October 19, 2017

No. 24 Buckeyes Primed for Matchups With Indiana and No. 25 Iowa


Oct. 19, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team, ranked No. 24 in the final regular season NFHCA poll, will host Indiana on Friday at 3 p.m. ET at Buckeye Varsity Field for their final home game of 2017. The Buckeyes will the travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for their final regular season game against No. 25 Iowa on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Ohio State vs Indiana
| Friday, Oct. 20 | 3 p.m. ET
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Ohio State at No. 25 Iowa | Sunday, Oct. 22 | 2 p.m. ET
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The Buckeyes will recognize 10 seniors at Friday’s game: Kelsey Nolan, Carolina Vergroesen, Caroline Rath, Natalie Faust, Lauren Carroll, Morgan Kile, Maddy Humphrey, Sofia Haramis, Liz Tamburro and Maartje Bongers.


  • Ohio State sits at 8-7 on the season with three wins over ranked teams (No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Stanford and No. 18 Rutgers). The Buckeyes will play their ninth ranked team of the season this weekend when they face off with the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
  • The Buckeyes have played the second-most overtime games this season in the nation with six. In contests that venture past regulation time, the Scarlet and Gray is 3-3. Boston College has played seven extra-time contests this season.
  • Maartje Bongers is having a breakout senior campaign for the Buckeyes. She boasts career highs in goals scored (four) and points (14) in 2017 to rank second on the team in both categories. Most recently, Bongers started Ohio State’s comeback rally against California (Oct. 8) with a goal in the 50th minute of the game to cut the Golden Bears’ lead to one. In the seven games that Bongers has scored a point in 2017, the Buckeyes own a 5-2 record.
  • Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored seven goals in 13 games played; her 0.64 goals per game is the ninth highest in the Big Ten.
  • Humphrey collected two assists over the weekend to move her career point total to 109. The Virginia Beach, Va., native is one point short of tying Danielle Dayton (110 points) for seventh all time in program history. Humphrey’s 41 career goals are tied for eighth in program history with Lucy Clayton. Humphrey has scored a point in 10 of the 13 games she has played this season.
  • The Scarlet and Gray feature seven multi-goal scorers on the roster. Humphrey paces the club with seven, followed by Bongers and Esther Clotet Alsina with four, and Casey Cole, Morgan Kile, Lauren Carroll and Natalie Faust all have two apiece.
  • Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a career-best .770 clip in 2017. The last line of defense, Tamburro has picked up a career-high four shutouts this season moving her career total to 10. The most recent one came against No. 18 Rutgers (Oct. 15) as she turned away all four of the Scarlet Knights’ shots on goal. Her 10 shutouts tie her for the sixth most in program history. Tamburro has saved 5.13 shots per game through 15 games.
  • Tamburro’s .770 save percentage and 1.46 goals allowed per game both are career bests and rank 13th nationally.
  • Caroline Rath has been a mainstay on the defensive side of things for the Buckeyes over the years. A senior from Greeneville, Del., Rath has started 64 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 17 defensive saves. Rath has three assists this year, she initiated the game-winning penalty corner against No. 9 Louisville, the first goal of the game off a penalty corner against No. 11 Stanford, and she also recorded an assist in the season opener against Lehigh. Ohio State is 3-0 when Rath has an assist.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have played in six overtime games this season; it’s the most to be played in a regular season since 1983.
  • The Buckeyes’ defensive unit is allowing 1.46 goals per games this season, which ranks 14th best in the nation.
  • Faust, Kelsey Nolan, Bongers, Carroll and Sofia Haramis, all seniors, have scored their first career goals this season. The trio of Haramis, Nolan and Faust did it against Lehigh in the season opener, Carroll scored hers in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH) and Bongers registered hers against Ohio (Sept. 17).
  • Juliette Duquesne scored the first goal of her career in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH). The Belgium native received a pass from Casey Cole and put the ball in the back of the net.
  • Tamburro is one of only three goalies in program history to record 100-plus saves during her first three years as a Buckeye. Her career total in saves (423) is the fifth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
  • Ohio State has 18 letterwinners from 2016 on the 2017 squad, including 10 seniors. Ohio State returns over 85 percent of its points scored from last year (71 out of 83 points).
  • The 2017 roster features six newcomers: Juliette Duquesne (Brussels, Belgium), Mara Hunter (Powell, Ohio), Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.), Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.) and Ellen Westfall (Worthington, Ohio). 

2017: 6-10 (0-6 Big Ten)
2016: 8-12 (3-5 Big Ten)
Leading Scorers:
Maddie Latino – 18 points (9 goals)
Ciara Girouard – 15 points (7g, 1a)
Katie Johnson – 2.57 GAA, 90 saves, .692 save percentage
Head Coach: Amanda Janney, 23-32 overall
2017: 5-10 (1-5 Big Ten)
2016: 12-7 (4-4 Big Ten)
Leading Scorers:
Katie Birch – 32 points (13g, 6a)
Madeleine Murphy – 21 points (9g, 3a)
Katie Jones – 2.38 GAA, 73 saves, .670 save percentage
Head Coach: Lisa Cellucci, 206-141 overall

Ohio State owns a winning advantage over the Hoosiers since they began play in 1974. The Buckeyes have won 9 of the past 11 meetings.

The series history with Iowa favors the Hawkeyes to the tune of an advantage of 45-15.

Ohio State is in its 47th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 473-399-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.

With 423 career saves, Tamburro is fifth all-time. She needs eight to move into fourth and pass Andie Dunbar (1976-79).

Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 17. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31. The 17 career defensive saves by Rath rank No. 2 on the NCAA active players list.

Humphrey’s 41 career goals puts her in a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Lucy Clayton (2001-05). She surpassed her former teammate Peanut Johnson for the No. 10 spot with a goal against Miami (OH) on Sept. 8. Her 109 career points are good for No. 8 all-time.

The Buckeyes have 25 student-athletes on the roster for the 2017 season. Four Buckeyes Buckeyes hail from Ohio (Genevieve and Adelaide Penzone, Ellen Westfall and Mara Hunter) while the largest contingent of athletes comes from Pennsylvania (10 athletes). Five of the athletes are international: Maartje Bongers (Netherlands), Yolanda Cabello (Spain), Esther Clotet Alsina (Spain), Juliette Duquesne (Belgium) and Carolina Vergroesen (Netherlands). The final six athletes come from the East Coast: Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Caroline Rath (Greenville, Del.), Maddy Humphrey (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sofia Haramis (Roseland, N.J.), Courtney Daniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Natalie Faust (Lutherville, Md.).

Scoring first: 4-0
Opponent scores first: 4-7
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 3-4
Trailing at halftime: 1-4
Outshooting its opponent: 6-2
Getting outshot by opponent: 2-5
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 7-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 1-5