COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an impressive showing of strength, the No. 21 Ohio State field hockey built a 3-0 first-half lead against No. 2 Maryland before eventually falling to the Terrapins 6-3. The Buckeyes now have an overall record of 6-8, and are 1-5 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes were hoping to snap a three-game losing streak in front of a home crowd of over 300, and had some very promising looks in the first half. The Buckeyes scored the first goal five minutes into the game as senior Whitney Harris celebrated her third goal of the season and put the Buckeyes on the board. She was followed by freshman Sarah Charley, who netted one for the Buckeyes in the 14th minute. Maryland did not have an answer until the second half.
The Terrapins came out of halftime and scored five goals in a critical third period that swung momentum. Ohio State was able to generate a scoring opportunity off of a penalty corner to make the score 3-1 as Emma Goldean was assisted by Esther Clotet Alsina for the Scarlet and Gray goal. However, the ball stayed in Maryland possession for a majority of the remainder of the game. Maryland outshot Ohio State 16-9, including 11-6 in the second half, and was able to secure a penalty corner advantage.
The Buckeyes honored their five seniors at the conclusion of the game: Genevieve Penzone, Adelaide Penzone, Esther Clotet Alsina, Whitney Harris and Jennica Jonovich.
Ohio State now faces three away games to conclude the regular season, travelling to Penn State, Kent State and Michigan State in the coming weeks. The remaining opponents are all unranked in the most recent NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, and the Buckeyes have two opportunities to improve their conference record ahead of the Big Ten tournament.