Ohio State Hosts Ball State Friday

Sept. 9, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After playing two games in less than 24 hours last weekend in Winston-Salem, the Ohio State field hockey team returns home to the friendly confines of Buckeye Varsity Field to continue its non-conference schedule with a match-up against Ball State on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 2-2 on the season following a 5-0 shutout of Missouri State on Saturday. Last Friday, the Buckeyes dropped a heartbreaker to No. 11 Wake Forest in overtime, 3-2.
  • Sophomore Maddy Humphrey, the team's leading scorer and an All-Region selection last year, has picked up right where she left off, currently leading the team with nine points (four goals, one assist).
  • Nine players have at least one point through four games. Seniors Emma Royce and Peanut Johnson both have five points (two goals, one assist) while Paige Hamilton has four points on two goals. Sophomore Morgan Kile handed out three assists last weekend for her first three points on the season. Brooke Hiltz (two points), Annie VonderBrink (two points), Mercedes Hamilton (two points) and Lauren Archibald (one point) round out the offensive attack.
  • On defense, goalie Liz Tamburro had two shutouts to her credit in 2015. The sophomore from Phoenixville, Pa., who led the conference in saves last year, has a .778 save percentage, 1.49 goals-against average and 21 stops.
  • The Ohio State defense, led by Royce, freshmen Hannah Pany, Courtney Daniels and Carolina Vergroesen, is limiting opponents to just 1.5 goals and 9.2 shots per game.
  • The Buckeyes' offense ranks third in the conference in shots (18.5/game) and tied for second in goals (3.25/game).

TWEETABLE NOTES

  • Maddy Humphrey has at least one goal in all four games this year and at least one point in 16 of 22 career games.
  • Anne Wilkinson earned her 302nd career win last Saturday vs. Missouri State.
  • The next point that Peanut Johnson scores will be the 70th of her career.
  • With 137 career saves, Liz Tamburro ranks 19th on Ohio State's all-time list.

SCOUTING BALL STATE
2015 Record: 0-5
Most Recently: Lost to Villanova, 6-1, LaSalle, 1-0 and Northwestern, 3-1
Leading Scorer: Lexi Kavanaugh, four points (one goal, two assists)
Goalkeeper: Jordan Dues (0-5), .653 save percentage, 3.40 GAA, 32 saves
Head Coach: Sally Northcroft, first season at Ball State.

THE LAST MEETING
Peanut Johnson scored off a feed from Maddy Humphrey 3:31 into overtime to lift Ohio State to a 3-2 victory over Ball State (3-2) on Sept. 14. Johnson's goal capped a big day, as she finished with a goal and an assist in the win.

Ohio State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back goals from Annabel Sams just 1:20 a part. The Buckeyes outshot Ball State, 20-8, and held a 8-7 edge in penalty corners. Goalkeeper Liz Tamburro stopped four shots (two in each half).

TAMBURRO EARNS B1G AWARD
Liz Tamburro was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Tamburro picked up her second shutout of the season on Saturday in a 5-0 triumph over Missouri State in Winston-Salem, N.C. She made five stops as the Ohio State defense limited the Bears to just seven total shots. Less than 24 hours before Saturday's victory, Tamburro stopped eight shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 11 Wake Forest. It was her second straight game with eight saves.

Tamburro is part of an Ohio State defense that is allowing an average of just 9.2 shots per game and 1.50 goals per game.

IN THE BIG TEN STATS

  • Maddy Humphrey ranks first in shots (21 total, 5.25/game), points (nine), goals (four) and second in points per game (2.25).
  • Morgan Kile is tied for first in assists (three, 0.75/game)
  • Liz Tamburro is second in saves (21), saves per game (5.25) and goals-against average (1.92).

In the NCAA stats, Humphrey is 13th in goals per game and 25th in points per game. Kile checks in at 16th in assists per game while Tamburro is 16th in save percentage, 28th in saves per game and 22nd in goals-against average.

A TALE OF TWO STARTS
Statistically speaking, the Buckeyes are off to a much faster start following four games in 2015 than in 2014. For comparison:

Category: 2014/2015
Goals: 5/13
Goals/Gm.: 1.25/3.50
Shots/Gm.: 9.2/18.0
Opp. Shots/Gm.: 20.5/9.2
Opp. Goals/Gm.: 2.50/1.50

NATIONAL TV APPEARANCE
Ohio State's contest against Rutgers on Oct. 9 will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. In addition, fans that have a subscription to BTN Plus will be able to see the Buckeyes' game at Iowa live on Sunday, Oct. 18. All of Ohio State's home games (other than the Oct. 9 contest vs. Rutgers) can be seen on BuckeyeVision.

AN INSTANT IMPACT
After playing eight first-year players on a regular basis in 2014, the Buckeyes are once again seeing an immediate impact from several members of the 2015 recruiting class, including:

Hannah Pany: Started all four games thus far at back
Casey Cole: Started all four games thus far at midfield/forward
Courtney Daniels: Played in all four games at midfield/back

Additionally, Carolina Vergroesen, a transfer who spent the 2013 season at Rider, has started all four games and is one of the anchors of Ohio State's center backfield unit.

DEFENDING HOME TURF
Over the last five seasons, Ohio State has won 17 games at home. This year, fans have eight more opportunities to see the Scarlet and Gray at Buckeye Varsity Field, including a string of four straight games between Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 (vs. Maryland, vs. Rutgers, vs. Louisville, vs. Indiana).

Overall, Ohio State faces six teams that made the NCAA Tournament and eight squads ranked in the final Penn Mont/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll of the 2014 regular season.

TWO APPOINTED TO NCAA COMMITTEE
Two Ohio State student-athletes - women's basketball sophomore Kelsey Mitchell and track and field redshirt junior Donovan Robertson - were appointed to prestigious NCAA Oversight Committees earlier this summer.

The Division I Competition Oversight Committee has oversight responsibility of regular season and championships administration in sports other than football and men's and women's basketball.

UP NEXT
Friday's game vs. Ball State is Ohio State's only contest of the weekend. Big Ten play opens next Friday at No. 19 Michigan State. Last year, the Buckeyes took the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champions to overtime before eventually falling, 4-3.