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Sept. 23, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will begin to conclude a five-game road swing this week, traveling to face Kent State at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Kent, Ohio.

The Buckeyes are guided by 18th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson, who has led the Scarlet and Gray to NCAA Tournament appearances three out of the last four years. The team returns seven starters from last season and welcomes seven newcomers.

FOLLOW THE GAMES
Link to live stats for the contest vs. Kent State will be available on the Ohio State Field Hockey Schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 

LAST TIME OUT 


Last time out, Ohio State fell, 4-2, at Miami Sept. 18 in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes were able to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the halftime, but the RedHawks notched three second-half goals to claim their first home win of the year.

Offensively, Ohio State was guided by Nora Murer and Kaitlyn Wagner who both scored goals. Murer, who led the team with four shots on net, now has three goals in 2013, while Wagner tallies her first score of the year. Freshman Brooke Hiltz posted her first career point as a Buckeye on an assist to Murer, while junior Nina Laudahn also had a helper vs. the RedHawks. Wagner tallied her first career defensive save during the 59th minute, but Miami added to its lead three minutes later after Brea Dechant scored on a reverse chip shot past goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux. She fell to 1-3 overall this season.  

SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes are currently 4-3 with a recent loss to Drexel last week. However, the Golden Flashes scored the second-most goals in school history in a 13-0 victory over St. Louis Sept. 13. Kent State is ranked in the Top 5 in all offensive categories in the NCAA rankings, while 11 members sit in the Top 10 in the offensive MAC rankings.

OHIO STATE VS. KENT STATE
The Scarlet and Gray are 20-6 all-time against Kent State. Last year, the Buckeyes defeated Kent State, 8-2, and have won five out of the last six meetings.

RECAPPING THE CLASSIC
Ohio State went 1-1 during the Buckeye Classic Sept. 6-8 after defeating Missouri State, 5-1, while losing in overtime to Bucknell, 3-2. Leading the Buckeyes to victory was sophomore Peanut Johnson with her second career hat trick. Overall, Ohio State outshot the Bears, 15-5, while posting a 9-4 lead in corners. As for Bucknell, the Buckeyes took an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but the Bison were able to rebound with two goals to force extra time en route to the victory. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray outshot the Bison, 14-12, with a 7-3 lead in penalty corners.

THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS
Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer were named co-captains of the 2013 squad.

Cowie, a midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago, is a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, earning league honors last season for the first time in her Buckeye career. Cowie, who has collected 50 career starts in three years, played in all 19 games in 2012 and was a part of the OSU midfield that limited opponents to 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. Cowie has notched two goals and three assists in her career.  As a true freshman, Cowie played in 20 games, including 10 starts for the 2010 NCAA Final Four squad. Cowie is a three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Murer, a back from Luzern, Switzerland, has started in every game since the 2010 campaign, collecting a team-best 63 starts (most by active members). Murer has been an anchor in the Buckeye backfield the last three seasons, posting three goals and six assists in her OSU career, while being a part of 15 career shutouts. As a junior, Murer played in at least 70 minutes in 13 contests, notching a season-best five points on one goal and three assists. As a true freshman, Murer, played in all 23 contests for the NCAA Final Four Buckeyes, holding opponents to a conference-best 1.26 goals per game, while playing in a team-best 1,642 minutes as a rookie. Like Cowie, Murer also has excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

LEMIEUX, HAMILTON EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton on the Ohio State field hockey team were named Big Ten Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Sept 3. Both Lemieux and Hamilton earn their first career conference weekly laurels.  

Lemieux, a native of Dublin, Ohio, helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH Sept. 1 in her first career start in the Scarlet and Gray. Lemieux posted eight saves, including three in extra time. She went on to deny the final two UNH attempts during the shootout after 100 minutes of action at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa.

Hamilton, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, scored two goals during the Buckeyes’ opening weekend at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. In her Buckeye debut, the OSU rookie posted the team’s lone goal in the loss to Temple. She helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH on Sunday after scoring the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation to force extra time.

CONFERENCE CUP REVIEW 
Ohio State went 1-1 during the opening weekend of 2013 at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. The Buckeyes dropped their opening contest vs. Temple, 4-1. Freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton scored the lone goal in her first career start, while classmate forward Brooke Hiltz also started in her first collegiate game vs. the Owls.

The Buckeyes rebounded in thrilling fashion to close out the classic after upsetting No. 20 UNH, 3-2, in an overtime shootout. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made her first career start, posting eight saves, including three in extra time. Senior forward Sophia Pifer knocked in her first career goal in the first half, while Paige Hamilton tied the game, 2-2, with just five seconds left in regulation. After both overtimes went scoreless, sophomore forward Peanut Johnson, senior midfielder Nora Murer and senior midfielder Mona Frommhold all connect on their shots, while Lemieux denied UNH’s final two attempts to claim the win.

UP NEXT
Ohio State continues its road schedule next week, traveling to Oxford, Ohio, Sept. 18 to play Miami.