COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State field hockey team received an at-large bid into the 2010 NCAA Tournament and will face No. 15 Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday in the first round in State College, Pa., on the campus of Penn State University.

“We’re excited to be selected into NCAA Tournament,” head coach Anne Wilkinson said.  “We’ve had a great season so far and look forward to the challenge of the NCAA tournament. Albany won its conference championship and is a strong team; it should be an exciting weekend in State College.”

Ohio State posted a 16-4 overall record with a 5-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play to earn its third Big Ten regular-season title as co-champions with Michigan. The 16 wins are second-most all-time in a season and the most victories for a Buckeye squad in Wilkinson’s 15-year tenure after having three seasons with 15 wins (2001, 2005 and 2006).

The 2010 campaign marks the sixth NCAA appearance in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes 1-5 all-time in NCAA play. This is also the second time in program history the team has advanced to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons first doing so in 2005 and 2006.

The Big Ten finished with four teams in the tournament, joining the Buckeyes are Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State. Ohio State went 6-3 in against NCAA Tournament teams in 2010.

Penn State will take on fourth-seed Syracuse in the earlier game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The winners of the first-round games will play at 2 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance the semifinals Nov. 19 in College Park, Md.

View the photo album above of the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament in Evanston, Ill.