Ohio State at Michigan| Sunday, Oct. 29 | 12 p.m. ET | Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Columbus, Ohio - Postseason play has arrived for the Ohio State field hockey team. The Buckeyes, the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten tournament, will take on the No. 9 Indiana Hoosiers on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor, Mich., at Ocker Field for the chance to advance and take on the regular season champions, Michigan on Sunday.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State sits at 9-8 on the season with three wins over ranked teams (No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Stanford and No. 18 Rutgers).
- Maartje Bongers is having a breakout senior campaign for the Buckeyes. She boasts career highs in goals scored (five) and points (16) in 2017 to rank second on the team in both categories. In the eight games that Bongers has scored a point in 2017, the Buckeyes own a 6-2 record.
- Maddy Humphrey is leading the Buckeyes' offensive attack in 2017. She has scored eight goals in 15 games played; her 0.53 goals per game is the eighth highest in the Big Ten.
- Humphrey collected a goal and an assist against Indiana last Friday to propel her career point total to 112. The Virginia Beach, Va., native's point total slots her in seventh place in program history, nine points shy of matching Linda Haussener's 121 career points. Humphrey's 42 career goals are the eighth-most to be scored by a Buckeye. Humphrey has scored a point in 11 of the 15 games she has played this season.
- The Scarlet and Gray feature seven multi-goal scorers on the roster. Humphrey paces the club with eight, followed by Bongers (five) and Esther Clotet Alsina (four), 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 career-best .760 clip in 2017. The last line of defense, Tamburro has picked up a career-high four shutouts this season moving her career total to 10. The most recent one came against No. 18 Rutgers (Oct. 15) as she turned away all four of the Scarlet Knights' shots on goal. Her 10 shutouts tie her for the sixth most in program history. Tamburro has saved 4.64 shots per game through 17 games.
- Tamburro's .760 save percentage is the 14th best in the nation and her 1.42 goals allowed per game ranks 16th nationally.
- 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 66 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 played in six overtime games during the regular season; it's the most to be played in a regular season since 1983.
- The Buckeyes' defensive unit is allowing 1.40 goals per games this season, which ranks 15th best in the nation.
- Humphrey leads the team with three game-winning goals this season, and Casey Cole and Esther Clotet Alsina each have tallied two apiece. Both of Cole's game winners have come in overtime.
- 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 (425) is the fifth most to be recorded by a Buckeye.
- 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).
2017: 6-12 (0-8 Big Ten)
2016: 8-12 (3-5 Big Ten)
Maddie Latino - 18 points (9 goals)
Ciara Girouard - 15 points (7g, 1a)
Katie Johnson - 2.73 GAA, 107 saves, .690 save percentage
Head Coach: Amanda Janney, 23-34 overall
Ohio State owns a winning advantage over the Hoosiers since they began play in 1974. The Buckeyes have won 10 of the past 12 meetings and 18 of 28 overall.
Last Friday (Oct. 20), Ohio State rallied from a one-goal deficit with goals coming from Bongers and Humphrey in the second half to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 win.
Ohio State is in its 47th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 474-400-38. The Buckeyes are under the direction of first year head coach Jarred Martin.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
With 425 career saves, Tamburro is fifth all-time in program history. She needs six more saves 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 42 career goals puts her in sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list. She surpassed her former teammate Peanut Johnson for the No. 10 spot with a goal against Miami (OH) on Sept. 8. Her 112 career points are good for No. 7 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: 4-0
Opponent scores first: 5-8
Leading at halftime: 3-0
Tied at halftime: 3-4
Trailing at halftime: 2-5
Outshooting its opponent: 7-3
Getting outshot by opponent: 2-5
Registering more penalty corners than opponent: 8-2
Registering less penalty corners than opponent: 1-5
A Look Back At The 2017 Season