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 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.
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.
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.
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
The last seven days were not the most successful for Ohio State’s non-revenue teams.
The lone bright spot was the men’s soccer team which has a modest 2-game winning streak after a 4-0 win over Oakland earlier in the week and a 1-0 squeaker against Cleveland State Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Danny Jensen scored the game-winning goal for the Buckeyes (4-6-5) during the 70th minute against CSU. Jensen tallied his second of the season after heading in a high cross by junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic in front of the net. Junior defender Zach Dobey brought the ball down the right side to set up Ivancic for the cross for the second assist. The opportunity started when Jensen gained possession on the near sideline before junior Zach Mason served it across the field to Dobey.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov claimed his third consecutive shutout and seventh overall in 2013. Ivanov posted three saves against the Vikings. With 90 stops, Ivanov is now ninth on the OSU single-season saves list.
Overall, Ohio State outshot the Vikings, 9-8, while Cleveland State had a 5-4 lead in corners.
In the win over Oakland Wednesday, three Buckeyes – Jensen, Kenny Cunningham and Yianni Sarris – scored their first goal of the season, while OSU’s leading scorer, Ivancic, notched his third.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2013 home regular season schedule hosting Penn State Nov. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. As part of senior night, the Buckeyes will recognize their senior class.
The Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Michigan State Saturday and ended a 3-match winless streak at the same time.
With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-3-3 overall, 2-2-2 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans drop to 7-5-2, 1-5-0 in conference play.
Neither team scored early in a physical first half but Ohio State broke through when Ellyn Gruber headed home a Nichelle Prince cross from eight yards to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 in the 38th minute.
Ohio State had another opportunity in the 52nd minute when Gruber controlled a through ball from Paradiso, dribbled between two Spartan defenders and flicked a shot from 10 yards out on the left wing, but Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem was able to get a hand on it and deflect the shot wide.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Taylor Schissler found Kayla Varner down the left wing and the junior played a nice through ball to Prince who flicked a shot underneath a diving Clem.
The Spartans scored four minutes later, however, Ohio State answered right back in the 80th minute when Paradiso possessed on the right wing, beat a Spartan defender and finished far post from 12 yards.
Volleyball teams drops a pair Read More
The Lady Buckeyes volleyball team tasted defeat for the first time Sunday afternoon falling to No. 15 Michigan State 3-0.
The Spartans defeated No. 13 OSU 27-25, 25-23 and 25-22 to pull off the mild upset at St. John Arena.
Taylor Sandbothe led OSU (13-1, 1-1) with 12 kills and had a .524 attacking percentage. Kylie Randall chipped in 11 kills and attacked at a .529 rate. Kaitlyn Leary notched her seventh double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.
Boo Timko fired a final round 3-under 69 and had 6 birdies to help lead OSU from 10th to a tie for fourth with Purdue at the Windon Memorial in suburban Chicago.
Timko was 11th overall at 1-under 215, while OSU shot 11-over 875. Northwestern won with a 4-under 860.
The men’s soccer team opened Big 10 play with a 2-0 loss at Indiana Sunday. OSU is 2-5-2 overall.
The women’s soccer team saw its 5-match unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 home loss to Purdue Sunday. In a 3-1 win over the Lady Hoosiers Thursday Kayla Varner, Nichelle Prince, and Alexis Degler scored for OSU. The Buckeyes now sit 7-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.
The field hockey team lost 3-2 to Michigan State in the Big 10 opener on Saturday. Kaitlyn Wagner and Mona Frommhold had goals for the 3-6 Lady Buckeyes.
The OSU women’s volleyball team is winding down the tournament portion of the schedule but the Lady Buckeyes are not letting up on the court.
The nation’s 13th-ranked team improved to 9-0 by sweeping it’s way through the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic at venerable St. John Arena.
OSU clinched the title by beating Xavier 3-2 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13). It was OSU’s third tournament title this season.
Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while sophomore Andrea Kacsits joined her on the All-Tournament team.
Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and eight digs, while senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 22 kills in the title match. Junior Erin Sekinger tied a career-best with 15 kills and added five blocks, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Buckeye back row was digging the action once again. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore had a team-best 17 digs, while classmate Julianne Mandolfo had 16 and freshman Valeria León added 13.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.
Not to be outdone, the men’s cross country had a cakewalk, or shall we say cakerun at the Big 10/11/12/13/14 preview meet.
The Buckeyes placed five runners in the Top 10 on its way to an easy first-place finish at the Purdue Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State totaled a team score of 28 to defeat host Purdue by 21 points. No. 26 Michigan was third with a team score of 69, followed by No. 32 Illinois with 76.
Sophomore Jordan Redd was the top Buckeye finisher for the second meet in a row, crossing the finish line in an 8k personal-best time of 24:50.9, which was good for second overall. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford was third in a PR of 24:53.8, followed by sophomore Nick Pupino (fourth, PR of 24:55.2) and redshirt sophomores Curtis Hanle (seventh, 25:10.6) and Blake Taneff (10th, 25:15.4).
The women’s cross country team was second with 58 points.
Junior Michelle Thomas was the top runner for Ohio State in her first competition this season, crossing the line in a seventh-place time of 21:48.6. Junior Katie Borchers also placed in the top 10, taking eighth in 21:50.3. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were sophomore Minori Minagawa (13th, 22:24.7), freshman Jill Kanney (14th, 22:25.7), and junior Nicole Hilton (16th, 22:30.5).
Both Ohio State teams return to action in three weeks at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and will be back at Purdue Nov. 3 for the Big Ten championships.
1/19 – The No. 8 Buckeyes tied for second with No. 1 Illinois at the Windy City Invitational with a score of 427.750. Second-ranked TSUN finished first with a score of 431.300. Misha Koudinov led Ohio State with a team-high score of 14.450 to finish seventh on the parallel bars. Jeff Treleaven led them in floor exercises, scoring a 15.000 to finish seventh. He also a 15.150 on the vault to place second.
1/18-19 – The Buckeyes dropped two games to Northern Michigan this weekend. On Friday, they lost 4-2 and on Saturday, 3-2. Tanner Fritz and Anthony Greco scored for Ohio State on Friday night while goalie Brady Hjelle finished with 28 saves. On Saturday, Curtis Gedig and Max McCormick tallied goals for the Buckeyes while Hjelle had 18 saves. Ohio State’s record is now 8-11-5.
1/19 – The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a win over No.18 Iowa and a loss over No.10 Indiana at a tri-meet on Saturday in Bloomington, IN. Alex Smith led the way for Ohio State, finishing with two individual wins. The Buckeyes also won the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:28:63.
12/28 & 12/29 – The Buckeyes fell to the No. 5 Miami Redhawks by a score of 1-0 at the Three Rivers Classic on 12/28. OSU goalie Brady Hjelle had 25 saves in the game as the Buckeyes were shut out for the first time all season. Despite out-shooting Miami 29-26, the Buckeyes could not find a way to tie Curtiz McKenzie’s third period goal for the Redhawks. After the loss, the Buckeyes faced Penn State the next day (12/29) and fell 5-4. Sophomore Ryan Dzingel had his first hat trick for the Buckeyes in the loss, and goalie Collin Olson had 32 saves for OSU.
1/4 – The No. 4 Buckeyes dropped a 22-9 decision to the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, and Peter Capone led Ohio State with wins at 141, 149, & heavyweight respectively. Of the seven matches the Buckeyes lost, four of them were by four points or fewer. Ohio State will return to conference action on Sunday (1/6) at 3 pm against No. 15 Northwestern in Evanston.