No. 9 Northwestern Tops Ohio State, 4-1
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ninth-ranked Northwestern scored twice in each half to earn a 4-1 victory over the Ohio State field hockey team Saturday afternoon at NU’s Lakeside Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 6-10 on the season and 1-6 in Big Ten play while the Wildcats improve to 12-5, 6-1. Despite the loss, freshman Maddy Humphrey scored to give her a team-leading 32 points on the season.
Northwestern was able to get off to a quick start, netting the game’s first goal just 2:25 into the contest when Dominique Masters converted a penalty corner with assists from Lisa McCarthy and Charlotte Martin. It was Masters’ 11th goal of the season.
The score remained 1-0 for the next 12 minutes of regulation before Ashley Bernardi converted on a rebound following a shot from Kelly Stump. Northwestern took that 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Just 1:39 into the second half, a pair of freshmen connected on a goal to cut Northwestern’s lead in half, 2-1. Humphrey tipped in a shot by Morgan Kile for her team-leading 12th goal of the season. For Humphrey, it was the fourth time in the last six games that she scored at least one goal. It was Kile’s second assist of the season.
The one-goal deficit was short lived, however, as Northwestern came right back with a score 10 minutes later. Sophia Miller cleaned up a rebound off a shot from Caroline Troncelliti and snuck the ball past goalie Liz Tamburro. It was Miller’s first goal of the season.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 4-1 on a McCarthy goal via a rebound in the 54th minute. The score came after Tamburro made consecutive saves on shots from Stump and Masters.
Tamburro made 12 saves, her sixth game this season with double-digit saves. She currently leads the Big Ten with 110 saves. Northwestern outshot Ohio State, 19-11, and held a 7-4 edge in penalty corners.
The Buckeyes return to action next Sunday, Nov. 2, when they close out the regular season by hosting 12th-ranked Michigan at Buckeye Varsity Field. Game time is set for noon.