Ohio State back in action vs. Saint Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday at North Turf Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team battled No. 12 James Madison through a scoreless first half before the Dukes tallied in the 40th minute for the only score in a defensively heavy game Saturday at North Turf Field.

The Buckeyes will look to get back on track vs. Saint Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday at North Turf Field.

Ohio State and James Madison played an equally matched game in front of 248 fans with each team recording 10 shots in the game. The Buckeyes held a 6-4 advantage in shots in the first half but were unable to send one past senior JMU keeper Kelsey Cutchins who made three stops. OSU keeper Lindsay Quintiliani, a senior captain, made two saves and sophomore back Jenn Sciulli made a defensive save to keep it scoreless through 35 minutes.

After halftime, the Dukes made the most of a scramble deep in Buckeye territory as freshman Vivien Konijnendijk put a stick on the loose ball at the top of the circle, directing it to the right corner of the Ohio State goal for an unassisted goal at 39:31.

The two squads again displayed their defensive prowess for the remainder of the game as neither team was able to put a tally on the board.

Quintiliani made a single stop in the second half to end the day with three saves while Cutchins made two more stops for five in total. 

Offensively for Ohio State, junior midfielder Aisling McKeon and freshman Berta Queralt led the squad with three shots each. In penalty corners, James Madison held a 6-4 advantage for the game.

Earning their first Buckeye career starts were freshmen Laura Napolitano and Queralt. Rookie Danica Deckard also earned playing time on the Buckeye forward line.