Oct. 10, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 9-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (11-2, 3-0 Big Ten) welcomes Kent State for a non-conference matchup at 3 p.m. Tuesday at North Turf Field.
The Buckeyes, winners of 10 in a row and 11 of their last 12, hold a 7-1 home record and look to set a team record with 11 consecutive victories.
Ohio State has won three straight games against Kent State at home.
A Look Back
The Buckeyes kept rolling last week with a 3-2 overtime win over Miami (Ohio) last Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio.
The Buckeyes were led by sophomore Yesenia Luces, who scored the game-winning goal just 3:45 into overtime, sealing the victory. Luces and junior Saskia Mueller chipped in two assists apiece, raising their season totals to 11 and 10, respectively.
On the receiving end of those assists was senior Lucy Clayton who scored two goals in the match, upping her team-high total to 11 goals.
OSU outshot the RedHawks, 19-2, for the match and had 11 penalty corners to Miami’s three.
The win extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 10, tying the all-time team record set in 1976.
Buckeyes and the Big Ten
Many Buckeyes were among the statistical leaders in the Big Ten in games played as of Oct. 6.
Senior Lucy Clayton leads the Big Ten in both shots (77) and shots per game (5.92). Clayton is tied for first with 11 goals on the year.
Four Buckeyes place among the Top 7 in total points. Yesenia Luces leads the league with 29 points while Saskia Mueller and Clayton are third with 24 points. Leticia Fragapane is No. 7 with 20 points. Clayton also shares the league lead in goals (11) and Fragapane is tied for fifth with nine.
Luces and Mueller rank No. 1 and No. 2 in assists with 11 and 10, respectively.
On the defensive side, Jessica Gofgosky leads the conference with three defensive saves and goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is tied for second with three shutouts. Williams is third in the league with a 1.37 GAA.
As a team the Buckeyes are second in the conference in scoring average (3.58), and penalty corners, (109). OSU leads the conference with 32 assists.
Buckeyes and the Nation
Several Buckeye players ranked among the Top 15 nationally in their respective categories, as of Oct. 3.
Yesenia Luces’ 25 points are good for ninth best in the country while her nine assists place her tied for fourth.
Both Lucy Clayton and Leticia Fragapane are T-13th with nine goals on the year.
Buckeye Jessica Gofgosky is tied for ninth with three defensive saves on the year.
As a team, the Buckeyes place tied for eighth with a scoring margin of 2.32 goals. Offensively the Buckeyes are No. 6 with a 3.64 scoring average, and defensively are No. 14, yielding only 1.32 goals per game.
Streaking into History
The win against Miami tied the all-time team record of 10 consecutive victories set in 1976. A win against Kent State would eclipse the team mark, giving the Buckeyes a record 11 in a row.
During the current 10-game winning streak, the Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 42 to 12. OSU is averaging 19.8 shots a game, while holding its opponents to 6.1 an outing. In addition, OSU has taken 97 penalty corners to its opponents 38.
Three Buckeyes Honored
Three Ohio State players have received honors this season, beginning Sept. 18, when senior Lucy Clayton was honored as the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, following her performance in two Buckeye victories over Louisville and Missouri State. Clayton notched her first hat-trick of the season, and the fourth of her career in a 4-3 OT win over Louisville. She followed with a team best 14 shots against Missouri State, a 2-0 Buckeye win.
Ohio State senior forward Leticia Fragapane was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and junior midfielder Curlyne Wynn was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 26.
Fragapane, from Mendoza, Argentina, led the Buckeyes with six goals in the three games. Fragapane entered her senior season with just four career goals and 13 points.
Wynn, a Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, native, was the leader of the Buckeye defense that shut down all three opponents holding two squads to one goal each and Iowa to two scores. Of those four goals, one came on a penalty stroke and the other three were scored on penalty corners. Wynn helped the Buckeye offense against Michigan, scoring a goal late in the first half.
This is the second Big Ten accolade for Wynn, who was first honored Sept. 13, 2004.
In addition to Big Ten honors, Fragapane was named the National Player of the Week by womensfieldhockey.com.
Scouting Kent State
The Golden Flashes (2-11, 2-2 MAC), after opening the season 0-11, have wins in their last two games. The squad beat MAC foe Central Michigan, 5-3, last Friday and downed conference opponent Ohio in overtime, 3-2, last Sunday. Kent State opened MAC play Sept. 23 with a 4-0 loss at Miami and dropped a 1-0, 2OT game Sept. 30 at Missouri State in a shootout. The Golden Flashes have lost six one-goal games, including three to ranked teams.
The Kent State offense is led by freshman Melanie Bierens de Hann (five goals, 13 points), 2004 MAC Co-Player of Year, Berber Rischen (six assists, 10 points) and junior Elizabeth Lahey (four goals, six points).
In cage for the Golden Flashes are junior Linz Markwart and sophomore Kara Copeland. Copeland has played in four games, recording 22 saves. Markwart has appeared in 10 games, recording 62 saves.
Kent State is coached by Kerry DeVries. DeVries is in her ninth year as head coach, a stint that has included five NCAA tournament appearances, along with four regular season and tournament MAC Championships. DeVries has comprised a 118-67 record at Kent State.
Buckeyes vs. Golden Flashes
Tuesday marks the 20th meeting between the teams, with Ohio State leading the all-time series, 14-5. Their last meeting came in 2004, a 3-1 road victory for the Buckeyes. In that game, Florencia Stier and Curlyne Wynn notched goals for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has won three straight games against Kent State at home.
Ohio State vs. MAC
Ohio State continued its dominance of MAC opponents this season, following a 3-2 OT victory over Miami Oct. 4. The Buckeyes have beat each MAC team it has played by a combined score of 15-3, outshooting them 85-23.
The Buckeyes also downed Missouri State, 2-0, Ball State, 6-1, and Ohio, by the score of 4-0.
After Kent State, the Buckeyes final game against a MAC opponent will come Oct. 16, when it hosts Central Michigan.
To The Point
Four Buckeye players have at least 20 points on the season, led by sophomore Yesenia Luces with 29. Both Saskia Mueller and Lucy Clayton have 24 points and Leticia Fragapane has 20 points on the year.
The Buckeyes have played in two overtime games this season, winning both.
Ohio State defeated Louisville, 4-3 at home Sept. 14 and last time out, beat Miami 3-2, in Oxford, Ohio.
With each week, Ohio State has continued to climb in the national rankings. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, up from No. 10 on Sept. 27, No. 14 on Sept. 20, and No. 17 Sept. 13.
Closing The Door
The Buckeyes’ 11-2 record has been in large part because of its second-half dominance. Ohio State has outscored its opponents 21-7 in the second period this season, and 2-0 in overtime. The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in the second half, 97-51.
The Buckeyes return to Big Ten play when they take on No. 7-ranked Indiana Friday at North Turf Field. The Hoosiers (11-1, 3-0 Big Ten) are led by junior Lydia Schrott and senior Kayla Bashore, each recording 18 points on the season.
Indiana is coached by Amy Robertson, in her sixth year at the helm.
Ohio State will take on Central Michigan (6-7, 3-2 MAC) Oct. 16. The Chippewas are coached by Cristy Freese. Fresse, an Ohio State graduate, is in her 20th season as head coach.