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COLUMBUS, Ohio –For the first time in three years, the Ohio State Buckeye field hockey team has picked up their fourth conference win of the season in a 6-1 decision over the Michigan State Spartans. The No. 21 Buckeyes improve to 11-6 (4-3 B1G) on the season while the Spartans fall to 4-13 (0-8 B1G).
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN
“Great win today against Michigan State. I’m happy for the seniors for being able to finish the regular season home finale with a dominant performance.”
“We threatened and showed some great passing combinations and then matched that with some good defensive play. The team is playing well and feeling confident going into an important matching up with Michigan on Sunday. We need to stay disciplined and keep this momentum moving forward. Proud of the team, proud of their effort, and happy to get another Big Ten win.”
- Jessica Hourihane put the Buckeyes on the board first. She subbed into the game in the 10th minute and immediately got the ball, making her way around the Michigan State goalkeeper and scoring.
- Four minutes later, the Buckeyes scored again. The team was awarded a penalty corner, and Courtney Daniels took a shot that Sammy Stone redirected into the goal.
- In the 30th minute of play, on another penalty corner, Esther Clotet netted the third goal of the game for the Buckeyes off assists from Adelaide Penzone and Hourihane. The Buckeyes ended the half up 3-0 on the Spartans.
- In the second half, the Buckeyes continued their scoring spree. Sammy Stone took a pass from Sina Schwinn to score her second of the game and stretch the Buckeye lead to four.
- With under 15 minutes to play in the game, there was a penalty called on Michigan State in the circle, giving the Buckeyes a penalty stroke opportunity. Kelsey Nolan put the shot past the goalkeeper for Ohio State’s first penalty stroke goal of the season.
- Michigan State’s Meredith Ross netted the Spartans’ only goal of the game off a penalty corner from in the 55th minute.
- With under 10 minutes to play in the game, Ohio State was up four on Michigan State. Casey Cole sent a pass in from just outside the circle and Sina Schwinn was on the receiving end, tipping the pass behind the goalkeeper for the Buckeyes’ sixth goal of the game.
- The Buckeyes improve to 39-25-3 against the Spartans all-time after their Senior Day win. This is the first time since 2015 that the team has defeated Michigan State.
- Ohio State picked up their 11th win of the season on Friday against Michigan State. This is the most games that the team has won in a single season since the team won 12 games in 2011.
- With two goals in the contest, Sammy Stone has now recorded a point in five straight games. The streak started in the win over Northwestern and since then Stone has scored five goals and recorded two assists. The game also marked the second time this season that the sophomore has scored two goals in a single game.
- With Nolan’s penalty stroke goal, the Buckeyes are now one for three on penalty strokes attempted this season.
- This is the fifth game of the season that the Buckeyes have scored five or more goals.
- The Buckeyes are now 10-1 on the season when scoring the first goal of the game.
- After today’s victory, Ohio State is 6-4 at Buckeye Varsity Field on the season.
The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to play No. 7 Michigan on Sunday (noon) in their final game of the regular season. The game will be broadcast on BTN ($).