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Athletes of the Week
• Freshman forward Hokey Langan became just the second Buckeye to receive the WCHA Rookie of the Year award along with two other awards as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced its yearly honors March 4. Along with her Rookie of the Year laurel, Langan earned spots on the All-Rookie Team and Second Team All-WCHA.

• Awards continue to pile up for sophomore All-American and Dublin, Ohio, native Thomas Murdaugh who was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships March 2 by the conference following an outstanding 2010 indoor campaign. The first Buckeye to capture the AOY award since NCAA champion Dan Taylor in 2003.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 13 Baseball (8-2)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Ohio State outfielder Michael Stephens picked up the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career, the Big Ten announced March 1. The senior was 6-for-9 with four RBI, four runs scored, a pair of doubles and a home run in three games in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
• Junior Dan Burkhart was named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
• Ohio State defeated Duquesne, 9-8, March 5 on a two-out single by Matt Streng in the ninth inning to cap a two-run rally in the inning. The Buckeyes split a doubleheader vs. Saint Louis March 6, losing 10-9 after winning the opener, 15-9. OSU capped off the weekend with a 15-8 win against Fairleigh Dickenson March 7.

No. 6/7 Men’s Basketball (24-7, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Evan Turner collected his second weekly laurel in as many weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of wins over Penn State and Michigan in Big Ten action while averaging 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
• Jon Diebler once again lit up Illinois from behind the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers for 21 points, to lead the Buckeyes to a 73-57 victory on March 2 that assured them of at least a share of the Big Ten title and the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten tournament. It was the third conference title in the last five years for Ohio State.
• Turner was also named one of six finalists for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award given to college basketball’s top point guard.

No. 10 Women’s Basketball (30-4, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State junior center Jantel Lavender was named the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year for the third-consecutive year March 1 by both the coaches and the media. She joins former Buckeye Jessica Davenport (2005-06-07) as the only three-time recipients of the award. She currently leads the Big Ten with 20.9 points per game, good for 10th nationally, and has 20 games with 20-plus points and two 30-point games.
• Also honored was sophomore Samantha Prahalis, who, along with Lavender, were unanimous selections for first team All-Big Ten honors on both sides. Junior Brittany Johnson was an honorable mention selection from the media while Shavelle Little earned her third-consecutive all-defensive team honor.
• The Buckeyes had to continually fend off Illinois’ comebacks before finally pulling away in the final minute for a 66-55 win in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals March 5. Ohio State then defeated Wisconsin in the semifinals, 82-73, March 6.
• Lavender tied a Big Ten tournament record by scoring 35 points, the last two coming on free throws with 1.9 seconds left to give Ohio State a 66-64 victory and the conference tournament championship March 7. Lavender was named Most Outstanding Player and was named to the all-tournament team along with Prahalis.

No. 24 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State continued the strong start to its spring schedule by finishing runner-up at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge March 2. The Buckeyes totaled 896 (+20) on the par 73, 6,265-yard course at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
• Freshman Amy Meier was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week March 3. It is the first weekly honor for a Buckeye this season after she tied for seventh at 3-over to lead the Buckeyes at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Starting to peak at just the right time, Ohio State downed No. 8 California, 351.800-346.00, March 6 in St. John Arena as six different Buckeyes recorded first-place finishes on five the six events.
• Senior Justin Myers won floor with a career-best 15.35, sophomore Steven Spencer won pommel horse with a season-best 15.4, junior Brandon Wynn took rings with a 16.0, sophomore Mike Behles placed first with a 15.85 on vault while senior Tai Lee and junior Sean Regan tied for first on high bar with matching scores of 14.95.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Despite a strong effort on the road, Ohio State could not upset No. 13 and Big Ten Conference foe Illinois in Champaign, Ill., falling, 196.300-194.700, March 6 in Huff Hall.
• Senior Kristin Perchatsch and sophomore Taylor Jones hit a season-best 9.800s on bars to tie for fourth. The Buckeyes notched a season-best 48.825 event total on beam behind a season-best 9.825 from junior Rebecca Best.

Men’s Hockey (14-16-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Behind two goals from senior Mathieu Picard, two assists from Patrick Schafer and a tally from sophomore Zac Dalpe, along with 34 saves from junior goalie Dustin Carlson, Ohio State took a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame in game one of a best-of-three CCHA playoff series March 6 in the OSU Ice Rink.
• The Buckeyes advanced to the CCHA tournament quarterfinals, completing a series sweep of Notre Dame with an 8-2 win March 7. Ohio State scored twice in the first four minutes of the game to led 4-0 after the first period. The team extended its lead to 6-1 after the second and scored two late goals for the 8-2 final.

Women’s Hockey (17-15-5, 12-13-3-1 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Freshman forward Hokey Langan became just the second Buckeye to receive the WCHA Rookie of the Year award along with two other awards as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced its yearly honors March 4. Along with her Rookie of the Year laurel, Langan earned spots on the All-Rookie Team and Second Team All-WCHA. Sophomore forward Natalie Spooner named First Team All-WCHA and senior defenseman Rachel Davis earning a Second Team All-WCHA nod. It is the first yearly conference award for both.
• Ohio State battled No. 3 Minnesota for over 83 minutes, but dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Gophers, 5-4, in a WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal game March 6 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp collected a season-high 43 saves and senior forward Raelyn LaRocque closed her career on a high note with two goals, including the game-tying goal in the last minute to send it into overtime.

Men’s Lacrosse (3-1)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Logan Schuss, a freshman attackman on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Schuss, a native of Delta, British Columbia, had three goals, three assists and six points in the Buckeyes’ win over Detroit last Saturday.
• Ohio State defeated Penn State in overtime, 11-10, March 6 in a matchup of the only two Big Ten schools to sponsor men’s lacrosse. Schuss scored the game-winner in overtime and chipped in a team-high four assists, while senior Mario Ventiquattro had four goals and senior goalie Brandon Freeman made 12 saves.

No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (3-2)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Alayna Markwordt had five goals and two assists as Ohio State rolled over Duquesne, 16-6, March 5 at Joe Walton Field on the campus of Robert Morris.

Pistol (10-1)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• The Ohio State pistol team has qualified in all three open (standard, free and air) and the two women’s (air and sport) events at the 30th Annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, March 16-22 at Ft. Benning, Ga.

Rifle (16-5)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Freshman Amanda Furrer has qualified as an individual smallbore shooter for the 2010 NCAA Rifle Championship at Texas Christian University. She is one of four individuals and eight teams to compete in smallbore rifle March 12.

No. 14/17 Softball (13-6)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State went 4-1 at the aTen Construction Tournament in Riverside, Calif., defeating East Tennessee State twice (13-1 (5), March 5; 4-2, March 6) and host UC Riverside (7-1, March 5) while falling to Notre Dame (12-5, March 6). With three wins, the senior class moves into eighth on the all-time winningest class list with 133 career victories.
• Freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols recorded seven strikeouts in the win over UC Riverside, pitching a complete game and limiting the Highlanders to just four hits. Nichols is 6-0 on the year.
• Senior designated player Courtney Pruner hit two home runs, including a grand slam with two outs in the top of the fifth as Ohio State run-ruled East Tennessee State, 13-1, in five innings.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Head coaches: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
• Senior diver Chelsea Davis has been named the recipient of the 2010 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership. The award is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior student-athlete pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership.

Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
• Ohio State swept all four routines at the 2010 North Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 27-28 to win its 20th regional title. The Buckeyes earned 103 points, while Lindenwood was second with 86. Host school Michigan rounded out the Top 3 with 63 points.
• The Buckeyes placed in the Top 2 spots in the team routine. Michelle Theriault and Meghan Kinney placed first in duet with a mark of 93.375 – the pair’s fourth first-place finish this season.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (12-1)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State defeated the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 5-2, March 3 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
• The Buckeyes then beat No. 17 Texas A&M, 4-3, March 7 at home. OSU has now won 99-consecutive home matches, which dates back to 2003. Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge claimed the win for the Buckeyes at No. 3 singles after defeating Alexis Klegou in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Kronauge, ranked 30th in the nation, collected his 126th career singles victory, which ties him for fourth on OSU’s all-time career wins list.

No. 21 Women’s Tennis (12-3, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State opened its conference slate with a 7-0 victory over Penn State March 6 in University Park, Pa. The win is the team’s fifth-consecutive over the Nittany Lions.
• Kirsten Flower, ranked 49th nationally in singles, defeated 66th-ranked Januskova in straight sets 6-2, 7-6. The win was Flower’s fourth against a ranked opponent this season.

No. 20 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Awards continue to pile up for sophomore All-American and Dublin, Ohio, native Thomas Murdaugh who was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships March 2 by the conference following an outstanding 2010 indoor campaign. The first Buckeye to capture the AOY award since NCAA champion Dan Taylor in 2003.
• Also earning awards were first-team All-Big Ten selections Jeff See (3000m champion), Stephen Robinson (200m dash champ, 4x400m relay), Brandon Woodard (4x400m) and Elon Simms (4x400m). Adam Green was second-team All-Big Ten.
• Ohio State’s Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team posted a season-best time of 3:08.20 March 7 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., leading the Buckeye effort at the annual “Last Chance” meet.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Several members of the Ohio State women’s track and field team received individual awards and honors March 3 from the Big Ten Conference. Sophomores Christina Manning and Shaniqua McGinnis were named to the conference first-team list after capturing individual titles Sunday at the Big Ten Championships. Manning took home first-place in the 60m hurdles, while McGinnis upset Penn State All-American Fawn Dorr for the 400m dash title.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (12-7, 6-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association offensive player of the week and middle blocker Grayson Overman the defensive player of the week March 1.
• Ohio State dropped a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) decision to ninth-ranked Penn State (12-2, 5-0 EIVA) March 3 in St. John Arena.
• The Buckeyes then held off IPFW with a 3-2 (30-26, 30-21, 29-31, 24-30, 15-12) victory March 6 at the Gates Sports Center. Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 28 points with 24 kills, one ace serve and six assist blocks. Ohio State concluded the weekend with a 3-0 win against Mt. Olive March 7 in St. John Arena. Nick Gibson posted a match-high 19 points with a career-high 18 kills (.640) and two assist blocks.

No. 4/3 Wrestling (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State finished fourth with 102.5 points at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 7, held at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. At least six Buckeyes have locked up spots at nationals, including 149-pound champ Lance Palmer and runners-up Reece Humphrey (141) and Colt Sponseller (165). Nikko Triggas (125), Ian Paddock (133) and Mike Pucillo (184) are the remaining automatic qualifiers.
• Palmer topped Iowa’s Brett Metcalf, 9-3, in the 149-pound final at the championships March 7. It was Palmer’s first and only Big Ten title and at the conclusion of the championships was named the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 8-21

March 9
Men’s lacrosse at Robert Morris, 3 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.

March 10-14
Rifle at NCAA Championships, TBA
Ft. Worth, Texas

March 11-13
Synchronized swimming at U.S. Collegiate National Championships, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

March 11-14
Men’s Basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

March 12
Women’s track and field at NCAA National Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.
Men’s track and field at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s tennis at Purdue, 1 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Baseball vs. Marshall at University of Tennessee Tournament, 1 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 13
Men’s track and field at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Fencing at NCAA Regional Qualifier, TBA
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Albany, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s lacrosse vs. Lousville, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s gymnastics vs. Auburn, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Baseball at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

March 14
Baseball vs. Connecticut at University of Tennessee Tournament, 12 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

March 16-20
Pistol at National Pistol Collegiate Championships, TBA
Ft. Benning, Ga.

March 18
Women’s swimming at NCAA Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s tennis vs. Detroit Mercy, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 18-20
Wrestling at NCAA Championships, TBA
Omaha, Neb.

March 19
Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois, TBA
Winter Haven, Fla.

Baseball vs. Bucknell, TBA
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. Syracuse at South Florida Tournament, 11 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Softball vs. Long Island at South Florida Tournament, 1 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

March 20
Baseball vs. Army, TBA
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. North Florida at South Florida Tournament, 12 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Men’s lacrosse at Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s lacrosse vs. George Washington, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Florida Atlantic at South Florida Tournament, 3 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Men’s gymnastics at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

March 21
Baseball vs. Cornell, TBA
Winter Haven, Fla.

Softball vs. Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida Tournament, 11 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.

Men’s volleyball at Penn State, 4 p.m.
State College, Pa.