Around The Oval

By Evan Anslow on September 26, 2012 at 3:00p

Around the Oval is our weekly look at the Ohio State sports that don't always get the coverage they deserve. We were ranked #1 in sporting life by Playboy, after all.

Emma Voelker doing her thing

We'll start off with the hottest team on campus, the Ohio State field hockey team. 

The Buckeyes (7-3, 1-0 Big Ten) have won five-consecutive games, outscoring their opponents 25-6 during that streak.

The team kicked off their four-game homestand on a good note, with a victory over Kent State, by a score of 8-2 on September 19.

Next, OSU notched an upset win over number 10 ranked Northwestern, defeating the Wildcats, 3-2, at Buckeye Varsity Field on September 21.

Following that win, the Bucks broke the program record for most points in a game against Missouri State on September 23, tallying 27 points in their 10-1 victory.

Senior tri-captain Danica Deckard leads the team with 23 points and 10 goals, while fellow captain Berta Queralt has 15 points on six goals and three assists.

The Buckeyes went all the way up to number 18 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Deckard and freshman Peanut Johnson were named Co-Offensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively.

Next up for the team are two home games at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes will face Michigan State on October 5 and Ball State on October 7.

Men's Soccer

It was a rough week for the Buckeyes, as they dropped consecutive games during the stretch.

First, Ohio State traveled to Louisville on September 18 and fell by a score of 4-0.  To continue the week to forget, the team returned to action at home on September 23, hosting number 15 Indiana in the Big Ten Conference opening game for both teams.

Despite the hype of the game being featured on Big Ten Network, the Bucks came up short and lost to the Hoosiers, 2-0. 

"I thought our effort was good today," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said after the tilt against IU. "I'm proud of the guys for working hard throughout the game, but we are having a difficult time right now ..."

OSU returns to action against Butler at 7 PM tonight in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and will try to redeem themselves. The Bulldogs sit at 1-1-4 on the year and are coming off their first win of the season, a 3-0 win against Evansville last Wednesday night.

Women's soccer

The women's soccer team split their two games last week, dropping a 1-0 match to Illinois and defeating Northwestern in Evanston, 2-0.

Senior forward Tiffany Cameron scored both goals for the Buckeyes in the victory and she now leads the team with nine goals on the season.

With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 7-3-0 on the year and 2-1-0 in Big Ten play.

In the game against the Wildcats, Ohio State held a narrow 15-14 advantage in shots, including 7-3 on frame. Cameron tallied six shots, three on goal, while goalkeepers Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker combined for the Buckeyes' sixth clean sheet of the season.

The Buckeyes next host Penn State at 8 PM tomorrow night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Men's golf 

Windon Memorial brings a "W"

Behind strong play in the second and third rounds, the Ohio State men’s golf team came from behind to win the Windon Memorial with a 29-over, 881 at the Par-71, 7,081-yard Skokie Country Golf Course in Glencoe, Illinois.

Freshman Max Rosenthal was the star on the final day, scoring a 1-under, 70 on the course to help close out the victory. Along with rounds of 77 and 72, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native finished tied for eighth overall in the field with a 6-over, 219.

Final Tournament Results:

T8. Max Rosenthal – 77-72-70—219 (+6)
T12. Grant Weaver – 75-67-78—220 (+7)
T17. Boo Timko – 77-74-72—223 (+10)
T17. Tee-K Kelly – 79-73-71—223 (+10)
T37. Michael Bernard – 77-75-76—228 (+15)
T68. Logan Jones (I) – 81-75-78—234 (+21)

The Bucks will now take some time off from competition before hosting the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on October 8-9. The tournament will be once again played at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Men's Lacrosse 

The Ohio State men's lacrosse team released their fall schedule yesterday, as the season is just around the corner.

Over the next two weeks the program will host the Scarlet and Gray Scrimmage and the Alumni Game in Columbus. Both games are free and open to all fans.

The squad will head to Baltimore on October 14 to take on North Carolina, and fly to California for the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic to play Lehigh on October 21.

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