COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team is headed to the West Coast for two games in two days against No. 11 Stanford (Sept. 30) and UC Davis (Oct. 1). It will be Ohio State’s first back-to-back this season.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits a 4-5 on the season with its biggest win coming against then No. 9 Louisville. The Buckeyes will play their fifth ranked team of the season when they take on No. 11 Stanford on Saturday.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored six goals through the first nine games of the season. Her 0.67 goals per game is the fourth highest in the Big Ten and ranks 40th nationally.
- Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 102, six points away from tying Mieke van Ulden for eighth most in Ohio State history, and her career goal total of 40 places her in sole possession of ninth place in program history.
- The Scarlet and Gray feature a number of athletes who can score when called upon. Ten different Buckeyes have scored the combined 17 goals this season with Humphrey, Maartje Bongers and Morgan Kile being the only multi-goal scorers.
- Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a .755 clip for the season. The last line of defense, Tamburro has picked up the seventh and eighth shutouts of her career this season. The most recent one came against Ohio (Sept. 17) as she turned away the Bobcats only shot on goal of the game. Her eight shutouts tie her for eighth most in program history alongside Nikki Thompson (1994-97). Tamburro is turning away 4.44 shots per game during her senior campaign.
- 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 58 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 16 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 6.78 penalty corners per game which ranks 20th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
- Natalie Faust, Kelsey Nolan, Maartje Bongers, 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, Carroll scored hers in the 3-2 win over Miami (OH) and Bongers registered hers against Ohio (Sept. 17).
- 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 (386) 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).
SCOUTING NO. 11 STANFORD
2017: 7-2 (4-0 America East)
2016: 14-6 (5-1 America East)
Corinne Zanolli - (7g, 4a)
Marissa Cicione - (5g, 1a)
Kelsey Bing – 1.28 GAA, 59 saves, .831 save percentage
Head Coach: Tara Danielson, 117-40 overall
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
2016: 5-13 (1-5 America East)
Kim van der Meulen – 6 points (2g, 2a)
Madison Cohen – 4 points (1g, 2a)
Chelsea Bigelow – 3.89 GAA, 64 saves, .674 percentage
Head Coach: Britt Broady, 1-7 overall
Ohio State has only played these two programs a combined seven times in the 47 years of Buckeye field hockey.
The Scarlet and Gray will be facing off against Stanford for the first time since 2003. The Cardinals have the advantage in the series, winning four out of the five contests.
The Buckeyes own a 2-0 advantage over UC Davis. Ohio State knocked off the Aggies 2-1 last year, and 4-0 in 2010.
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 that were 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 469-397-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 386 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 20 to move into fifth and pass Nikki Thompson (1994-97).
Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 16. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31.
Humphrey’s 40 career goals puts her at No. 9 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 104 career points are good for No. 9 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: 2-0
Opponent scores first: 2-5
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 0-4
Trailing at halftime: 1-1
Outshooting its opponent: 3-2
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-3
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 4-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-3
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