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Men’s soccer senior forward Xavier Balc tallied multiple honors at the Big Ten championship weekend Nov. 9-11 as he was selected the 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year, first-team all-conference honoree and the championship’s Most Valuable Offensive Player the league announced in East Lansing, Mich. Balc became just the second Buckeye to be named the conference player of the year, joining Justin Cook in 2004.

The Hudson, Ohio, native leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation in assists with 12 and added four goals for 20 points, which were second-most in the league. Those 12 assists set an Ohio State single-season record and he is also the program’s career assists leader with 33. Ohio State is 10-0-1 this season when Balc has a point and 28-3-2 during the last three seasons when he has a point. Balc has scored or assisted on 17 of the Buckeyes’ 29 goals this season, including nine of the last 11.

Men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Casey Latchem, who notched his school-record 24th-career shutout, earned Most Valuable Defensive Player honors at the 2007 Big Ten Championship game after blocking three penalty kicks in Ohio State’s, 5-4, shootout win over Indiana. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native did not allow a goal in three games last weekend at the conference championship. Latchem’s shutout Sunday is his 12th of the season, establishing a new Ohio State single-season record.

Freshman golfer Bo Hoag capped off his outstanding play this fall with a fifth-place finish at the SSC Pacific Invitational, Nov. 5-7 in Stockton, Calif. He carded scores in the 60’s during all three rounds of the event (69-68-67), concluding the event with a 5-under 67 to tie his career low. The native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, carded a bogey-free third round with five birdies and concluded the event at 12-under with a total of 204. It was his second Top 10 finish in his young career and the fifth by a Buckeye this fall. Hoag helped Ohio State to three Top 4 finishes and posted five rounds under par during the season.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball
Head Coach: Thad Matta
David Lighty scored a career-high 21 points to lead Ohio State in the victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay, 91-68, Nov. 12 in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (1-0) advance to meet Columbia (1-0) at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
In the win, freshman Kosta Koufos tallied 18 points while Jamar Butler added 17 points and 10 assists.
Up Next: Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off vs. Columbia, 9 p.m. Nov. 13 in Value City Arena

No. 16 Women’s Basketball (1-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Behind 26 points from senior Marscilla Packer and 13 points and 14 rebounds from freshman Jantel Lavender, the 16th-ranked women’s basketball team defeated Marist, 63-57, Nov. 11 in Value City Arena in the season opener for both teams.
The Buckeyes now have won their last 13 regular-season openers.
Up Next: vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Value City Arena

Men’s Cross Country
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Thirtieth-ranked Ohio State finished fifth Nov. 10 at the 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind., improving four spots from its ninth-place finish in 2006. The Buckeyes turned in a combined score of 167.
Ohio State was paced by senior John Ealy’s sixth-place finish with a time of 30:52.31. Ealy now will qualify for the NCAA championships for a fourth-consecutive year.
Finishing second for the Buckeyes was junior Jeff See, who was 16th with a time of 31:18.83. Taylor Candella finished 32nd (31:46.67), while Alex Bailey and Andy Arnio rounded out the scoring for the Buckeyes, finishing 56th and 57th, respectively.
Up Next: at the NCAA Championships, TBA Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
The Buckeyes finished eighth at the SSC Pacific Invitational Nov. 7 in Stockton, Calif., to wrap up their fall season. The event was held at the par 72, 6,720-yard Brookside Country Club. Ohio State carded a final round team score of 9-under 279, its lowest team round of the fall season, and had a total score of 847 (-17).
Freshman Bo Hoag paced the Scarlet and Gray with his fifth-place finish (69-68-67204 (-12)), his second Top 10 finish of the 2007 fall season.
Other Buckeye participants:
T-25. Patrick Simard 69-74-70213 (-3)
T-42. Kyle Coconis 76-72-69217 (+1)
T52. Zach Sebert 73-73-73219 (+3)
56. Brad Smith 71-73-77221 (+5)

No. 7 Football (10-1; 6-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Ohio State dropped a 28-21 decision to Illinois Nov. 10 in Ohio Stadium, snapping the program’s school-record regular-season winning streak at 28. The Buckeyes’ last lost in a regular-season contest was at Penn State, 17-10, Oct. 8, 2005.
Sophomore Chris “Beanie” Wells rushed for 76 yards on 20 carries against Illinois. He is the fifth sophomore in Ohio State history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Earlier in the week (Nov. 8), Brian Robiskie was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA academic all-district football team for District 4 and is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. Named to the all-district academic second team were receiver Brian Hartline, center Jim Cordle and kicker Ryan Pretorius.

National Awards Watch List: Todd Boeckman – semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback)
Malcolm Jenkins – semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back)
James Laurinaitis – finalist for Butkus Award (top linebacker), finalist for Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman)
Ryan Pretorius – semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (top place kicker)
Brian Robiskie – semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver)
A.J. Trapasso – semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (top punter)
Jim Tressel – semifinalist for Bryant College Coach of the Year
Up Next: at Michigan, noon, Nov. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Hockey (2-8-0; 0-6-0 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
In its two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series against Nebraska-Omaha, Ohio State dropped 5-2 decisions Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 in Value City Arena.
Sophomore Mathieu Picard scored first for the Buckeyes in game one for his first goal of the season. Senior Tom Fritsche tallied his fifth and sixth points of the year, when he assisted on Picard’s goal and then scored a shorthanded goal. It was the second shorty of the season for Fritsche.
Freshman Dustin Carlson made the first appearance of his collegiate career in game one. He is the 13th Buckeye freshman to see game action this season.
In game two, senior captain Matt McIlvane led Ohio State with a goal and an assist. Carlson made the first start of his Buckeye career after playing his first collegiate minutes against the Mavericks Nov. 8.
Freshman C.J. Severyn recorded his first point as a Buckeye when he tallied an assist in game two.
Up Next: at Robert Morris, 8:05 p.m. Nov. 16 in Pittsburgh, Pa.; vs. Robert Morris, 2:05 p.m. Nov. 18 in Value City Arena

No. 9 Women’s Hockey (5-5-2; 4-4-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
The Buckeyes dropped two games against Minnesota State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. Ohio State lost game one, 8-3, before losing game two, 3-2.
Senior captain Tessa Bonhomme collected her 100th point of her career Friday and currently stands at 101. The Sudbury, Ontario, native is just the fourth Buckeye to reach the milestone and only the fourth defenseman in WCHA history to achieve the mark. She now ranks fourth in career scoring in the Ohio State record book and her 68 assists are fourth all-time as well.
Junior Hayley Klassen recorded four points in the series. Against the Mavericks, the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had a goal and three assists to lead the Buckeyes. It was her second-consecutive series with four points.
Ohio State was without head coach Jackie Barto and senior defenseman Lisa Chesson for the Minnesota State series. The two were competing with Team USA in the Four Nations Cup in Sweden. Barto led the U.S. Women’s Select Team to the championship game and a second place finish in the event.
Up Next: vs. Providence, 7:07 p.m. Nov. 16 in OSU Ice Rink; vs. Providence, 4:07 p.m. Nov. 17 in OSU Ice Rink

No. 18 Men’s Soccer (13-3-5; 4-1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
Ohio State was crowned Big Ten Champions Nov. 11 after beating No. 9 and top-seed Indiana on a penalty shootout in East Lansing, Mich. It is the Buckeyes’ first conference championship since 2000 and the win extends the Buckeyes’ unbeaten streak to a program-record 11 games (8-0-3).
Ohio State’s 13 wins this season are a school record, surpassing the previous record of 12 wins set by teams in 1986, 2000 and 2004.
Seniors Xavier Balc and Casey Latchem were named the championship’s Most Valuable Players – Balc the offensive MVP and Latchem the defensive MVP.
Balc was named the 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year Nov. 8 at the Big Ten championship banquet in East Lansing, Mich. Balc also was awarded a spot on the all-conference first team, as well as senior Eric Brunner. Second-team selections included junior Roger Espinoza and Danny Irizarry. Danny Gold was an all-freshman recipient and Geoff Marsh was Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award nominee.
The Buckeyes will find out Nov. 19 between 5:30-6 p.m. on ESPNews how their NCAA championship journey will begin.
Up Next: 49th-Annual Division I Men’s Soccer Championship
First Round, Nov. 23 or 24, on campus sites
Second Round, Nov. 28, on campus sites

Women’s Soccer (12-9-1; 5-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Lori Walker
The fifth-seeded Buckeyes advanced to the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 11 against No. 2 seed Purdue. The Buckeyes dropped a 3-1 decision to the Boilermakers, but had a memorable tournament run that included a tie against No. 1 seed Penn State in the semifinals. The game against the Nittany Lions went to penalty kicks and the Scarlet and Gray came out on top, 5-4, thanks to a crucial save by sophomore keeper Lauren Robertson.
Senior Lara Dickenmann was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree Nov. 7. It was the third first-team all-conference honor for Dickenmann and fourth overall. Courtney Jenkins was an all-freshman squad selection and senior Amanda Ball was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Buckeyes.
Dickenmann and Robertson were named to the all-tournament team following the championship match.
The team was selected as an at-large team to the NCAA tournament and will take on Hofstra Friday in a first-round game at Ryan Field on the campus of Penn State University. The host and No. 1-seed Nittany Lions meet Monmouth in the other opening round game.

No. 13 Men’s Swimming and Diving (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Fifteenth-ranked Ohio State defeated Washington, 172.5-121.5, Nov. 9 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Buckeye swimmers finished first in seven of 14 events and had eight second-place finishes on the night. The divers, under head coach Vince Panzano, swept both the one- and three-meter events.
The 200-yard medley relay team, comprised of senior Dan Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, sophomore Andrew Bretscher and senior Matt Voelker, opened the meet with a first-place finish in a time of 1:30.49.
Junior Matthias Sigrist followed suit with a win in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.55, while Novak captured the 100 backstroke in a time of 50.44.
Other individual first-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Travesso in the 100 breaststroke (56.35), freshman Itai Chammah in the 200 backstroke (1:49.00), sophomore Daniel Malnik in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.63) and sophomore Niksa Roki in the 200 individual medley (1:52.32).
The divers were led by junior Wes Wieser, who captured both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 368.48 and 402.75, respectively.
Up Next: at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in Oxford, Ohio; vs. Cleveland State, 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Swimming and Diving (1-2; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
Ohio State lost to Washington, 167.5-121.5, Nov. 10 at McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Buckeye swimmers won three events and had five second-place finishes. Head coach Vince Panzano’s divers swept all three places in the one and three-meter diving events.
Katelyn Brix picked up two wins for the Buckeyes, including Ohio State’s first win of the night in the 1,000 freestyle. The freshman recorded a season-best time of 10:05.01. Brix also came away with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:06.13).
The 400 freestyle relay, comprised of senior Linda Lund-Kristiansen, freshman Anita Beck, senior Annie Rennebohm and freshman Samantha Cheverton, took first place in a time of 3:32.10.
On the boards, Chelsea Davis claimed her first win on the one-meter board with 365.10 points and was followed by freshmen Bianca Alvarez and Kristen Asman. Alvarez took first in the three-meter after recording 350.03 points and was followed by Davis and Asman.
Up Next: at Southern California, 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Men’s Tennis
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Three members of the team participated in the 2007 Big Ten Singles Championship Nov. 9-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Senior Dominic Ozanne lost in the consolation semifinals of the 2007 Big Ten Singles Championship Nov. 12. Ozanne, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, fell to J.P. Ritchie of Iowa 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (4).
Also competing in the event were freshman Balazs Novak and sophomore Mike O’Connell. After winning their first-round matches, Novak and O’Connell dropped their second-round contests in the main draw and consolation second round matches.
Ohio State does not return to action until Jan. 18-22 at the USTA Futures Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.

Women’s Volleyball (12-13; 6-10 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Stone
The Buckeyes dropped two decisions on the road in Big Ten Conference action. Ohio State traveled to East Lansing, where it lost, 3-0, to Michigan State before falling to Northwestern, 3-1.
Senior Danielle Meyer had a team-high 12 points for Ohio State with nine kills, an ace serve, a solo block and two assists against the Spartans.
Freshman Katie Dull scored a team-high 17.5 points for the Buckeyes with 15 kills, one ace serve, one solo block and an assist block vs. the Wildcats.
Up Next: vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in St. John Arena
vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in St. John Arena; vs. Penn State, 8 p.m. Nov. 21 in St. John Arena

No. 8 Wrestling (3-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Led by a perfect day from three Buckeyes in J.D. Bergman, Reece Humphrey and J Jaggers, the eighth-ranked wrestling team posted a 2-1 record at the Chattanooga Duals Nov. 10 at Maclellan Gym. Moving to 3-1 on the year, the Buckeyes beat Anderson, 44-3 and Cumberland, 39-16, before falling to No. 21 Chattanooga, 19-16.
With three wins on the day at heavyweight, Bergman earned his 100th career victory at Ohio State, one of 16 Buckeyes now with 100 or more wins in their OSU career.
Up Next: vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 in St. John Arena

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 13- 18

Nov. 13
Men’s basketball vs. Columbia, 9 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Nov. 14
Women’s basketball vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Nov. 16
Women’s swimming at Southern California, 1 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Men’s swimming at Miami, 6 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Women’s volleyball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s hockey vs. Providence, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey at Robert Morris, 8:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nov. 17
Fencing at Penn State Open, TBA
State College, Pa.

Pistol at Texas A&M, TBA
College Station, Texas

Football at Michigan, noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s basketball at Boston, 4 p.m.
Boston, Mass.

Women’s hockey vs. Providence, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Nov. 18
Fencing at Penn State Open, TBA
State College, Pa.

Men’s hockey vs. Robert Morris, 2:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena