No. 21 Ohio State prepares for pivotal weekend against two top-5 Big Ten teams

The Ohio State box hockey group will host Iowa Friday and Northwestern Sunday in Columbus. Credit: Zachary Rilley | Photo Editor

Ohio State appears to increase its four-game win streak this weekend and drive its method into the Big Ten Tournament against two convention fighters.

The No. 21 Buckeyes (7-5, 1-3 Big Ten) box hockey group will host Iowa on Friday and fit up against Northwestern on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field. 

Senior ahead Sarah Charley mentioned the Buckeyes know the way essential this weekend is for them.

“This weekend holds a lot of weight,” Charley mentioned. “As lengthy as we proceed to do our process and do what we’ve been practising, we’re going to have a in point of fact just right weekend.

The No. 5 Hawkeyes (10-3, 3-2 Big Ten) come to Columbus after going 2-2 over the past two weekends against 4 teams ranked within the most sensible 25.

It might be a defensive fight with Iowa and Ohio State at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in objectives allowed in keeping with sport as a group.

Junior ahead Alex Wesneski leads Iowa with 22 issues from 11 objectives. She is intently adopted by way of sophomore ahead Annika Herbine who has 21 issues off of 7 objectives and 7 assists.

For the Buckeyes, Charley has emerged as an offensive catalyst after three-straight video games with two objectives, getting her as much as 18 issues for the season. Her two video games with two objectives and an help in each and every earned her the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week award Monday.

Hawkeyes fifth-year goalkeeper Grace McGuire will make it tricky for the Buckeyes to seek out the again of the cage. McGuire is boasting a Big Ten-leading 0.932 objectives allowed in keeping with sport and is 2nd within the convention with a 77.4 save proportion.

Charley mentioned the large wins against Central Michigan and Ohio assist construct self belief for a sport against a perfect defensive group like Iowa.

“It definitely helps,” Charley mentioned. “Abby is a great goalkeeper, and we have a lot of experience in the backfield which is extremely helpful when we are needing to generate offense in order to keep a strong defense.”

Buckeyes junior goalkeeper Abby Danson is 2nd within the Big Ten for objectives allowed in keeping with sport at 0.943 and is main with an 82.5 save proportion, so she is going to purpose identical struggles for Iowa.

The No. 3 Wildcats (10-3, 1-3 Big Ten)  come into Columbus from East Lansing after a sport against Michigan State on Friday.

Ohio State faces Big Ten issues chief Bente Baekers. The fifth-year ahead has 42 issues from 18 objectives and 6 assists, which is 15 issues forward of 2nd position within the convention. Senior again Delaney Lawler mentioned Baekers will obtain some additional consideration from the Buckeyes protection.

“She’s a great goal scorer, passer,” Lawler mentioned. “It’s a really fun challenge for us in terms of, yes, they have top points scorer, but I also think they have a balanced attack as well. You can’t take your eye off of anybody up front.”

Annabel Skubisz, a junior goalkeeper for Northwestern, has post a save proportion of 71 at the season, permitting 18 objectives in 13 video games.

Seven out of 9 teams make the Big Ten Tournament, and the Buckeyes are ranked 7th within the convention forward of Indiana and Michigan State, so convention video games can have much more significance going ahead.

“This weekend is what makes teams,” Lawler mentioned. “We have a great opportunity in front of us to show what we’ve always known we’ve had in the locker room and make a statement to not only the Big Ten, but also the rest of the NCAA.”

Ohio State will start its weekend set against Iowa Friday at 3 p.m.

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