Oct. 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just two weeks remaining in the 2014 regular season, the Ohio State field hockey team officially begins its postseason push this weekend with a key conference tilt at ninth-ranked Northwestern. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at NU’s Lakeside Field.
Saturday’s game can be seen live on BTN Plus (subscription required) and a link to live stats is available on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In addition, Twitter updates can be found at OhioState_FH.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
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 third highest scoring tandem in the conference (18 goals, 19 assists, 55 points).
Cafone/Norlander (IOWA) – 71 points
Herold/Chrismer (PSU) – 62 points
Humphrey/Johnson (OSU) – 55 points
Flens/Masters (NW) – 54 points
Dessoye/Fluharty (UMD) – 53 points
Barker/Ahern (MSU) – 52 points
Heilman/Volgarf (IND) – 44 points
Smith/McCallister (MICH) – 43 points
Champion/Walia (RUTG) – 39 points
IN THE BIG TEN STATS
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Ranked ninth in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, Northwestern is coming off a 1-1 weekend that included a 2-1 loss at Michigan and 5-2 triumph over Michigan State. With the loss to the Wolverines, Northwestern gave up sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
One of the top defensive teams in the conference, Northwestern is allowing just 1.31 goals per game and has allowed a goal or less in seven of its 11 wins.
Senior goalie Maddy Carpenter has given up just 21 goals on the season to go along with 53 saves and a .716 save percentage. On offense, sophomore Isabel Flens has emerged as the Wildcats’ top scorer with 10 goals, eight assists and 28 points. Not far behind is Dominique Masters (10 goals, six assists, 26 points). Overall, six players have double-figure points.
LAST TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN
Peanut Johnson registered a goal and an assist as Ohio State opened the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-2 upset of second-seeded and 13th-ranked Northwestern, 3-2.
Johnson opened the scoring in the 15th minute when she took a pass from Nina Laudahn and beat Northwestern goalie Maddy Carpenter to the lower right of the cage. Ohio State extended the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute of the game when Brook Hiltz rocketed a shot past Carpenter to the left side of the cage. The Buckeyes kept up the offensive pressure and added the game’s third goal just 11 minutes later when Mona Frommhold scored off a penalty corner with assists from Maria Swartz and Laudahn.
THE LAST FIVE VS. NORTHWESTERN
11/7/2013 – Ohio State 3, Northwestern 2 (B1G Tournament; Columbus, Ohio)
11/1/2013 – Northwestern 5, Ohio State 0 (Evanston, Ill.)
9/21/2012 – Ohio State 3, Northwestern 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
10/28/2011 – Ohio State 3, Northwestern 1 (Evanston, Ill)
9/24/2010 – Northwestern 3, Ohio State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a pair of goals within 20 seconds of each other late in the second half, the Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to 12th-ranked Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes are 6-9 on the season and 1-5 in the Big Ten while Iowa improves to 10-5, 3-3.
Trailing 4-0 with under two minutes to play, junior Peanut Johnson started the rally when she tipped in a Emma Royce shot that came on a penalty corner. For Johnson, it was her seventh goal of the season and second in the last two games. On Friday, she netted the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 18 Indiana. She has multiple points in three of the last five games.
Following Johnson’s goal, the Buckeyes quickly regained possession and freshman Annabel Sams sent a shot from approximately seven yards out past Iowa goalie Alexandra Pecora with 1:06 remaining. The Johnson and Sams goals came 15 seconds apart, but it’s as close as Ohio State would get.
Following its game against Northwestern, Ohio State returns home for its regular-season finale against No. 12 Michigan next Sunday, Nov. 2. The game will serve as senior day, as the Buckeyes will honor seniors Kaitlyn Wagner, Carly Mackessy, Alexis Allen and Sarah Lemieux.