Sept. 28, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Away from home for the last three games – including two against top 10-ranked teams – the Ohio State field hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday for a non-conference contest against in-state foe Kent State. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. Next Monday, the non-conference schedule concludes with a 3 p.m. game at Ball State.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Coming off a 4-2 setback against Michigan State last Sunday, Ohio State is 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten.
• Junior Maddy Humphrey continues to be Ohio State’s top offensive threat, as she leads the team is nearly every statistical category. The junior from Virginia Beach, Va. has 17 points on seven goals and three assists. She also has 22 shots, 12 shots on goal and is one-for-one on penalty strokes.
• Complementing Humphrey on offense are a pair of freshmen – Esther Clotet Alsina and Adelaide Penzone. The duo has 18 combined points on eight goals and two assists. Penzone scored game-winning goals on back to back occasions – Sept. 7 vs. UC Davis and Sept. 11 vs. Miami – while Clotet’s four goals and come in four different games.
• Ten different Buckeyes have at least one point this year. A junior and sophomore – Morgan Kile and Casey Cole – each have four while Maggie Reddecliff is tied with Humphrey with a team-high three assists.
• On defense, junior Liz Tamburro continues to lead the Big Ten in saves (51) and saves per game (5.1). Playing in front of her is junior Caroline Rath (team-high four defensive saves), freshman Maartje Bongers and junior Carolina Vergroesen.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
2016: 6-4 overall, 2-0 MAC
2015: 11-9, 5-1; MAC Regular Season and Tournament champions
Leading Scorer: Alison Harmatz – six goals, 12 points; three players with nine points (Silvia Figa Malgosa, Shannon Talbot, Krysti Lober)
Goalkeeper: Andrea Rinehart – 2.06 GAA, .661 save percentage, 41 saves, one shutout
On the Road: Kent State is 3-1 away from home this year with wins over Cal, Pacific and Longwood and a loss to Stanford.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
2016: 4-6, 0-1 MAC
2015: 2-16, 0-6 MAC
Leading Scorer: Mikayla Mooney – four goals, one assist, nine points; Lexi Kavanaugh – three goals, three assists, nine points
Goalkeeper: Jordan Dues – 2.41 GAA, 61 saves, .701 save percentage
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. KENT STATE
The Buckeyes hold a commanding 22-7 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1978. Ohio State won the first seven meetings in the series between 1978 and 1984.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BALL STATE
Ohio State and Ball State have met 22 times previously with the Buckeyes holding a 15-7 edge in the series, which began in 1983. Ball State won the first five meetings and since then Ohio State has been victorious in 15 of the last 17 games.
THE LAST FIVE VS. BALL STATE
9/11/15: Ohio State 3, Ball State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/12/14: Ohio State 3, Ball State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/24/13: Ohio State 2, Ball State 1 (Muncie, Ind.)
9/19/12: Ohio State 9, Ball State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/27/11: Ohio State 5, Ball State 0 (Muncie, Ind.)
THE LAST FIVE VS. KENT STATE
10/27/15: Kent State 3, Ohio State 1 (Kent, Ohio)
10/12/14: Ohio State 3, Kent State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/24/13: Ohio State 4, Kent State 3 (Kent, Ohio)
9/19/12: Ohio State 8, Kent State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/18/11: Ohio State 4, Kent State 1 (Kent, Ohio)
HARRIS FAMILY TIES
Friday’s matchup will be a special one in the Harris household, as Buckeye freshman Whitney Harris will square off against her sisters alma mater. Alayna Harris finished her eligibility with the Golden Flashes last year and was a captain and second team All-MAC selection. Whitney has played in eight of 10 games this fall for Ohio State and scored her first collegiate goal Sunday at Michigan State.
DANIELS FAMILY TIES
Like her teammates Whitney Harris, Courtney Daniels will also be going up against her sisters former school when the Buckeyes travel to Ball State. Courtney’s older sister Cameron played for Ball State from 2012-15, starting every game for the Cardinals from 2013 through 2015.
AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Freshmen combined to score five of Ohio State’s six points on Sunday at Michigan State, and as a group the class has 22 of the team’s 53 points (41.5 percent). That is the highest percentage of a team’s point production by a freshmen group in the Big Ten.
AT HOME THIS YEAR
All three of Ohio State’s wins this year have come at Buckeye Varsity Field. In five home games, the Buckeyes are averaging 13.4 shots/game, nearly two more than its overall season average. Ohio State also generates 8.2 corners/game at home, also nearly two more than its average over the season’s first 10 contests.
OHIO STATE’S RECORD WHEN…
Scoring first: 2-2
Opponent scores first: 1-5
Leading at halftime: 2-0
Tied at halftime: 1-1
Trailing at halftime: 0-6
Outshooting its opponent: 2-0
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-6
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 2-3
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 1-4
BUCKS ON US CAMPAIGN
All nine regular season games this season at Buckeye Varsity Field are free and part of the “Bucks On Us” campaign. Of the Buckeyes’ 36 varsity sports, over 20 do not charge admission to regular season home events. In all, there are over 172 free events per year on Ohio State’s campus.