Score: Ohio 0, Syracuse 3
Records: Ohio (1-3, 0-0 MAC), Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 ACC)
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Short Story: The Ohio field hockey team (1-3, 0-0 MAC) continued the 2017 season suffering a 3-0 loss to an undefeated No. 5 Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 ACC) on a warm Sunday (Sept. 3) afternoon in Syracuse, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Syracuse would come out aggressive right away, putting up three shots in the first three minutes.
- Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.) would record two saves right away to lead the Bobcat defense.
- Syracuse would strike first in the fourth minute on a goal by Elaine Carey to give the Orange a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
- Syracuse would attempt to strike again in three quick-fire shots following the goal, but Pennington would continue to deny the Orange another scoring opportunity.
- Ohio would use the momentum from Pennington's saves to put up a force on offense.
- Kennedy Farr (Virgil, Ontario), Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) would each attack goal one after another, but the Syracuse keeper would tally three saves following the Bobcats offensive efforts.
- Syracuse would increase its lead in the 19th minute on a driving finish in front by Syracuse's Elaine Carey once again to give the Orange a 2-0 lead in the first half.
- Amy Edgerton (Louisville, Ky.) would make a defensive save in the 30th minute on a shot by Syracuse's Carey to keep the Orange lead to 2-0.
- Pennington would rack up eight saves in the first half alone.
- Syracuse would post 13 shots in the first half compared to Ohio's three.
- Syracuse would start the second half on the attack with back-to-back shots in the 40th minute, but Pennington would not let up and recorded two more saves.
- Soon after, Pennington would tally two more saves on shots in the 42nd and 49th minute to keep Syracuse's lead at 2-0.
- Syracuse would earn a chance to score on a penalty corner in the 58th minute, but Pennington blocked yet another shot.
- Using the momentum from the corner, Syracuse added one more to its score in the 59th minute on a goal by Carolin Hoffmann to give the Orange a 3-0 lead.
- Ohio would not attempt to respond until the 63rd minute on a penalty corner send in by Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) to Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), but the shot would hit the post.
- Syracuse would make one last attempt to increase its lead in the 68th minute, but Pennington would make one last save on the game.
- Ohio was unable to secure any last minute goals, allowing Syracuse to garner the 3-0 win.
- The Bobcats would record four shots on the game while Syracuse tallied 20.
- Ohio recorded one penalty corner on the day compared to the Orange's six.
- Spinetto, Ballard, Russell and Farr would each tally one shot on the game for Ohio.
- Pennington recorded 12 saves on the game, while allowing three in her 70 minutes of work.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats are now 1-3 with Syracuse.
- Neil Macmillan now has an all-time record of 125-116. He is the longest-tenured head coach in Mid-American Conference field hockey and has notched his place in the record books as the all-time winningest coach in Ohio field hockey history.
"I'm really happy with our performance today, but I'm obviously disappointed with the result. For us to compete as we did with a team ranked in the top five was outstanding. The work was great today and energy was high. Everyone played the role that they needed to on the field and our defense was solid in holding them to three goals was a great effort. Alex was outstanding in goal and made a couple of really crucial saves. The penalty corner defense was excellent, especially from her, but also from everyone else around her in clearing the ball off and really doing a good job of making sure they didn't get second chance opportunities. Across the board, our forwards did a good job with our press and our midfield were absolutely outstanding with playing in the right position to deny them the ball through the middle. And we did a good job, when we got the ball and had opportunities, of really going for it. We were a bit unlucky in not being able to connect in and around their 25 on the fast break situations. All in all, we had a really positive day despite the result." – Head coach Neil Macmillian
Ohio opens the home portion of the 2017 season with a weekend series against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday (Sept. 9) at 12 p.m. and Sunday (Sept. 10) at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field.