June 11, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The amount of Scarlet and Gray represented at this year’s Young Women’s High Performance Tournament got a boost on Saturday, as rising junior Caroline Rath was selected to compete in the event. She joins teammates Maddy Humphrey and Liz Tamburro, who were previously announced as competitors earlier last week. The tournament takes place June 28-July 3 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Rath were chosen from the Midwest north and south sites. High Performance Training Centers identify and train potential U.S. Women’s National Team athletes through comprehensive training and skill enhancement sessions, as well as premier level competitions. High Performance Centers allow athletes to train in regional areas close to their homes by some of the country’s top coaches. Enrolled collegiate athletes and post-collegiate athletes, as well as those identified by USA Field Hockey, are eligible. A total of 144 players from various regions will participate in the High Performance Tournament.

Over her first two seasons with the Buckeyes, Rath has started all 32 games that she’s played in and last year emerged as one of the best defensive players not just in the Big Ten, but also in the country. Rath, the anchor of Ohio State’s back line, was tops in the Big Ten and second nationally with eight defensive saves. On two occasions, she made multiple defensive saves in a game.

Against Michigan State in the conference opener on Sept. 18, Rath made a first-half defensive save and also scored the game winning goal when she tipped in a shot off a penalty corner in a 2-1 win. Less than 48 hours later against Ohio, she assisted on a game-tying penalty corner (OSU would go on to win the game, 3-2). For her efforts, Rath was the Big Ten’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

As a unit, the Ohio State defense finished with three shutouts and limited its opponents to 11 less shots/game in 2015 than in 2014.