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Nov. 4, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Jeremy Wurtzman of the Ohio State men’s tennis team capturedthe singles title at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in EastLansing, Mich., last week. Wurtzman, the No. 1 seed at the event,is ranked No. 20 nationally among NCAA men’s tennis singlesplayers. Leading the way for the men’s cross country team at theBig Ten championships over the weekend was senior Rob Myers(Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Myers placed sixth overall in a timeof 24:24.9 and earned 2003 First Team All-Big Ten honors. MelissaGlaser stopped 63-of-68 shots to lead the Buckeyes to a split withNo. 6 Wisconsin on the road. Glaser had a season-high 34 saves inthe 3-2 upset win Saturday. Men’s hockey senior goalie Mike Betz(Elizabeth, Pa.) backstopped the Buckeyes to a two-game home sweepof Alaska Fairbanks last weekend to earn Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He stopped60-of-64 shots on the weekend, including a season-high 41 Saturday.Colleen Hoban, a sophomore forward on the women’s soccer team,accounted for five points in the Buckeyes’ 3-2 double-overtimevictory over Bowling Green Friday. Hoban scored the game-tying goalwith just 25 second remaining in regulation to extend the Buckeyesinto overtime before netting the match-winning score in the secondsession of overtime as Ohio State completed its regular season withan 8-0 non-conference record. Hoban added an assist on Ohio State’sfirst goal of the match.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s soccer team was handed a 1-0 loss by No. 25 MichiganSaturday on Senior Night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. TheBuckeyes out-shot the Wolverines 13-5 but were held scoreless,dropping their record to 4-10-4 overall and 2-3-1 in the Big Ten.Ohio State will travel to No. 2 Maryland Friday to conclude theregular season and will enter the Big Ten tournament Nov. 13 as theNo. 4 seed. The men’s and women’s cross country teams finishedfourth and eighth, respectfully on a rain-soaked day at the 2003Big Ten Cross Country Championships Sunday at Forest Akers EastGolf Course in East Lansing, Mich. The men finished the event with93 points three points behind third-place Indiana, while the womenfinished with 197 points. The men placed three runners in the Top20 with an average team time of 24:45.6, while the women posted anaverage time of 22:19.9 Leading the way for the men was senior RobMyers (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Myers placed sixth overall in atime of 24:24.9 and earned 2003 First Team All-Big Ten honors.Leading the way for the women was sophomore Chelsea Poling (Toledo,Ohio/Sylvania Southview). Fresh off earning Big Ten Athlete of theWeek honors, Poling paced the Buckeyes as she posted a time of21:46.5 to finish 18th overall. The men’s hockey team swept AlaskaFairbanks in a two-game series last weekend, winning 4-2 in theopener and 3-2 in the finale. Junior captain JB Bittner led theBuckeyes, as he scored the gamewinning goal in both contests. Theteam travels to Marquette, Mich., this weekend for games againstNorthern Michigan. The teams will face off at 7:35 p.m. Friday andSaturday in the Berry Events Center. The women’s soccer teamcompleted the 2003 regular season with a spotless 8-0 mark innon-conference play as the Buckeyes captured a 3-2 double-overtimewin last Friday at Bowling Green. Sophomore Colleen Hoban led theOSU attack as she netted the game-tying goal to send the match toextra sessions before burying the match-winner in the 103rd minute.The Buckeyes head to postseason play seeking to defend its 2002 BigTen Tournament championship. Ohio State is set for an opening roundmatch with Michigan at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Madison, Wis.

The men’s golf team concluded the fall season Sunday with an impressive second-place finish at the 2003 Landfall Tradition. The Buckeyes’ second-place finish marks the highest finish since the 2003 Kepler Intercollegiate where the team finished first. The Landfall tournament marked the second time this fall the Buckeyes finished in the Top 5. The event was held at the par 72, 6,973-yard, Country Club of Landfall, Nicklaus Course, in Wilmington, N.C.

The women’s golf team fell to the No. 1 seeded Duke Blue Devils 4-1 at the inaugural 2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championships, Monday. Ohio State’s 4-1 loss to Duke sent the Buckeyes to the Consolation B Bracket where they defeated No. 12 seeded Texas 4-1 to advance to the final match in the consolation B bracket where they will face Arizona.

The men’s basketball team opens its season Friday in anexhibition contest against Coaches vs. Cancer. The Buckeyes havequalified for postseason play in each of the last five seasonsunder head coach Jim O’Brien. Pistol won the Buckeye Invitationalwith Jessica Marshall winning three of five events Women’svolleyball upset No. 25 Illinois 3-1 Friday and lost 1-3 toNorthwestern Saturday. Stacey Gordon produced 60 kills in the twomatches and now has 68 consecutive matches with double-figure killsand with her 12 kills against Northwestern, has 1,000 career killsalong with her 1,751 career digs to become only the fifth Buckeyeto have 1,000 career digs and kills. Gordon earned Big Ten Playerof the Week accolades for her performance over the weekend. Thewomen’s hockey team earned its first WCHA win of the season as theBuckeyes split the weekend series with No. 6 Wisconsin. OSUdefeated the Badgers, 3-2, Saturday and fell, 3-1, Sunday. TheBuckeye victory marked only the second win for Ohio State againstWisconsin in program history. The No. 15-ranked field hockey teamenters the 2003 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will faceNo. 6 seed Northwestern at 3 p.m. Friday in State College, Pa. Overthe weekend, the Buckeyes were defeated by No. 5-ranked MichiganState, 5-0. The Buckeyes are 12-6 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.The women’s swimming and diving team beat the Bowling Green FalconsFriday, Oct. 31, to open its 2003-04 dual-meet season. The Buckeyesfinished with 134 points to Bowling Green’s 99, giving them theirfirst win of the season. Both the men’s and women’s swimming anddiving teams will host Louisville and West Virginia for the firsthome dual-meet at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center this Friday, Nov. 7at 5 p.m. The men’s tennis team sends two Buckeyes, Jeremy Wurtzman(Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md.) to theNational Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday, Nov. 6through Sunday, Nov. 9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Football punter B.J.Sander was selected as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Weekfollowing the Buckeyes’ 21-20 win at Penn State Saturday. Sanderaveraged 46.3 yards per punt on six kicks at Penn State and hadpunts of 54 and 62 yards. Three of his punts were downed inside theNittany Lions’ 20-yard line. On the year, Sander, a senior fromCincinnati and a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, is averaging 43.4yards per kick. The men’s gymnastics team was ranked first in thecoaches preseason Top 15 poll. The Buckeyes garnered nine of the 14first-place votes to edge out two-time defending national championOklahoma. The Buckeyes, under head coach Miles Avery, placed secondin the NCAA championships the last two seasons. The squad returnseight letterwinners, including All-Americans Randy Monahan (Jr.,Elizabethtown, Pa.), the 2003 Big Ten All-Around Champion, andKerry Adderly (Jr., Orlando, Fla.). In addition, the team has addedan outstanding freshman class, led by junior national championsWillie Ito (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Grant Osborne (San Diego,Calif.). Two former members of the men’s lacrosse team, CurtisSmith (Victoria, British Columbia) and Pat Myers (Kennebunk,Maine), were selected in the 2003 National Lacrosse League EntryDraft. The draft, which was held Saturday (Oct. 25) in Toronto,Ontario, included 10 rounds and saw 83 players selected. Smith andMyers both were drafted by the Colorado Mammoth. Smith was pickedin the third round with the 24th overall selection. Myers was aseventh-round pick, the 65th player chosen. Both Smith and Myersended their collegiate eligibility in the 2003 season with theprogram’s first trip to the NCAA tournament and a Great WesternLacrosse League co-championship. Women’s tennis will travel to PalmSprings, Calf., for the Fall Desert Collegiate Classic Wednesdaythrough Sunday. Seniors Erica Fisk (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), andJackie Leskovar (Cambridge, Ontario/ N.C. State) and junior EmilyDeCamilla (Sacramento, Calif./ Maryland) will represent the team.In their last time out, Fisk and Leskovar teamed in doubles at theITA Midwest Regional Championship and advanced to the Round of 16.In the singles draw each also won first round matches. The fencingsquad commenced the 2003-04 season as the Buckeyes played host tothe OSU Duals, Nov. 1 at the French Field House. Both the men andwomen teams swept their opponents including, Bowling Green, CaseWestern Reserve, Cleveland State, Chicago, Michigan State,Northwestern and Purdue. Next up, the Buckeyes travel to theNorthwestern Duals, Nov. 14-16 in Evanston, Ill. Brutus Buckeye isone of 12 mascots in the running for Capital One Mascot of theYear. Fans may vote for Brutus daily by visitinghttp://ohiostatebuckeyes.ocsn.com/genrel/brutus2003.html. Votingwill continue through Dec. 23. As of this morning, Brutus leads”Cocky” the mascot from South Carolina.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 9
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Women’s Golf at Hooters Collegiate Match Play
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Women’s Tennis at Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Women’s Soccer vs. Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Tennis at Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Tennis at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Friday, Nov. 7
Men’s Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

Field Hockey vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament
State College, Pa.

Men’s Swimming vs. WVU/Louisville, 5 p.m.
Peppe Aquatic Center

Women’s Swimming vs. WVU/Louisville, 5 p.m.
Peppe Aquatic Center

Men’s Soccer vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
College Park, Md.

Women’s Volleyball at Purdue, 7:30 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Basketball vs. Coaches vs. Cancer All-Stars, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Soccer at Big Ten Tournament
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Tennis at Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Tennis at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, Nov. 8
Football vs. Michigan State, Noon
Ohio Stadium

Women’s Volleyball at Indiana
Bloomington, Ind.

Wrestling at MSU Open
East Lansing, Mich.

Field Hockey at Big Ten Tournament
State College, Pa.

Rifle at VMI
Lexington, Va.

Men’s Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Marquette, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Tennis at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, Nov. 9
Women’s Soccer at Big Ten Tournament
Madison, Wis.

Wrestling at MSU Open
East Lansing, Mich.

Field Hockey at Big Ten Tournament
State College, Pa.

Women’s Tennis at Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif.

Men’s Tennis at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.