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Oct. 31, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Another week, another ranked opponent for the Ohio State field hockey team. The Buckeyes will wrap up its regular season versus No. 14 Michigan on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. Game time is set for noon.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 6-10 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten following a 4-1 loss to No. 9 Northwestern last Saturday.
  • Against the Wildcats, freshman Maddy Humphrey scored the team’s only goal, bringing her up to a team-high 32 point on the season. This was the fourth time in the last six games that Humphrey scored at least one goal.  Freshman goalie Liz Tamburro tallied 12 saves for her sixth game of the season with double-digit saves.
  • The win over Indiana gave head coach Anne Wilkinson 300 in her career, making her just the 15th coach in Division I history to reach that milestone. In her 28th year as a head coach, she is 300-238-9 in her career and 221-154 at Ohio State.
  • Offensively, the Buckeyes continue to be led by the tandem of Humphrey (12 goals, eight assists, 32 points) and Peanut Johnson (seven goals, 11 assists, 25 points). On defense, Tamburro has a 3.00 goals-against average and a .696 save percentage. She leads the Big Ten with 110 saves.
  • Humphrey and Johnson have combined for at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games.
  • Sunday’s game against Michigan will be Ohio State’s 11th this season against a ranked team. The Buckeyes have also played five games against team currently ranked in the top 10.

A DYNAMIC DUO
Freshman Maddy Humphrey and junior Peanut Johnson have proven to be a lethal duo for the Buckeyes, as the two are the fourth highest scoring tandem in the conference (19 goals, 19 assists, 57 points).

Cafone/Norlander (IOWA) – 76 points
Herold/Chrismer (PSU) – 62 points
Dessoye/Fluharty (UMD) – 61 points
Humphrey/Johnson (OSU) – 57 points
Barker/Ahern (MSU) – 59 points
Flens/Masters (NW) – 56 points
Smith/McCallister (MICH) – 50 points
Heilman/Volgarf (IND) – 44 points
Champion/Walia (RUTG) – 39 points

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan, ranked No. 14 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, is 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off a 3-2 victory over New Hampshire that was preceded by a 2-1 setback against Michigan State last Friday.

Leslie Smith and Ainsley McCallister are the Wolverines’ top offensive threats, combining for 15 goals and 20 assists. McCallister has a Big Ten-leading 17 assists on the year. On defense, Sam Swenson has started 14 games with a 1.41 goals-against average, 50 saves and .694 save percentage.

THE LAST FIVE VS. MICHIGAN
10/20/2013 –Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
11/1/2012 – Michigan 1, Ohio State 0 (B1G Tournament; Iowa City, Iowa)

10/14/2012 – Michigan 3, Ohio State 1 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
9/23/2011 – Ohio State 2, Michigan 1 (Columbus, Ohio)

11/7/2010 – Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (B1G Championship; Evanston, Ill.)

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 9 Northwestern on Saturday at NU’s Lakeside Field. The Buckeyes fell to 1-6 in the conference and 6-10 on the season, while the Wildcats improved to 6-1, 12-5.

Freshman Maddy Humphrey scored the Buckeye goal, tipping in a shot by Morgan Kile and cutting the Wildcat lead in half, 2-1, at 1:39 into the second half. The one-goal deficit was short lived with Northwestern scoring its third goal 10 minutes later and extending the lead to 4-1 in the 54th minute. With her goal, Humphrey has scored at least one goal in four of the last six games and reaching a team-leading 32 points on the season. Kile registered her second assist of the season.

Goalie Liz Tamburro totaled 12 saves, her sixth game of the season with double-digit saves, bringing her season total to a Big Ten-leading 110 saves.

THE SENIORS
Alexis Allen is a forward/midfield from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She had played in 16 career games and recorded her first point earlier this season on an assist in a 9-1 win over Appalachian State. A business administration major, she is also a OSU Scholar-Athlete.

An exercise science major, Sarah Lemieux is from Dublin, Ohio. In 2013 Sarah made 17 starts in goal for the Buckeyes, had a career high eight saves in an overtime victory against New Hampshire to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Carly Mackessy is a finance major from Hudson, Ohio. Carly is a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and was Academic All-Big Ten in 2012 and 2013. She’s been a key member of the Buckeye backfield over her career, starting 47 of the 69 games she’s played in.

Kaitlyn Wagner is an environmental science major from Oley, Pa. and veteran of 74 career games. As a freshman she started every in every contest for the Buckeyes and has continued this streak into her senior season. In 2013, Kaitlyn was an Ohio State Sportsmanship Award Honoree. This year she had recorded a career-high 13 points on six goals and one assist.