COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (9-8, 3-5 Big Ten) recorded its fifth shutout win of the season today in East Lansing, Mich. with a 3-0 victory over the Spartans. The win closes out the regular season and puts the Buckeyes on a three-win streak heading into the Big Ten Tournament, which takes place Nov. 7-10 in State College, Pa.
HOW IT HAPPENED
1st Quarter | 5:19: Sarah Charley assisted by Esther Clotet Alsina.
2nd Quarter | 22:21: Mackenzie Allessie unassisted.
3rd Quarter | 36:36: Whitney Harris assisted by Genevieve Penzone and Nikki Trzaska.
Goal scorers for Ohio State included two true freshman – Mackenzie Allessie and Sarah Charley, who have both had standout seasons for the Buckeyes. Leading the team in assists, Esther Clotet Alsina collected her seventh on the opening goal by Charley. For the regular season, Allessie notched 15 total goals and is the leader in both goals (15) and points (35). Charley and Whitney Harris both tallied their fifth goals of the season. Harris, this week’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, secured the final goal for the scarlet and gray by a straight shot from a penalty corner. The defense and goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez notched their second consecutive shutout win of 2019 in the regular-season finale.
The Buckeyes are now 9-8, marking another winning regular season under head coach Jarred Martin, and have 54 total goals on the season. Since his inaugural season as head coach in 2017, Martin’s defense has been able to secure four or more shutouts in each season. Ohio State ends regular season play with a 3-5 conference resume.
HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN ON THE WIN
“Good shutout win against Michigan State today. We created some really good goal scoring opportunities. Their goalkeeper made some big saves, but overall I was pleased with how fast we were able to generate attack and use our speed to our advantage. To finish the regular season the way we did is something to be proud of as we head into postseason play. This conference tournament is going to be a great weekend of high-level hockey and now we need to prepare and rest for Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup. It’s a new season in the postseason and everyone starts fresh. We will be ready to make the most out of our opportunity.”
Seedings and the schedule for the 2019 Big Ten field hockey tournament will be announced tomorrow. Ohio State will play in one of three quarterfinal games on Thursday, Nov. 7.