Ohio State Travels to Face Two Top 10 Opponents This Weekend
Sophomore back Emma Royce
Sept. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team is set to travel to Syracuse, N.Y., for two road contests vs. Top 10 opponents this weekend. The Buckeyes (2-2) face No. 7 UMass (5-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday before concluding the third week of the regular season against No. 6 Syracuse (4-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The contest vs. The Orange will be streamed on WatchESPN/ESPN3.
The Buckeyes are guided by 18th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson, who has led the Scarlet and Gray to NCAA Tournament appearances three out of the last four years. The team returns seven starters from last season and welcomes seven newcomers.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES ON ESPN3
The contest vs. the Orange Sept. 15 will be streamed on WatchESPN/ESPN3. A direct link to the page can be found here: http://es.pn/OSUvsCUSE.
FOLLOW THE GAMES
Links to live stats for both contests this weekend will be available on the Ohio State Field Hockey Schedule page OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
RECAPPING THE CLASSIC
Ohio State went 1-1 during the Buckeye Classic Sept. 6-8 after defeating Missouri State, 5-1, while losing in overtime to Bucknell, 3-2. Leading the Buckeyes to victory was sophomore Peanut Johnson with her second career hat trick. Overall, Ohio State outshot the Bears, 15-5, while posting a 9-4 lead in corners. As for Bucknell, the Buckeyes took an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but the Bison were able to rebound with two goals to force extra time en route to the victory. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray outshot the Bison, 14-12, with a 7-3 lead in penalty corners.
THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS
Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer were named co-captains of the 2013 squad.
Cowie, a midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago, is a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, earning league honors last season for the first time in her Buckeye career. Cowie, who has collected 50 career starts in three years, played in all 19 games in 2012 and was a part of the OSU midfield that limited opponents to 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. Cowie has notched two goals and three assists in her career. As a true freshman, Cowie played in 20 games, including 10 starts for the 2010 NCAA Final Four squad. Cowie is a three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Murer, a back from Luzern, Switzerland, has started in every game since the 2010 campaign, collecting a team-best 63 starts (most by active members). Murer has been an anchor in the Buckeye backfield the last three seasons, posting three goals and six assists in her OSU career, while being a part of 15 career shutouts. As a junior, Murer played in at least 70 minutes in 13 contests, notching a season-best five points on one goal and three assists. As a true freshman, Murer, played in all 23 contests for the NCAA Final Four Buckeyes, holding opponents to a conference-best 1.26 goals per game, while playing in a team-best 1,642 minutes as a rookie. Like Cowie, Murer also has excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
The Minutewomen boast a No. 7 ranking with six returning seniors, while welcoming nine new freshmen. After a 15-9 mark in 2012, UMass has remained undefeated thus far with a record of 5-0 overall. After defeating No. 19 Boston College Sept. 8, Brooke Sabia received the Atlantic-10 Player of the week, while Charlotte Verelst took home the Top rookie award from the conference. Sabia leads the team with seven goals on 14 points, while goalkeeper Sam Carlino is 5-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average.
LAST TIME VS. MASSACHUSETTES
UMass leads the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 3-0. Last season, Ohio State took the Minutewomen into overtime but fell, 2-1, on the road in Durham, N.H.
THE SYRACUSE ORANGE
Syracuse is 4-0 overall this season and are ranked sixth in the first Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Orange have claimed wins against Quinnipiac, Hofstra, Michigan State and Kent State this season after going 19-3 last year, including an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals.
Junior forward Lauren Brooks has 12 points on six goals to lead the team, while Alyssa Manley follows with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Jess Jecko is 4-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average.
BUCKEYES VS. SYRACUSE
Syracuse leads the all-time series, 3-1, against the Buckeyes. Last time out, the Orange defeated the Scarlet and Gray, 2-0, during the 2011 Buckeye Classic in Columbus. Seniors Arielle Cowie, Maria Swartz, Emma Voelker and Nora Murer were a part of the team that defeated Syracuse, 3-2, in overtime during the 2010 NCAA Championships in State College, Pa., to advance to the program’s first NCAA Semifinals.
LEMIEUX, HAMILTON EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton on the Ohio State field hockey team were named Big Ten Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Sept 3. Both Lemieux and Hamilton earn their first career conference weekly laurels.
Lemieux, a native of Dublin, Ohio, helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH Sept. 1 in her first career start in the Scarlet and Gray. Lemieux posted eight saves, including three in extra time. She went on to deny the final two UNH attempts during the shootout after 100 minutes of action at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa.
Hamilton, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, scored two goals during the Buckeyes' opening weekend at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. In her Buckeye debut, the OSU rookie posted the team's lone goal in the loss to Temple. She helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH on Sunday after scoring the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation to force extra time.
RECAPPING THE CONFERENCE CUP
Ohio State went 1-1 during the opening weekend of 2013 at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. The Buckeyes dropped their opening contest vs. Temple, 4-1. Freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton scored the lone goal in her first career start, while classmate forward Brooke Hiltz also started in her first collegiate game vs. the Owls.
The Buckeyes rebounded in thrilling fashion to close out the classic after upsetting No. 20 UNH, 3-2, in an overtime shootout. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made her first career start, posting eight saves, including three in extra time. Senior forward Sophia Pifer knocked in her first career goal in the first half, while Paige Hamilton tied the game, 2-2, with just five seconds left in regulation. After both overtimes went scoreless, sophomore forward Peanut Johnson, senior midfielder Nora Murer and senior midfielder Mona Frommhold all connect on their shots, while Lemieux denied UNH’s final two attempts to claim the win.
Ohio State continues its road schedule next week, traveling to Oxford, Ohio, Sept. 18 to play Miami.
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