How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.
Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”
So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi. At any rate, we remind you of this:
It’s pretty great to be a Buckeye fan… we’re in the midst of a great two year run in football and multiple years of success in men’s basketball- our teams are major news story, and people even pay attention to what the former University president says and does.
That being said… there’s still some grievances that need aired, so before we see if someone can pin Ken in the feats of strength, here we go:
What’s the thing about Ohio State sports that enraged you the most this year?
Jason: Wichita State and Michigan State ending dream seasons that were set up with what appeared to be cake-walk runs to a championship opportunity.
Joe Dexter: The one thing that bugged me most this year about Ohio State athletics was how the athletic administration handled some of it’s coaching changes during 2013. Many will argue about former girls basketball head coach Jim Foster, but the way it was handled was way off kilter in my opinion.
The one firing that made no sense to me was former head hockey coach Mark Osiecki. Athletic Director Gene Smith noted it was a “difference of opinion” that couldn’t be resolved. The program was on the upswing, was in the CCHA Semis despite being very very young, and had a ton of talent coming to Columbus despite always battling not having their own arena to call home.
Ken: This would be football related. The inability to show any meaningful improvement in the defense. “Defense wins Championships”, as MSU aptly demonstrated.
Eric: Like just about everyone else, losing out on potential National Title runs to Wichita State and Michigan State. Both losses were incredibly painful to watch.
Patrick: Charging more for “Premium Games”. As a season ticket holder, I pa them enough and then they pull this BS!?!?
Scott: Both teams were set up nicely to make it to the championship game and defense let us down. Read More
Welcome to the calm before the storm… unless you’re an NIT junkie, then your Madness has already started. In honor of Coach Calipari’s fantastic coaching job on Tuesday night, today’s soundtrack channels the thoughts of Wildcat fans as they get to watch the rest of the tournament. Hey… you think they’ll have time to join our Bracket Challenge?
2/8-10 – Ohio State opened up its season at the Red and Black Showcase in Athens, GA this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Ohio State defeated Winthrop 4-3 in eight innings after a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. After the win, the Buckeyes were crowned tournament champions after posting a 4-1 record for the weekend. On Saturday, the Buckeyes defeated the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs 5-4 in extra innings and on Friday, they defeated Elon 10-2.
2/8 – The No. 20 Buckeyes posted a season best score, but fell to No. 5 Michigan 196.925-196.250. Aly Marohn tied for the vault event title with a career best 9.900, while Sarah Miller tied for the beam title with a score of 9.875.
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Spotlight on: Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey
The Ohio State men’s hockey team beat Michigan State last Friday with a 1-0 win.
On Friday, Ryan Dzingel’s third period goal broke a scoreless game to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead and eventually the win. OSU goalie Brady Hjelle had 31 saves to tally his 3rd shut out this season.
The Spartans could not score in the first period despite a 14-8 shot advantage and a power play. Hjelle finished the period with 14 saves.
In the second period, both the Buckeyes and Spartans had goals overturned by video review, leaving the game scoreless. Ohio State led the period in shots 13-5 but could not capitalize on any of them. Spartan goalie Jake Hildebrand had 13 saves.
In the third period, at 17:47, Dzingel scored off a pass from Curtis Gedig to give the Buckeyes the lead. Both teams had 12 shots in the period, and Ohio State had the lone power play.
12/1 – The men’s hockey team defeated Michigan State again 3-1 on Saturday to sweep the Spartans. Tyler Lundey, Tanner Fritz, and Ryan Dzingel all scored for the Buckeyes. Goalie Brady Hjelle finished with 22 saves. Read More
Spotlight on: Women’s Volleyball
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team ended its regular season this past week. On 11/21, the No. 14 Buckeyes dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 Penn State. Senior Mari Hole led the Buckeyes with 10 kills and 8 digs. Teammate Kaitlyn Leary added six kills while Anna Faul had three kills and two blocks. Penn State won the first set 25-18, the second set 25-16, and the third set 25-14.
On Friday, the Buckeyes dropped their season finale to TSUN by a score of 3-1 at St. John Arena. Ohio State honored seniors Mariah Booth, Mari Hole, Emily Danks, and Amanda Peterson before the game. Hole notched her 17th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. The Wolverines took the first set 25-22, the third set 25-18, and the fourth set 25-20.
The Buckeyes will now go on to play in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships. They will face Notre Dame on Friday (11/3o) in Lexington at Memorial Coliseum at 5 pm. Read More
Spotlight on: Ohio State Men’s Hockey – 11/9 vs Alaska
The Ohio State Men’s Hockey team opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and a shootout win against Alaska on Friday night at Value City Arena. Sophomore Alex McCormick tied the game almost as soon as the third period began to tie the game at 1. In the shootout, Ryan Dzingel scored to secure the win for the Buckeyes in the sixth round.
The game was scoreless after one period after the goalies had combined for 24 saves. Then, at 5:05 into the second period, Alaska took a 1-0 lead after a Colton Parayko goal. Curtis Gedig tied it up for the Buckeyes at 1-1 early in the third period.
Neither team was able to score in overtime, and each goalie tallied two saves. The shootout went six rounds, and finally, Dzingel’s goal gave Ohio State the win. The Buckeyes were outshot 35-34 in the game, and Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle finished with 34 saves.
11/10 – The Buckeyes fell 3-1 to Alaska despite getting 42 saves from goalie Collin Olson. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 2-3-1 on the season.
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Spotlight on: Ohio State Women’s Soccer
The Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated Illinois 2-1 on Sunday afternoon (11/4) to win the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes, seeded second, defeated the fifth-seeded Illini to bring back the third conference tournament title in program history. The team finished 16-4-1 on the season.
A physical back and forth first half had the game scoreless at halftime. In the second half, Tiffany Cameron scored her 19th goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. She scored the second goal for her team in the 69th minute off a pass from teammate Michela Paradiso. Illinois cut the lead to 2-1 around the 80th minute after a goal by Allie Osoba, but they could not manage to tie it up.
Ohio State led the Illini in shots 19-7, led by Cameron’s six shots. She was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament while teammate and Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.
To reach the championship game, the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska in the first round 1-0 and Michigan in the second round 2-1. Read More