Ohio State Opens B1G Play at Michigan State Saturday
Senior Sophia Pifer
Sept. 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team opens Big Ten play this weekend at Michigan State at 1 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. The contest vs. the Spartans will be available on BTN.com. The Buckeyes (3-5) return to the turf after claiming a 4-3 victory at Kent State Tuesday, while Michigan State (3-6) split two contests at Louisville last weekend.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The contest vs. the Spartans will be available on BTN.com and on Gametracker. Both links can be found on the Ohio State field hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Twitter updates will also be available and can be received from @OhioState_FH.
Fans who will not be able to watch Ohio State and Michigan State in East Lansing can catch all the action on BTN.com as part of the Big Ten Digital Network. (Note, there is a fee to view games airing on BTN.com. Fans who have already subscribed to Buckeye Vision can use the same log in information for the Big Ten Digital Network as both are part of CBSSports.com College Network).
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeyes sit at 3-5 on the season after claiming a 4-3 win at Kent State Tuesday. They have wins over UNH, Missouri State and the Golden Flashes. The win over the Wildcats was a part of the 2013 Conference Cup hosted by Temple University, while the squad defeated Missouri State during the 2013 Buckeye Classic in Columbus.
- Goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux has a 2-3 record with a 2.18 goals-against average, collecting 28 saves in seven games.
- Ohio State’s 16 goals has been scored by eight different players.
- Nora Murer leads the Buckeyes with 10 points on three goals and four assists, while Peanut Johnson has nine points on four goals and one assist.
- The Buckeyes return five starters in Murer, Arielle Cowie, Kaitlyn Wagner, Mona Frommhold and Maria Swartz.
- Ohio State is 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State snapped a four-game losing streak after defeating Kent State, 4-3, Tuesday in Kent, Ohio. Freshman forward Brooke Hiltz posted a season-high five points on two goals and an assist vs. the Golden Flashes, while senior midfielder Mona Frommhold tallied the eventual gamewinner goal during the 54th minute. Nora Murer notched a pair of assists, while sophomore Peanut Johnson also scored a goal. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made two key saves in the final 10 minutes of regulation and collected six saves.
Overall, Ohio State outshot Kent State, 23-19, and had an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
FORMER BUCKEYE ON MSU COACHING STAFF
Former Buckeye and All-American Jenn Sciulli (2008-11) joined the Michigan State staff as an assistant coach this past summer. At Ohio State, Sciulli became the seventh first-team and 21st overall Buckeye All-American under head coach Anne Wilkinson. As a senior in 2011, she helped led the Buckeyes to their third-consecutive NCAA appearance and was second in the country in defensive saves with 11 (Big Ten-best). She also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten and All-Region honorees. Sciulli was one of three members from the 2010 NCAA Final Four Squad that were hired to Division I coaching staffs this past summer.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State begins conference play with a 3-6 overall record, claiming wins over Pacific, Monmouth N.J. and Northeastern. Of the 19 goals Michigan State has scored, 10 have come from different players led by Allie Ahern who has notched seven goals this season. The Spartans have 15 different players who have tallied a point. Goalkeeper Molly Cassidy has made a Big Ten leading 35 saves this year and is 2-5 so far.
OHIO STATE VS. THE SPARTANS
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. Michigan State, 37-20-3. Ohio State has won three out of the last four meetings vs. the Spartans.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Last Five Meetings
Oct. 5, 2012- Michigan State 1, Ohio State 0
Nov. 3, 2011- Ohio State 2, Michigan State 1
Nov. 5, 2010- Ohio State 2, Michigan State 0
Oct. 15, 2010- Ohio State 5, Michigan State 1
Oct. 23, 2009- Michigan State 2, Ohio State 1
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.
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.
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.
CONFERENCE CUP REVIEW
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 returns to Columbus for two contest next week at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes host Louisville Oct. 1 before playing Ohio Oct. 6.
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