October 20, 2021

Buckeyes Host No. 7 Penn State & No. 3 Rutgers This Weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The stretch run of the 2021 field hockey regular season has officially begun and this weekend the Buckeyes play their final two regular season home games against a pair of top-10 ranked opponents.

No. 7 Penn State (10-4, 3-2) comes to Buckeyes Varsity Field on Friday afternoon for a 3 p.m. start followed by Sunday’s contest against No. 3 Rutgers (12-2, 4-1) at noon. Both games will be broadcast live on BTN. Dean Linke and Kara Lentz will face the call on Friday while Linke will be joined by Jeanne Shin-Cooper on Sunday.

The Basics
No. 7 Penn State at No. 21 Ohio State // Friday, Oct. 22 // 3 p.m. // Buckeye Varsity Field; Columbus, Ohio
Watch Live (BTN) // Live Stats // Twitter Updates
Ohio State Roster // Ohio State Schedule & Results // Ohio State Stats
Penn State Roster // Penn State Schedule & Results // Penn State Stats

No. 3 Rutgers at No. 21 Ohio State // Sunday, Oct. 24 // Noon // Buckeye Varsity Field; Columbus, Ohio
Watch Live (BTN) // Live Stats // Twitter Updates
Ohio State Roster // Ohio State Schedule & Results // Ohio State Stats
Rutgers Roster // Rutgers Schedule & Results // Rutgers Stats

Basics on the Buckeyes

  • Following a pair of setbacks last weekend at No. 6 Northwestern and No. 1 Iowa, Ohio State is 7-7 on the season and 1-4 in the Big Ten.
  • Five of the Buckeyes’ last seven games have been against teams currently ranked in this week’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. Four of those teams reside inside of the top 10.
  • Junior Leanne Bough is Ohio State’s leading goal-scorer with five. Four of them have been game-winning tallies, which is second-most in the conference.
  • Senior Emma Goldean is second with four goals and one assist for nine points while freshman Cameryn Forgash and sophomore Megan McKenna each have three goals.
  • Junior Delaney Lawler and graduate student Sammy Stone lead the squad in assists with three each.
  • Senior Aaliyah Hernandez has started nine games in goal and has a 1.47 goals-against average to go along with a .774 save percentage. Sophomore Abby Danson has gotten the start in each of the last three games and for the season has a .684 save percentage.

History with the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights

  • Friday will be the 58th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State in field hockey. The Nittany Lions hold a 40-15-2 edge, but Ohio State won two of three matchups last year, including a 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Ohio State and Penn State have split the last eight meetings with all of the Buckeyes’ victories coming in State College or at a neutral site.
  • The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights played twice last spring, with both comes coming in Virginia Beach, Va. Rutgers won each game by one goal, 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 28 and again 1-0 on March 7.
  • Ohio State is 6-5 all-time against Rutgers and 3-3 since head coach Jarred Martin took over in 2017.

A Tough Slate

  • This weekend’s games will be Ohio State’s eighth and ninth against ranked opponents so far this season.
  • With two more such contests remaining next weekend, the Buckeyes will play 11 of out of their 18 regular season games against top-25 competition (61 percent).
  • The Buckeyes’ four remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 38-12 (.760).

Senior Day 2021

  • Prior to Sunday’s home regular season finale vs. Rutgers, Ohio State will honor its seniors.
  • This year’s seniors are: Sina Schwinn, Emma Goldean, Julia Dickinson, Jessica Hourihane, Tess Maloney, Katie Pyle, Kennedy Fertitta, Rachel Levan and graduate student Sammy Stone.
  • Among that group, Emma Goldean is the Buckeyes’ active career leader in games played, having appeared in and started all 68 games in her career. She has totals of 12 goals, 12 assists and 36 points.
  • Julia Dickinson (54), Katie Pyle (62), Jessica Hourihane (66), Tess Maloney (59) and Sammy Stone (52) have all played 50 or more games in their respective careers.
  • Goalie Aaliyah Hernandez is also a member of the 50+ career games played club; she’s logged 54 games with 48 starts, 191 saves and a 1.78 goals-against average.