OhioStateBuckeyes.com is celebrating the rich history and tradition of the field hockey program by looking back at the careers of its all-time great players who have also been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The most recent inductee from the Ohio State field hockey program into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame was Linda Haussener, who wore the scarlet and gray from 2005-08 and still finds her name prominently throughout the career record book.
Haussener made an instant impact from the time she first stepped foot on campus in 2005. The road, however, wasn’t without some initial bumps. The first obstacle that she had to overcome was distance. Columbus was over 4,000 miles from her hometown in Switzerland and the bout with homesickness made the transition to college that much more challenging.
As days turned to weeks and then weeks to months, Haussener became more comfortable with the surroundings. That showed on the field, as she helped Ohio State to a 15-8 overall record as it earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The following year, in 2006, the Buckeyes enjoyed one of their most successful seasons ever. With Haussener earning third-team All-America honors, Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The next year, as a junior, Haussener was first-team All-Big Ten, second-team All-American and first-team All-Region.
Haussener’s first three seasons set the stage for what was a noteworthy senior campaign in 2008. She earned All-America honors for the third straight season, this time being selected to the first team while also being named the Big Ten’s co-Offensive Player of the Year. She finished the season with 52 points – seventh highest in program history – on 20 goals and 12 assists. And, her play helped Ohio State to a 14-7 overall record.
More than 10 years after her playing days have ended, Haussener’s name is still prominent throughout the Ohio State record book. She’s No. 6 in both career points (121), goals scored (45) and assists (31). In the classroom, Haussener’s resume is equally impressive. She was Ohio State’s female recipient of the 2008 Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is the conference’s most exclusive award. Haussener was a three-time NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete, four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and graduated with degrees in political science and economics.
Haussener’s Career by the Numbers
50: In her four years at Ohio State, Haussener helped the Buckeyes with 50 games
8th: Haussener is the eighth field hockey player to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame
20: The 20 goals that Haussener scored during her senior season rank as the ninth most in a single season
78: Haussener started 78 of 80 games from 2005-08
6: Haussener is one of six players to be a three-time first-team All-Region selection