Ohio State Edged by No. 19 Michigan in Overtime, 2-1
Oct. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team fell short, 2-1, in overtime against No. 19 Michigan Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. Despite the Buckeyes (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten) claiming the first goal of the contest, the Wolverines (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) were able to tie the game, 1-1, in the final moments of the first half and picked up the gamewinner in the sixth minute of overtime.
Junior midfielder Nina Laudahn had a memorable day, scoring her first career goal as a Buckeye. The native of Berlin, Germany, Laudahn beat her defender inside the circle and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Haley Jones from the right side of the cage at 12:56 for her first career goal as a Buckeye. The Scarlet and Gray had a 1-0 lead for the majority of the first half vs. the Wolverines.
The next 22 minutes went scoreless until the Maize and Blue found the back of the net with less than one minute remaining in the first 35 minutes. Senior Rachael Mack scored on a deflection from in front of Ohio State goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux after Sammy Gray sent a shot outside the circle to the UM forward for the goal at 34:28.
At halftime, shots were 3-2 in favor of the Wolverines, while Ohio State claimed the lone corner of the first half.
In the second half, the UM offense went on the attack, but the Buckeye defense held strong, not allowing a goal against 14 shot attempts. Lemieux guided the OSU backfield, collecting eight saves in the second session. She came up with six-consecutive stops when Michigan earned seven straight penalty corners in the opening seven minutes of the second period. Lemieux denied Mack, the Big Ten scoring leader, in six out of the seven shots on goal she faced during that span. Overall, Lemieux posted eight saves, but falls to 3-8 overall in 2013. Her eight saves ties her season high in her first season with the Scarlet and Gray.
In overtime, the Buckeyes had a great opportunity to claim the win, but a shot by Laudahn was saved by Jones at 67:15. Michigan then scored the gamewinner when Mack notched an unassisted score at 75:47 when she received a pass inside the circle before spinning and sending a shot into the top right of the net for the goal.
Overall, Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 19-5, while the Wolverines had a 10-1 lead in corners.
Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road for a midweek game at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at Ball State.