Oct. 28, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State field hockey team defeated No. 20 Northwestern, 3-1, Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. With the victory, the Buckeyes (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten) are currently tied for second place with Iowa in the Big Ten standings following their final regular season game of 2011.
The Scarlet and Gray have now finished in the Top 3 of the conference standings 11 times under 16th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The Buckeyes improve to 22-1 against the Wildcats under the direction of Wilkinson.
It was a memorable day for sophomore Arielle Cowie who scored the team’s opening goal for her first career score as a Buckeye. Junior back Laura Napolitano scored her third goal of the year to make it 2-0 in favor of Ohio State. Junior forward Danica Deckard collected the squad’s third goal and now has 24 points this season.
Senior tri-captain Jenn Sciulli made her 82nd career start today to tie former Buckeye and teammate Bri Doak (2007-10) for first in the Ohio State career starts list.
After the first 19 minutes of action went scoreless, the Buckeyes got on the board first when Cowie deflected a shot into the back of the cage following a penalty corner at 19:41. Sophomore Paula Pastor-Pitarque was credited with the assist.
The Buckeyes continued their momentum with an unassisted goal by Napolitano at 24:57 following the Buckeyes’ eight penalty corner of the first half. The Scarlet and Gray held an 8-1 lead in corners in the first 35 minutes.
Northwestern cut its deficit to 2-1 after Nikki Parsley knocked in a goal at 34:40 following a deflection off an OSU save.
In the second half, Deckard got the Buckeyes off to a fast start when she notched in her team-high 11th goal of the season at 36:57.
The OSU defense held strong in the second half, denying seven shots by the Wildcats following the Buckeyes’ third goal.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis improves to 11-7 overall, collecting seven saves. With the win against the Wildcats, Tunitis ties former Buckeye Lindsay Williams (2002-05) for second on the OSU all-time list with 36 career victories.
Ohio State held a 16-11 advantage on shots and an 8-4 lead in penalty corners against Northwestern.
The Buckeyes now prepare for postseason play at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 3-6 in State College, Pa.