Hockey Taking Center Ice… Uh… Stage

Written December 9th, 2013 by Scott

It’s a slow period for Ohio State’s non-revenue sports.

Fall sports are completed while some winter sports teams are taking an extended break.

However, the OSU men’s and women’s hockey teams have played on, with mixed results. The men’s team is 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the first season of Big Ten hockey. The “Buck-ice” had won five straight before losing two in a row to TTUN. Ugh.

Ryan Dzingel leads OSU in scoring.
Ryan Dzingel leads OSU in scoring.

Ryan Dzingel leads a group of four with double-digit points. He has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Max McCormick has seven goals and nine assists and Alex Szczechura has four goals and 12 assists, good for 16 points each. Tanner Fritz has a pair of goals and 13 assists for 15 points.

Some help in goal may be on the way.

OSU has signed United States Hockey League standout Christian Frey. He is expected to enroll for spring semester and be eligible to play when OSU returns to action Dec. 28 against Mercyhurst. The USHL is the top amateur junior league in the US.

Frey has a 9-3-1 record with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Women’s hockey

The women’s team continues to play hard but is struggling, sitting at 5-11-2 overall and 2-9-2 in the league. OSU is 2-7 in it’s last nine and takes a much-needed break until the new year.

Twins Sara and Kari Schmitt lead the team in scoring. Sara has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points while Kari has four goals and eight assists for 12 points. Ally Tarr also has 12 points on a pair of goals and 10 assists.

Men’s Swin And Dive Team Win OSU Invitational

Written November 26th, 2013 by Scott

The No. 10 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team won the eighth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational over the weekend.

The Buckeyes finished with 1,137 points, just 46.5 points ahead of Florida.

Ohio State’s performance on the final day was highlighted by junior Connor McDonald, who finished first in the 200 backstroke with a school-record time of 1:40.83. It is also an NCAA “A” qualifying time. The previous record was 1:41.22, set in 2012 by Andrew Elliott.

Connor McDonald set school record in 200 backstroke.

Connor McDonald set school record in 200 backstroke.

In addition to McDonald’s performance in the 200 backstroke, Steven Zimmerman had a third place showing in the event, finishing in 1:42.66.
The Buckeyes followed up the 200 backstroke with a second-third-fourth finish in the 100 freestyle, led by Josh Fleagle (second, 43.59), Michael DiSalle (third, 43.61) and Vladislav Komarov (fourth, 43.67).

In platform diving, Christian Holstein (286.65) was eighth and Stephen Ettienne (285.15) was ninth.

Ohio State will return to competition on Jan. 17-18 at the Kenyon Winter Invitational.

Fencing team takes on Penn and Princeton
The Ohio State fencing squad split matches at the recent Penn-Princeton Invitational, competing in both team and individual competition.

The Buckeyes pulled a 28-26 victory over Penn in team competition, highlighted by big wins from the men’s epee, women’s foil and women’s epee units, 6-3 each. OSU fell to Princeton, 21-33, with another win coming from the women’s foil unit.

In individual competition, Chris Colley, Joe Guinan and Celina Merza earned first place finishes for the men’s epee, men’s foil and women’s saber units, respectively. For the women’s unit, seven Buckeyes finished in the tp 10, highlighted by Mona Shaito, second, and Eleanor Harvey and Eugenia Falqui, tied for third.

Women’s soccer falls in NCAA Tournament
OSU’s women’s soccer team fell to Kentucky, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the UK Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Buckeyes’ season ends with a 10-7-3 record.

OSU started eight freshmen or sophomores and picked up a lot of experience in the post-season.

Down 2-0, the Buckeyes then got on the board in the 73rd minute when Lindsay Agnew beat a pair of Kentucky defenders, found Nichelle Prince with a through ball and the freshman finished far post from eight yards for her team-high 13th goal.

Kentucky answered right back less than three minutes later when Swift snuck in behind the Buckeye defense and finished a one-on-one opportunity after a through ball from Gilliland to push the lead to 3-1. Read More

Men’s hockey streaking

Written November 11th, 2013 by Scott

The calendar just turned to November but it’s already winter sports time.

The men’s hockey team, always a favorite around the 614, is off to a 6-4 start, but the Buckeyes are on a 3-match win streak with most recent wins coming 4-1 and 5-1 over Niagara.

Pacing OSU on the young season is Max McCormick, who has five goals and seven assists for 11 points. Ryan Dzingel and Alex Szczechura each have 11 points. Dzingel has five goals and six assists while Szczechura has three goals and eight assists.

Goalkeeper Matt Tompkins has a 5-3 record for the Bucks.

OSU hosts Canisius for a pair of games later in the week and then has a home and away with TTUN Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.

Men’s swimming and diving undefeated

It’s hard to think about jumping in a pool at time of year but that hasn’t stopped the OSU men’s swimming and diving team.

The 10th-ranked Water Buckeyes have yet to lose and they have been drowning the competition. Scores have not been close at all.

The most recent wins came in a Big 10 tri-meet at Purdue. OSU beat Iowa 195-105, Northwestern 231-69 and the hosts 169-131.

Ohio State was led by Alex Miller, Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh who all won multiple events. Fleagle was a part of two relay teams that took first while also finishing first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freesyle. Miller was first in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle, while McHugh swam on two winning relay teams and also took first in the 100 butterfly.

Women’s swimming and diving off to splashing start

The Lady Buckeyes have also been impressive in the water. They have won 6 of their first 7 matches, with the only loss at Purdue, 157-143.

The 19th-ranked team beat Ohio in its most recent meet.

The performance of that meet was in diving. The Scarlet and Gray outscored Ohio, 14-5, lead by junior Taylor Ford, who dominated the 3-meter with a total score of 304.80. She also scored a 265.88 in the 1-meter diving to gain a total of 13 points for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Bits

* The women’s hockey team has started out 3-4-2 and has a 4-match winless streak.

* The women’s volleyball team is back on track. After losing eight in a row, the team has won two straight, beating Indiana 3-0, and Purdue 3-1.

* The women’s field hockey team closed it’s season with a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament. OSU beat Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round. The team finished the season 6-13.

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written March 17th, 2013 by Janelle


3/10-11 – Despite a pair of doubles by Pat Porter, Ohio State fell 3-1 last Saturday to Coastal Carolina. On Saturday, they beat the Chanticleers 3-2. Joe Ciamacco paced the Buckeyes by going 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored.

3/12 – Ohio State defeated Charleston Southern 6-3 on Tuesday, finishing up its road trip to South Carolina.  In the bottom of the third, Charleston Southern tied the game at 3-3, and it remained tied until the top of the eighth when the Buckeyes took the lead 5-3 after an RBI single from Greg Solomon.  Tim Wetzel pushed the lead to 6-3 in the top of the ninth with a solo home run, and the Buckeyes never looked back.

3/15-16 – Ohio State opened up its home schedule on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Bryant. Pat Porter led the Bucks going 2 for 4, finishing with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.  On Saturday, the Buckeyes lost 3-2 to Bryant.  Aaron Gretz was 1 for 3 for Ohio State with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

Men’s Hockey

3/15 – The Buckeyes fell 3-2 in the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal opener to Ferris State on Friday evening.  In the third period, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead, and their goalie stopped all 10 Buckeye attempts. Brady Hjelle finished with 18 saves for the Bucks.

3/16 – The Buckeyes beat Ferris State in game two of the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals 4-2 to force a game three in the series. Ryan Dzingel, Max McCormick, & Nick Oddo scored three straight goals to carry the Bucks to victory while goalie Brady Hjelle had 27 saves.

3/17 – Ohio State defeated Ferris State to advance to the Semifinals of the CCHA Tournament, where they will face Notre Dame. Read More

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written March 3rd, 2013 by Janelle


Ohio State was 1-2 in its games this week.  Last Sunday, the Buckeyes had 15 hits in a 13-4 win over Mount St. Mary’s.  Ohio State took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the second after RBI singles from Tim Wetzel and Kirby Pellant.  Mount St. Mary’s came right back, however, tying it up in the third at 3-3.  The Buckeyes then scored 2, 5, 1, and 2 runs in the innings that followed to take a 13-4 lead, which would be the eventual final score.  On Friday, Ohio State fell 5-2 to Connecticut in DeLand, Florida.  Ryan Cypret was 1-3 for the Buckeyes with a solo home run in the second inning which tied the game at 1. The Huskies took the lead back however, taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth after a solo home run. They tacked on 3 more runs in the seventh and one in the ninth and went on to get the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Ohio State was outlasted 3-2 by Stetson in 12 innings after a walk-off double. Ryan Cypret, Mike Carroll, and Joe Clamacco each had two hits for the Buckeyes in the game.  The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 5-4 on the season.


Ohio State fell to Utah 5-4 last Sunday to finish the 2013 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 2-3 record.  After trailing 5-0, the Buckeyes posted 2 runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 3. Leesa Gresham began the rally when her double scored Maddy McIntyre. Shelby Pickett then had an RBI single to score Evelyn Carrillo. In the bottom of the fourth, they cut the Utes’ lead to 1, but got no closer.

Men’s Hockey

Ohio State was 1-1 this week in Men’s Hockey. On Friday, they defeated No. 3 Miami 3-0. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory while teammates Alex Szczechura, Max McCormick, and Chris Crane each had goals for the Buckeyes. Crane put the Buckeyes ahead in the first period on a power play goal.  On Saturday, Ohio State finished its regular season at Miami with a 4-2 loss. Hjelle had 27 saves while teammates Craig Dalrymple and Szczechura each scored for the Bucks.  The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 14-15-7 record, and Tanner Fritz won the CCHA scoring title after scoring 32 points this season. Read More

News from the WHAC

Written February 17th, 2013 by Janelle


2/15 – Ohio State fell in its opener to Mercer 6-5 in 1o innings. Pat Porter was 3 for 3 for the Buckeyes with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

2/16 – The Buckeyes fell 13-3 to Notre Dame on Saturday. Tim Wetzel and Mike Carroll each had two hits for Ohio State.

Men’s Gymnastics

2/16 – Despite posting its best score of the season, No. 5 Ohio State fell to No. 3 Michigan by a score of 446.150 – 435.650 on Saturday at St. John Arena.  Michael Newburger won the pommel horse event title for the Buckeyes with a score of 15.40 while Larry Mayer won the vault title with a score of 15.35. Read More

News from the WHAC

Written February 3rd, 2013 by Janelle

Men’s Gymnastics

2/2 – Despite posting their overall highest score of the season, the No. 5 Buckeyes fell to No. 1 Penn State on Saturday by a score of 444.300-432.300.  Michael Newburger claimed the pommel horse title for the Buckeyes with a score of 15.400, a career-high.  Jake Martin claimed the high bar title for Ohio State with a score of 15.500.

Men’s Ice Hockey

2/1-2 – On Friday night, Ohio State scored 5 goals in the second period en route to defeating Notre Dame 6-3.  After the first period, the Irish led 1-o, but 3:12 into the second, the Buckeyes scored 3 goals in about two minutes to take a 3-1 lead.  Ohio State goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the game. On Saturday, Ohio State tied the Irish 2-2 in overtime.  Hjelle had a career-high 45 saves in the game.

Men’s Swimming & Diving Read More

Weekend Shots from the Schott

Written December 13th, 2011 by Joe Laing

Usually, we reserve “Shots” for game experience recaps.  However, given Meyer Mayhem, here’s some whispers and stuff that Joe’s been hearing:

After three straight days of being at the Schott I overheard and saw quite a few things.


  • Football recruiting is turning up and in full force. Positive news coming out about Tommy Schutt, Jordan Diamond, Kyle Dodson, SeVon Pittman. Sounds like all should be Buckeyes!!! Look for updates as the week goes on (ed- Joe wrote this on Sunday… two down, two to go). As of know next weekend should include Cyrus Jones and Noah Spence.
  • Talked to an ex-player who said it has been ratcheted up a few notches in terms of intensity. Meyer has them working like they’ve never seen before. Expect a different looking bunch in the Gator Bowl.

Use The Bench, Thad!


  • The chatter wasn’t about being upset about the loss- it went back to what we have heard about in the past in terms of Matta’s struggle with his in-game rotation. It was easy to see that Thomas and Craft were struggling to catch their breath at times and everyone was wondering why no Weatherspoon. I heard that he was in to speak to Thad about it today. I feel that he could have provided a spark off the bench.
  • Players were upbeat and back to work. Early season losses don’t hurt nearly as bad in basketball as they do in football.
  • The other comments were that with Sully it is a 10 pt victory for the good guys.
  • Michael Redd was in to work out driving his Ferrari. Doesn’t sound like he wants to come back to Ohio to play ball. So Cavs fans don’t get your hopes up. Read More
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