COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will welcome the Golden Flashes of Kent State to Buckeye Varsity Field for a 3 p.m. ET matchup on Tuesday (Sept. 5). The Buckeyes enter the game with a 2-0 record.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State pulled out a gritty 2-1 overtime win against No. 9 Louisville to move to 2-0 on the season. It was the first win over a ranked opponent for the Buckeyes since 2014.
- Ohio State has scored six goals through the first two games of the 2017 season and each goal has come from a different player. Maddy Humphrey registered the first goal of the 2017 season and was followed by Natalie Faust, Kelsey Nolan and Sofia Haramis in the season opening win against Lehigh. In the upset victory over No. 9 Louisville, Ohio State used goals from Morgan Kile and Casey Cole to defeat the Cardinals.
- Ohio State has 18 letterwinners from 2016 on the 2017 squad, including 10 seniors. Ohio State returns over 85 percent of its points scored from last year (71 out of 83 points).
- Humphrey returns for her senior season after leading the team in points in 2016 with 32 and is already off to a hot start in 2017. Humphrey scored the Buckeyes’ first goal of the season against Lehigh when she ripped a penalty stroke into the back of the net. Leading the Buckeyes in points two of the last three years, the Virginia native sits 10 points short of reaching the 100-point mark. Humphrey is on the verge of cracking the all-time points registered top 10 list at Ohio State. Humphrey (90 points) is only six points behind Lucy Clayton (96 points) for 10th on the list.
- Liz Tamburro returns for her fourth season between the pipes serving as Ohio State’s final line of defense. Tamburro was brilliant in net against No. 9 Louisville stopping six of the seven shots she faced. Tamburro is one of only three goalies in program history to record 100-plus saves during her first three years as a Buckeye. Her career total in saves (358) is the sixth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
- The second and third highest point scorers from a year ago return for their sophomore season. Esther Clotet Alsina (17 points) and Adelaide Penzone (8 points) will look to build off of their successes from 2016.
- Caroline Rath has been a mainstay on the defensive side of things for the Buckeyes over the years. A senior from Greeneville, Del., Rath has started 51 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 14 defensive saves. She initiated the game-winning penalty corner against No. 9 Louisville.
- The 2017 roster features five newcomers: Juliette Duquesne (Brussels, Belgium), Mara Hunter (Powell, Ohio), Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.).
SCOUTING KENT STATE
2016: 14-7 (6-0 MAC)
Helen Harper – 4 points (2 goals)
Silvia Figa Malgaosa & Ines Delpech – 2 points (1 goal apiece)
Azure Fernsler – 3.94 GAA, 12 saves, .480 save percentage
Head Coach: Kathleen Wiler, 125-111 career record
Ohio State and Kent State have faced off 30 times over the years with the Buckeyes holding a 23-7 (.766) record against the Golden Flashes; the series dates back to 1978. Ohio State has won eight of its past nine games against Kent State.
NOTING THE 2017 SCHEDULE
Ohio State’s schedule this fall includes seven home games and contests against five teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Buckeyes have eight games against teams ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
Ohio State is in its 47th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 467-392-38. The
Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 358 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 48 to move into fifth and pass Nikki Thompson (1994-97).
Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 14. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31.
Humphrey’s 35 career goals puts her at No. 11 on the all-time list. She is just one goal shy of tying former teammate Peanut Johnson for No. 10. Her 90 career points are good for No. 13 all-time.
ROSTER ROLL CALL
The Buckeyes have 24 student-athletes on the roster for the 2017 season. Three Buckeyes hail from Ohio (Genevieve and Adelaide Penzone and Mara Hunter) while the largest contingent of athletes comes from Pennsylvania (10 athletes). Five of the athletes are international: Maartje Bongers (Netherlands), Yolanda Cabello (Spain), Esther Clotet Alsina (Spain), Juliette Duquesne (Belgium) and Carolina Vergroesen (Netherlands). The final six athletes come from the East Coast: Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Caroline Rath (Greenville, Del.), Maddy Humphrey (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sofia Haramis (Roseland, N.J.), Courtney Daniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Natalie Faust (Lutherville, Md.).
OHIO STATE'S RECORD WHEN...
Scoring first: 1-0
Opponent scores first: 1-0
Leading at halftime: 1-0
Tied at halftime: 0-0
Trailing at halftime: 1-0
Outshooting its opponent: 1-0
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-0
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 2-0
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-0
Buckeyes Blank Ohio, 3-0
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