Senior Ally Tunitis
Oct. 8, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team fell, 3-0, against No. 17 Iowa Saturday afternoon in the home finale at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes (8-6, 2-1 Big Ten) honored senior tri-captains Jenn Sciulli and Ally Tunitis before the matchup vs. the Hawkeyes (9-3, 2-2 Big Ten).
The game was televised by Big Ten Network on tape-delayed basis and will air at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The 2011 senior class has combined for 53 wins and 116 starts since joining the program during the 2008 campaign.
After more than 20 minutes of scoreless action, Iowa struck first at 24:51 when Sarah Drake found Aubrey Coleman open inside the circle on the left side of the cage. Coleman finished off the play with her third goal of the season to make it, 1-0, in favor of the Hawkeyes.
The Buckeyes had the early momentum in the first half with a 5-0 advantage on shots in the first 15 minutes.
Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., notched her eighth defensive save of the season in the first 35 minutes. She leads the conference in defensive stops and ties her season high from the 2010 campaign. With the defensive stop, Sciulli ties Kim Bush (1988-91) for second on the OSU all-time with 22 career defensive saves.
In the second half, Iowa added two goals to extend their lead to 3-0 vs. the Scarlet and Gray as Jessica Barnett notched her first two goals of the season. Iowa made it 2-0 when Lesiak Geena found Barnett on the right side of the cage for the Hawkeye goal at 43:06.
Barnett then made it 3-0 following a penalty corner at 52:17 from the top of the circle with assists from Lesiak and Niki Schultheis.
Ohio State had a key opportunity to get on the board when Sciulli fired a shot from the top of the circle at 67:18, but the ball missed the goal by inches as it deflected off the left post.
Overall, Ohio State held a 17-6 advantage in shots and a 5-3 lead in penalty corners.
Tunitis falls to 8-6 on the season recording one save, while Iowa goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw improves to 9-3, collecting 11 saves against the Buckeyes.
The Scarlet and Gray will now prepare for a four-game road swing to close the regular season, beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.