Oct. 12, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) returns to Big Ten play to take on the No.7-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at 3 p.m. Friday. The Buckeyes will play their last home game of the season Sunday when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas (6-7, 3-3 MAC) at Noon. Both games will be played at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes, winners of 11 in a row and 12 of their last 13, hold an 8-1 home record and look to extend their team record of consecutive victories.
A Look Back
The Buckeyes opened up the week with a 4-2 victory over Kent State Tuesday at North Turf Field. Four players scored in the win, led by junior Lauren Kruse who had one goal and one assist, her sixth goal and third assist of the season. Yesenia Luces opened the scoring with her 10th goal of the year and senior Lucy Clayton followed with her team-leading 12th goal of the season. Curlyne Wynn scored her fourth goal of the year and Saskia Mueller had two assists, upping her team lead to 12. With the win, Ohio State set an all-time team record with 11 consecutive victories, eclipsing the mark set in 1976.
Streaking into the Record Books
With the win over Kent State, OSU broke the all-time team record of 10 consecutive victories set in 1976. During the current 11-game winning streak, the Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 46-14. OSU is averaging 19.8 shots a game, while holding its opponents to 5.8 an outing. In addition, Ohio State has taken 106 penalty corners to its opponents 41.
Buckeyes and the Big Ten
Many Buckeyes are among the statistical leaders in the Big Ten in games played as of Oct. 10. Senior Lucy Clayton leads the Big Ten in both shots (77) and shots per game (5.92). Clayton is tied for second with 11 goals on the year. Four players are among the top 10 in total points. Yesenia Luces leads the league with 29 points while Saskia Mueller and Clayton are fourth with 24 points apiece. Leticia Fragapane is tied for 10th with 20 points. Luces and Mueller rank first and second in assists with 11 and 10, respectively. On the defensive side, Jessica Gofgosky leads the conference with three defensive saves and goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is tied for second with three shutouts. Williams is third in the league with a 1.37 GAA. As a team the Buckeyes are second in the conference in scoring average (3.58), and assists (32). OSU is third in shots (218), shutouts (3), and penalty corners (109).
Buckeyes and the Nation
Several Ohio State players ranked among the top 15 nationally in their respective categories, as of Oct. 10. Yesenia Luces’ 29 points are good for ninth best in the country while her 11 assists place her tied for second. Lucy Clayton is tied for 11th with 11 goals on the year, while Jessica Gofgosky is tied for 14th with three defensive saves on the year. As a team, the Buckeyes place eighth with a scoring margin of 2.21 goals. Offensively, Ohio State is sixth with a 3.58 scoring average, and defensively are No. 15, yielding only 1.37 goals per game.
The No. 7 Hoosiers (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten), come to Columbus as winners of nine in a row, following a 3-2 victory over Louisville Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers boast a 5-1 road record, their only loss of the season coming to No. 1 Wake Forest, 4-2 on Sept. 4. Indiana has opened the Big Ten season with victories over Michigan State (3-2 OT), Michigan (3-1) and Northwestern (3-1). The Indiana offense is led by senior Kayla Bashore and junior Lydia Schrott, each with 10 goals on the season. Sophomore Meredith Brown leads the team with seven assists. Nine different players have scored for the Hoosiers and 11 players have recorded assists. In cage for the Hoosiers is sophomore Haley Exner. Exner has started all 13 games on the season, recording 63 saves and three shutouts. Indiana is coached by Amy Robertson. Robertson coached the Hoosiers in their inaugural season in 2000 and is in her sixth year at the helm.
Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers
Ohio State owns a 9-3-1 all-time record against Indiana with their last meeting coming Oct. 29, 2004. a 3-1 Hoosiers victory in Bloomington, Ind. The home team has won the last five regular season matchups.
Indiana sophomore defender Erin Isler will be returning to Columbus where she attended high school. Isler prepped at Thomas Worthington High School where she captained the Cardinals to a league and regional championship. Isler was a first team all league selection in her senior season.
A Look at Central Michigan
Central Michigan (6-7, 3-3 MAC) is the last MAC team the Buckeyes will play this season. The Chippewas opened up MAC play with two victories over Missouri State Sept. 24 and 25. Their other conference victory came at home against Ball State, 3-2, Oct. 1. The Chippewa offense is led by junior Alicia Balanesi with 19 points (seven goals, five assists). Four other players have recorded double-digit points on the season including seniors Erica Takach (17 points) and Alisa Folk (13 points) along with freshmen Kelly Jordan (15 points) and Samantha Sandham (14 points). The Central Michigan defense is led by junior goalkeeper Danielle Frank. Frank has played every minute in cage for the Chippewas, recording 87 saves. The Chippewas are coached by Cristy Freese. Fresse, an Ohio State graduate, is in her 20th season as head coach.
Buckeyes vs. Chippewas
Ohio State owns an 11-5 all-time record against the Chippewas. Their last meeting came Oct. 3, 2004, a 2-1 Central Michigan victory at North Turf Field. OSU’s last win in the series came in 2000, a 9-0 victory.
Ohio State vs. MAC
Ohio State continued its dominance of MAC opponents this season, upping its record to 5-0, following a 4-2 victory over Kent State Tuesday. The Buckeyes have beat each MAC team it has played by a combined score of 19-5, outshooting them 105-26. The Buckeyes also downed Missouri State, 2-0, Ball State, 6-1, Ohio, 4-0, and Miami, 3-2 OT. Central Michigan is the last MAC team on the Buckeyes’ schedule this season.
To the Point
Four Buckeye players have at least 20 points on the season, led by sophomore Yesenia Luces with 31. Both Saskia Mueller and Lucy Clayton have 26 points and Leticia Fragapane has 20 points on the year.
The Buckeyes have played in two overtime games this season, winning both. Ohio State defeated Louisville, 4-3 at home Sept. 14 and last time out, beat Miami 3-2, in Oxford, Ohio.
Going the Distance
Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams has played every minute for the Buckeyes this season, yielding only 20 goals on the season. Williams has also recorded three shutouts.
Three Buckeyes Honored
Three Ohio State players have received honors this season, beginning Sept. 18 when senior Lucy Clayton was honored as the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, following her performance in two Buckeye victories over Louisville and Missouri State. Clayton notched her first hat-trick of the season, and the fourth of her career in a 4-3 OT win over Louisville. She followed with a team best 14 shots against Missouri State, a 2-0 Buckeye win. Ohio State senior forward Leticia Fragapane was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and junior midfielder Curlyne Wynn was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 26. Fragapane, from Mendoza, Argentina, led the Buckeyes with six goals in the three games. Fragapane entered her senior season with just four career goals and 13 points. Wynn, a Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, native, was the leader of the Buckeye defense that shut down all three opponents holding two squads to one goal each and Iowa to two scores. Of those four goals, one came on a penalty stroke and the other three were scored on penalty corners. Wynn helped the Buckeye offense against Michigan, scoring a goal late in the first half. This is the second Big Ten accolade for Wynn, who was first honored Sept. 13, 2004. In addition to Big Ten honors, Fragapane was named the National Player of the Week by womensfieldhockey.com.
Closing the Door
The Buckeyes’ 12-2 record has been in large part because of its second-half dominance. Ohio State has outscored its opponents 22-9 in the second period this season, and 2-0 in overtime. The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in the second half, 104-53.
The Buckeyes hit the road to take on Penn State (13-1, 3-0 Big Ten) Oct. 22 at noon. The Buckeyes are 4-1 away from home this season. Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the nation.