COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (3-2 overall) will open up its Big Ten slate on Friday afternoon (4:15 p.m. ET) at No. 14 Northwestern; the game against the Wildcats will be streamed on BTN2Go. The Scarlet and Gray will close out the weekend with a Sunday afternoon matchup against Ohio (1 p.m. ET).
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits a 3-2 on the season with its biggest win coming against then No. 9 Louisville. The Buckeyes will play their third ranked team of the season when they take on No. 14 Northwestern Friday.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored three goals through the first five games of the season. The Virginia Beach, Va., native registered her first assist of the 2017 season against No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday.
- Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 95, one point away from tying Lucy Clayton for 10th most in Ohio State history, and her career goal total of 37 places her in sole possession of 10th place in program history.
- The Scarlet and Gray feature a number of athletes who can score when called upon. Nine different Buckeyes have scored the combined 11 goals this season with Humphrey being the only multi-goal scorer.
- Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a .692 clip for the season. The last line of defense, Tamburro picked up her seventh shutout of her career in the season opener against Lehigh. The Pennsylvania native was brilliant in net against then No. 9 Louisville, stopping six of the seven shots she faced.
- 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 54 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 14 defensive saves. Rath has two assists this year, she initiated the game-winning penalty corner against No. 9 Louisville and also recorded an assist in the season opener against Lehigh.
- The Buckeyes’ offensive unit is averaging 6.20 penalty corners per game which ranks 28th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.
- Natalie Faust, Kelsey Nolan, Lauren Carroll and Sofia Haramis, all seniors, have scored their first career goals this season. The trio of Haramis, Nolan and Faust did it against Lehigh in the season opener and Carroll scored hers in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH).
- Juliette Duquesne scored the first goal of her career in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH). The Belgium native received a pass from Casey Cole and put the ball in the back of the net.
- 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 (369) is the sixth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
- 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 six newcomers: Juliette Duquesne (Brussels, Belgium), Mara Hunter (Powell, Ohio), Sammy Stone (Herndon, Va.), Julianna Sweeney (Stroudsburg, Pa.), Nikki Trzaska (Yardley, Pa.) and Ellen Westfall (Worthington, Ohio).
2016: 13-8 (5-3 Big Ten)
Puck Pentenga – 9 points (2g, 5a)
Saar de Breij – 9 points (3g, 2a)
Annie Kalfas – 1.29 GAA, 41 saves, .837 save percentage
Head Coach: Tracey Fuchs, 112-61 overall
2016: 6-11 (3-3 MAC)
Kendall Ballard – 11 points (5g, 1a)
Karynne Baker – 6 points (2g, 2a)
Alex Pennington – 2.17 GAA, 26 saves, .743 save percentage
Sophia Boothby – 2.16 GAA, four saves, .500 save percentage
Head Coach: Neil Macmillan, 123-107 overall
Ohio State and Northwestern will open Big Ten play on Friday. The two teams have faced off 60 times over the years with the Wildcats holding a 31-27-2 advantage over the Buckeyes.
The game on Sunday between the Scarlet and Gray and Ohio will be the 46th meeting of all time. Ohio State has dominated the series winning 36 of the 45 games.
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 468-394-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 369 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 37 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 37 career goals puts her at No. 10 on the all-time list. She surpassed her former teammate Peanut Johnson for No. 10 with a goal against Miami (OH) on Sept. 8. Her 95 career points are good for No. 11 all-time.
ROSTER ROLL CALL
The Buckeyes have 25 student-athletes on the roster for the 2017 season. Four Buckeyes Buckeyes hail from Ohio (Genevieve and Adelaide Penzone, Ellen Westfall 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: 2-2
Leading at halftime: 2-0
Tied at halftime: 0-1
Trailing at halftime: 1-1
Outshooting its opponent: 2-1
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-1
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 3-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-1
Buckeyes Blank Ohio, 3-0
Video: Northwestern and Ohio Preview