Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Buckeye Varsity Field for a pair of games this weekend. The Buckeyes will play No. 5 Penn State on Friday (3 p.m. ET) and close out the weekend with a matchup against California on Sunday (12 p.m. ET). Friday’s game with the Nittany Lions will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
- Ohio State’s game against No. 5 Penn State on Friday will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. ET
- The Buckeyes will play their final non-conference game of the season on Sunday against California (12 p.m. ET)
- The Scarlet and Gray have played in five overtime games this season; it’s the most to be played in a regular season since 2006
- Liz Tamburro and the defensive unit rank 13th nationally and second in the conference in goals allowed per game (1.26)
- Ohio State’s offensive attack ranks 16th in the nation in penalty corners taken per game with 7.18. That mark ranks fourth in the Big Ten
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits at 6-5 on the season with two wins over ranked teams (No. 9 Louisville and No. 11 Stanford). The Buckeyes will play their sixth ranked team of the season when they take on No. 5 Penn State on Friday.
- Maartje Bongers is having a breakout sophomore season for the Buckeyes. She boasts career highs in goals scored (three) and points (12) in 2017. Against No. 11 Stanford, Bongers scored her third goal of the season and assisted on Ohio State’s other two goals to tally four points and help the Buckeyes get the win. Ohio State is 4-2 this season when Bongers registers a point.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored six goals in 10 games played; her 0.60 goals per game is the seventh highest in the Big Ten and ranks 54th nationally.
- Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 104, two 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 six multi-goal scorers on the roster. Humphrey paces the club with six, followed by Bongers with three, and Casey Cole, Morgan Kile, Lauren Carroll and Natalie Faust all have two apiece.
- Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a .754 clip for the season. The last line of defense, Tamburro has picked up the seventh, eighth and ninth shutouts of her career this season. The most recent one came against UC Davis (Oct. 1) as she turned away both of the Aggies’ shots on goal. Her nine shutouts tie put her in sole possession of seventh place in program history. Tamburro is turning away 4.18 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 60 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 16 defensive saves. Rath has three assists this year, she initiated the game-winning penalty corner against No. 9 Louisville, the first goal of the game off a penalty corner against No. 11 Stanford, and she also recorded an assist in the season opener against Lehigh. Ohio State is 3-0 when Rath has an assist.
- The Buckeyes’ offensive unit is averaging 7.18 penalty corners per game which ranks 16th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.
- Faust, Kelsey Nolan, Bongers, 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 (392) 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. 5 PENN STATE
2017: 10-2 (3-1 Big Ten)
2016: 17-3 (6-2 Big Ten)
Moira Putsch – 32 points (11g, 10a)
Aurelia Meijer – 16 points (6g, 4a)
Jenny Rizzo – 1.36 GAA, 64 saves, .800 save percentage
Head Coach: Charlene Morett-Curtiss, 484-186-8 overall
2017: 7-3 (2-0 America East)
2016: 5-13 (1-5 America East)
Megan Rodgers – 26 points (12g, 2a)
Katrina Carter – 10 points (4g, 2a)
Danielle Mentink – 1.36 GAA, 31 saves, .721 save percentage
Head Coach: Shellie Onstead, 233-149 overall
Ohio State has won the past two contests against California (2015 and 2006), while the all-time series favors California (5-3).
Penn State owns the advantage over the Buckeyes winning 37 of the 51 games between the two programs.
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 471-397-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 392 career saves, Tamburro is sixth all-time. She needs 14 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: 3-0
Opponent scores first: 3-5
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 2-4
Trailing at halftime: 1-1
Outshooting its opponent: 5-2
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-3
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 6-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-3