2018 was a great year for Ohio State Field hockey both on and off the field. The team finished 12-8 on the season and reached single-season milestones through every game. Seven of the team’s eight losses were decided by just one goal, three of which were decided in overtime. The Buckeyes finished with a total of 54 goals and 45 assists for 153 points in the season.
The team earned five wins over teams ranked in the Penn Monto/NFCHA Coaches Poll, including No. 8 Louisville, No. 19 Boston University, No. 17 Rutgers and No. 12 Northwestern.
REGULAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
For the first time in five years, the Buckeyes made it to the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The team earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament and hosted the quarterfinal game against Rutgers. The game marked the first time in seven years that the Buckeyes have hosted a tournament game. The Buckeyes went on to defeat the Scarlet Knights 1-0 in 2OT to secure their spot in the next round of the tournament.
OFF FIELD RECAP
The team enjoyed their time together off the field this season as well. Road trips to away games allowed the Buckeyes to spend time in Boston and visit Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the Boston Aquarium. The team also spent an afternoon at the Seabright Beach Club in New Jersey where it was quickly learned that the Buckeyes were better field hockey players than sand volleyball players. The team also got to see The Bean in Chicago, dress up for a Halloween dinner and still found time to give back to the community. In conjunction with Ohio State Student Life, members of the field hockey team helped pack over 200,000 meals that filled the shelves at food banks in the Athens County area.