Oct. 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will embark on its most challenging road trip to date, facing a pair of top-five team this weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes tangle with second-ranked Maryland and then turn around less than 48 hours later to face No. 3 Virginia on Sunday.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Friday’s game between the Terrapins and Buckeyes will air live on the Big Ten Network. Frank Hanrahan will handle the play-by-play duties while Kara Lentz will provide color analysis. A link to live stats will also be available on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
IN THE NCAA STATS
SCOUTING THE TERPS
Maryland, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, is 7-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten following a weekend sweep on Michigan and Michigan State. The Terrapins knocked off the Wolverines, 2-0, and then outlasted the Spartans, 4-2.
Offensively, four players have registered double-figure points thus far – led by the duo of Sarah Spink (five goals, three assists) and Moira Putsch (five goals, three assists). Brooke Cabrera has three shutouts and a 1.47 goals-against average to her credit thus far.
Ohio State head coach Anne Wilkinson and Maryland’s Missy Meharg were college teammates together at the University of Delaware from 1982-84, where they led by Blue Hens to the unprecedented success. Wilkinson ranks fifth in the Delaware records books in career points (100) and goals (44). Meharg is seventh in points (98) and goals (42).
THE LAST TIME VS. MARYLAND
Friday’s game marks the eighth all-time between Ohio State and Maryland, with the most notable match up coming in the 2010 NCAA National Semifinals. The Terrapins won that contest, 3-1, and went on to claim the national championship with a victory two days later against North Carolina. The last time the two teams met was in 2012, a 5-0 Maryland victory in College Park.
Third-ranked Virginia, who faces top-ranked North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C., is 9-2 this season with wins over four ranked opponents – Syracuse, Albany, Duke and Louisville.
The Cavaliers are one of the nation’s top scoring teams, averaging 4.00 goals per game (44 goals in 11 games). Tara Vittese leads the way with 31 points on nine goals and 13 assists. Overall, four players have recorded at least 18 points. Virginia ranks second nationally in goals per game and points per game and fourth in scoring margin.
In goal, Jenny Johnstone has a 1.48 goals-against average with 43 saves and two shutouts.
In its 9-1 win over Appalachian State, the Buckeyes have several notable offensive performances, including:
IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Six Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll: Maryland (No. 2), Iowa (No. 7), Penn State (No. 9), Northwestern (No. 11), Michigan (No. 15), Michigan State (No. 20). Overall, Ohio State’s schedule features 10 games against ranked opponents, including five that are in the Top 10.
LAST TIME OUT
Facing its second ranked opponent this week, the Ohio State nearly overcame a two-goal second-half deficit but dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to No. 7 Penn State on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes’ goal scorers were Emma Royce, Brooke Hiltz and Kaitlyn Wagner.
HUMPHREY 2X BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Maddy Humphrey has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice in the last four weeks.
Her first honor came following a two-goal, one assist performance against Miami on Sept. 5. She followed that up with a five-goal, one assist weekend in contests against No. 16 Michigan State and Appalachian State. In the Buckeyes’ 9-1 win over the Mountaineers, she recorded her first career hat trick, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES THIS SEASON
Fans can follow Ohio State field hockey on social media all season long. The team’s accounts include: