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Ohio State field hockey receives at-large berth for NCAA tournament

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Ohio State’s field hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, on Tuesday.

The Buckeyes will play No. 2 seed Old Dominion on Saturday in Norfolk, Va. at 11:30 p.m.

Head coach Anne Wilkinson said she is excited about her team’s opportunity.

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to represent the Big Ten Conference and The Ohio State University in the NCAA Tournament,” Anne Wilkinson said. “Old Dominion is a great program and we understand we have a lot of preparation to do in the next couple of days. We look forward to the competition this weekend.”

The winner of the first-round matchup will take on the winner of the Stanford-Duke game at 2 p.m. Sunday.

OSU finished the 2011 regular season with a 12-8 record. The team lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last Thursday to Penn State, leaving its postseason fate up in the air.

But the at-large bid extended the team’s season and sends them to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in program history including the sixth time in Wilkinson’s 16-year term as coach.

Last year, OSU advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, but fell to No. 1 seed Maryland, 3-1.

 

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