Ohio State Drops 5-4 Heartbreaker in OT vs. Indiana

Mona Frommhold
Mona Frommhold

Oct. 26, 2013

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State field hockey team dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Indiana in overtime Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field on Senior Day. Despite being down a player for the majority of the contest, the Buckeyes (5-11, 0-5 B1G) had a two-goal lead in the second half until the Hoosiers (8-8, 1-4 B1G) were able to score three unanswered goals, including the gamewinner in overtime to earn the conference win.

Offensively, junior midfielder Nina Laudahn and sophomore Emma Royce each tallied a goal and an assist, while senior Mona Frommhold and sophomore Peanut Johnson had a score. Freshman Brooke Hiltz collected an assist as well vs. the Hoosiers.

Indiana scored the gamewinning goal at 75: 47 when Audra Heilman found the back of the net in front of the circle after a cross from Kate Barber. The Buckeyes battled tough, facing a 6-on-7 disadvantage in the overtime period. Royce kept it at 4-4 for the opening minutes of extra time with two solid stick tackles in the OSU circle. Overall, shots were 12-11 in favor of Indiana, while both teams collected five corners.

Ohio State went down a player at 13:02 after senior Arielle Cowie received a red card and was disqualified for the remainder of the match vs. Indiana. However, the Buckeyes rallied and were able to score four goals down a player vs. Indiana, collecting two different leads in the contest.

The Buckeyes took a 1-0 advantage during the 24th minute when Royce sent a slapshot into the back of the net after Laudahn sent a right to left cross pass from the top of the circle. Royce, a native of London, U.K., tallied her second goal of the year.

But the Hoosiers answered minutes later when Sydney Supica found space in front of the cage and received a quick pass from the top of the circle from Emily Bowker for the score at 25:55. At halftime, shots were 5-3 in favor of the Buckeyes.

After half, the Buckeye attack came after the Indiana defense, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of action to take a two-goal lead. Frommhold made it 2-1 with an unassisted score in the 36th minute after she created a turnover from the far side of the field and worked her way inside the top of the circle before blasting a shot into the top right of the cage.

Ohio State took a 3-1 lead moments later after Laudhan scored on an OSU penalty corner from the right side of the circle with assists from Royce and Swartz, respectively, at 43:11.

Indiana cut its deficit to one goal, 3-2, at 47:45 when Karen Lorite sent a shot in goal after deflecting a pass inside the circle by Morgan Dye. However, just like before, the Scarlet and Gray battled back to take their second two-goal advantage of the afternoon when Johnson, a native of Dayton, Ohio, received a pass from Hiltz and dribbled through the IU defense, scoring from the far side post at 50:20.

Indiana continued to fight, scoring two goals in the final 12 minutes of action to force overtime. Danielle McNally made it 4-3 when she scored on a second deflected goal from the far post at 58:18. The assist was credited to Heilman.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux falls to 4-9 overall, posting a save, while IU keeper Maggie Olson is 8-8, collecting two saves.

The Buckeyes recognized the 2013 senior class as part of Senior Day before the competition vs. the Hoosiers. Up next, Ohio State will conclude the regular season at Northwestern Nov. 1. The contest will be televised live on BTN.