Aug. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State field hockey team battled but fell to UMass, 2-1, in overtime Saturday afternoon in a neutral-site matchup at Memorial Field in Durham, N.H. The Buckeyes drop to 0-1 to begin the 2012 campaign, while the Minutewomen improve to 2-0.
Down 1-0 late in the second half, senior forward Danica Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., tied the game when she posted a goal at 60:22 after her first shot was blocked by the UMass defense. She drove a shot from the right side of the circle and deflected off a defender for the score. The goal marked her first of the season and 22nd of her OSU career. Deckard led the team with eight shots with three on goal.
The Buckeyes looked to take their momentum gained from the second half into extra time, however, UMass was able to capture the gamewinning goal two minutes into the period after Hannah Prince scored at 71:38 off a rebound in front of the cage for the win. Overall, Ohio State held a 14-12 advantage on shots and a 9-5 lead in penalty corners.
After the first 30 minutes of the game went scoreless, UMass claimed a 1-0 lead at 31:46 following a penalty corner when Thando Zono scored a goal with the assist by Prince and Callie Sweigart. The Buckeyes had an opportunity in the final minute of the first half on a corner, but failed to level the score. The Minutewomen held a 5-2 advantage on shots in the opening half.
In the second half, Ohio State created multiple early chances highlighted by a penalty stroke opportunity after freshman forward Mona Frommhold collected a shot on goal inside the circle. However, Deckard’s stroke attempt went wide to keep the score 1-0 in favor of UMass.
The Buckeyes then had back-to-back scoring chances on two corners during the 54th and 55th minutes, respectively, but could not find the back of the net.
Following Deckard’s goal, Ohio State looked to take the lead and the win in the final minutes of regulation. The squad was able to collect two corners but had no goals to show for as time expired to force overtime. The Buckeyes held a 12-5 advantage in shots in the second half and a 7-2 lead in penalty corners in the final 35 minutes.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker notched six saves, including three stops in the second half, in her first career start for the Scarlet and Gray. Senior back Laura Napolitano claimed a defensive save for the Ohio State defense.
The Buckeyes wrap up the weekend at 2 p.m. Sunday against No. 18 UNH at Memorial Field.