Ohio State Falls to Albany, 4-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team fell to 0-2 on the season following a 4-0 loss to Albany (3-0) on Monday afternoon at Alumni Turf on the campus of the University at Albany. Despite the loss, freshman goalie Liz Tamburro made 14 saves, the third highest total in single-game school history.
Tamburro’s 14 saves are the most by an Ohio State goalie since Lindsay Williams stopped 14 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Penn State on October 10, 2003. Williams also holds the record for single-game saves with 18 versus Louisville (September 28, 2004). In her first two collegiate games, Tamburro has recorded 25 saves.
Albany, the preseason favorite in the America East conference and one of the top scoring teams in the country, got out a quick start thanks to a pair of goals coming nearly two minutes apart. Paul Heuser scored off a penalty corner with 6:23 into the game and Amy Nicklin made the score 2-0 when he knocked in a penalty corner rebound past Tamburro.
From there, the Buckeyes’ defense settled in and kept Albany at bay for the remainder of the half. Tamburro made nine first-half saves. Heuser scored her second goal of the day, and sixth of the season, off assists from Laura Page and Fiori Van Rijswijk that gave the Great Danes a 4-0 lead eight minutes into the second half. Albany’s Anna Bottino rounded out the scoring 20 minutes later when she took a pass in front of the cage from Jordyn Homyak.
In all, Albany outshot Ohio State 21-3 and led a 11-1 edge in penalty corners. Just as it did against Syracuse, the Buckeyes starting lineup featured five newcomers – Tamburro, Morgan Kile, Annabel Sams, Maddy Humphrey and Georgia Thomas. Annie VonderBrink, Mercedes Hamilton, Natalie Faust and Maggie Reddecliff all saw action off the bench.
Ohio State returns to action on Friday, September 5, when it hosts in-state rival Miami at Buckeye Varsity Field beginning at 5 p.m.