Sept. 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a three-week road swing, the Ohio State field hockey team returns home to play two non-conference games this week in Columbus. The Buckeyes (3-6) face Louisville (7-2) at 3 p.m. Tuesday and close out the week at 1 p.m. Sunday against in-state foe Ohio (3-6) at Buckeye Varsity Field.
FOLLOW THE GAMES
Link to Gametracker for both contests this week will be available on the Ohio State Field Hockey Schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Twitter updates also will be available and can be received from @OhioState_FH.
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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State fell, 3-2, at Michigan State Sept. 28 to begin conference play. The score read, 2-2, for the majority of the contest until the Spartans were able to tally the eventual gamewinner with less than 10 minutes to go in regulation. Offensively, junior back Kaitlyn Wagner and senior forward Sophia Pifer each scored their second goals of the season, while senior Mona Frommhold had two assists vs. Michigan State.
The Cardinals travel to Columbus with a three-game win streak and winners of seven of their last eight contests. Offensively, Louisville has outscored its opponents, 32-12, and have a 58-35 lead in corners. Alyssa Voelmle has notched 12 points on five goals and two assists, while Shannon Sloss has posted 11 points with five goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Sydney King is 7-2 with a 1.33 goals-against average.
BUCKEYES VS. LOUISVILLE
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 15-6, against Louisville. Last year, the Cardinals edged the Scarlet and Gray, 4-3, in overtime in Louisville, Ky. Three out of the last five meetings between the two squads have been decided in overtime. The contest Tuesday vs. Louisville will be the 22nd game in the series since the Buckeyes first played the Cardinals during the 1989 season.
Last Five Meetings…
Oct. 22, 2012 – Louisville 4, Ohio State 3 (OT)
Oct. 4, 2011 – Ohio State 2, Louisville 1
Sept. 8, 2010 – Ohio State 4, Louisville 3 (2OT)
Oct. 14, 2009 – Ohio State 2, Louisville 1 (OT)
Sept. 10, 2008 – Louisville 5, Ohio State 1
A LOOK AT OHIO
The Bobcats are currently 3-6 on the season with wins over William & Mary, California and Towson. Luli Gomez Teruel leads the squad with 11 points on five goals and one assist followed by Jessica Jue, who has collected four goals and a pair of assists. In goal, Brittany Walker is 3-6 with a 3.53 goals-against average and 38 saves in 2013.
BUCKEYES VS. BOBCATS
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 23-9-3. Last time out, the Buckeyes defeated the Bobcats, 1-0, in a shootout in Athens. Kaitlyn Wagner notched the gamewinner, making the final attempt during the shootout session, while Peanut Johnson also scored on her attempt to it, 2-2. The Scarlet and Gray have won eight out of the last 10 meetings between the two squads.
Last Five Meetings…
Sept. 12, 2012 – Ohio State 1, Ohio 0 (SO)
Aug. 31, 2011 – Ohio 2, Ohio State 1
Aug. 31, 2010 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (OT)
Sept. 11, 2009 – Ohio State 3, Ohio 0
Sept. 3, 2008 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (2OT)
MAKE B1G PLANS
Ohio State is the host of the 2013 Big Ten Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-10 at Buckeye Varsity Field. Action will begin Thursday, Nov. 7 with three quarterfinal games. The No. 1 seed and first-round winners will meet in the semifinals Friday, Nov. 8 with the championship taking place Sunday, Nov. 10. Wednesday contests will be streamed on BTN.com with the semifinals and final matches appearing on BTN.
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.
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.