October 13, 2021

Road Trip to Northwestern, Iowa Awaits This Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of top-10 opponents await the Ohio State field hockey team on the road this weekend, as the Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 6 Northwestern on Friday and No. 1 Iowa on Sunday.

The Basics
No. 19 Ohio State at No. 6 Northwestern // Friday, Oct. 15 // 4 p.m. ET // Evanston, Ill.
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No. 19 Ohio State at No. 1 Iowa // Sunday, Oct. 17 // 1 p.m. ET // Iowa City, Iowa
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Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State is 7-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten following a weekend split vs. Indiana and Ohio.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 19 in this week’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. They are one of seven Big Ten teams in the poll.
  • Junior Leanne Bough continues to lead the team in scoring with 10 points. Four of her five goals have been game-winners.
  • Emma Goldean is second with nine points (four goals, one assist). Last Sunday, she had her first multi-goal game of the season, scoring twice in a span of 1:31 in the third quarter.
  • Eleven different players have points this season and Ohio State’s 22 total goals have been scored by eight different players.
  • Goalie Aaliyah Hernandez has started nine of Ohio State’s 12 contests and has a 1.47 goals-against average with 48 saves.
  • Sophomore Abby Danson got the start on Sunday and picked up her second win of the season. She has a 2.18 goals-against average in three games played.

History vs. the Wildcats and Hawkeyes

  • Ohio State faced Northwestern three times last spring and all three games were decided by one goal.
  • In the regular season, the Wildcats won both contests, by scores of 4-3 and 3-2. Both of those games were decided in overtime.
  • In the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, the two teams once again played an overtime game. This time, however, the Buckeyes prevailed 2-1 on Tess Maloney’s goal 2:39 into the extra session.
  • Friday will be the 67th all-time meeting between the two schools. Northwestern holds a 35-29-2 edge.
  • Iowa defeated Ohio State twice during the regular season last spring in Columbus both by scores of 2-1.
  • The Hawkeyes hold a 51-15 edge in the all-time series. Ohio State’s last win over Iowa came in 2015.

Statistically Speaking

  • Goalie Aaliyah Hernandez is first in the Big Ten in saves per game (4.80) and third in save percentage (.774).
  • Ohio State’s 1.68 team goals-against average is 27th-best nationally.
  • The Buckeyes generated 16 shots against Ohio on Sunday, which was the second-most in a game this season. Ohio State had 23 shots in a 4-3 double overtime win vs. Lafayette on Sept. 3.
  • Ohio State has outscored its opponents 10-4 in the third quarter this year. The +6 goal differential is the best of any quarter for either the Buckeyes or their opponents.
  • The Buckeyes also have a nearly +20 third-quarter shot differential on the season. They’ve taken 46 shots while limiting opponents to just 27.
  • Ohio State’s six remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 62-16 (.794) and all of them are ranked in the top-11 of this week’s NFHCA poll.