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Nov. 25, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Freshman women’s ice hockey goaltender Erika Vanderveer earnedher second consecutive shutout in only her second game in goal forthe Buckeyes Saturday as she blanked Bemidji State Saturday.Vanderveer never has allowed a goal as a Buckeye, tallying 49 savesin two games this season. She was named WCHA Defensive Player ofthe Week for her performance against the Beavers. Senior HWT TommyRowlands was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Nov. 19 afterclaiming first place at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport,N.Y. The tournament title was Rowlands’ second this season andsecond at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in the last two seasons.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s cross country team concluded the 2003 season as itfinished 15th at the 2003 NCAA Championships at Northern Iowa’s IrvWarren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo, Iowa. The Buckeyes, whomade their second-consecutive NCAA championships appearance,finished the event with 418 total team points. Field hockey seniorforward Vanessa Immordino was named to the 2003 STX/NFHCA DivisionI All-American First Team Monday. After receiving second-teamhonors the last two seasons, this marks Immordino’s thirdconsecutive All-America honor and first first-team award. Immordinoalso was named a finalist for the Honda Award, given annually tothe top field hockey player in the nation, this week. The women’sice hockey is on a four-game winning streak after their sweep overBemidji State last weekend. OSU clipped BSU, 2-1, Nov. 21 and shutout the Beavers, 4-0, Nov. 22. With the Buckeyes’ secondconsecutive series sweep, they improve to 5-5-0 on the season.Freshman goaltender Erika Vanderveer earned her second consecutiveshutout in only her second game in goal for the Buckeyes Saturday.Vanderveer never has allowed a goal as a Buckeye, tallying 49 savesin two games this season and was named WCHA Defensive Player of theWeek for her performance. Senior captain Erin O’Grady led theBuckeyes with three points in the 4-0 shutout Saturday. The Buckeyepenalty-killing unit held the Beavers in eight-of-nine power playopportunities last weekend. OSU is tied for 12th in the nationstopping 36-of-41 of their opponents’ power plays. Ohio State playshost to the Niagara Purple Eagles at 2:05 p.m. Saturday and Sundayin its first non-conference series of the season at the OSU IceRink. The series marks the first meeting between the Buckeyes andPurple Eagles. The No. 8/9 men’s hockey (10-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) teamwent east and brought home two wins, topping Colgate, 2-1, andthen-No. 11 Cornell, 4-3. Against the Raiders, Paul Caponigriscored the gamewinner shorthanded in the second period. In the gameagainst the Big Red, Dave Steckel scored twice, including thegamewinner with 53 seconds remaining, to give OSU the win. Thesquad, on a three-game winning streak and in first place in theCCHA, travels to Bowling Green Saturday to face the Falcons at 7:05p.m. in BGSU Ice Arena. Senior HWT Tommy Rowlands was named Big TenWrestler of the Week Nov. 19 after claiming first place at theOklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. The tournament title wasRowlands’ second this season and second at the Oklahoma GoldClassic in the last two seasons. Rowlands, now 9-0 on the seasonand 129-13 for his career, advanced through the bracket with fallsin each of his first two matches before recording a decision in thesemifinal and a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Leonce Crump of Oklahomain the final. With the points from his first round pin, Rowlandsbecame the first Buckeye in program annals to record 500 teampoints in his career. The fencing squad wrapped up preseason playas they hosted the Ohio State Alumni Meet Nov. 22 at SteelwoodAthletic Facility in Columbus, Ohio. The men’s and women’s teamsare undefeated and combine for 21 victories after wins at the OSUand Northwestern Duals. The Buckeyes are back in action at the NewYork University Duals, Jan. 25 in New York, N.Y. Women’s Volleyball(10-16 overall, 4-14 Big Ten) lost home matches to No. 15 PennState (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-0) last week. Against Penn State,Stacey Gordon had a match-high 30 kills while Anna Tengnas posted acareer-high 22 digs. Heather Whalen hit a career-high .650 hittingpercentage against Wisconsin with a team-high 13 kills with noerrors in 20 attempts. Gordon had 11 kills against the Badgers toextend her streak of double-figure kill matches to 74. OSU closesout the season with road matches at Iowa on Friday and at MinnesotaSaturday. The Minnesota match will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 at2 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 30. The rifle team lost to Nebraska, 6,152to 6,035 Sunday in Converse Hall. Abhijeet Konduskar won thesmallbore competition with a score of 1,178. The Buckeyes return toaction at Akron on Jan. 10. The women’s basketball team continuedits unbeaten home streak with wins vs. Ohio (83-50) and vs. FloridaA&M (71-56) last weekend. Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is 16-0in Columbus dating back to the beginning of the 2002-03 season.Additionally, the current Buckeye win streak is 18 consecutivegames, dating back to the final two games of the 2001-02 season.Ohio State plays host to UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25,in Value City Arena. Former Buckeye women’s tennis All-AmericanKristy Dascoli (1999-2001) has been named the assistant coach forthe squad. OSU’s all-time singles wins leader with 104, Dascoli wasnamed Ohio State’s Player of the Century for women’s tennis and isone of the best players ever to play in the Big Ten. She washonored as the Big Ten Player of the Year following both the 2000and 2001 seasons and is the only player in conference history towin the award outright in back-to-back seasons. The women’sgymnastics squad will compete in a series of intrasquad tune-ups asthe start of the 2004 season approaches. After four separate eventtrials in the Steelwood Training Facility, the Buckeyes willcompete in a mixed pairs competition at 6 p.m., Dec. 6 in St. JohnArena. Returning All-Big Ten selections Tiffanie Janke, ElizabethMeaney, Kaylin Schlecht and Jill Weber aim to lead Ohio State in2004 for head coach Larry Cox. Brutus Buckeye is one of 12 mascotsin the running for Capital One Mascot of the Year. Fans may votefor Brutus daily by visitinghttp://ohiostatebuckeyes.ocsn.com/genrel/brutus2003.html. Votingwill continue through Dec. 23. Brutus leads “Aubie” the mascot fromAuburn, by almost 15 percent.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 30
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Nov. 26
Men’s Basketball vs. Villanova/Santa Clara, TBA
Maui Invitational
Maui, Hawaii

Friday, Nov. 28
Women’s Volleyball at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Saturday, Nov. 29
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Niagara, 2:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Women’s Volleyball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Sunday, Nov. 30
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Niagara, 2:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink