September 21, 2016

Road Games at No. 8 Michigan, Michigan State Await

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Sept. 21, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The road portion of Ohio State’s Big Ten schedule continues this weekend when the Scarlet and Gray venture north into Michigan to take on the eighth-ranked Wolverines on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. contest against Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday.

THE BASICS
Ohio State at No. 8 Michigan | Friday, Sept. 23 | 7 p.m.
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Ohio State at Michigan State | Sunday, Sept. 25 | 2 p.m.
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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Following a pair of setbacks against ranked opponents last weekend, Ohio State is 3-5 overall. The Buckeyes have won three of their last five games.
• Leading scorer Maddy Humphrey has seven goals and two assists for 16 points. She has at least one point in seven of eight games and at least one goal in five contests. With Sunday’s goal at No. 6 Louisville, Humphrey upped her career totals to 29 goals, 14 assists and 72 points in just 42 games.
• Junior Caroline Rath made two defensive saves at Louisville that gives her four on the season and 12 over the last 25 games.
• Of the nine players who have at least one point this season, four are newcomers. That group is led by the combination of Esther Clotet Alsina and Adelaide Penzone, who have 15 points (seven goals, one assist).
• Junior goalie Liz Tamburro has made 41 saves through eight games, the most in the Big Ten. Her 5.12 saves per game is also top in the conference, just ahead of Noelle Rother at Indiana.
• After playing five straight home games from Sept. 2 through Sept. 16, Ohio State began a stretch of five of six contests away from home last Sunday. Last year, the Buckeyes won three of their four conference games on the road.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN
2016 Record: 6-1, 1-0 Big Ten
Last Year: 18-5, 7-1 Big Ten; lost in NCAA Quarterfinals to North Carolina, 2-1
Last Weekend: Defeated Michigan State, 4-1, in Big Ten opener and Central Michigan, 10-0.
Leading Scorer: Courtney Enge – five goals, 10 points; Emma Way – three goals, two assists, eight points.
Goalkeeper: Sam Swenson – 0.60 GAA, .818 save percentage, 18 saves

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
2016 Record: 4-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Year: 5-14, 2-6 Big Ten; lost to Maryland in opening round of B1G Tournament
Last Weekend: Lost to No. 8 Michigan, 4-1
Leading Scorer: Kendal Anderson – nine goals, seven assists, 25 points
Goalkeeper: Katie Miller – 2.31 GAA, .649 save percentage, 24 saves

POSTGAME NOTES – LOUISVILLE
• Ohio State registered more penalty corners than its opponent for the fourth time in the last five games.
• Tamburro has made five or more saves in four straight games.
• Since generating just nine corners in the first three games, Ohio State has 46 in the last five contests (9.2/game).
• Humphrey’s goal was her team-leading seventh of the year. She now has 72 career points in 42 games (29G, 14A).

OHIO STATE’S RECORD WHEN…
Scoring first: 2-1
Opponent scores first: 1-4
Leading at halftime: 2-0
Tied at halftime: 1-1
Trailing at halftime: 0-4
Outshooting its opponent: 2-0
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-4
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 2-2
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 1-3

FEAR THE RATH
After leading the Big Ten and finishing second nationally in defensive saves last year, junior Caroline Rath is picking up where she left off in 2016. Rath currently has four defensive saves in just eight games and is climbing up the career charts in that category. She currently ranks seventh all time with 12 defensive saves, five away from sixth place. The school record is 31 by Beth Senich (1985-88).

NOTING THE 2016 SCHEDULE
Ohio State’s schedule this fall includes nine home games and contests against seven teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Buckeyes have eight games against teams currently ranked in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll – including three straight during this currently stretch: vs. No. 11 Northwestern, at No. 7 Louisville and at No. 8 Michigan.

NATIONAL TV APPEARANCE
Ohio State’s contest against Iowa on Oct. 27 will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. In addition, fans that have a subscription to BTN Plus will be able to see the Buckeyes’ game live at Michigan State (Sept. 25) and at Indiana (Oct. 21). All of Ohio State’s home games (other than the Oct. 27 contest vs. Iowa) can be seen on BuckeyeVision.

BUCKS ON US CAMPAIGN
All nine regular season games this season at Buckeye Varsity Field are free and part of the “Bucks On Us” campaign. Of the Buckeyes’ 36 varsity sports, over 20 do not charge admission to regular season home events. In all, there are over 172 free events per year on Ohio State’s campus.