COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team opens conference play this weekend, taking on No. 6 Penn State on Friday at 4 p.m. The Buckeyes will then close out the weekend against Miami (OH) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at home on Buckeye Varsity Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes picked up two wins and two shutouts at Buckeye Varsity Field this past weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season. Against Ball State, the team recorded six goals, the most goals scored in a single game for Ohio State since 2015. The team picked up a 5-0 victory over Lehigh to round out the weekend.
Casey Cole was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The senior midfielder scored five goals in the last three games to double her career goal total and set a career single-season high in goals scored. This is the first time that Cole has received the weekly nod. She earned Freshman of the Week honors in 2015. The last Buckeye to receive the Offensive Player of the Week honor was Peanut Johnson in 2015.
Ohio State enters the fourth week of the season ranked No. 22 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll. The Buckeyes remain in the same position that they were in prior to last week. The team was tabbed at No. 24 entering the season.
KNOW THY OPPONENT
No. 6 PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions (3-2) played Duke in their last contest, falling 4-1 to the Blue Devils. Leading the team with eight points is Aurelia Meijer. She has scored three goals and added two assists on the season. Anna Simon is also in impactful member of the Penn State offense, scoring three goals of her own this season, including the lone goal against Duke. In goal for the Nittany Lions is senior Jenny Rizzo. Rizzo has made 22 saves this season with a goals against average of 1.29 in five games played.
The Buckeyes are 12-38-2 against the Nittany Lions. In the teams’ last meeting, Penn State shut out Ohio State to take a 3-0 win. Friday’s matchup with Ohio State will be Penn State’s first conference game of the season as well.
The Miami Red Hawks (3-4) come into the weekend off a 2-1 loss to Boston University. Paula Portugal leads the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points on the season. Maddie Passarella tends the cage for the Red Hawks, making 39 saves in seven games and only allowing 1.71 goals per game.
The Buckeyes are 37-8-1 against the Red Hawks all-time. Last season, the Scarlet and Gray walked away with a 3-2 win over Miami in Oxford.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
NOTING THE 2018 SCHEDULE
The Buckeyes’ 2018 season features 10 home games and will play four opponents who made it to the quarter finals of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Ohio State will play nine opponents who were ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
OPENING BIG TEN PLAY
This weekend marks the start of conference play for the Buckeyes as they face the No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions. Last season, the team finished 2-6 in conference matchups, including a win over a No. 15 ranked Rutgers squad. In the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Poll, six of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opponents are ranked with three landing in the top-10.
Following the game on Sunday, the Ohio State field hockey team will be holding a clinic for boys and girls in eighth grade or under. For more information on the clinic and to register, click here.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Sunday’s game due to expected traffic at the Schottenstein Center at the time of the game. Entrance to the field from the north via Olentangy River Road is recommended to avoid the traffic.
The Buckeyes hit the road for their first conference road trip next weekend. The team will play Maryland in College Park, Md. on Friday (4:00 p.m.) before heading to New Jersey to meet Rutgers on Sunday (1 p.m.). The game at Rutgers will be broadcast on BTN ($).