Ohio State at No. 18 Rutgers | Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1 p.m. ET
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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 25 Buckeyes are headed to the East Coast for a pair of Big Ten games against No. 16 Maryland (Friday) and No. 18 Rutgers (Sunday). The Buckeyes currently have a record of 7-6 (0-4 Big Ten) headed into the weekend.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits at 7-6 on the season with two wins over ranked teams (No. 9 Louisville and No. 11 Stanford). The Buckeyes will play their seventh and eighth ranked teams of the season when they take on No. 16 Maryland and No. 18 Rutgers this weekend.
- The Buckeyes have played the most overtime games this season in the nation with six. In contests that venture past regulation time, the Scarlet and Gray is 3-3. UMass Lowell and Boston College have also played six overtime games this year.
- Maartje Bongers is having a breakout sophomore season for the Buckeyes. She boasts career highs in goals scored (four) and points (14) in 2017 to rank second on the team in both categories. Most recently, Bongers started Ohio State’s comeback rally against California on Sunday with a goal in the 50th minute of the game to cut the Golden Bears’ lead to one. In the seven games that Bongers has scored a point in 2017, the Buckeyes own a 5-2 record.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes’ offensive attack in 2017. She has scored seven goals in 11 games played; her 0.64 goals per game is the fifth highest in the Big Ten and ranks 44th nationally.
- Humphrey scored three points in Ohio State’s win over California moving her career point total to 107. The Virginia Beach, Va., native is one point short of tying Mieke van Ulden for eighth all time in program history. Humphrey’s 41 career goals are tied for eighth in program history with Lucy Clayton.
- The Scarlet and Gray feature seven multi-goal scorers on the roster. Humphrey paces the club with seven, followed by Bongers with four, and Casey Cole, Morgan Kile, Esther Clotet Alsina, Lauren Carroll and Natalie Faust all have two apiece.
- Senior Liz Tamburro has turned away opposing offenses shot attempts at a career-best .759 clip in 2017. 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 has saved 4.84 shots per game through the first 13 games of the season.
- Tamburro’s .759 save percentage and 1.45 goals allowed per game are career bests.
- 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 62 games in her career and she ranks No. 4 all-time in program history with 17 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 Scarlet and Gray have played in six overtime games this season; it’s the most to be played in a regular season since 1983.
- The Buckeyes’ offensive unit is averaging 6.92 penalty corners per game which ranks 19th nationally and third 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 (409) is the fifth 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. 16 MARYLAND
2017: 8-5 (3-2 Big Ten)
2016: 18-5 (7-1 Big Ten)
Lein Holsboer – 23 points (8g, 7a)
Bodil Keus – 14 points (7 goals)
Sarah Holliday – 1.38 GAA, 62 saves, .775 save percentage
Head Coach: Missy Meharg, 543-138-9 overall
SCOUTING NO. 18 RUTGERS
2017: 8-5 (2-2 Big Ten)
2016: 9-9 (2-6 Big Ten)
Daphne Groothuis – 20 points (7g, 6a)
Linde van Schaik – 18 points (7g, 4a)
Gianna Glatz – 1.68 GAA, 56 saves, .727 save percentage
Head Coach: Meredith Civico, 51-54 overall
Ohio State has never beaten Maryland in 11 tries. The series dates back all the way to 1979.
The Buckeyes and Rutgers are equal to each other having each won three games apiece in the series. Ohio State knocked off the Scarlet Knights in 2015 by a score of 3-0.
Cole and Humphrey have had a plethora of success in the games they’ve played against Maryland and Rutgers during their career.
Humphrey has racked up 10 points in her career against the two teams (four goals and two assists), while Cole has registered two assists and a goal for a total of four points. Of the four goals Humphrey has scored against these two teams, Cole has assisted on two of them.
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 472-398-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 409 career saves, Tamburro is fifth all-time. She needs 21 to move into fourth and pass Andie Dunbar (1976-79).
Rath stands at No. 4 on the all-time defensive saves list with 17. Kim Bush (1988-91) is No. 3 with 22 while the all-time leader is Beth Senich (1985-88) with 31. The 17 career defensive saves by Rath rank No. 2 on the NCAA active players list.
Humphrey’s 41 career goals puts her in a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Lucy Clayton (2001-05). She surpassed her former teammate Peanut Johnson for the No. 10 spot with a goal against Miami (OH) on Sept. 8. Her 107 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: 4-6
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 2-4
Trailing at halftime: 1-3
Outshooting its opponent: 6-2
Getting outshot by opponent: 1-4
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 7-1
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 0-4
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