August 29, 2021

Ohio State, Kent State Set for In-State Clash on Tuesday


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team faces its second opponent from the Mid-American Conference in a five-day span on Tuesday when it makes a short trip to Kent, Ohio to battle the Kent State Golden Flashes. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Murphy-Mellis Field.

The Basics
Ohio State (1-0) at Kent State (1-1) // Tuesday, Aug. 31 // 4 p.m. // Murphy-Mellis Field; Kent, Ohio
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Setting the Stage

  • Ohio State enters Tuesday’s content at 1-0 following its 1-0 win on Friday afternoon at Ball State.
  • In that contest, junior Leanne Bough scored the lone goal of the game early in the third quarter off a penalty corner with assists by Sammy Stone and Delaney Lawler.
  • Goalkeeper Abby Danson made three saves and registered the second shutout of her career.
  • Ohio State was ranked No. 22 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll. A new poll will be released on Monday.
  • The defense in front of Danson allowed just one shot on goal in the second half.
  • Kent State opened its season last weekend, hosting Michigan State and Saint Louis. The Golden Flashes suffered a 3-1 setback against Michigan State but rebounded for a 3-0 shutout of Saint Louis on Sunday.
  • Kent State is coached by Kyle DeSandes-Moyer, who is in her third season and has a 23-13 record guiding the Golden Flashes. She was the 2019 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year as Kent State won the league’s regular season title.

Ohio State/Kent State: A Series History

  • The Buckeyes are 25-8 all-time against Kent State in a series that dates back to 1978
  • The last meeting came on Oct. 27, 2019, a 4-0 shutout for the Buckeyes in Kent
  • Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams

Martin Adds To His Staff

  • In his fifth season and with a career record of 39-35, head coach Jarred Martin added to his staff recently with the hiring of Hannah Pany as an assistant coach.
  • Pany played for the Buckeyes from 2015-18 and was a captain as a senior.
  • After graduating in May of 2019, she went on to serve as an assistant coach at Kenyon College.
  • In her one season there, Pany helped the Ladies to a 15-4 record, an appearance in the NCAC Tournament final and coached four All-NCAC selections.
  • Kenyon’s 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pany on returning to Ohio State: “Knowing the team culture first hand and having been able to play alongside a few of the current players on the team is a definite advantage for me to jump right into the role. Ohio State will forever hold dear to my heart and returning to my alma mater is an absolute honor.”

Fresh Faces

  • With Ohio State’s roster has nine seniors on it, the Buckeyes also feature six talented freshmen.
  • In last Friday’s season opener, three of them earned starts: Claudia Thomas, Hallie Brost and Cameryn Forgash
  • A fourth freshman, Olivia Zetterval, saw significant playing time as well.