2018 was a great year for Ohio State Field both on and off the field. The team finished 12-8 on the season and reached single-season milestones through every game. Seven of the team's eight losses were decided by just one goal, three of which were decided in overtime. The Buckeyes finished with a total of 54 goals and 45 assists for 153 points in the season.
The team earned five wins over teams ranked in the Penn Monto/NFCHA Coaches Poll, including No. 8 Louisville, No. 19 Boston University, No. 17 Rutgers and No. 12 Northwestern.
REGULAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- 3-2 OT win over Louisville. After being in a two goal hole for the first 43 minutes of the contest, the Buckeyes went on to score three unanswered goals, including the game-winning goal just 1:29 into overtime. The game marked the team's first win of the season and first over a top-10 opponent in the 2018 campaign.
- 4-3 shoot-out victory over then-ranked No. 19 Rutgers. The Buckeyes were down 3-2 at the half, but Sammy Stone scored in the 63rd minute to send the game into overtime. After two scoreless overtime periods, the game was sent to a shoot-out. With a tie in the first round of the shoot-out, Aaliyah Hernandez denied Rutgers' Linde van Schaik on the first shot of the second round and Kelsey Nolan netted hers to hand the Buckeyes the victory.
- 2-1 victory at No. 12 Northwestern. The game was scoreless for the first 58 minutes of the game, but Esther Clotet capitalized off a corner to give the Buckeyes the lead. The game marked the first Buckeye win over the Wildcats since 2013.
Esther Clotet led the team with 11 goals on the season. The junior netted the lone goal of the B1G quarterfinal game with less than two minutes to play in 2OT to send the Buckeyes to the semifinals.
Clotet finished with 26 points on the year and now has 23 career goals.
Hannah Pany led the Buckeyes with six assists on the season. The senior captain started all 20 games for the team and was a part of the defensive unit that kept opponents to just 1.75 goals per game.
Aaliyah Hernandez made 60 saves for the Buckeyes in the 2018 season. The freshman recorded four shutouts, playing in six on the year, and was named B1G Freshman of the Week on Oct. 15.
For the first time in five years, the Buckeyes made it to the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The team earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament and hosted the quarterfinal game against Rutgers. The game marked the first time in seven years that the Buckeyes have hosted a tournament game. The Buckeyes went on to defeat the Scarlet Knights 1-0 in 2OT to secure their spot in the next round of the tournament.
Thank you to all of the alumnae who made it to Alumnae weekend on October 6th & 7th. We enjoyed seeing many of you at the football tailgate on Saturday and were honored to recognize you at half time of our game against Ohio University. Your support of the field hockey program is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who connected with us while we were on the road this season as well. We love getting to know all of you who have paved the way for our current Buckeyes.
HALL OF FAME
Linda Haussener was one of 10 new members to be inducted into the Class of 2018 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The official induction took place on September 7th in the Ohio Union and the inductees were introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game vs. Rutgers on September 8th. The field hockey team honored Linda with a pregame recognition on September 9th before taking on Lehigh University.
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.
We have officially moved into our new home! The Schumaker Complex will house the new field hockey locker room and coaches offices while also incorporating classroom space, a weight room, athletic training and much more into the 15,500 square foot facility. Take a look at the team's space and first impressions of the Schumaker!
2018 Ohio State Field Hockey Banquet
We celebrated the many successes of the 2018 season and contributions of our 5 graduating seniors at the Field Hockey Banquet on December 1st. The event recognized our amazing support staff as well as our team award winners. The 2018 captains were also recognized by the Varsity O president elect, Candace Dark, who presented them each with their Varsity O Captain Mug.
Harriet Reynolds Scholar-Athlete | Kelsey Nolan
Offensive Player of the Year | Esther Clotet
Midfield Player of the Year | Kelsey Nolan
Defensive Player of the Year | Courtney Daniels
Rookie of the Year | Emma Goldean
Unsung Hero Award | Hannah Pany & Ellen Westfall
Scarlet Strong Award | Kelsey Nolan