COLUMBUS, Ohio – Another season of Ohio State field hockey has been set in the books with the release of the 2019 schedule announced by head coach Jarred Martin. After finishing 12-8 overall last season and reaching the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2013, the Buckeyes are fixed to face seven 2018 NCAA tournament teams and host nine games at Buckeye Varsity Field in the upcoming season.
“I am excited for the fall schedule,” said Martin. “We have a great non-conference schedule lined up that will challenge us in a lot of ways. It will prepare us for the Big Ten slate, which is some of the best hockey in the country. Having so many teams that made last year’s NCAA tournament will help gauge where we are and what we need to do to be playing our best.”
Ohio State opens the season at home against Massachusetts-Amherst on Aug. 30 followed by Boston on Sept. 2. The team embarks on its first road test on Sept. 6 with a trip to Harrisonburg, Va. to play James Madison.
The Buckeyes face their first of eight regular-season conference opponents on Sept. 20 as they host the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Buckeye Invitational will be played Oct. 11-13 and will feature Michigan, Stanford and Ball State in addition to Ohio State. The Buckeyes will meet Michigan on the first day of the invitational and Stanford on the final day.
Of the Buckeyes’ 17 opponents next season, 13 faced Ohio State at least once last season. Central Michigan, Massachusetts-Amherst, Stanford and Virginia are new additions to the non-conference slate for the 2019 season. This season marks 10 years since Ohio State and Central Michigan have met in the regular season.
“We have a variety of conferences which I also think helps preparation for post-season. We have A10, ACC, Patriot League, America East, and the MAC. Then, when you look at the conference, I see a lot of great teams with talent across the board. In the end, we need to be prepared for our best each game whether conference or non-conference.”
Martin enters his third season at the helm of the Buckeyes with a record of 22-17. In his second season at Ohio State, he helped guide the team to the most single-season wins (12) since 2011.
“Preseason is right around the corner and I am eager to get the group together and attack the season from start to finish. This Buckeye team has a high standard for themselves. We look forward to the challenge, we look forward to competition, and in the end we look forward to playing together as Ohio State field hockey.”