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Ohio State Olympic sports wrap: 10/9-15

Senior Lauren Granberg recorded a hat trick in Sunday's 4-0 win over Nebraska.

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Women’s Soccer

Ohio State’s women soccer team went into America’s Heartland and pasted the competition with weekend wins over Iowa, 4-1, and Nebraska, 4-0. The six points pushed the Buckeyes into third place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 5-2-1 alongside an overall ledger of 10-4-1.

In giving the Hawkeyes just their second loss of the season, on Friday, senior Aly Walker scored the first goal of her season in the 27th minute. After waiting 13 matches for a tally, Walker wasted no time in grabbing her second goal, securing the game-winner just four minutes later. The Buckeyes added upon their 2-0 halftime lead with second-half goals from junior Kristen Niederhaus, her first, and senior Tiffany Cameron’s team-leading 11th.

Junior Rachel Middleman received the start in goal and made two saves. Freshman Jillian McVicker made five saves after halftime.

With the same split-duty responsibilities, the pair would combine for four saves on Sunday in blanking the Cornhuskers.

As Cameron moved within one goal of the single-season record for Ohio State, she also provided two assists for Lauren Granberg en route to the classmate’s hat trick. For her three-goal effort Granberg was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Ohio State returns to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Buckeyes host Michigan as the Big Ten’s second and third place teams square off.

Women’s Volleyball

Hosting the Big Ten’s Hoosier State programs, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team went 1-1 on the weekend taking down the Hoosiers in four sets on Friday before falling to the Boilermakers in four on Saturday.

In weekend opening, 23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-17, win against Indiana, senior Emily Danks recorded a game-high 18 kills while adding seven digs and three blocks. As the Buckeyes rallied for the win after dropping the opening set senior Mari Hole powered the Buckeyes to victory with a double-double of the season, reaching 15 kills and digs. Sophomore Taylor Sherwin provided 50 assists.

It would be the Buckeyes that would capture just one of four sets, falling to Purdue, 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, on Saturday.

Hole’s 10th double-double of the season saw her compile 13 kills and 10 digs. Junior Kaitlyn Leary finished the weekend with back-to-back 10-kill games. Junior Davionna DiSalvatore totaled 19 assists, while senior Amanda Peterson’s 22 assists led the Buckeyes.

With the weekend split Ohio State sits at 14-6 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten. The No. 20 Buckeyes host No. 1 Penn State, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at St. John Arena. The Nittany Lions enter the match 18-1 and a perfect 8-0 in the Big Ten. The 8 p.m. ET match will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Women’s Ice Hockey

With a 5-3 win over previous No. 6 North Dakota Friday, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey program recorded the best start in the program’s 14-year history. A 2-0 defeat to the visitors prevented a third-consecutive sweep to start the 2012-13 season as Ohio State sits 5-1 after the weekend set inside the OSU Ice Rink.

On Friday, the Buckeyes raced out to leads of 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second. Freshman Julia McKinnon commenced the scoring with her second goal of the season, senior Paige Semenza netted a pair of goals before classmate Tina Hollowell made it a four-goal lead going into the final twenty minutes.

North Dakota would score three goals in the third period to make it a one-goal deficit with three minutes remaining. Semenza pushed in an empty-net goal, her seventh of the season, to give her a hat trick and turn back UND.

It would be North Dakota who added an empty-net goal on Saturday to secure a win. Jocelyne Lamoureux put the Green and White on the board with a power play goal in the first period. The game would remain scoreless for the next 49 minutes before Lamoureux’s third goal of the weekend sent the Buckeyes to the loss.

Junior Chelsea Knapp made 34 saves in the loss to finish with 66 on the weekend. The No. 6 Buckeyes (5-1-0, 3-1-0) remain in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play in traveling to No. 1 Minnesota for games Oct. 19-20.

Men’s Soccer

The Buckeyes blanked Bowling Green on Oct. 10, but the momentum from the 2-0 home win wouldn’t carry into Sunday’s Big Ten match as Ohio State fell to Northwestern 1-0.

Against the Falcons, Chris Hegngi assisted on both Ohio State goals. At 26:43 in the first half, Hegngi set up Austin McAnena for his fourth goal of the season. With little more than 10 minutes remaining in the match, Hegngi found Alec Lowell on an outlet pass who blasted home his and the Buckeyes’ second goal. Senior Alex Wimmer mad four saves as he recorded the clean sheet.

In Evanston, Ill., Ohio State was unable to recover from a Wildcat free-kick goal in the 35th minute. Wimmer would make five saves on the afternoon but none of Ohio State’s eight shots found the back of the net as Ohio State remains winless in Big Ten play at 0-4-0, falling to 5-8-1 overall.

Ohio State steps outside of Big Ten action this week hosting Wright State on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Men’s Cross Country

Senior Danny Roys’ personal-record of 24:02 paced Ohio State as the Buckeyes competed in the 8k Wisconsin adidas Invitational, Friday afternoon in Madison, Wis.

Roys, with a 53rd-place finish, was the lone Buckeye in the top 100 as Ohio State finished 39th in the 45-team field.

The men’s cross country team will next compete Oct. 28 in East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten championships.

Women’s Field Hockey

Ohio State went into the half tied 1-1 but was unable to net another goal and turn back the opposition as the No. 18 Buckeyes fell 3-1 to No. 16 Michigan, Sunday in Ann Arbor.

Senior Danica Deckard scored her team-leading 13th goal at 31:44 to answer a Michigan second-minute strike. While Ohio State out-shot the Wolverines on the afternoon, 13-11, the Buckeyes were unable to answer two Michigan second-half score.

Junior Emma Voelker made four saves as Ohio State fell to 9-6 overall, 1-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are next in action Friday, Oct. 19 as they host Penn State at 3 p.m. on Varsity Field.

Men’s Golf

On Oct. 8-9, Ohio State competed in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.

On his par 72, 7,353-yard course, the Golden Bear’s collegiate program finished 11th. In the shortened, 36-hole event, the Buckeyes carded a 53-over 629. Freshman Tee-K Kelly led Ohio State with an 11-over 155 to finish tied for 23rd. Three Buckeyes, Boo Timko, Matt Turner and Grant Weaver finished in a tie for 35 with a 14-over 158.

Ohio State’s fall slate wraps with the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, Oct. 28-29, in Dallas.

Women’s Cross Country

Junior Meredith Wagner’s personal-best 20:35 paced Ohio State as the Buckeyes competed at the 6k Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., Friday. In the 48-team field, Ohio State finished 33rd with a team score of 785. The career-best from Wagner placed her 62nd individually.

The Scarlet and Gray next take the course Oct. 28 in East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten championships.