Aug. 1, 2012

With fall camp just one week away, let’s get to know a new member of the Ohio State field hockey program.

Junior Sophia Pifer, who transferred this past offseason from Georgetown, will look to help guide the OSU backfield that lost two seniors from the 2011 squad. Pifer, a native of Coopersburg, Pa., was named defensive MVP in back-to-back years for the Hoyas, collecting 39 starts. An international studies major, Pifer will wear No. 11 for the Buckeyes this fall and recently shared her thoughts on the upcoming 2012 campaign.

The 2012 Buckeyes will open competition with a scrimmage against Ohio at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at Buckeye Varsity Field.

Q: What were your first thoughts when you visited Ohio State campus for the first time? 
A: I was amazed at how large it was. Coming from a small high school in Pennsylvania and then a relatively small university, it was certainly different.

Q: Playing two seasons at Georgetown, what are you looking forward to this season at Ohio State? 
A: I’m just really excited to keep working with everyone here at OSU from the coaching staff to the players. I’ve only been here a short time but already I’ve learned so much. It will also be exciting to compete against a new group of schools.

Q: How has the transition been with joining the program? 
A: The transition to OSU has actually been much easier than I expected and that’s really thanks to my wonderful roommates and teammates who were all so welcoming in helping me adjust to OSU. The quarter system took some getting used to in terms of longer classes and less time between midterms and finals, but I ended up really liking the way it was scheduled.

Q: What is your major and what would you like to do after you graduate?
A: My major is international studies and after graduating I would like to work for the International Criminal Court or an NGO.

Q: Describe yourself as a field hockey player in one sentence. 
A: Defensive – I’m actually more comfortable trying to win the ball then actually having it.

Q: What have you been doing this summer? 
A: I spent the summer working and spending time at home with family.

Q: The Olympics started last weekend, what are some of your favorite sports to watch?
A: I love the Olympics and I will watch just about anything but I especially enjoy watching hurdles, fencing, and of course, field hockey.

Q: Your mother was an Olympian in field hockey. How has that impacted your life becoming a Division I student-athlete? A: My mom’s experiences have had a huge impact on me as a player. I certainly feel a lot of pressure since my mom had such a successful career but at the same time my mom is the most supportive person I know and has really inspired me and helped me make it to the college level.

Q: It says you like to cook during your spare time. Favorite meal you like to make?
A: I’m pretty superstitious when it comes to pregame rituals so if possible I usually just stick to pasta for dinner and cereal and banana for breakfast.

Quick Hits
Favorite place on campus is: The Union

My OSU roommates for 2012-13 are:Cara Facchina, Emma Royce, Katie Chase, Morgan Obendorfer, Kaila Gottlick

My favorite home-cooked meal: My mom’s lemon blueberry pound cake
My favorite song to work-out to is:
anything Led Zeppelin
Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State (or would like to take):
Intro to Intelligence

Show I always DVR: Covert Affairs
I’m most proud of:
Transferring to Ohio State