Sep 4, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team opens the 2013 home schedule this weekend hosting the Buckeye Classic at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Scarlet and Gray will open the classic at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Missouri State and will conclude action at Noon Sunday vs. Bucknell. The Bears and Bison will play a neutral-site game at Noon Saturday in Columbus. As always, admission is free.

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. The team returns seven starters from last season and welcomes seven newcomers.

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Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton on the Ohio State field hockey team were named Big Ten Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday. Both Lemieux and Hamilton earn their first career conference weekly laurels.  

Lemieux, a native of Dublin, Ohio, helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH Sept. 1 in her first career start in the Scarlet and Gray. Lemieux posted eight saves, including three in extra time. She went on to deny the final two UNH attempts during the shootout after 100 minutes of action at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa.

Hamilton, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, scored two goals during the Buckeyes’ opening weekend at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. In her Buckeye debut, the OSU rookie posted the team’s lone goal in the loss to Temple. She helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH on Sunday after scoring the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation to force extra time. She leads the team with two goals and four points after week one.

Ohio State went 1-1 during the opening weekend of 2013 at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. The Buckeyes dropped their opening contest vs. Temple, 4-1. Freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton scored the lone goal in her first career start, while classmate forward Brooke Hiltz also started in her first collegiate game vs. the Owls.

The Buckeyes rebounded in thrilling fashion to close out the classic after upsetting No. 20 UNH, 3-2, in an overtime shootout. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made her first career start, posting eight saves, including three in extra time. Senior forward Sophia Pifer knocked in her first career goal in the first half, while Paige Hamilton tied the game, 2-2, with just five seconds left in regulation. After both overtimes went scoreless, sophomore forward Peanut Johnson, senior midfielder Nora Murer and senior midfielder Mona Frommhold all connect on their shots, while Lemieux denied UNH’s final two attempts to claim the win.

Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer were named co-captains of the 2013 squad.

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.

The Bears travel to Columbus after splitting the opening weekend on the road. Missouri State lost, 4-0, to UC Davis Aug. 30 in Davis, Calif., but rebounded with a 3-2 win over Pacific Sept. 2 in Berkeley, Calif. Liz Young and Holly Scherer each scored goals last weekend, while goalkeeper Andrea Bain went 1-1 with a 4.31 goals-against average.

The Buckeyes are 6-2 all-time vs. Missouri State. Last season, Ohio State broke the program record for most points in a game with a combined 27 points in a 10-1 over the Bears Sept. 23 in Columbus. The 10 goals tied the OSU goals scored record set first during the 1994 campaign vs. Louisville. Overall, six different Buckeyes found the back of the cage vs. the Bears.

Bucknell heads west to Columbus after dropping two contests vs. Iowa Aug. 30 and Lock Haven Sept. 1. Seniors Rachel Misko and Erica Perrine along with junior Kelsey Mucelli made Bucknell the only team to place three student-athletes on the 11-player Preseason All-Patriot League Team. The Bison begin the 2013 campaign with five-consecutive road contests before opening their home schedule vs. Penn Sept. 15.

Ohio State leads the all-time series, 2-0, vs. the Bison. Last year, the Buckeyes downed Bucknell, 3-1, on the road in Lewisburg, Pa. Ohio State sophomore back Emma Royce scored her first career goal in the win over the Bison.

Ohio State will begin a five-game road swing next week in Syracuse, N.Y. The Buckeyes will play a neutral-site contest vs. UMass Sept. 14 and will close out the weekend vs. the Orange Sept. 15.