Aug. 27, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team fell, 3-1, against New Hampshire Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Wildcats (1-0) posted three goals in the first half en route to the victory against the Buckeyes (0-2).
Junior forward Danica Deckard tallied the Buckeyes’ goal – her first of the season – in the beginning of the second half.
The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead when senior Hayley Rausch found space in the circle and sent a shot to the back right corner of the cage at 3:23. Senior Whitney Frates was credited with the assist.
ew Hampshire continued its momentum after sophomore Casey Pohlmeyer tipped in a shot from teammate Kyle Lyons at 19:23 to make it 2-0.
The Buckeyes had a great scoring opportunity midway through the period, claiming five-consecutive penalty corners. However, UNH goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast denied the Buckeyes, notching nine saves in the first 35 minutes.
The Wildcats pushed their to lead to 3-0 following an unassisted goal by junior Melyssa Woods, who claimed the score off a rebound in front of the Buckeyes’ cage. Senior tri-captain Jenn Sciulli tallied her second defensive save of the season and 16th of her career at 30:52 following a UNH penalty corner.
In the second half, the Buckeyes got on the scoreboard to begin the period after Deckard worked her way down the right end line, found space and sent a shot inside the top of the cage at 45:23.
Ally Tunitis fell to 0-2 on the season, posting six saves, while Nagengast notched 12 saves for her first win of the season.
The Wildcats held a 17-16 advantage in shots against the Scarlet and Gray, while also having a 11-5 lead in penalty corners.
Ohio State will next host Ohio at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Buckeye Varsity Field.