Dear Loyal Buckeye Friends & Family,

The team was reunited back on campus on August 7th and have enjoyed a preseason filled with a lot of hockey, good food, team building activities and much more! Please enjoy our updates below as we embark on the 2018 fall season.

Go Bucks!


Opening weekend is just around the corner! Come watch the Buckeyes battle Delaware on August 24th on Buckeye Varsity Field. The Ohio State Field Hockey Team will compete in 10 regular season home games this season and travel to Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan. We hope to see you at a game this season!


The Schumaker is a couple months away from completion! The Buckeyes can’t wait to move into our new home featuring a brand-new locker room, film theater, weight room, athletic training room, fuel zone and coaches’ offices.

The complete Student-Athlete Experience

Huntington Bucks Go Pro Trip

Sophomore forward Nikki Trzaska and Junior forward Adelaide Penzone traveled to Indianapolis in early May on the Bucks Go Pro trip, engaging in several enrichment experiences including educational sessions at the NCAA headquarters, a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and a visit with the NFL Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Visiting Indianapolis was such an awesome experience. It was very educational and I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned about professional development in my future.” — Adelaide Penzone
“One of the things I enjoyed most was going to the NCAA headquarters and wandering through the Hall of Champions. It was also cool to learn about all of the different committees within Division I and see how student-athletes are represented within them. Additionally, I was very fond of going to Eli Lilly and learning about the different fields that businesses offer for various majors. I learned a lot of important information at Eli Lilly regarding areas such as the interview process, benefits and the transition from college to the workforce. It was great to meet new people and go through this experience with them!” — Nikki Trzaska


Juniors Adelaide and Genevieve Penzone and sophomore Mara Hunter went on the Wolstein Leadership Academy retreat held at Camp Damascus in Centerburg, Ohio this summer. The multi-day student-athlete excursion focused on leadership development with exercises and team-building activities.

The retreat featured a low-ropes course designed to nurture trust and communication skillsets and a high-ropes circuit to key on attitude and motivation. The student-athletes also met in small groups to discuss values, motivation, goal-setting, accepting change and responding to adversity in life. Capping off the event was the first-annual Wolstein Challenge, a team-based competition consisting of a soccer match played with a giant ball, canoe racing, foot stacking and more.

“The Wolstein Leadership Academy was a really great experience. I learned some new leadership techniques that I had never really realized were crucial to a team dynamic, while having a ton of fun at the same time! Meeting a lot of new people definitely helped my experience and made it more authentic.” — Mara Hunter


Hannah Pany (Nutrition) and Ellen Westfall (Sustainability) completed internships this summer on campus as part of this year’s Bucks Go Pro class. The Huntington Bucks Go Pro Program is an eight-week summer internship program funded by the Athletics Department for student-athletes.

“The Bucks GoPro internship has been the most rewarding opportunity I have ever been granted. I greatly valued the real-life work exposure as it gave me a more clear picture of what I want in my future. After working in the Sports Nutrition department, I have a bigger appreciation for everything the staff does for each and every athlete.” –Hannah Pany
“My experience with the Bucks Go Pro internship was very positive, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity. I was able to meet and network with professionals at Ohio State who work in my field of study (sustainability in athletics), as well as collaborate with other student athletes. The schedule was also incredibly flexible, and I was able to work around my athletic obligations. I hope the program only continues to grow!” –Ellen Westfall

Julianna Sweeney, a sophomore midfielder, is majoring in animal bioscience. Julianna is interested in becoming a veterinarian and used her summer to gain some experience in the field!

“This summer I had the opportunity to job shadow at my local veterinarian. Being in the office almost every day gave me the opportunity to see first-hand not only mundane procedures, but also let me encounter unusual cases. I was able to be present in the operating room during the spay/neuter process, as well as tumor removal, biopsies, ligament repairs, bone setting, and even cesarean sections. I learned how to fill prescriptions, draw blood, and give injections. The most unexpected, yet arguably one of the most important skills that I found myself using was people skills, whether it be over the phone helping patients create appointments, or in the exam rooms relaying doctor information, I found that my encounter with animal was less than anticipated, and my encounter with humans was far greater than I anticipated. I enjoyed working with and around people who care so deeply about their animals. I also had the pleasure of volunteering at my local animal shelter where I worked with the adoptable dogs to give them exercise and enrichment.” –Julianna Sweeney


This fall, 10 new members will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group includes field hockey alumnae, Linda Haussner (2005-08)!

Linda Haussener is one of the most decorated field hockey players in Ohio State history. On the field, her career culminated in 2008 when she was named a First Team All-American. It was the third such honor of her career, following second and third team honors in 2007 and 2006, respectively. The 2008 Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team all-conference selection, Haussener scored 52 points as a senior in 2008, sixth most in single-season program history. In 2006, as a sophomore, Haussener helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to the Big Ten regular season title. The Buckeyes won 50 games during her four-year career and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. On the career charts, she currently ranks sixth in career goals (45), sixth in assists (31) and sixth in scoring (121 points).

In the classroom, Haussener’s resume is equally impressive. She was Ohio State’s female recipient of the 2008 Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is the conference’s most exclusive award. Haussener was a three-time NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete, four time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and graduated with degrees in political science and economics.

Congratulations, Linda!

2018 FIH Masters world Cup

Congrats to Kim Bush (1988-91), Stacey Ross (1998-2001) and Marije Toth (1998-2001), for competing on the U.S. Women’s Masters Team at the 2018 FIH Masters World Cup! The tournament was held from July 27- Aug. 5, 2018 in Spain.

CATCH up on former buckeyes

Catch up on what our former Buckeyes are up to post graduation!


Lauren is working in Manhattan as an Associate National Media Buyer for Havas.


Sofia is working in New York City as an Offer Coordinator in the Human Capital Management Division for Goldman Sachs.


Maddy lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is working at Mythics & Emergent Group as a State & Local Government Sales Development Representative focusing in sales and support solutions.


Morgan is living in College Station, TX and working in marketing while training for the police academy.


Liz leaves for Spain on August 28th to play for Atlètic Terrassa, a club team in Barcelona, Spain for the next year.


Maartje is currently living in Utrecht, The Netherlands and working at Hypercube. In September, Maartje will start a Master’s in Business Analytics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Carolina is living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, while getting a Master’s Degree in International Management at Erasmus University.


Caroline serves as Program Director for the non-profit Lacrosse the Nations in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. She plans to live in Panama for the next year building and bettering the program, teaching life skills to kids through sport and education.


Natalie is living in Baltimore Maryland and working for the Ravens at the M&T Bank Stadium in the retail operations department.


Welcome to the new 2018 buckeyes – read below to get to know some new faces!


Why Did You Choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State because of the love and sense of pride and culture at Ohio State. The field hockey team and coaches were the best fit for me.”

Major: Biology

Plans after graduation: Wants to become a nurse anesthetist and travel the world

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Likes to read and learn about history and obscure facts


Why Did You Choose Ohio State? “On my first visit to campus, I immediately fell in love. The facilities, the people, the campus, the opportunities and the academics all combine to make the perfect environment for me to reach my athletic and academic goals. I couldn’t be more honored and excited to have been chosen to be a part of the Buckeye field hockey tradition.”

Major: Undecided

Plans for after graduation: Thinking about going to law school

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Likes going to the beach, shopping and playing field hockey


Why Did You Choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State because it has everything I want: a beautiful campus, a great education, and amazing athletic opportunities. It already felt like a second home.”

Major: Psychology

Plans for after graduation: To travel the world and continue her studies

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Going out to eat with friends and traveling the world


Why Did You Choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State because it is the perfect school for me. There is tons of school spirit, the campus is beautiful, and I really wanted to go to a big school. The coaches and team are amazing and it was an opportunity I did not want to pass up.”

Major: Undecided – Thinking about possibly being a dentist or industrial engineer.

Plans After Graduation: Wants to travel the country and possibly go abroad. Wants to start her own family one day.

Favorite Pastimes, Hobbies, Etc.: Loves to draw and paint, play guitar and/or the ukulele and play sports.


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I wanted a school with a lot of pride! When you step on the campus at Ohio State, you can feel the positive energy and excitement, and that you are a part of something bigger.”

Major: Undecided

Plans for after graduation: Plans to go into communications and marketing

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Volunteering with Best Buddies and youth field hockey clinics, was a member of student congress in her junior and senior year


Why Did You Choose Ohio State? “The first time I was on campus, it immediately felt like home. The culture of the school was incredible and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”

Major: Undecided

Plans After Graduation: Has aspirations of working in the medical/scientific field.

Favorite Pastimes, Hobbies, Etc.: Loves listening to music and going to concerts. Cooking. Also likes to snowboard and surf.


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I wanted a school and team that had lots of school camaraderie and spirit. After meeting the team and coaching staff, I knew this was where I wanted to go.”

Major: Undecided

Plans for after graduation: Wants to do something creative in a big city like New York

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Art, community service


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State because it’s a school that not only feels like home, but has an endless amount of opportunity for students to succeed and pursue their goals. The strong tradition that students and staff have built was something that I definitely want to be a part of.”

Major: Elementary Education

Plans for after graduation: Pursue a career in the education field, work with Spanish speaking students

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Spending time with friends and family, watch Friends, go to the beach


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State because I always have had a connection when watching their football games I really loved the family environment. I fell in love with campus the first time I stepped foot on it.”

Major: Undecided

Plans after graduation: Wants to become nurse or teaches, start a family and play field hockey as long as she can

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Likes to go to the beach and find interesting restaurants


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I chose Ohio State for several reasons. First and foremost, the coaching staff is amazing and they made me feel so welcomed and appreciated from the moment I stepped on campus. Next, the team. One thing I value most is a close-knit team that really cares about each other, and I really felt that at OSU, and I am beyond excited to be a part of that this fall. I fell in love with everything OSU had to offer academically and the athletics program is amazing. I cannot wait to cheer on my fellow Buckeyes.”

Major: Business

Plans for after graduation: Get a job and travel the world

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Spending time at her lake house during the summer with family and friends, water surfing, tubing and enjoying the outdoors


Why did you choose Ohio State? “I loved the campus and everything that the school offers. I also loved the coaching staff and the intensity and passion everyone brought to the table. I knew that I could learn a lot and constantly improve with the staff at Ohio State.”

Major: Health Sciences

Plans for after graduation: To continue to be involved in field hockey in some way and work as a trauma surgeon

Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: Kayaking, hiking, and spending time with my family and dog


Junior forward Adelaide Penzone was selected to attend the 2018 Young Women’s National Championship.

The Young Women’s National Championship serves as a high-level, international structured competition which is an election avenue to Junior National Camp and an opportunity for selection the 2018-19 U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Development Team. Penzone was selected to participate in Junior National Camp.

Sophomore defender, Mara Hunter, traveled to London this summer to play some hockey with her old club team FHL. The trip coincided with the 2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup where Mara was able to attend some of the games!


The 2018 preseason wrapped up on August 21st with a home contest against TTUN. The Buckeyes also scrimmaged Ohio University. The team worked hard on the field and in the weight room to prepare for the fall while also enjoying some good meals, yoga, bowling, laser tag and a trip to Alum creek to participate in team building activities, paddle boarding, canoeing and lawn games!

Putting in time on Buckeye Varsity Field.
Buckeyes hit the weight room.
The Buckeyes enjoyed many team meals.
Buckeyes go bowling and play laser tag.
Team trip to Alum Creek.


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