Ohio State scheduled to play five 2009 NCAA tournament teams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team is excitedly awaiting the start of the 2010 season for two big reasons – the squad returns with great potential after a berth to the NCAA tournament in 2009 and the Buckeyes will play on their new turf field.  

Like it did last season, Ohio State will look to defend its turf while playing seven games at home. In 2009, Ohio State went 9-1 at home, tying for the most home victories in a single season since 2001 while outscoring its opponents, 27-8.

The team opens its home slate vs. Syracuse, who advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament, and Kent State Sept. 3 and 5, respectively. After a five-game road swing, Ohio State returns home to open Big Ten action vs. Northwestern Sept. 24 and remains in Columbus to play Robert Morris Sept. 29. Reigning Big Ten champion Michigan State comes to town Oct. 15 and then face Penn State Oct. 17. The Scarlet and Gray will celebrate Senior Day at their final home game vs. Ball State Oct. 27.

Ohio State’s season starts on the road as the team travels to Athens, Ohio, to play Ohio University Aug. 31. After two home games, the Buckeyes head to Louisville Sept. 8 before playing Virginia, who fell to eventual NCAA champion North Carolina in the semifinals last season, and Old Dominion Sept. 11 and 12 in Norfolk, Va. The team then returns to Winston-Salem, N.C., the site of its 2009 NCAA tournament game, to face Duke and Wake Forest Sept. 18 and 19, respectively. Last year, Ohio State recorded its first program win vs. the Blue Devils.

The Buckeyes play their first conference road game at Indiana, a 2009 NCAA tournament team, Oct. 2 in Bloomington before taking on Miami in Oxford, Ohio, Oct. 7. The Buckeyes end the regular season with three-road games, facing Michigan and UC Davis Oct. 22 and 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and finishing at Iowa Oct. 30.

Postseason action begins with the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., Nov. 4-7. The first and second round of the NCAA tournament will be held Nov. 13-14 at a site to be determined while the semifinals and national championship game will be play Nov. 19 and 21, respectively.