Aug. 30, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Paula Heuser, the reigning National Player of the Year, had a hand in all three goals for No. 7 Albany (2-0) as the Great Danes outlasted a scrappy Ohio State (1-1) squad to claim a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.

Despite the setback, the Buckeyes largely got the better of play in the second half, outshooting Albany 13-4 while generating four penalty corners. Ohio State’s lone goal was scored by sophomore Maddy Humphrey, who tipped in an Emma Royce shot on a corner attempt three and a half minutes into the second half. For Humphrey, it was her second goal in as many games this weekend. She now has at least one point in 12 of her 19 career games.

In the cage, sophomore Liz Tamburro also had a standout performance, stopping eight shots, including five in the first half against one of the best offensive teams in the country. Tamburro led the Big Ten in saves last year as a rookie and on Friday picked up her first career shutout.

The Great Danes, coming off a 3-1 win over Miami on Friday, struck first just 3:52 into the contest as Heuser converted a penalty corner off passes from Fiori Van Rijswijk and Laura Page. From there, however, the Buckeye defense began to settle in. Albany would increase the lead to 2-0 at in the 29th minute when Heuser created her own scoring opportunity, dribbling into the circle and firing a backhanded shot past Tamburro from approximately five yards out.

Facing a two-goal deficit at halftime, Ohio State was able to generate several scoring changes in the second half. It converted on one in the 39th minute as Humphrey was waiting on the doorstep of the goal to tip in a Royce shot. The Buckeyes continued to control play on their offensive end of the field, but Albany goalkeeper Maxi Primus, an All-American last year, turned away five second-half shots.

The Great Danes’ insurance goal came off a penalty corner in the 49th minute when Van Rijswijk took a pass from Heuser and beat Tamburro to the upper left corner of the cage.

On the strength of a 13-shot second half, Ohio State outshot Albany 15-13. The Great Danes held a 8-5 edge in penalty corner. Tamburro’s counterpart in goal, Primus, made seven saves.

Ohio State returns to action next Friday, Sept. 4 against No. 11 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Buckeyes also face Missouri State at Wake on Saturday, Sept. 5.