Nov. 6, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 1, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fresh off earning a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, Northwestern travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament hosted by Ohio State University.
The Wildcats, ranked 13th in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, are the tournament's No. 2 seed and square off against the host Buckeyes in Thursday's opening round at 11:15 a.m. Central time. The contest is being streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network and is available via Wildcats All-Access.
It is the second consecutive contest between the teams as NU notched a 5-0 victory over Ohio State on Friday in Evanston. Coupled with a 2-1 overtime victory by Michigan over Penn State the same day, the 'Cats earned a share of their first conference crown since 1994.
The Nittany Lions are the tournament's top seed thanks to a head-to-head victory over the Wildcats. The winner of the Northwestern/Ohio State game will meet the winner of the matchup between Iowa and Michigan State at 11:30 a.m. CT Friday. That contest is being televised on a tape-delay basis by Big Ten Network at 10:30 p.m. Sunday's championship game is set to air live at 11 a.m.
NU has been paced by a stellar defense that ranks fifth in the nation with a 1.04 goals-against average. Reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Maddy Carpenter has played the entire season in goal for the Wildcats and posted four saves last Friday to earn her seventh shutout of the season, a mark that ranks tied for first in the Big Ten. In addition to her conference-leading goals-against average, Carpenter also is first in the league with a .733 save percentage.
Offensively, senior Nikki Parsley leads the 'Cats with 13 goals, while senior Tara Puffenberger and freshman Dominique Masters have contributed seven apiece.
Northwestern's 31 victories over the last two seasons are program's most in consecutive seasons since posting 33 in 1989 (18) and 1990 (15). The senior class's 55 wins are the most since the class of 1991 won 62 matches.
Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes (5-12 0-6) have dropped five of their last six, including the 5-0 loss at Northwestern last Friday. Though the Buckeyes went winless in league play, three of the team's conference losses were by just one goal, including two in overtime. Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson leads Ohio State with nine goals and 19 points. Sarah Lemieux has a 2.96 goals-against average with a .602 save percentage in goal. Northwestern leads the all-time series with Ohio State by a slim 28-26-1 margin.
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