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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headina's picture

Sick unis


BME_Buckeye's picture

I love hearing this good news about other student athletes and their success on the field. I enjoyed the smaller sports while in school as a student. 
This article lacks several things so now I must grade it. I start with 100 points. 
-3 pts for not providing the link to show that OSU is ranked #1 in sporting life by Playboy, but I will not punish this article because I've heard this on ESPN already. 
-15 pts... Major deductions for not inlcluding the Women's volleyball team which is ranked #22. In fact B1G volleyball has half of its conference ranked and will contend for the national title this year as it has in the past 5 seasons. OSU recently lost to #1 Nebraksa (3-1) and has a 10-4 (1-1) record and travels to #10 Minnesota and Wisconsin Sep 28th and 29th. Good luck versus the Gophers talented hitters.  
-10 pts (5 pts for each team) for not including cross country for both men's and women's. Both teams take 1st in the Meijer 5K challenge but don't fare well in the Auto Owner's Spartan Invitational. There were some top 15 finishes though. Wisconsin will probably get another title this year for the men's team unless Oklahoma state detrones the champs. 
-2 pts for excluding women's golf
+10pts for Men's LAX schedule. Here is a fun fact. Michigan just started a lacrosse team and OSU beat them on their own field. 1-0 against the guys up north... 
This Around the Oval gets a total of 80 points which is a B- at Ohio state. 
*Rifle and Piston season start soon. Make sure to include updates about the team incuding Ohio State Olympian Amanda Furrer. 
*Make sure in include the volleyball teams updates and support your team. As a Block O member for the Volleyball team, we constantly have good teams but face a brutal B1G schedule. Hopefully the girls finish higher than they did in conference play the previous year. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Sarah's picture

This feature is about spotlighting a few different sports every week, not all of them, because then it becomes tl;dr for people. 

William's picture

Yeah this post would be ridiculous if it attempted to cover the ~39 Varsity sports throughout their seasons at OSU. It's a good feature about the non-revenue sports.

BME_Buckeye's picture

I love all sports so I'm a homer but most of all I love volleyball. Don't mess with my volleyball. Gotta give it up for the girls. :) 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Ethos's picture

he's just using this method off of the ESPN big 10 site lunch links.  They rank the links of the blog guys there.  It's all in good humor i'm sure.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

southbymidwest's picture

Thanks Evan! Always enjoy reading this article every week. Go women's field hockey Bucks! And yeah, please include women's volleyball.

carence's picture

I not ashamed to say it but I like those hockey Jersey's.