Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Ohio State field hockey team lost its Big Ten tournament quarterfinal matchup against Michigan on Sunday at Ocker Field, 3-0. Under the direction of first-year head coach Jarred Martin, the Buckeyes registered their first winning season since 2012 finishing with a record of 10-9.
Ohio State played solid, sound defense for most of the first half and Liz Tamburro made several big saves to keep both teams scoreless through the first 30 minutes of the half. Tested early and often, Tamburro was called upon in the sixth minute for her first save of the game. The veteran made a couple of more savvy stops throughout the first half coming out of the net to kick out some bouncing balls in the circle that were dangerous.
The Wolverines beat Tamburro on a penalty corner in the 32nd minute as the ball narrowly cleared the outstretched blocker of Tamburro. The Wolverines cashed in another penalty corner in the final minute of the half to give themselves a 2-0 lead after the first 35 minutes of play.
Not being able to muster any offense in the first half, Esther Clotet Alsina recorded Ohio State’s first shot of the game in the 43rd minute of the game. Carolina Vergroesen crossed the ball into the circle and Clotet Alsina’s backhanded shot went high and wide. In the final minute of the game, Vergroesen recorded the Scarlet and Gray’s only shot of the game on goal.
A senior class of 10 had their careers come to a close today: Maddy Humphrey, Maartje Bongers, Lauren Carroll, Tamburro, Natalie Faust, Sofia Haramis, Vergroesen, Kelsey Nolan, Caroline Rath and Morgan Kile.
“They mean a lot, they’ve done a lot for the program. Stepping up as leaders, stepping up on the field. Really setting the tone for where they want this program to go. They really set the bar for the future,” Martin said.
In the Record Books
Humphrey, Tamburro and Rath have their names all over the Ohio State record book. Tamburro ends her career with 436 career saves, the fourth most in program history. Her seven total saves in the game today pushed her past Andie Dunbar (1976-79) for the No. 4 spot.
Rath closed her career by starting in 68 career games and recording 17 defensive saves in her career, the fourth most ever by a Buckeye.
Humphrey capped off an excellent four-year career with 43 career goals, the eight most in program history. In addition to ranking high on the career goals list, her point total of 114 will go down as the seventh most in the record book.