Oct. 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off its biggest win of the 2014 season, the Ohio State field hockey team will look to continue its momentum this weekend with a Big Ten contest on the road at Rutgers on Friday and a home date with Kent State on Sunday. Both games are set for a 1 p.m. start.
Friday’s game vs. Rutgers will be broadcast on BTN Plus at http://www.btn2go.com/game/ohio-statencaa-at-rutgers–on-20141010. Sunday’s contest vs. Kent State can be seen on BuckeyeVision. A live stats link for each game will also be available on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Twitter updates will be available at OhioState_FH
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
IN THE BIG TEN STATS
TOP BIG TEN SCORING DUOS
Maddy Humphrey and Peanut Johnson have combined for 43 points thus far, making them tied for the fourth highest scoring combination in the Big Ten. The two have at least one point in eight of Ohio State’s 11 games.
Cafone/Norlander (IOWA) – 60 points
Barker/Ahern (MSU) – 48 points
Herold/Chrismer (PSU) – 48 points
Johnson/Humphrey (OSU) – 43 points
Flens/Masters (NW) – 43 points
Smith/Scavelli (MICH) – 36 points
Heilman/Volgraf (IND) – 36 points
Putsch/Dessoye (UMD) – 34 points
Champion/Walia (RUT) – 33 points
Big Ten newcomer Rutgers is 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten after a 2-1 victory on Sunday against New Hampshire. The Scarlet Knights, under head coach Meredith Long, started out the season with wins in four of their first five games, but are just 1-5 since then.
Katie Champion and Sofia Walia lead the offense for Rutgers, as the two have combined for 12 goals and nine assists. Goalie Shevaun Hayes has 66 saves, a 2.44 goals-against average and .702 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH RUTGERS
Ohio State and Rutgers have met just three pervious times with the Buckeyes holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The last meeting came in head coach Anne Wilkinson’s first year (1996) as Ohio State won 2-0 in Piscataway. The other two games came in 1979 and 1988.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes are 4-7 overall this season and play on Saturday, Oct. 11 against Ohio before coming to Columbus. After losing seven of its first nine games, Kent State is on a two-game winning streak with victories over Missouri State and Saint Louis.
Hannah Faulkner (eight goals, seven assists) and Julia Hofmann (eight goals, six assists) are the Golden Flashes top scorers while Andrea Rinehart has a 3.12 goals-against average with 65 saves thus far.
ALL-TIMES SERIES WITH KENT STATE
The Buckeyes own a 21-6 lead all-time vs. the Golden Flashes. Last season, Brooke Hiltz had two goals and an assist as Ohio State won, 4-3. Mona Frommhold scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off a penalty corner in the 54th minute.
THE LAST FIVE VS. KENT STATE
9/24/2013 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 3 (Kent, Ohio)
9/19/2012 – Ohio State 8, Kent State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/18/2011 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 1 (Kent, Ohio)
9/5/2010 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 0 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/16/2009 – Ohio State 5, Kent State 2 (Kent, Ohio)
TEAM VICTORIA DAY
Sunday’s game vs. Kent State will be a gray out to raise awareness for brain cancer. The Buckeyes will also be hosting Team Victoria Day, in support of Victoria, a 15-year-old sophomore at New Albany High School who is an avid field hockey fan. In September of 2013, she was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor.
Last April, Ohio State and Kent State, among others, held a Team Victoria Clinic at Buckeye Varsity Field to raise money for Team Victoria. Participating schools included Ohio State, Kent State and Miami.
A CHALLENGING SLATE
Ohio State’s 2014 schedule features 11 games against teams ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Additionally, the Buckeyes have four games against teams ranked in the top five.
2. Maryland (9-2)
3. Virginia (10-3)
4. Penn State (10-2)
5. Louisville (10-2)
8. Northwestern (9-3)
10. Iowa (8-3)
11. Albany (10-2)
13. Syracuse (8-3)
14. Michigan (8-4)
18. Indiana (8-3)
20. Michigan State (7-4)