COLUMBUS, Ohio – After finishing the regular season on Sunday, the Ohio State field hockey team will play Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. Ohio State will host Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 28 (1 p.m.) at Buckeye Varsity Field.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
KNOW THY OPPONENT
No. 10 Rutgers
Record: 13-4 (4-4 B1G)
Leading Scorer: Daphne Groothuis (12)
Goalkeeper: Gianna Glatz (66 saves)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into the conference tournament having just defeated American 1-0 in overtime to record their fifth consecutive win. The Scarlett Knights are averaging 2.94 goals per game and 2.24 assists per game.
In the teams’ first meeting this season, the Buckeyes picked up their first conference win in a shootout victory over the Scarlett Knights, evening the series record at 4-4. Sunday will be the first time Ohio State will play Rutgers in Columbus in two seasons.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes played their final game of the regular season in Ann Arbor, where they were edged by the Wolverines 2-1 in double overtime. Esther Clotet scored the lone goal for Ohio State and the first goal of the game after a scoreless 54 minutes. Aaliyah Hernandez made seven saves in cage for the team.
BUCKEYES IN A NUT SHELL
In this week’s edition of the NFHCA/Penn Monto Division I Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 23. The team enters the post season up one spot from its preseason ranking of No. 24 in the preseason poll. Ohio State’s highest ranking came last week with the team coming in at No. 21.
The semifinal and final rounds of the 2018 conference tournament will be held at Northwestern on Nov. 2 and 4. The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of Game 2 (Maryland vs. Michigan State/Indiana).