th in the NFHCA poll released Tuesday, are 12-6 overall this season and wrapped up the Big Ten slate with a 3-3 mark. Michigan is 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Wolverines won the tie-breaker against OSU by winning the regular-season meeting by a score of 3-2 (Oct. 5).
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring for the Big Ten tournament games will be available on the Hoosiers’ official athletics Web site: www.IUHoosiers.com. A link to the live scoring also is on the Ohio State field hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Both semifinal games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (ET) Friday. The championship game Sunday also will air live on the BTN at noon.
BIG TEN TOURNEY SCHEDULE
The 2008 Big Ten Tournament will open with the first round Thursday. Along with the Ohio State-Michigan game, No. 2 Iowa will face No. 7 Indiana at 10 a.m. (ET) and No. 3 Michigan State will face No. 6 Northwestern at 2:30 p.m.
Top-seeded Penn State will play the winner of the OSU-UM game in the first semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday. The second semifinal is scheduled for 12:15 pm. After resting Saturday, the tournament will conclude Sunday with the championship game at noon.
OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes have a 13-13 record in the 14 years of the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State hosted the event in 2002 and 2007. This year is the first time OSU has faced Michigan in the tournament since 2004 and the Buckeyes are 3-5 all-time against the Wolverines in the event.
Ohio State has only appeared in the championship game once, when it won the title in 2001. That year, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Iowa, 2-1, in the championship game.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State is 12-6 overall this season with a 3-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are on a four-game winning streak with three shutouts of conference foes in that span 5-0 at Indiana (Oct. 10), 2-0 at Iowa (Oct. 19) and 6-0 vs. Northwestern (Oct. 24).
Senior Linda Haussener has had an outstanding senior season, leading Ohio State in points (47), goals (18) and assists (11). Behind her are six other Buckeyes with double-digit points in Emily Mikac (23), Jena Cacciatore (17), Aisling Coyle (17), Jenn Sciulli (12), Melissa Palm (12) and Aisling McKeon (10).
OHIO STATE/MICHIGAN SERIES
The Buckeyes and Wolverines have met a total of 55 times with Michigan leading the all-time series 33-20-2. Ohio State and Michigan faced each other earlier this season, Oct. 5 in Ann Arbor, with UM edging the Buckeyes 3-2 for the win.
The teams have played into overtime two of their last three games, with UM coming away victorious last year in Columbus after an Ohio State win in Ann Arbor in 2006. Both times the score was 3-2.
WHEN LAST WE MET
During their regular-season meeting Oct. 5, the Buckeyes tied the score in the second half, but Michigan scored with nine minutes left for the 3-2 win.
The Buckeyes jumped on the board quickly, when junior Melissa Palm scored unassisted just 24 seconds into the game. Michigan responded at 2:39 when Alicia Mayer carried the ball into the circle and scored. Stephanie Hoyer then gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead at 17:09.
In the second half of the game, Ohio State knotted the score at 2-all at 61:52 by capitalizing on a penalty corner. From the left side of the goal, Aisling McKeon tipped in a shot by redshirt-freshman Aisling Coyle from the arc. With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Michigan regained the lead on another goal by Mayer. She scored at 66:27 on a point-blank shot after a diving pass by Sarah Wilhite.
LAST TIME OUT
Before their 12-day hiatus, Ohio State wrapped up its regular season with a 6-0 shutout of Northwestern, Oct. 24 in its final game at North Turf Field.
On a day honoring her class, senior co-captain Linda Haussener led the then-No. 19 Ohio State field hockey team to a 6-0 win against Northwestern on a cold and rainy day. The shutout was the ninth of the season for the Buckeyes and the third-consecutive for freshman goalkeeper Ally Tunitis against a Big Ten opponent.
Sophomore Jena Cacciatore had a two-goal performance and junior Melissa Palm also scored. The Buckeyes broke open the game with four goals in the second half.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The Buckeyes have shut out their last three Big Ten opponents, including a 2-0 upset at then-No. 8 Iowa (Oct. 19). They have outscored teams 13-0 in those games adding a 5-0 win at Indiana and a 6-0 win vs. Northwestern to their victory at Iowa.
Ohio State began its Big Ten season 0-3, including two one-goal losses. The Buckeyes were held to just three goals in those games. OSU opened the conference schedule against two nationally-ranked teams at North Turf Field, falling to then-No. 13 Michigan State, 3-1 (Sept. 26) before a 1-0 loss to then-No. 16 Penn State (Sept. 28). The Buckeyes also were defeated by Michigan, 3-2 (Oct. 5).
THE CASE OF TUNITIS
Freshman goalkeeper Ally Tunitis stepped into the starting role the last four games of the season and has been stellar in net. She has shut out all three Big Ten opponents faced, including road wins at Indiana and then-No. 8 Iowa.
In her four appearances, the native of Macungie, Pa., has allowed one goal while making 15 saves for a .938 save percentage. She also has a 0.25 goals-against average in her 280 minutes played.
Midfielder Linda Haussener has anchored the Buckeye offense her senior season. She has been held scoreless in just four of 18 games, totaling 47 points on 18 goals and 11 assists all team highs. After not having a point in the season-opener, the native of Baden, Switzerland, went on a 10-game point streak with 26 points during that span.
In the NCAA rankings (as of Nov. 2), Haussener is seventh in points per game (2.61) and ninth in goals per game (1.0). She leads the Big Ten in overall scoring with a 12-point margin over the next player and is the only player averaging over two points per game. She also stands atop the goals category and is tied for third in assists.
DRAWING A BLANK
Ohio State has shutout nine opponents this season the most since 1979. OSU ranks second in the NCAA with 0.5 shutouts per game, just behind James Madison with 0.56.
The Buckeyes began 2008 with a 2-0 win vs. Kent State, opening the season with a shutout for the first time since 1998. After shutting out Temple, (3-0), they then blanked Maine (4-0) and Ball State (5-0) in back-to-back games before defeating Appalachian State (7-0). OSU added a 6-0 shutout to Robert Morris (Oct. 1), before shutting out its last three Big Ten opponents: 5-0 at Indiana (Oct. 10), 2-0 at Iowa (Oct. 19) and 6-0 vs. Northwestern (Oct. 24).
While the Buckeye goalkeepers have been key to Ohio State’s nine shutouts this season, the backfield has been just as important to the team’s success. Freshman Jenn Sciulli, sophomore Brianne Doak and juniors Rachel Hunter and Natalia Ciminello and others have limited Buckeye opponents to an average of just 3.8 shots on goal, 6.8 overall shots and 4.1 penalty corners. Ciminello, Doak and Sciulli have recorded a defensive save this season.
SHUT THEM DOWN
Freshman goalkeeper Ally Tunitis made two saves in her first career start to blank Indiana, 5-0, on the road Oct. 10. She followed with a shutout in a 2-0 upset at then-No. 8 Iowa (Oct. 19) and capped off the regular-season with a 6-0 win against Northwestern (Oct. 24).
Junior keeper Lindsay Quintiliani posted her third shutout this season Sept. 14 with a 4-0 win against Maine. It was the ninth time in her career she had blanked an opponent, placing the native of Mountain Top, Pa., fifth all-time in the Buckeye record books.
Quintiliani and fellow keeper Ali Ristas have combined for three other shutouts 5-0 vs. Ball State (Sept. 17), 7-0 vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 21) and 6-0 vs. Robert Morris (Oct. 1).
OHIO STATE SWEEPS BIG TEN P.O.W. AWARDS
Emily Mikac and Ally Tunitis earned the Big Ten’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively, the conference announced Oct. 20. It is the first player of the week award in the careers of both Mikac and Tunitis. Ohio State collected four player of the week awards this season.
Mikac, a senior forward from Upper Arlington, Ohio, led the Buckeye offense in a 2-0 upset of No. 8 Iowa Sunday in Iowa City. The co-captain set up Ohio State’s goal in the first half, finding Rachel Hunter on the breakaway in the first half. Mikac then sealed the win with a last-minute goal.
Tunitis, a freshman from Macungie, Pa., started her second and third games of her career last week and stopped eight of nine shots to lead Ohio State to two wins. She made four saves in a 3-1 victory at home Wednesday against Miami University. Tunitis followed that with her second-consecutive shutout on the road against a Big Ten opponent. She handed No. 8 Iowa its first shutout of the season in a 2-0 upset Sunday, stopping all four shots faced.
BUCKEYE NAMED TO SENIOR ALL-STAR GAME
Linda Haussener has been invited to play in the NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Oct. 22. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Ohio State has had a student-athlete in the Senior All-Star game each of the last four seasons.
THE WILKINSON YEARS
Head coach Anne Wilkinson in 49-45 all-time against Big Ten teams and has an overall record of 154-100 (.606) at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have finished .500 or better in conference play in nine of 13 years. With a 12-6 mark this season, Wilkinson tallied her 11th winning season. Her career record stands at 233-183-8 for a .559 winning percentage.
NEW HOME FOR THE BUCKS
The Ohio State field hockey team will have a new place to call home next season after many seasons at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes will be part of the new Field Hockey/Outdoor Tennis Complex on the north side of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Groundbreaking for the new field hockey facility will take place in March with the new home ready by the middle of August for the 2009 season.
Linda Haussener scored her third hat trick of the season vs. Northwestern (Oct. 24). It was the senior co-captain’s fifth game with six or more points this season. She also had six points at Indiana with two goals and two assists (Oct. 10) and in neutral-site games vs. Maine (3g, Sept. 14) and Appalachian State (2g, 2a, Sept. 21).
Haussener recorded a career-high seven points in a home game vs. Robert Morris (Oct. 1) with three goals and an assist. The last time a Buckeye had seven points in a game was Curlyne Wynn against Ball State, Sept. 27, 2006.
HAUSSENER REACHES 100-POINT MILESTONE
Two-time All-American Linda Haussener is making her way up the Ohio State records in her senior season. On Oct. 1, the native of Baden, Switzerland, became just the seventh Buckeye in program history to reach the century mark. Through 18 games this season, here is where she stands all-time:
Sixth in career goals with 43
Tied for sixth in career assists with 30
Fifth in career scoring with 116 points
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes rank among the top of the Big Ten overall in several categories (ranking released Nov. 2) including:
Points: 1. Linda Haussener (47)
Goals: 1. Linda Haussener (18); T-9. Emily Mikac (10)
Assists: T-3. Linda Haussener (11)
Game-Winning Goals: T-2. Aisling Coyle (3), Jena Cacciatore (3)
Goals-Against Average: 4. Lindsay Quintiliani (1.47)
Shutouts: T-3. Lindsay Quintiliani (3), Ally Tunitis (3)
BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA
Ohio State ranks in the Top 20 of the NCAA in nine team categories (rankings released Nov. 2).
Shutouts Per Game: 2nd, 0.5
Goals-Against Average: 9th, 1.12
Scoring Margin: 14th, 1.81
Scoring Average: 15th, 2.92
Goals Per Game: 15th, 3.06
Points Per Game: 15th, 8.44
Assists Per Game: 16th, 2.33
Penalty corners: 17th, 8.06
Winning Percentage: 20th, 0.667