November 2, 2018

Ohio State Falls in Semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament



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EVANSTON, Ill. –The No. 19 Ohio State field hockey team fell to the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins, 9-1, in the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The Buckeyes are now 12-8 (5-5 B1G) on the season while the Terrapins improve to 18-2 (10-0 B1G).



“Clearly disappointed in the result, and it’s definitely not what any of us were expecting. This season, our strengths have been our defensive intensity and ability to move the ball as a unit and we didn’t do either of those particularly well today. Maryland played some great hockey and were able to sustain, and we just couldn’t build any momentum. I thought we had patches of good passing, quality defense, and good connection, but we didn’t do it enough. Credit to Maryland for their persistence. We started off strong and I thought responded well after we scored a great goal with pressure. We just couldn’t get any more finishes and Maryland was able to extend the lead.”

“That being said – I couldn’t be prouder of the team and what they have accomplished leading up to this weekend. The seniors have left this program in a better spot than when they came in. We asked a lot of this team coming in to this season and set goals that, in the moment, seemed to be a stretch, but they worked hard and got us to this championship weekend where we lost to a Maryland team that played some great hockey today.”



Maryland was first to strike in the contest, scoring the first three goals of the game.

In the 21st minute of the game, Katie Pyle put Ohio State on the board, dribbling the ball into the circle and putting it in the left corner of the cage.

The Terrapins went on to record six more goals in the contest.



  • Friday’s game marks the first time since 2013 that the Buckeyes have made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State has played in the semifinals of the tournament 18 times.
  • The Buckeyes are now 21-25 in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament.
  • Katie Pyle’s first half goal was her fifth on the season. She currently leads the Buckeye freshmen in scoring. Pyle is now tied for fourth on the team will 11 points.
  • Ohio State and Maryland tied with six saves in the contest. Maryland outshot the Buckeyes 22-11.
  • Aaliyah Hernandez recorded six saves in the game, tying for her third-most single game saves on the season.
  • Ohio State is now 5-5 this season in conference play. The last time the team finished .500 in conference play was 2015.
  • The game marked just the second time that Ohio State and Maryland have faced each other in the Big Ten tournament.