Oct. 10, 2013
The Last Meeting
October 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team travels to play No. 8 Penn State at 3 p.m. Friday in University Park, Pa. The contest vs. the Nittany Lions marks the third Top 10 opponent Ohio State has faced this season. The Buckeyes (4-7) are return to play after earning a 2-1 victory over Ohio Oct. 6 in Columbus.
FOLLOW THE GAME
Link to Gametracker for the game vs. Penn State this week will be available on the Ohio State Field Hockey Schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Twitter updates also will be available and can be received from @OhioState_FH.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeyes sit at 4-7 on the season after claiming a2-1 win vs. Ohio Oct. 6 in Columbus. They have wins over UNH, Missouri State, Kent State and the Bobcats. 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.
- Forward Brooke Hiltz was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Tuesday to earn her first career weekly award. She is fourth on the team with seven points.
- Goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux has a 3-5 record with a 2.55 goals-against average, collecting 39 saves in nine starts.
- Ohio State’s 23 goals have been scored by nine 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.
MAKE B1G PLANS
Ohio State is the host of the 2013 Big Ten Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-10 at Buckeye Varsity Field. Action will begin Thursday, Nov. 7 with three quarterfinal games. The No. 1 seed and first-round winners will meet in the semifinals Friday, Nov. 8 with the championship taking place Sunday, Nov. 10. Wednesday contests will be streamed on BTN.com with the semifinals and final matches appearing on BTN.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR HILTZ
Brooke Hiltz, a forward on the Ohio State field hockey team, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Hiltz, native of Virginia Beach, Va., earns her first career conference weekly award.
Hiltz, who has been a key component to the Buckeyes’ penalty corner unit, posted an assist in the 2-1 victory against Ohio Sunday. She is fourth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists this season. Hiltz has notched all seven points in the last five contests highlighted by a five-point performance in a 4-3 win over Kent State Sept. 24.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are 8-3 on the season and have won seven-consecutive games heading into the contest vs. Ohio State. Last time out, Penn State defeated Northwestern, 2-0, in University Park, Pa. Offensively, Taylor Herold has collected 17 points on seven goals and three assists, while Brittany Grzywacz and Ashtin Klingler have posted 14 points each. The Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents, 31-16, and have a 100-47 lead in penalty corners. Goalkeeper Kylie Licata is 8-3 overall with a 1.45 goals-against average this season.
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 34-11-2. However, Ohio State has won three out of its last four games on Penn State’s home turf. In 2011, the Buckeyes claimed a 2-0 win over Penn State. The year before that, the Buckeyes picked up two-consecutive wins during the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at PSU Field Hockey Complex, defeating Albany and Syracuse on their way to the program’s first NCAA Final Four in 2010.
Last Five Meetings:
- Oct. 19, 2012 – Penn State 3, Ohio State 0
- Nov. 4, 2011 - Penn State 1, Ohio State 0
- Oct. 22, 2011 - Ohio State 2, Penn State 0
- Oct. 17, 2010 - Ohio State 3, Penn State 0
- Nov. 5, 2009 - Penn State 2, Ohio State 1
Ohio State will next host two Big Ten opponents in Columbus Oct. 18 and 20. The Buckeyes take on Iowa at 3 p.m. Friday before the squad competes vs. conference-rival Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. As always, admission is free.
THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS
Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer were named co-captains of the 2013 squad.
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 73 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.