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Athletes of the Week
Lauren Robertson, a junior goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team, was named Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten Conference and also was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com and SoccerBuzz.com national team of the week, respectively, for her efforts in Ohio State’s 1-0 win over Penn State Oct. 31 in State College, Pa.

In her first game back from a four-game injury leave, Robertson recorded a career-high 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ win over the nation’s 21st-ranked team, which had its 67-game home unbeaten streak against Big Ten teams snapped with the loss. Robertson faced 30 total shots, including 18 in the second half, in preserving her 17th career shutout (second all-time at Ohio State) and fifth this season. A junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., Robertson has now been honored with a Big Ten weekly award five times.

Gina Cheliras, a freshman on the rifle team, shot a school record 591 out of 600 in the smallbore rifle to clinch first and help Ohio State to a 4,625 to 4,565 victory over instate rival Akron Nov. 1 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall on The Ohio State University campus. Cheliras, a native of Hubbard, Ohio, also tied teammates James Clark and Jed Neidigh for second in air rifle with a 579.

This season, Cheliras has led the Buckeyes in the smallbore at three of the team’s four competitions.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Cross Country
Head coach: Robert Gary
With five of the 10 teams competing at the 2008 Big Ten Championships ranked in the Top 30 nationally, Ohio State knew it was in for a battle at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 2. The Buckeyes finished eighth overall and were paced by two freshmen runners.
Ohio State, who is redshirting most of its freshmen and other top distance runners this season, was led by redshirt-freshman Taylor Williams who has paced the Buckeyes all season long. Williams checked in first for the Buckeyes in 25:17 and freshman Adam Green also ran a solid race for Ohio State with a time of 25:30.
Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 for the men in Scarlet and Gray were junior Christopher Olinger (25:35), redshirt-freshman Brian Gallagher (25:49) and junior Levi Fox (25:57).
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA Nov. 15 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at NCAA Championships, TBA Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s Cross Country
Head coach: Karen Dennis
The Buckeyes, featuring one of the youngest squads in the Big Ten Conference with two freshmen, four sophomores and one junior, finished 10th at the league championships Nov. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Buckeyes were led by sophomore Sarah Foster, who finished 35th overall in 21:57. Following Foster was junior Emily Thompson, who ended up 55th in 22:31.
Freshman Sarah Yerkey came in third for Ohio State in 23:25 and sophomores Ellen Birmingham and Brittany Wise followed in 23:37 and 23:48, respectively. Freshman Sarah Lowe crossed the line sixth for the Buckeyes in 24:04 and sophomore Ashley Chirco finished right on Lowe’s heels in 24:05.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA Nov. 15 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at NCAA Championships, TBA Nov. 17 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
Defending national champion Ohio State swept the OSU Duals for the sixth-consecutive season Nov. 1 in French Field House, combining to go 22-0 as a team. It was the first action of the 2008-09 season for the Buckeyes and also their first team appearance since winning the NCAA Championship in April.
Leading the way for Ohio State were the men’s and women’s foil units, each going 98-1 against competition on the day. The men’s sabre team was 88-11, while the women’s sabre squad was 95-4. The epee teams also turned in good performances, with the men going 92-7 and the women recording a 96-3 mark.

No. 13/13 Football (7-2; 4-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
Senior Brian Robiskie was named a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation, Oct. 29. As one of 15 semifinalists a part of the 50th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, Robiskie was awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Seniors Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis are two of 20 collegiate defensive players to earn a spot on the Lott Trophy quarterfinalist list, it was announced Oct. 29.
Senior AJ Trapasso was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top punter in the nation, the Greater Augusta Sports Council announced Oct. 30.
Up Next: at Northwestern, noon Nov. 8 in Evanston, Ill. (Television: TBA)
at Illinois, TBA Nov. 15 in Champaign, Ill. (Television: TBA)
vs. Michigan, TBA Nov. 22 in Ohio Stadium (Television: TBA)

Men’s Hockey (2-5-1; 1-4-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
Facing the No. 8 team in the country in Michigan, Ohio State was swept by the Wolverines, losing game one, 4-3, before dropping game two 6-1 Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Ann Arbor.
It was a close affair in the opening game as the Buckeyes rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to tie the score at 3-all on a goal from sophomore Todd Rudasill and junior Mathieu Picard. Rudasill also scored early in the second stanza to cut the Wolverine lead to 2-1 before Michigan would score again to go up 3-1.
Freshman Zac Dalpe was responsible for the Buckeyes’ goal in game two, scoring in the third period.
Up Next: vs. Michigan State, 7:05 p.m. Nov. 7 in Value City Arena
vs. Michigan State, 7:05 p.m. Nov. 8 in Value City Arena
vs. Robert Morris (Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase), 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Women’s Hockey (4-6-0; 2-6-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
Despite three Buckeyes totaling 10 points, Ohio State was unable to avoid the sweep following a 5-4 overtime loss in game two against North Dakota Nov. 2 in Grand Forks, N.D. The Scarlet and Gray lost a 4-2 decision in game one Nov. 1.
The line of senior Morgan Marziali (mar-zee-AH-lee), freshman Laura McIntosh and senior Hayley Klassen (CLASS-en) tallied 10 points, including the game-tying goal in the second period by McIntosh to eventually send the game into overtime. However, with 40.1 seconds remaining in the extra period, North Dakota was able to score the go ahead goal.
The previous day, the Buckeyes and Fighting Sioux were even at 2-all heading into the third period, where North Dakota was able to pull away thanks to two goals at about the mid-way point in the period. Freshman Kim Theut (TOIT) scored her first-career goal as a Buckeye, while junior Raelyn LaRocque (RAY-lin la-ROCK) was credited with the Scarlet and Gray’s second goal.
Up Next: at St. Cloud State, 2:07 p.m. Nov. 8 in St. Cloud, Minn.
at St. Cloud State, 1:07 p.m. Nov. 9 in St. Cloud, Minn.
vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Nov. 14 in OSU Ice Rink
vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4:07 p.m. Nov. 15 in OSU Ice Rink

Rifle
Head coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State used school records in smallbore rifle (2,300) and air rifle (2,325) to earn a 4,625 -4,565 victory over Akron in Converse Hall Nov. 1. The 4,625 OSU team score also set a school record. Akron shot 2,269 in smallbore rifle and 2,296 in air rifle for a 4,565 team score.
Freshman Gina Cheliras was the top smallbore rifle shooter of the meet with a school record 591. Classmate Jed Neidigh and Akron’s Joel Nuzum tied for second with a 576. In air rifle, Nick Novello was the top shooter of the meet with a 588. Three Buckeyes, sophomore James Clark, Neidigh and Cheliras tied for second with a 579.
Up Next: vs. Morehead State, TBA Nov. 23 in Converse Hall

Men’s Soccer (9-6-2; 2-4-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: John Bluem
Putting up 14 shots and five corner kicks, Ohio State lost a 1-0 decision to No. 18 Michigan Nov. 1 in Ann Arbor. After a scoreless first half, the Wolverines were able to get on the board late in the game in the 82nd minute.
Up Next: vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Soccer (8-9-2; 5-5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Lori Walker
Ohio State enters the Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa, as the No. 6-seed and will take on No. 3-seed Purdue in the first round Thursday, Nov. 6. It is the Scarlet and Gray’s 13th appearance in the postseason conference tournament.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 upset over Big Ten power Penn State Oct. 31 in State College, Pa. Senior Lisa Collison scored the gamewinning goal and the score also marked her 35th-career goal, a tie for the most career goals by a Buckeye.
Three Buckeyes in sophomore Lauren Beachy, junior Ashley Bowyer and sophomore Courtney Jenkins, were named to the CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 4 Women’s Soccer Team Nov. 1.
Up Next: at Big Ten Conference Tournament, All Day Nov. 6-9 in Iowa City, Iowa (Television: Big Ten Network for semifinals and final)

No. 11 Men’s Swimming (1-0; 0-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
The Buckeyes won all 14 races en route to a 168-71 win over defending Division III national champion Kenyon Nov. 1 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Junior Joel Elber and freshman Andrew Elliott were double winners for the Buckeyes. Elber took first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 20.95 and 46.08, respectively. Elliott recorded his first collegiate victories in the 100 (50.71) and 200 backstroke (1:52.00) events.
Eight other swimmers captured individual wins for Ohio State. Senior Matthias Sigrist (ma-THIGH-is SEA-grist) won the 200 freestyle and his brother, junior Stefan Sigrist, took first in the 1,000 freestyle. Senior Felipe Travesso (fi h-LEEP tra-VEH-so) won the 100 breaststroke and sophomore Elliott Keefer captured first in the 200 breaststroke.
Sophomores Quincy Lee and Justin Farra picked up wins in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley, respectively. Junior Alex Chen swam a career-best time of 4:35.79 to take first in the 500 freestyle.
Up Next: vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Miami, 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s Swimming (1-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
Ohio State opened up the 2008-09 season with a 160-82 victory over Division III reigning champion Kenyon College Nov. 1 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Buckeyes had four swimmers finish with two wins apiece. Junior Jill Lockhart took wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events in times of 57.74 and 2:01.83, respectively. Sophomore Samantha Cheverton won both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, while classmate Katelyn Brix won the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. Freshman Natalie Nichols picked up her first collegiate victories in the 200 (1:52.93) and 500 freestyles (4:59.31).
Two other Buckeyes earned their first collegiate wins during the meet. Junior Meg Noble captured first in the 50 freestyle (24.56) and freshman Lisa Narum won the 100 freestyle in 52.82.
The 200 medley relay squad of junior Haley Mitchell, freshman Catherine Eitel, Cheverton and Narum opened the meet with a win in 1:47.21. Senior Griet Buelens followed with a win in the 1,000 freestyle (10:23.21).
Up Next: vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
vs. Miami, 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s Tennis
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State traveled to East Lansing, Mich., where it competed in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Oct. 23-28. The doubles pair of sophomore Cami Hubbs and junior Christina Keesey advanced to the semifinals before dropping an 8-4 decision to No. 2-seed Keley Tefft and Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame.
Senior Julie Blackmore and junior Kirsten Flower made it to the fourth round where they encountered the No. 1-seeded tandem of Lauren Lui and Georgia Rose of Northwestern and lost, 8-3.
Up Next: at North Texas Classic, TBA Nov. 7-8 in Denton, Texas

Women’s Volleyball (10-14; 1-11 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
Facing two Top 20 teams in No. 20 Purdue and No. 17 Illinois, Ohio State dropped 3-0 and 3-1 decisions to the Boilermakers and Fighting Illini, respectively.
The Buckeyes faced Purdue in West Lafayette Oct. 31 and were led by sophomore Katie Dull, who scored a team-high 15.5 points with junior Kristen Dozier adding 11.5. Dull had 14 kills, a solo block and an assist block, with Dozier adding 11 kills and an assist block.
The Scarlet and Gray then traveled to Champaign, Ill., Nov. 1 where it faced Illinois. Ohio State evened the score at 1-all after winning the second set, but Illinois rebounded with two straight-set wins to pull out the victory. Dull posted a match-high 19.5 points for the Buckeyes with 18 kills and three assist blocks. Sophomore Allie Schwarzwalder added 14.5 points with nine kills and nine total blocks (two solos and seven assists).
Up Next: vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in St. John Arena
vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Michigan, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in St. John Arena

No. 4 Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Ohio State successfully opened its 2008-09 campaign Nov. 2 at the Buffalo Open as six Buckeyes captured titles and three more finished in the Top 3 in their respective weight classes.
Reece Humphrey (133), Jason Johnstone (157), Colt Sponseller (165), Dave Rella (175), Cody Gardner (197) and Corey Morrison (HWT) began their season with championships, while Nikko Triggas (125) and C.J. Magrum were runner-ups and Jared Kusar (149) was third.
Up Next: at N.C. State Open, 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C.
hosting Buckeye Duals, All Day Nov. 16 in St. John Arena

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 3-17

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 6-9
Field hockey at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s tennis at ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships,
Charlottesville, Va.

Women’s soccer at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Iowa City, Iowa

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8
Pistol at Purdue, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s tennis at North Texas Classic, TBA
Denton, Texas

Friday, Nov. 7
Women’s swimming vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s swimming vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

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

Men’s hockey vs. Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s soccer vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 8
Wrestling at N.C. State Open, 9 a.m.
Raleigh, N.C.

Football at Northwestern, noon
Evanston, Ill. (Television: TBA)

Women’s hockey at St. Cloud State, 2:07 p.m.
St. Cloud, Minn.

Men’s hockey vs. Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s volleyball vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

Sunday, Nov. 9
Women’s hockey at St. Cloud State, 1:07 p.m.
St. Cloud, Minn.