COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite some second-half heroics from freshman Mackenzie Allessie, the 18th-ranked Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to No. 11 Michigan on Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. Ohio State is 6-5 on the year and 1-3 in the Big Ten while Michigan improves to 9-3, 3-1.
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“Really proud of the energy and toughens we showed today just unfortunate to come out on the losing end of that game,” said head coach Jarred Martin. “Michigan is a good team and we were able to work together to handle some difficult situations and come out with some good hockey. I liked our response after they scored with a goal of our own and I also liked how well we worked as a defensive unit. This group keeps finding new levels of their play and I know the best is yet to come. This conference is so strong top to bottom and we know we need to be ready to play as well as we can, as long as we can for a chance to win. We need that same mentality going in to Sunday against a quality Stanford team.”
Allessie, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, tied the game at 1-1 in the 52nd minute with an unassisted goal. She worked around a defender into the circle, firing a shot in the lower left corner of the goal from approximately four yards out. That score came less than two minutes after Michigan had taken a 1-0 lead off a penalty corner goal from Emma Tamer.
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For Allessie, it was her team-leading 12th goal of the year and her third consecutive game with a score. In the last three games – vs. Indiana, Ohio and Michigan – Allessie has 13 points on six goals and one assist. She has the most goals by a freshman since Maddy Humphrey, who also scored 12 in 2014.
The game was a defensive battle for the first 49 minutes, as Ohio State goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez made nine of her 13 saves in the opening three quarters. The Wolverines’ offense generated six penalty corners and 10 shots in the third quarter alone. Hernandez and the rest of the defense – which included Delaney Lawler, Jenna Jonovich, Julia Dickinson and Whitney Harris – was up to the task, giving the Buckeyes a chance to win despite being outshot 15-2 through three quarters.
The Buckeyes successfully snuffed out five Michigan shots and two penalty corners in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In the extra session, both teams had quality possessions before the Wolverines won the game on Meg Dowthwaite’s shot from close range off a through pass from Sofia Southam.
Hernandez’s 13 saves on the day was her second highest total of the season, behind only a 15-save outing vs. Virginia. Offensively, Allessie generated three of the Buckeyes’ four shots. Michigan goalie Anna Spieker made two saves.
Ohio State returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 13 when it hosts No. 16 Stanford in the fourth and final game of the Buckeye Invitational. Tomorrow, the Cardinal hosts Ball State at noon followed by a Sunday doubleheader that includes Michigan vs. Ball State and noon and Ohio State vs. Stanford at 3 p.m. Admission is free.