November 22, 2022

Buckeye Spotlight – Nov. 22


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Week in and week out, Buckeye student-athletes raise the standard of excellence set at Ohio State, whether that be in competition, in the classroom, or in the community. ‘Buckeye Spotlight’ recognizes student-athletes who had noteworthy accomplishments both in contests and beyond the box score.

Throughout the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Ohio State Athletics continues to celebrate exceptional female student-athletes and women’s teams throughout history, highlighting a new moment or person every week. This week, the national success of the Ohio State cheerleading program is highlighted. Visit to read more.

Here are this week’s Buckeye Spotlight student-athletes:

Alex Bernard | Men’s Tennis | Fr. | Bonita Spring, Fla.

  • Bernard won the ITF 25K Columbus last week, picking up five wins over professional players.
  • The last two wins were over fellow Buckeyes; John McNally in the semifinals and Matej Vocel in the finals.
  • This was his first professional title, and it came on his home court at the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.
  • Bernard has played well on the professional circuit this summer and is currently ranked No. 765 in the world rankings.

Alex Bernard

Addie Engel | Women’s Cross Country | So. | Springfield, Ohio

  • Addie Engel earned All-America honors with a 10th place finish at Saturday’s NCAA Championships.
  • Engel, who finished in a personal-best time of 19:50.4, is the second Ohio State runner to place in the top 10 in the NCAA Championships and is the first since Kathy Monard was ninth in 1986. Engel, who won the program’s first Big Ten title this season, earned the fifth All-America laurel in school history.
  • Engel led the Buckeyes to a program-best 15th place finish as a team, the best in Ohio State history in the fifth NCAA appearance for the team.
  • The Buckeyes posted the best finish among Big Ten teams at the NCAA Championships this year and Engel was the only B1G runner in the top 30.

Zach Harrison | Football | Sr. | Lewis Center, Ohio

  • Harrison finished with five tackles and made two huge sacks on Maryland’s final possession last Saturday, helping the Buckeyes improve to 11-0.
  • He also forced a fumble that was recovered and returned for a touchdown by LB Steele Chambers to give Ohio State a 43-30 lead with nine seconds remaining.
  • For the season, Harrison has 26 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.
  • He will be one of 23 players recognized for Senior Day prior to Saturday’s game versus No. 3 Michigan.

Sophie Jaques | Women’s Hockey | Gr. | Toronto, Ont.

  • With four points in last weekend’s sweep of Bemidji State, Sophie Jaques became the Ohio State record holder for career points by defenseman.
  • Jaques has now tallied 130 career points on 50 goals and 80 assists. She also holds the program record for season points by a Buckeye with 59 in 2021-22.
  • She plays a key part of the Buckeyes’ nation-leading power play percentage (.355) as she currently leads the country with six power plays goals on the year.
  • As a defenseman, Jaques has recorded the most goals per game (.93) across Division I women’s hockey this season.

Alina Lee | Fencing | So. | Dublin, Calif.

  • Alina Lee led the Buckeyes with 10 victories in foil in the Elite Invitational on Saturday in Philadelphia.
  • Lee and the Ohio State women were 3-2 on the day, with wins over Penn, Cornell and LIU. Lee and the foil squad were a perfect 5-0 on Saturday.
  • Lee was 3-0 versus both the Quakers and the Big Red and had two wins versus the Sharks.

Peyton McNamara | Women’s Soccer | Jr. | Norwalk, Conn.

  • McNamara scored a pair of goals in the Buckeyes’ second round NCAA Tournament game at Arkansas on Friday.
  • She is the first Buckeye to score multiple goals in an NCAA Tournament match since Alyssa Baumbick netted two goals in the 5-1 win over Stony Brook in the 2021 spring NCAA Tournament.
  • This was McNamara’s third two-goal game of the season, as she also had two goals at Dayton and two versus Kent State.
  • She finished the year with seven goals and was third on the team in points with 16.

Ciara McGing | Women’s Swimming & Diving | Jr. | Dublin City, Ireland

  • McGing helped the Buckeyes to a victory at the Ohio State Invitational over the weekend.
  • McGing won the platform dive with an NCAA Zones qualifying score of 322.30. Her platform score is an Irish diving record, breaking her previous record of 319.25 which she set at last year’s Big Ten Championships.
  • McGing placed ninth in the 1-meter dive with an overall score of 269.20 and 12th in the 3-meter dive with a score of 339.45.

Keagan McLaughlin | Men’s Soccer | Sr. | Zanesville, Ohio

  • Faced 17 shots, making four saves, in Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Second Round contest versus UNC Greensboro on Sunday.
  • Allowed just one goal through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions.
  • Finished the season with six shutouts for the 11-3-6 Buckeyes.
  • Led the Big Ten in save percentage and goals against average in 2022.

Tate Orndorff | Wrestling | Gr. | Spokane, Wash.

  • Orndorff, the No. 7 ranked heavyweight, helped the Buckeyes to a pair of dual victories last week.
  • Pinned Dan Conley of Columbia last Friday in a 33-6 Ohio State victory at the Covelli Center.
  • Pinned Brandon Whitman of No. 17 North Carolina Sunday in a 33-9 Ohio State win in Chapel Hill.
  • Orndorff turns his attention now to the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational Dec. 2-3 in Las Vegas.

Alex Quach | Men’s Swimming & Diving | So. | Sydney, Australia

  • Quach was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ Ohio State Fall Invitational win.
  • Quach won the 100 fly with an NCAA B standard time of 45.14. He placed third in the 200 IM (1:44.90) and seventh in the 100 free (42.97); both are NCAA B standard times.
  • Quach was also on the third-place 400 free relay team, which finished in an NCAA A standard time of 2:49.94.
  • He was also a member of the second-place 200 free relay (1:17.51) and third-place 400 medley relay (3:06.35) and 200 medley relay (1:24.36) teams.

Tate Singleton | Men’s Hockey | Sr. | West Lebanon, N.H.

  • Tate Singleton posted three points to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame on Friday.
  • Singleton broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at 12:57 of the third period.
  • He also had two assists in the game, one on the first goal of the contest and one on Dominic Vidoli’s shorthanded tally that tied the game at two in the second period.
  • It was Singleton’s third three-point game and seventh multipoint outing in the Scarlet and Gray with a goal and two assists.

Taylor Thierry | Women’s Basketball | So. | Cleveland, Ohio

  • Sophomore guard/forward Taylor Thierry averaged 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds (led the team), 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game last week as the Buckeyes cruised to victory at Ohio and against McNeese State.
  • Thierry scored a career-high 15 points against McNeese State on Sunday, shooting 6-for-8 (.750) from the field and adding five rebounds, a pair of assists and a pair of steals, despite only playing 16 minutes.
  • At Ohio, Thierry led the team with eight rebounds, seven of which were offensive boards, and scored seven points and tallied three assists and three steals.
  • In her first four career starts, Thierry is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.1 percent from the field.