Sept. 6, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off its first win if the 2016 season, the Ohio State field hockey team continues a season-long five-game homestand when it concludes play in the Buckeye Invitational on Wednesday against UC Davis. Gametime is set for 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Buckeyes welcome in-state rival Miami to Columbus for a noon contest.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Following a 3-0 shutout of Ohio last Sunday, Ohio State is 1-3 on the year.
• Junior Maddy Humphrey continues to lead the way offensively. She’s tops of the team with five goals and 11 points and has scored at least one goal in each of the first four games.
• Following Humphrey is freshman Esther Clotet Alsina, a newcomer from Barcelona, Spain. She already has two goals and an assist on the year, including the first score against Ohio last Sunday.
• Morgan Kile (one goal, one assist, three points), Casey Cole (one goal, two points), Adelaide Penzone (one goal, two points), Irene Fritschy (two assists), Maartje Bongers (two assists, two points) and Maggie Reddecliff (two points, two assists) are the other Buckeyes with multiple points thus far.
• In the win over Ohio on Sunday, the Buckeyes set a season high for shots (19) and penalty corners (11). The defense also allowed a season-low five shots, the least amount they’ve given up since the season-opener in 2015 (vs. Saint Louis, Aug. 28, 2015).
• Four newcomers – Whitney Harris, Clotet Alsina, Fritschy and Bongers – have played in and started at least three games thus far.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
The Aggies, under the guidance of former Ohio State player and assistant coach Chrissy Kilroe, are 1-2 on the season following a 2-0 loss to Indiana on Monday afternoon. UC Davis opened the season by falling to Northeastern at home, but quickly turned around and started their trip to the Buckeye State with a 3-0 win over Ohio last Friday in Athens. Kathleen Humphries leads the team with three points (one goal, one assist).
The Redhawks, who won the MAC last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, are 2-3 on the year and have a game at home against New Hampshire before coming to Columbus. Led by former Ohio State assistant Inako Puzo, Miami owns wins over Saint Louis and UMass-Lowell with losses a trio of ranked opponents – Virginia, Louisville and Boston University. The duo of Paula Portugal and Geagy Pritchard had 24 of the teams 40 points while goalie Alysa Xavier owns a 2.27 GAA with 26 saves and a .684 save percentage.
ALL-TIME VS. MIAMI, UC DAVIS
Ohio State and Miami are familiar foes, having met 44 times with the Buckeyes holding a 35-8-1 edge in the series. Last year in Oxford, Miami won 4-0. Prior to that, Ohio State had won seven of the previous eight meetings. UC Davis and Ohio State has met just one time before, a 4-0 Buckeye win in 2010. During that season, current UC Davis coach Chrissy Kilroe was an assistant coach of Ohio State’s staff.
RECAPPING THE WIN OVER OHIO
Humphrey scored on a penalty stroke late in the first half and again midway through the second half for all the offense Ohio State would need. Her effort was backed up by a defense that allowed just five total shots to Ohio. It was the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season as goalie Liz Tamburro turned away one OU shot on the cage while Caroline Rath also had a defensive save. Clotet Alsina opened the scoring in the 21st minute and was assisted by Reddecliff, who had two helpers on the day.
FEAR THE RATH
After leading the Big Ten and finishing second nationally in defensive saves last year, junior Caroline Rath is picking up where she left off in 2016. Rath currently has two defensive saves in just four games and is climbing up the career charts in that category. She currently ranks eighth all time with 10 defensive saves, two away from seventh place. The school record is 31 by Beth Senich (1985-88).
A FAST STARTER
Maddy Humphrey continued a trend of early-season scoring, as she has netted a goal in each of Ohio State’s first four games. Last year, she had at least one points in the first eight contests that she played.
Humphrey is approaching elite company in both career goals scored and points, needing just nine goals to enter the top 10 in that category and 29 points for that list. In her career, she’s currently averaging 1.76 points/game.
OHIO STATE’S RECORD WHEN…
Scoring first: 1-1
Leading at halftime: 1-0
Tied at halftime: 0-1
Trailing at halftime: 0-2
Outshooting its opponent: 1-0
Getting outshot by opponent: 0-3