Rutgers, Kent State Next Up for Buckeyes

Carly Mackessy
Carly Mackessy
Oct. 8, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off its biggest win of the 2014 season, the Ohio State field hockey team will look to continue its momentum this weekend with a Big Ten contest on the road at Rutgers on Friday and a home date with Kent State on Sunday. Both games are set for a 1 p.m. start.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State4
Kent State3
September 24, 2013
Kent, Ohio
Buckeyes Defeat Kent State, 4-3
The Ohio State field hockey team claimed a 4-3 victory at Kent State Tuesday afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field in Kent, Ohio. Guiding the Buckeyes (3-5) to victory was freshman forward Brooke Hiltz, who posted a season-high five points on two goals and an assist vs. the Golden Flashes (4-5).

LIVE ACTION
Friday’s game vs. Rutgers will be broadcast on BTN Plus at http://www.btn2go.com/game/ohio-statencaa-at-rutgers--on-20141010. Sunday’s contest vs. Kent State can be seen on BuckeyeVision. A live stats link for each game will also be available on the calendar tab of OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Twitter updates will be available at OhioState_FH

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 4-7 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten but earned a 4-3 victory over third-ranked Virginia last Saturday in Charlottesville.
  • The win over Virginia is the highest-ranked opponent Ohio State has defeated in the Anne Wilkinson era (1996-present). Previously, the Buckeyes knocked off fourth-ranked Syracuse to earn a trip to the 2010 NCAA Final Four.
  • In the victory over Virginia, Ohio State overcame a 3-2 deficit with just under 10 minutes to play. Peanut Johnson scored the game-tying goal at the 65:27 mark and then Morgan Kile tipped in a shot by Emma Royce on a penalty corner nearly 11 minutes into the overtime period to cap the win.
  • Offensively, the Buckeyes continue to be led by the duo of Peanut Johnson and Maddy Humphrey, who have combined for 43 points (13 goals, 17 assists). The tandem of Johnson/Humphrey is the fourth-highest scoring duo in the Big Ten this season.
  • On defense, freshman goalie Liz Tamburro continues to lead the conference in both saves (83) and saves per game (7.55). She owns the third, fourth and seventh highest single-game totals in school history and five times this year has registered double-figure save totals.
  • Head coach Anne Wilkinson, in her 19th season at the helm of the Ohio State program, is just two wins away from becoming the 15th Division I head coach to amass 300 career victories. Wilkinson, who spent nine years at American (1987-1995) before arriving in Columbus, is 298-235-9 in her career and 219-151 at Ohio State.

IN THE BIG TEN STATS

  • Liz Tamburro is first in saves (83) and saves per game (7.55)
  • Maddy Humphrey is seventh in total points (23), goals (8) and goals per game (0.73) and sixth in points per game (2.09)
  • Peanut Johnson is third in assists (10) and assists per game (0.91)

TOP BIG TEN SCORING DUOS
Maddy Humphrey and Peanut Johnson have combined for 43 points thus far, making them tied for the fourth highest scoring combination in the Big Ten. The two have at least one point in eight of Ohio State’s 11 games.

Cafone/Norlander (IOWA) - 60 points
Barker/Ahern (MSU) - 48 points
Herold/Chrismer (PSU) - 48 points
Johnson/Humphrey (OSU) - 43 points
Flens/Masters (NW) - 43 points
Smith/Scavelli (MICH) - 36 points
Heilman/Volgraf (IND) - 36 points
Putsch/Dessoye (UMD) - 34 points
Champion/Walia (RUT) - 33 points

SCOUTING RUTGERS
Big Ten newcomer Rutgers is 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten after a 2-1 victory on Sunday against New Hampshire. The Scarlet Knights, under head coach Meredith Long, started out the season with wins in four of their first five games, but are just 1-5 since then.

Katie Champion and Sofia Walia lead the offense for Rutgers, as the two have combined for 12 goals and nine assists. Goalie Shevaun Hayes has 66 saves, a 2.44 goals-against average and .702 save percentage.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH RUTGERS
Ohio State and Rutgers have met just three pervious times with the Buckeyes holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The last meeting came in head coach Anne Wilkinson’s first year (1996) as Ohio State won 2-0 in Piscataway. The other two games came in 1979 and 1988.

SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes are 4-7 overall this season and play on Saturday, Oct. 11 against Ohio before coming to Columbus. After losing seven of its first nine games, Kent State is on a two-game winning streak with victories over Missouri State and Saint Louis.

Hannah Faulkner (eight goals, seven assists) and Julia Hofmann (eight goals, six assists) are the Golden Flashes top scorers while Andrea Rinehart has a 3.12 goals-against average with 65 saves thus far.

ALL-TIMES SERIES WITH KENT STATE
The Buckeyes own a 21-6 lead all-time vs. the Golden Flashes. Last season, Brooke Hiltz had two goals and an assist as Ohio State won, 4-3. Mona Frommhold scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off a penalty corner in the 54th minute.

THE LAST FIVE VS. KENT STATE
9/24/2013 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 3 (Kent, Ohio)
9/19/2012 – Ohio State 8, Kent State 2 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/18/2011 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 1 (Kent, Ohio)
9/5/2010 – Ohio State 4, Kent State 0 (Columbus, Ohio)
9/16/2009 – Ohio State 5, Kent State 2 (Kent, Ohio)

TEAM VICTORIA DAY
Sunday’s game vs. Kent State will be a gray out to raise awareness for brain cancer. The Buckeyes will also be hosting Team Victoria Day, in support of Victoria, a 15-year-old sophomore at New Albany High School who is an avid field hockey fan. In September of 2013, she was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor.

Last April, Ohio State and Kent State, among others, held a Team Victoria Clinic at Buckeye Varsity Field to raise money for Team Victoria. Participating schools included Ohio State, Kent State and Miami.

A CHALLENGING SLATE
Ohio State’s 2014 schedule features 11 games against teams ranked in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Additionally, the Buckeyes have four games against teams ranked in the top five.

2. Maryland (9-2)
3. Virginia (10-3)
4. Penn State (10-2)
5. Louisville (10-2)
8. Northwestern (9-3)
10. Iowa (8-3)
11. Albany (10-2)
13. Syracuse (8-3)
14. Michigan (8-4)
18. Indiana (8-3)
20. Michigan State (7-4)