August 30, 2017

Ohio State Welcomes No. 9 Louisville to Columbus


Aug. 30, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will welcome No. 9 Louisville to Buckeye Varsity Field for the 2017 home opener on Friday at 3 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes enter the home opener with a record of 1-0, and Louisville stakes claim to a 2-0 record early in the season.

No. 9 Louisville at Ohio State
| Friday, Sept. 1 | 3 p.m. ET | Game Notes
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  • Ohio State scored four goals in a dominant victory over Lehigh last Sunday. Maddy Humphrey, Natalie Faust, Sofia Haramis and Kelsey Nolan scored the goals for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • The goals by Faust, Haramis and Nolan were the first of their careers
  • First year head coach Jarred Martin claimed his first Division I victory in the win over Lehigh.
  • Ohio State has 18 letterwinners from 2016 on the 2017 squad, including 10 seniors. Ohio State returns over 85 percent of its points scored from last year (71 out of 83 points).
  • Maddy Humphrey returns for her senior season after leading the team in points in 2016 with 32 and is already off to a hot start in 2017. Humphrey scored the Buckeyes’ first goal of the season against Lehigh when she ripped a penalty stroke into the back of the net. Leading the Buckeyes in points two of the last three years, the Virginia native sits 10 points short of reaching the 100-point mark. Humphrey is on the verge of cracking the all-time points registered top 10 list at Ohio State. Humphrey (90 points) is only six points behind Lucy Clayton (96 points) for 10th on the list.
  • Liz Tamburro returns for her fourth season between the pipes serving as Ohio State’s final line of defense. In the first game of her senior campaign, Tamburro was the beneficiary of great defensive work and only had to make one save against Lehigh on her way to earning the seventh shutout of her career. Tamburro is one of only three goalies in program history to record 100-plus saves during her first three years as a Buckeye. Her career total in saves (352) is the sixth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
  • The second and third highest point scorers from a year ago return for their sophomore season. Esther Clotet Alsina (17 points) and Adelaide Penzone (8 points) will look to build off of their successes from 2016.
  • Caroline Rath has been a mainstay on the defensive side of things for the Buckeyes over the years. A senior from Greeneville, Del., Rath has started 50 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 14 defensive saves.
  • The 2017 roster features five newcomers: Juliette Duquesne (Brussels, Belgium), Mara Hunter (Powell, Ohio), Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.).

2017: 2-0
2016: 15-6, 3-3 ACC
Leading Scorers:
Marisa Martin Pelegrina – 7 points (2g, 3a)
Minout Mink – 4 points (2 goals)
Hollyn Barr – 1.00 GAA, 13 saves, .867 save percentage
Head Coach: Justine Sowry, 7th season, 82-42 overall

Ohio State and Louisville have faced off 26 times over the years with the Buckeyes holding a 16-10 record against the Cardinals. The series dates back to 1989 when Ohio State shutout Louisville in the season opener by a tally of 5-0.

Ohio State’s schedule this fall includes seven home games and contests against five teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Buckeyes have eight games against teams ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.

Ohio State is in its 47th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 466-392-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.

With 352 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 54 to move into fifth and pass Nikki Thompson (1994-97).

Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 14. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31.

Humphrey’s 35 career goals puts her at No. 11 on the all-time list. She is just one goal shy of tying former teammate Peanut Johnson for No. 10. Her 90 career points are good for No. 13 all-time.

The Buckeyes have 24 student-athletes on the roster for the 2017 season. Three Buckeyes hail from Ohio (Genevieve and Adelaide Penzone and Mara Hunter) while the largest contingent of athletes comes from Pennsylvania (10 athletes). Five of the athletes are international: Maartje Bongers (Netherlands), Yolanda Cabello (Spain), Esther Clotet Alsina (Spain), Juliette Duquesne (Belgium) and Carolina Vergroesen (Netherlands). The final six athletes come from the East Coast: Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Caroline Rath (Greenville, Del.), Maddy Humphrey (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sofia Haramis (Roseland, N.J.), Courtney Daniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Natalie Faust (Lutherville, Md.).

Scoring first: 1-0
Opponent scores first: 0-0
Leading at halftime: 1-0
Tied at halftime: 0-0
Trailing at halftime: 0-0
Outshooting its opponent: 1-0
Getting outshot by opponent: 0-0
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 1-0
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-0