Aug 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team opens the program’s 43rd season this weekend, traveling to compete in the Conference Cup hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. The Buckeyes will begin competition vs. the Owls at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday and also will play No. 2 Maryland or No. 20 UNH Sunday (1 p.m./3:30 p.m. ET).
The Buckeyes are guided by 18th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson, who has led the Scarlet and Gray to NCAA Tournament appearances three out of the last four years.
Live stats for both Ohio State road contests this weekend will be available on owlsports.com. A link to live scoring will on the Buckeye field hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
FREE VIDEO AVAILABLE VS. TEMPLE
The contest vs. the Owls Saturday will be available on free webcast on owlsports.com.
OHIO STATE IN SEASON OPENERS
The Buckeyes are 21-19-2 all-time in season-opening games. Under head coach Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State is 9-8 in season openers. Last year, the Buckeyes fell to UMass in overtime, 2-1, in a neutral site game in Durham, N.H.
Cowie, a midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago, is a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, earning league honors last season for the first time in her Buckeye career. Cowie, who has collected 50 career starts in three years, played in all 19 games in 2012 and was a part of the OSU midfield that limited opponents to 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. Cowie has notched two goals and three assists in her career. As a true freshman, Cowie played in 20 games, including 10 starts for the 2010 NCAA Final Four squad. Cowie is a three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Murer, a back from Luzern, Switzerland, has started in every game since the 2010 campaign, collecting a team-best 63 starts (most by active members). Murer has been an anchor in the Buckeye backfield the last three seasons, posting three goals and six assists in her OSU career, while being a part of 15 career shutouts. As a junior, Murer played in at least 70 minutes in 13 contests, notching a season-best five points on one goal and three assists. As a true freshman, Murer, played in all 23 contests for the NCAA Final Four Buckeyes, holding opponents to a conference-best 1.26 goals per game, while playing in a team-best 1,642 minutes as a rookie. Like Cowie, Murer also has excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
FORMER BUCKEYE ON TEMPLE COACHING STAFF
Former Buckeye and All-Big Ten selection Danica Deckard joined the Temple staff as a graduate assistant coach this past summer. Deckard was a four-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray and led the team with 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists in 2012. She was one of three members from the 2010 Final Four squad to be named to a Division I coaching staff this past offseason.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Last season, the Owls finished 12-9 overall and are predicted to finish sixth in the Big East standings in 2013. Temple’s Amber Youtz, a junior forward, was voted to the Preseason All-Big East Team after being named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. She compiled 22 goals last year and is the second-leading returning scorer in the nation. The Owls posted a 7-5 mark on their home turf a year ago.
LAST TIME VS. TEMPLE
The Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time vs. the Owls. Last time out, Ohio State defeated Temple, 3-0, at the Blue Hen Classic during the 2008 campaign in Durham, N.C. The Buckeyes are 2-0 against the Owls under head coach Anne Wilkinson.
THE MARYLAND TERRAPINS
The Terrapins return eight of 11 starters from the 2012 squad that reached the NCAA Final Four for the fifth-consecutive season, posting an 18-6 overall record. Seniors Ali McEvoy, Jill Witmer and junior Maxine Fluharty were voted to the 11-member Preseason All-ACC Team, while the squad was picked to finish first in the conference. In 2012, Maryland was 15-4 in non-conference games and 3-1 in neutral site matchups. The Terrapins are ranked No. 2 in the NFHCA Preseason Poll.
BUCKEYES VS. MARYLAND
The Terrapins lead the all-time series, 7-0, against the Buckeyes. Last season, Ohio State fell to Maryland Sept. 2 in College Park, Md.
THE UNH WILDCATS
The Wildcats have claimed three-consecutive America East regular season titles and bring back their top seven goal scorers, while welcoming four newcomers to the team. UNH is ranked No. 20 in the NFHCA Preseason Poll, returning 10 starters and 16 letterwinners overall. Last year, the Wildcats were 12-8 overall and posted a 6-4 record on the road.
OHIO STATE AGAINST UNH
Ohio State is 3-2 all-time vs. the Wildcats. Last time out, the Buckeyes claimed a 1-0 shutout vs. the Wildcats in Durham, N.H. The win marked the 200th victory for head coach Anne Wilkinson at Ohio State. In the contest, the Buckeye defense limited the Wildcats to seven shots, including two in the final 35 minutes of action.
Ohio State opens the 2013 home schedule hosting the Buckeye Classic Sept. 6-8 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Scarlet and Gray face Missouri State at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 before taking on Bucknell at Noon Sept. 8. The Bears and the Bison will play a neutral-site contest at Noon Sept. 7.