COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State field hockey team hits the road for two away games this weekend. The Buckeyes will take on Miami (OH) on Friday at 2 p.m. ET followed by a Top 25 matchup with No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits a 2-1 on the season with its biggest win coming against then No. 9 Louisville.
- The Buckeyes moved up to No. 23 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Top 25 poll following the first two wins of the regular season. It is the first time since Oct. 23, 2012.
- 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 and is currently the only two-goal scorer on the team when she scored her second of the season on Tuesday against Kent State. Leading the Buckeyes in points two of the last three years, the Virginia native sits eight 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 (92 points) is only four 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.
- 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.
- Tamburro and the defense have been stellar in 2017. The 0.95 goals allowed per game allowed by the backline ranks No. 10 in the country and second in the Big Ten.
- The Buckeyes’ offensive unit is averaging 8.33 penalty corners per game which ranks ninth national and second in the Big Ten.
- Natalie Faust, Kelsey Nolan and Sofia Haramis, all seniors, scored their first career goals in the season opening win against Lehigh.
- 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).
- 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.).
2016: 12-8 (5-1 MAC)
Paula Portugal – 8 points (4 goals)
Lexie Nugent – 5 points (2g & 1a)
Maddi Passarella – 1.46 GAA, 13 saves, .684 save percentage
Head Coach: Inako Puzo, 76-73 career record
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
2016: 11-8 (0-6 ACC)
Jule Grashoff – 6 points (3 goals)
Emily Adamson – 4 points (2 goals)
Cat O’Connor – 4.10 GAA, 7 saves, .500 save percentage
Isla Blint – 5.18 GAA, 13 saves, .650 save percentage
Head Coach: Jennifer Averill, 352-169-3
The Buckeyes will face off with Miami (OH) for the 46th time in program history. The Scarlet and Gray hold the advantage in this series to a tune of 36-8-1. Dating back to 1989, the Buckeyes have claimed victories in 24 of the last 27 games against the RedHawks.
Ohio State’s and Wake Forest have played each other six times since the series started in 2004. The Demon Deacons hold a 4-2 advantage over Ohio 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 will play 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 467-393-38. 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 36 career goals puts her at No. 10 on the all-time list. She is tied her former teammate Peanut Johnson for No. 10 with a spectacular goal against Kent State on Sept. 5. Her 92 career points are good for No. 12 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: 1-1
Leading at halftime: 1-0
Tied at halftime: 0-1
Trailing at halftime: 1-0
Outshooting its opponent: 1-1
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-0
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 2-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-0
2017 Season in Review
Ohio State Ousted by Michigan, 3-0