Ohio State, No. 13 Northwestern Meet in Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The seventh-seeded Ohio State field hockey team will face second-seeded and 13th-ranked Northwestern in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The winner of Thursday's contest will face the winner of the game between fourth-seeded Michigan and fifth-seeded Iowa in the semifinals on Friday.
IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State's leading scorer is sophomore Peanut Johnson, who has registered a season-high 19 points (nine goals, one assist). The Buckeyes' 32 goals have come from 11 different players.
Of the 89 points scored this year by Ohio State, 61.7% have come from underclassmen.
In addition to Johnson, Ohio State has also received offensive contributions from Mona Frommhold (six goals, three assists, 15 points), Nora Murer (three goals, four assists, 10 points) and Nina Laudahn (two goals, six assists, 10 points).
On defense, junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux has started 15 games with 68 saves and a 2.96 goals-against average. Lemieux's 68 saves ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
Head coach Anne Wilkinson is in her 18th year at the helm of the Buckeye program. Last year, she became the first coach in program history to top the 200-win milestone.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats earned a share of the Big Ten regular season title with a 15-4 overall record and 5-1 mark in Big Ten play. They are the second seed due to a head-to-head loss to the top seed, Penn State. The Wildcats are led offensively by Nikki Parsley, who has 13 goals and two assists on the season for a team-high 28 points. Five other Northwestern players have registered double-digit points. In goal, Maddy Carpenter has a 1.04 goals-against average and .733 save percentage.
OHIO STATE/NORTHWESTERN SERIES
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Year Tournament Champion
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
OPENING WEEKEND HONORS
Lemieux, a native of Dublin, Ohio, helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 New Hampshire Sept. 1 in her first career start for 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.
Hamilton, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, scored two goals during the Buckeyes' opening weekend games. 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 New Hampshire on Sunday after scoring the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation to force extra time.
Cowie, a midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago, was a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, earning league honors for the first time in her Buckeye career. Cowie, who has collected 64 career starts in three years, has notched three goals and three assists in her career. She played in all 19 games as a junior. As a sophomore in 2011, she scored the game-winning goal in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament vs. Michigan State. 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 80 starts (most by active members). Murer has been an anchor in the Buckeye backfield the last four seasons, posting six goals and 10 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. In 2011, she started in all 21 games, limiting opponents to 1.62 goals per game and 11.2 shots per game. 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.
BUCKEYE COACHING TREE
Cacciatore, a 2010 All-West Region honoree, was announced as an assistant coach at Colgate, while Sciulli, the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named assistant coach at Michigan State. Deckard, who finished her Buckeye playing career last season as a two-time All-Big Ten selection, is now the graduate assistant coach at Temple University.
"All three of these Buckeyes had outstanding playing careers," said Ohio State head coach Ann Wilkinson. "Their ability to lead and their confidence to make critical decisions are the reasons they were so successful. These characteristics definitely carried over to coaching. This is a great way to give back to the sport that gave them so much enjoyment."
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