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Oct. 12, 2014 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The freshmen duo of Maddy Humphrey and Annabel Sams scored all three goals for the Ohio State field hockey team as it earned a 3-1 win over non-conference foe Kent State on Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 5-8 overall while Kent State is now 5-8.

Humphrey, who came into the game as the sixth leading scorer in the Big Ten, scored her team-leading 10th and 11th goals of the season. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Humphrey now has at least one point in seven of the last nine games. Including her performance on Friday at Rutgers (one goal, one assist), she put together a three-goal, one-assist week.

Sams’ goal nearly 20 minutes into the second half gave Ohio State much-needed breathing room. For Sams, from Kingston, England, the tally was her third of the season. She previously scored twice in a 3-2 overtime victory against Ball State on September 14.

Humphrey got Ohio State out a quick start, scoring twice in the games first five minutes to give the Buckeyes a quick 2-0 lead. Just over two minutes into the contest, she raced down the sideline on a breakaway and fired a shot past goalie Andrea Rinehart. Not satisfied, nearly three minutes later she cleaned up a rebound off an Emma Royce shot and poked the ball in right in front of the cage.

Those two goals proved to be the only offense for the next 50 minutes of game action. Kent State managed just two shots in the first half, but Rinehart, who finished with 13 saves, made five stops in the opening stanza. The Buckeyes also had six first-half penalty corners but were unable to convert on one.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Sams gained possession near midfield and went straight towards the goal, eventually sending a backhanded shot to the top of the cage to make the score 3-0. The Golden Flashes responded with a goal in the 58th minute, but that’s as close as they would get.  

Ohio State controlled much of the possession, particularly in the first half, and finished with a 24-7 edge in shots. The Buckeyes also had 15 penalty corners to just four for Kent State. Freshman goalie Liz Tamburro made five saves.

Prior to the game, Ohio State and Kent State honored 15-year-old Victoria, a sophomore a New Albany High School and former field hockey player who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Last spring, the Buckeyes and Golden Flashes took part in an all-day clinic at Buckeye Varsity Field to raise money for Team Victoria.

Ohio State returns to action on Friday, Oct. 17, when it travels to Bloomington, Ind. to face No. 18 Indiana, a 2-1 winner today over No. 20 Michigan State.