Buckeyes’ 10-game win streak snapped Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State field hockey team lost, 2-1, to No. 11 Michigan Sunday afternoon in the Big Ten Tournament championship game at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. It was a close game between the two teams who tied for the best conference record (5-1) to share the Big Ten regular-season title.
The Buckeyes (16-4) tied the game at 1-1 heading into half, but an early second-half Wolverine goal sealed the victory for Michigan who limited Ohio State to one shot in the final 35 minutes.
Michigan (15-6) snapped the Buckeyes’ 10-game win streak and earned the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Ohio State is now 1-2 all-time in Big Ten Tournament championship games.
The Buckeyes were led by senior forward Jena Cacciatore who scored Ohio State’s goal, set up by sophomore forward Berta Queralt.
Michigan opened the scoring at 12:42 after Alicia Mayer deflected the ball in from the right post off a backhanded hit by Zara Saydjari into the circle.
The Buckeyes answered with 10 minutes left in the first half when Cacciatore scored off a long cross from outside the circle, settling the ball inside the left post at 25:02. The goal was Cacciatore’s 12th of the season, while Queralt picked up her 26th assist.
The Wolverines went ahead early in the second half after Katie Adams sent a cross from the left side into the middle of the circle and Rachael Mack deflected it in front of goal at 41:11.
Ohio State looked to be at an advantage with 11 minutes left as UM went down a player following a yellow card, but had a tough time setting up a scoring opportunity for its first loss since Sept. 24.
Junior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis made two saves and moves to 16-4 this season. Christi Barwick (4-4) had one save for the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes now await the announcement of the 2010 NCAA Tournament field. The Division I field hockey tournament selection show will be streamed on NCAA.com beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday.