COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team opens the regular season at Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday at 4:00 p.m. against the Delaware Blue Hens. The team will then continue opening weekend on the road against Louisville on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
BUCKEYES VS. BLUE HENS
Friday’s home opener will be the first time that the Buckeyes face the Blue Hens since the 2016 season, and only the seventh time that the teams have played each other. Ohio State is 2-4 all time against Delaware.
In the NFHCA Preseason Poll, both the Blue Hens are ranked No. 9 after making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
BUCKEYES AT LOUISVILLE
Following the game on Friday, the Buckeyes will hit the road, meeting the Louisville Cardinals in Louisville, Ky. on Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m.
The Buckeyes and Cardinals met last season, with the Buckeyes earning a 2-1 overtime win over the then-ranked No. 9 Cardinals. Casey Cole netted her first goal of the season 10 minutes into overtime to bring Ohio State to victory. The Buckeyes are 17-10 over Louisville all-time.
The Cardinals return 12 letter winners and six starters from the 2017 season and face Indiana prior to the matchup against the Buckeyes.The Cardinals come into the season ranked No. 8.
The Buckeyes’ 2018 season features 10 home games and will play four opponents who made it to the quarter finals of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Ohio State will play nine opponents who are ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
PRESEASON WRAP UP
The Buckeyes faced Ohio and Michigan in preseason scrimmages. Monday’s scrimmage was the first game back on Buckeye Varsity Field this season. The team finished tied with the Wolverines, 2-2, after a hard-fought battle. Senior Casey Cole and freshman Kennedy Fertitta scored for the Buckeyes with senior Kelsey Nolan and freshman Sina Schwinn recording assists.
Each player got a chance to get reps in the scrimmage, giving a glimpse into what the season holds for the Buckeyes.
QUICK QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JARRED MARTIN
“Overall, I am pleased with how preseason went. The team worked hard, showed a quick learning curve, and there were moments of good hockey in the two scrimmages. We were able to see some good combinations, try some different tactics out and feel confident heading in to Friday’s game against Delaware.”
“Opening up with two top-10 teams will be a great test to see our habits, how clear our minds are under pressure, and what we can build on going forward. Preseason started that process and now we have to continue down. If we keep building great trainings on top of each other, we will be in good shape heading to Big Ten and postseason.”
“I couldn’t be happier with the group, not only for how they have come to practice every day ready to train hard, but also how much they went out of their way to connect with each other and make everyone feel welcome and accountable. It happened much faster than I anticipated and that shows a lot about the character within the group. We talk about the habits and values Ohio State Field Hockey holds dear and how that carries over in our lives and on the field. I can’t wait to see where the development of this group goes and how we finish up. It’s an exciting time with a lot to look forward to.”
On Tuesday, the NFHCA announced its preseason poll, tabbing Ohio State at No. 24. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten teams listed in the ranking. Ohio State’s 2018 schedule features 10 of the teams ranked in the top-25, and four opponents are ranked in the top-10. The preseason ranking is the Buckeyes’ first since 2012.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES
Fans can watch all of the Buckeye home games for free at Buckeye Varsity Field and can watch them on BTN Plus ($). The Buckeyes will be featured on BTN twice this season, the first at Rutgers on Sept. 23 at 1:00 p.m. and the second at Michigan on Oct. 21 at 12:00 p.m.