August 31, 2021

No. 22 Buckeyes Suffer 3-1 Setback at Kent State


Final Stats // Season Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 22nd-ranked Ohio State field hockey team dropped its first contest of the 2021 campaign on Tuesday, suffering a 3-1 setback at Kent State to conclude a two-game road trip to start the season. The Buckeyes are now 1-1 on the year while Kent State improves to 2-1.

The Short Story
The Buckeyes took 1-0 lead six minutes into the second quarter, but Kent State battled back with a tying goal later in the second quarter and two more in the third period to pull away for the 3-1 triumph.

The Golden Flashes outshot Ohio State 12-10 and each team finished with three penalty corners.

How the Goals Were Scored

  • Ohio State’s Megan McKenna scored her first career goal on a penalty stroke 6:10 into the second quarter, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. It was the second straight game that Ohio State scored first.
  • Five minutes later, the Golden Flashes had an equalizer, as Luisa Knapp dribbled into the circle and got a shot past Buckeye goalie Abby Danson to tie the game at 1-all. That’s the way it stayed through halftime.
  • Kent State was able to put together a momentum-changing offensive flurry early in the third quarter, scoring twice in less than two minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
  • Jenna McCrudden scored an unassisted tally first and then the Golden Flashes converted on a penalty corner one minute later as Ashley Bonetz found the back of the cage.

This and That

  • Both Ohio State goalies saw action on Wednesday. Abby Danson, a sophomore, played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Aaliyah Hernandez, a senior, for the fourth quarter.
  • Hernandez made a pair of saves in her 15 minutes of work.
  • Leanne Bough and Sammy Stone both lead the team with two shots each.
  • Ohio State’s defense held Kent State without a shot in the first quarter.

What’s Next

  • After opening the season with back-to-back road games, Ohio State comes back to Columbus and will play its home opener on Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Lafayette.
  • All Ohio State field hockey games are free to the public and parking is available at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • Friday’s contest is part of the Buckeye Invitational. On Sunday, Indiana will take of Lafayette and the Buckeyes wrap up play in the event on Monday, Sept. 6 vs. Miami at 3 p.m.
  • All three games of the Buckeyes Invitational – including the neutral site contest – will be streamed on BTN+.