The week that was saw Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week senior Tiffany Cameron claim the Ohio State single-season goal record and match the career mark in leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins.
Thursday against No. 17 Michigan, Cameron’s goal in the 27th minute, courtesy assists from Lauren Granberg and Megan Fuller, tied the contest against the Wolverines and gave her 13 goals on the season, a mark that matched the record set by Lara Dickenmann in 2004 and Lisa Collison in 2005. Samantha Lewis’ first goal of the season, a 32nd minute strike from 16 yards out off a pass from Ashley Gruenbaum, provided Ohio State with the game-winner.
More fireworks were in store as Cameron’s 65th-minute goal, a header deflecting in off a Wolverine defender after a pass from Fuller that placed her atop the record books, cemented Ohio State’s victory and moved the third-place Buckeyes within three points of second-place Michigan. Junior Rachel Middleman made the start as goalie, conceding the Wolverine goal, before freshman Jillian McVicker made four saves over the last 65 minutes to record the win.
On Sunday, Cameron would make it two-for-two in record-setting games in victories against teams from Michigan.
As Ohio State celebrated Senior Day against Michigan State, Cameron recorded two first-half goals, with her 16th goal of the season being her 35th career goal, a tally that tied her with Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb for the Ohio State career goals mark.
Sunday would finish with the same score as Thursday with Granberg responding to the Spartans’ second half goal by heading home a pass from Fuller. Granberg and Caroline Murray provided the assists on Cameron’s record-tying goal after Michaela Paradiso and Ellyn Gruber set up the opening goal of the contest. McVicker made three saves in the victory before senior Jessie Greenberg closed out the match in her final home regular season contest.
The Buckeyes (12-4-1, 7-2-1) concluded the home regular season 9-1-1, falling only to Big Ten-leading No. 5 Penn State. With one Big Ten match remaining, Friday at Indiana, Ohio State sits in third place one point behind second-place Michigan, after the Buckeyes’ Thursday victory provided Michigan with their lone Big Ten defeat to date.
Ohio State stepped outside of Big Ten action for their lone match of the week. Friday, against Wright State, Ohio State secured an in-state victory with a 2-1 besting of the Raiders at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes (6-8-1) opened the scoring in the 27th minute as Sage Gardner put home a penalty kick. With little more than five minutes before halftime, the visitors knotted the match with a 40th minute strike.
With a 17-12 shot advantage, 9-3 on goal, Wright State would be unable to deny the Buckeyes from recording a game-winning goal. Senior Chris Hegngi, the 2011 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, scored his second goal of 2012 in the 72nd minute with assists from Brady Wahl and Zach Mason to give Ohio State a lead they would not relinquish. In net, senior Alex Wimmer made two saves.
Ohio State will host No. 2 Akron, Tuesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 8 p.m. ET kick can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
The lady servers and spikers hosted the No. 1 in the country last Wednesday, with Penn State taking down the No. 20 Buckeyes in three sets, (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) in front of 1,739 in St. John Arena.
Senior Emily Danks provided a strong match across the board with five kills, four service aces and a block. Junior Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with eight kills, classmate Davionna DiSalvatore had a match-high 17 digs while senior Amanda Peterson provided 24 assists alongside her nine digs.
Saturday, against Michigan State, the Buckeyes were back to their winning ways with a four-set, (24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22) victory against the Spartans. Senior Mari Hole notched her 11th double-double of the season, pacing the Buckeyes in kills, 21, and digs, 16. Danks joined Hole in a double-digit output in two columns with 14 kills and a season-best 12 digs. DiSalvatore matched Hole with 16 digs.
Ohio State (15-7, 6-4) stays on the road with weekend matches, Friday, at Nebraska and Saturday, at Iowa.
Men’s Ice Hockey
In Hamden, Connecticut, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team found frozen floor a tough one, capturing just one point against No. 20 Quinnipiac with a weekend tie and loss.
In a 1-1 draw on Friday, Sophomore Matt Johnson’s second lamp-lighting of the season came at 10:55 in the third period as Ohio State responded to Quinnipiac’s second period goal with less than 10 minutes in regulation. The remaining nine minutes of the third and five minutes of overtime saw neither team put home a goal. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 31 stops while freshman Tyler Lundey provided the helper on Johnson’s goal.
Freshman Collin Olson received the start in net on Saturday. The Ohio State newcomer stopped 25 shots, but allowed a goal in the second and third periods as Quinnipiac won 3-1. The Buckeyes would again be held at bay over the first two periods, down 2-0, at 12:56 in the third, sophomore Ryan Dzingel halved the deficit with a short-handed goal, his first tally of the season. Ohio State (1-2-1) would be unable to find the equalizer in this contest, Quinnipiac secured the victory with an empty net goal with 11 seconds remaining.
The Buckeyes stay on the road as they take on their first Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival, Bowling Green, Friday and Saturday.
Women’s Field Hockey
The tough run the Ohio State field hockey team has encountered stretched into the weekend as the Buckeyes fell to Penn State, 3-0, on Senior Day, Friday, prior to falling on the road in overtime to Louisville, 4-3, Sunday.
Against No. 7 Penn State, junior goalkepper Emma Voelker turned back six of the nine shots she faced. Senior forward Berta Queralt’s two shots paced the Buckeyes.
Behind Queralt’s two goals, Ohio State would fare better offensively against the Cardinals, but the Buckeyes were twice unable to sustain a lead.
After Louisville scored the game’s first goal at 2:32, Queralt provided the assists on junior Maria Swartz’ second goal of the season at 8:26. Queralt would put the Buckeyes in front 15 minutes later for a 2-1 halftime lead. A pair of goals for the host within 10 minues would sandwich Queralt’s second goal, 4:29 into overtime the Cardinals netted the game-winner. Voelker made eight saves on the afternoon.
The pair of defeats marks the squad’s fifth loss in its last six matches. Ohio State sits 9-8 overall, 1-4 in the Big Ten, heading into the regular season finale, Saturday at Indiana.
Women’s Ice Hockey
Ohio State’s women’s ice hockey team enter the weekend 5-1, ranked No. 6 in the nation—the program’s highest ranking ever—but found they were no match for No. 1 Minnesota. On the road, the Buckeyes fell to the Gophers, 7-2, Friday and 8-0, Saturday. With the losses Ohio State falls to 5-3 overall, and 3-3 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Sophomore Taylor Kuehl recorded both Ohio State goals to double her season total. Juniors Chelsea Knapp, 50 saves, and Lisa Steffes, 17 saves, each saw time in goal. Ohio State returns to action hosting Bemidji State Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.