COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Paige Hamilton and Brooke Hiltz, along with junior Liz Tamburro, have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State field hockey team, head coach Anne Wilkinson announced today.
Together, the trio has combined to play in 139 career games with 127 starts. Hamilton and Hiltz have scored 10 goals to go along with nine assists for 29 points while Tamburro, a goalkeeper, has made 250 saves in 37 contests.
Hamilton, a native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, is a midfielder who posted career highs in nearly every statistical category last year, finishing with two goals and 19 shots while starting all 19 games of the season. She scored in the season-opener against Saint Louis and then a week later in a 5-0 shutout of Missouri State. A veteran of 47 career games, she has four goals and one assist on 30 shots (15 on goal).
Hiltz, one of three players on the 2016 roster that hails from Virginia Beach, Va., also started all 19 games last season and scored twice – vs. Saint Louis on Aug. 28 and again in a 2-1 overtime victory at Penn State. An OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection throughout her career, Hiltz has six goals, eight assists, 20 points and 31 shots to her credit over the past three years.
The Big Ten leader in saves last fall, Tamburro already has 250 stops in just two seasons while wearing the Scarlet and Gray, which ranks eighth in program history. During her sophomore season in 2015, she averaged 7.1 saves per game (tops in the conference) and had double-figure stops on four occasions, including tying her career high with 15 saves vs. Northwestern (10/23). She finished with a 2.16 goals-against average, .761 save percentage and three shutouts. Her save percentage improved by 83 points between her freshman and sophomore year.
In the classroom, Tamburro is a two-time member of the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She is majoring in Spanish.
Hamilton, Hiltz, Tamburro and the rest of the Buckeyes open their 2016 season on August 27 when they face defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware in Newark, Del.