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.

For fans that cannot make it to Buckeye Varsity Field, there are a variety of ways of follow the action. All three of Thursday's quarterfinal games will be broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network at www.video.btn.com. BuckeyeVision subscribers also can watch the same live online broadcast on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. On Friday, fans can watch the first semifinal game live on BTN and a delayed television re-air of the second game at 11:30 p.m. ET. The championship game will air live on BTN. A link to live stats will be available from the calendar tab on the front page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com or the field hockey schedule page. Twitter updates will also be available from @OhioState_FH.

The Buckeyes sit at 5-12 on the season after a 5-0 loss to Northwestern last Friday. Ohio State has wins over New Hampshire, Missouri State, Ball State, Kent State and Ohio.

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.


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 and Northwestern have played 55 times with Wildcats holding a slim 27-26-2 edge.

November 1, 2013 - Northwestern 5, Ohio State 0
September 21, 2012 - Ohio State 3, Northwestern 2
October 28, 2011 - Ohio State 3, Northwestern 1
September 24, 2010 - Northwestern 3, Ohio State 2
October 31, 2009 - Ohio State 2, Northwestern 1

Ohio State has hosted the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament on four other occasions, most recently in 2007. This is the first time the Buckeyes have hosted the tournament at Buckeye Varsity Field, which was completed in August of 2010. The facility includes permanent grandstands, a press box and a state-of-the-art playing surface.

Year      Tournament Champion
1994      Northwestern
1999      Iowa
2002      Michigan
2007      Iowa

Ohio State is 17-18 all-time record in 19 appearances in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State won the 2001 tournament, defeating Iowa, 2-1, in the championship game. Ohio State has advanced to the title game on five occasions, most recently in 2008.

Brooke Hiltz was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 8. Hiltz is a key component to the Buckeyes' penalty corner unit and posted an assist in the team's 2-1 victory against Ohio on Oct. 6. She is fifth on the squad with eight points on two goals and four assists. Hiltz notched seven points in a five-game span, highlighted by a five-point performance in a 4-3 win over Kent State.

Peanut Johnson, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, has two hat tricks to her credit this season. She recorded three goals in a 5-1 win over Missouri State in the Buckeye Classic on Sept. 6, followed by another three-goal performance nearly a month later in a 6-3 loss to No. 17 Louisville. Johnson is tied for 10th in the Big Ten in goals scored.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton were named Big Ten Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively, for their performances at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. 

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.

Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer are serving as co-captains of the Ohio State field hockey team for the 2013 season.

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.

Three members of the 2010 NCAA Final Four Ohio State field hockey team were hired prior to the 2013 season by Division I programs as assistant coaches. Former Buckeyes Jena Cacciatore, Danica Deckard and Jen Sciulli are continuing their field hockey careers as coaches.

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."

Former Buckeye All-American and Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner Saskia Müeller was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall as part of the 14-member class, becoming the seventh field hockey member to be added to the prestigious list. The three-time All-American midfielder finished her career in the Top 5 in the Buckeye record books in career assists (45), game winning goals (8), games started (73) and single-season assists with 19 points as a junior. She also was a three-time All-Region honoree and All-Big Ten selection. During her senior year in 2006, Müeller was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to earn the top conference honor.