Sept. 9, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the first game of the 2011 Buckeye Classic, the Ohio State field hockey team fell, 2-0, against No. 5 Syracuse Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. The first 60 minutes of action went scoreless until the Orange posted two late goals in the second half.
The two squads battled to a 0-0 tie after the first 35 minutes as the Buckeyes controlled possession throughout most of the first half. Ohio State had five shots on Syracuse's three, including a pair of shots in the opening 10 minutes by freshman Carly Mackessy.
The second half picked up just as the first concluded with both teams playing evenly on the field. Momentum shifted, however, at the 60:04 mark as the Orange struck first to take a 1-0 advantage. Heather Susek took a shot from the left side of the field that was stopped by Tunitis, but quickly picked up the rebound and passed it to teammate Kelsey Millman who found the back of the cage.
Syracuse pushed its lead to 2-0 following a penalty corner when Liz McInerney scored from the left side with the assist from Leonie Geyer.
Syracuse held a 14-11 advantage on shots and an 8-4 lead in penalty corners.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis claimed four saves but falls to 2-4 on the season, while junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver improves to 3-1 in 2011.
The Buckeyes are back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday vs. No. 2 Old Dominion. The Orange and Lady Monarchs will continue the classic at 2 p.m. Saturday in a neutral-site matchup in Columbus.
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