Highlighted by Women's Ice Hockey road sweep of nationally-ranked Minnesota-Duluth, here is a look at Ohio State's performance across the olympic sport spectrum during the first week of October.
Women's Ice Hockey
The women's ice hockey team received a No. 10 ranking by USCHO.com this week after a road sweep over previous No. 8, conference rival, Minnesota-Duluth. With Friday's 3-1 win and Saturday's 3-2 victory, Ohio State improves to 4-0-0 on the year and 2-0-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Less than a minute into Friday's game, sophomore Kayla Sullivan scored her first goal of the season to quickly put the Buckeyes in front. Five minutes later, Hokey Langan recorded the first goal of her senior season to stake Ohio State to a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs scored at 13:54 to cut the deficit in half, but that would be as close as the hosts would get. Senior Paige Semenza scored her fourth goal in three games during the third period to close the scoring in the 3-1 win. Junior goalie Chelsea Knapp turned away 16 shots.
On Saturday it was the Bulldogs that quickly lit the lamp. Fifteen seconds into the game Minnesota-Duluth took a 1-0 lead. Ohio State would responded twice in the opening period as sophomore Taylor Kuehl's second goal of the season at 5:33 tied it while senior Minttu Tuominen netted a power play goal at 12:03. After a scoreless second period, the home team tied the contest at 3:10 in the third before Tuominen's put home the game-winner with less than four minutes remaining.
Knapp's 23 saves propelled Ohio State to the sweep which marked the first time Ohio State has won two games in a single season against Minnesota-Duluth. Ohio State returns to action in hosting No. 5 North Dakota at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 12-13.
After wins over Illinois and Northwestern, Ohio State heads into two matches in Columbus in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten with a 4-2 conference record, two games behind leading Penn State, alongside a 13-5 overall mark.
The Buckeyes kicked off the weekend on the road by rallying for a five-set win at No. 21 Illinois, 16-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-15, 15-12. The thriller provided Ohio State with its first win over the Illini since 2007.
Junior Kaitlyn Leary paced Ohio State with 14 kills while adding five digs. Juniors Julianne Mandolfo and Davionna DiSalvatore each finished with 13 digs. Senior Emily Danks stuff the scoresheet with 10 kills along with two service aces and five block assists..
Ohio State clung to a 15-13 advantage in the fourth set before claiming 25 of the last 39 points leave Champaign-Urbana with the win.
The Buckeyes found the road to victory a bit easier in Evanston with a three-set win over the Wildcats, 25-13, 25-23, 25-23.
Senior Mari Hole led the team with 18 kills with classmate Amanda Peterson leading Ohio State with 36 assists. Danks finished the match with seven blocks equaling the team-high shared with sophomore Anna Faul. Mandolfo's 17 digs paced the Bucks with DiSalvatore providing 13.
The Buckeyes host Indiana Friday at St. John Arena before welcoming the Boilermakers to town on Saturday.
The men's hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a 3-2 overtime win over Waterloo Sunday afternoon in exhibition action in Value City Arena.
Twice rallying from a goal down, freshman Anthony Greco's game-winning goal provided Ohio State with its first lead of the game, 2:04 into overtime. Greco's goal was after providing the primary assist on Max McCormick's power play third period goal to tie the game 2-2.
After a scoreless first period, Sam Jardine's short-handed goal evened the contest 92 seconds after Waterloo drew first blood. Waterloo concluded the three-goal period and entered the third with the lead after a goal at 16:54.
Senior Brady Hjelle made 15 saves in 29:43 minutes of action, while freshman Collin Olson received the win after stopping five shots during 32:08 minutes on the ice. Both goalies conceded a goal. Max McCormick provided an assist on Greco's goal as those two were Buckeyes with a multi-point afternoon.
Ohio State opens the regular season this weekend in traveling to Minnesota-Duluth for games Friday and Saturday.
Tiffany Cameron's 10th goal in 13 games was the senior's seventh game-winning tally as her 41st minute score pushed Ohio State (8-4-1, 3-2-1) to a 1-0 home victory over Purdue.
In a contest controlled by Ohio State, the Buckeyes held the Boilermakers without a shot on target in the first half with junior Rachel Middleman in goal. Freshman Jillian McVicker needed two saves in the second half to preserve the victory, but had a quiet afternoon compared to the Purdue keeper who had eight of Ohio State's 17 shots go on target.
Cameron's goal was recorded after receivng a long pass from sophomore Kenzie Schlemitz who played a long ball after gaining possession off of a Purdue corner. Cameron weaved her way through the Purdue defense before firing and scoring from 10 yards out.
Ohio State, fourth in the Big Ten, eight pointed behind Penn State, will take on two conference foes this weekend in traveling to Iowa Oct. 12 and Nebraska Oct. 14.
All three goals in Sunday's soccer match between Michigan State and Ohio State occurred in the second half. Unfortunately for the host Buckeyes, two goals within two minutes were both off the foot of a Spartan sending Ohio State to (4-7-1, 0-3-0) with the 2-1 defeat.
After the scoreless first half, Michigan State's Luke Norman netted a goal at 67:47. At 69:26, Sean Conerty's strike made Michigan State's lead insurmountable. Ohio State got on the board when sophomore Yianni Sarris put home a feed from classmate Zach Dobey in the 81st minute. But the Buckeyes could not find the equalizer in the final nine minutes,
Sophomore Alex Ivanov made four saves on the afternoon. Ohio State welcomes Bowling Green to Columbus Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Women's Field Hockey
With two home matches, the No. 16 field hockey team split the weekend falling 1-0 to Michigan State on Friday before a 9-1 thumping over Ball State on Sunday.
In the Big Ten contest between ranked teams, the No. 20 Spartans scored three minutes into the contest to walk away with the win in the defensive-dominant contest. Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker made three saves as the Buckeye defense held the Spartans to four shots. None of the Buckeye's 12 shot were able to register a point.
The offensive struggles Ohio State encountered on Friday were quickly put aside on Sunday.
Sophomore Mona Frommhold scored the first of her three goals just under 10 minutes into the match with junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque scoring the first of her three goals little more than three minutes later at 12:55 into the contest. In between the pair of hat tricks, sophomore Carly Mackeesy and junior Nora Murer scored their first goals of the season while senior Danica Deckard scored her team-leading 12th.
Voelker made a save in the contest as the Buckeyes (9-5, 1-2) out-shot Ball State 43-3. Ohio State's next action comers Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor.
The women's golf team opened the month by participating in the Windy City Collegiate Classic Oct. 1 and 2.
With a 43-over 907 on the par 71, 6,333-yard Glen View Golf Course, Ohio State, ranked 32nd by Golfstat, finished 10th in the 15-team field. Leading the way for the Scarlet and Gray was senior Rachel Rohanna with a 7-over 223 to finish in a tie for 20th.
No. 6 Arizona captured the classic with a 15-over 879. Ohio State next will travel to Norman, Okla. to compete in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Oct. 15-17