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Athletes of the Week
• Jeff Tundo, a freshman on the men’s lacrosse team, had a hat trick and an assist for a game-high four points in his first game as a Buckeye. His third goal helped seal the win, as he tallied with 2:40 remaining to give Ohio State a two-goal lead in the eventual 10-8 victory. His three goals came on four shots.

• Hokey Langan, a freshman on the women’s hockey team, continued to rewrite the Ohio State record books, setting the record for freshman scoring with five points in a split at No. 2/3 Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 12-13. The forward from Chatham, Ontario, has 45 points to surpass the mark of 44 set by Jeni Creary in 2001-02.

Langan leads the WCHA overall in points (45) as well as conference-only games (40). She is second overall in goals (21) and has an 11-point lead over any other freshman in the league. Her 45 points are fifth-most in the NCAA and she leads all rookies in the nation with 1.41 points per game.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 13/16 Men’s Basketball (20-6; 10-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• With a 69-52 victory at Indiana, Ohio moved into a tie for first place in the Big Ten Feb. 10. William Buford led the Buckeyes with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dallas Lauderdale added 14 points and eight rebounds.
• Ohio State used a barrage of 3s, most of them from Jon Diebler, to take an early 21-10 lead before finishing off Illinois, 72-53 Feb. 14. The Buckeyes were 11 of 22 from 3-point range, including a 6-for-11 performance from Diebler, who led Ohio State with 18 points.

No. 7/9 Women’s Basketball (25-3; 13-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Buckeyes held Purdue scoreless for more than 12 minutes in a 75-45 victory over Purdue Feb. 11 in Value City Arena.
• The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota, 64-59, Feb. 14. Taylor Hill scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half to supplement Samantha Prahalis’ game-high 19 points.
• With the win at Minnesota, Ohio State guaranteed its fourth outright Big Ten crown and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament beginning March 4 in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of its 13th and record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten championship with the win. No team – men’s or women’s – has ever won six straight Big Ten regular season titles.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State began its spring season Feb. 12 in the opening two rounds of the second-annual Big Ten Match Play Championship in Coral Springs, Fla. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 5-1, in the first round but fell to Iowa in a tiebreaker.
• OSU concluded the event with a 3.5-2.5 loss to Michigan before closing the event with a 5-1 victory over Indiana Feb. 13. Senior Brad Wright, junior Brad Smith and freshman Zack Sobel completed the event undefeated with 3-0-1 records.

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State started its 2010 spring slate with a bang by taking third with a score of 897 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 10 in Palos Verdes, Calif. The third-place finish matches the Buckeyes’ best performance in the 15 years at the tournament.
• Senior captain Emma Jandel led the Buckeyes scores of 74-75-74 to tie for 12th at 10-over 223.

Women’s Gymnastics (1-5; 0-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Senior captain Hillary Dow continued to lead Ohio State, scoring a season-high 38.800 in the all-around as the squad fell, 195.650-192.800, on the road vs. West Virginia Feb. 12 in Morgantown, W.Va.

Men’s Hockey (11-15-4; 9-11-4-2 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Ohio State received goals from Zac Dalpe, Kyle Reed and John Albert, skating to a 3-3 tie with Alaska Feb. 13 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went on to win the shootout, as Dalpe gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead and junior goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all three Nanook shooters.
• OSU fell in game one, 4-1, Feb. 12. Cory Schneider scored the lone Buckeye goal.

Women’s Hockey (15-13-4; 12-12-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Sophomore forward Natalie Spooner scored with 4:47 left in the third period to send the game into overtime, but No. 2/3 Minnesota Duluth scored in overtime for the 5-4 victory Feb. 12 at the DECC in Duluth, Minn. Sophomore Laura McIntosh had a career-high game by assisting on all four Buckeye goals.
• Ohio State made sure it took care of business against Minnesota Duluth Feb. 13 by winning 6-3, ending the Bulldogs’ NCAA-leading unbeaten streak at 12 games. Four Buckeyes had multiple-point games, led by three-point performances from Hokey Langan (1g, 2a), Raelyn LaRocque (1g, 2a) and Spooner (2g, 1a). With her three points, Langan set the Ohio State record for freshman scoring with her 45th point of the season.

Men’s Lacrosse (1-0)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Backstopped by 11 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman and goals from six players, including seven tallies from freshmen playing in their first collegiate game, Ohio State downed Villanova, 10-8, Feb. 13 inside Woody Hayes Athletic C enter in front of 934 fans.

No. 16 Women’s Lacrosse (0-1)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• No. 16 Ohio State opened the 2010 season with a tough 15-14 loss at 20th-ranked William & Mary Feb. 14 in Williamsburg, Va.
• In a contest that featured six ties and four lead changes, All-American Kelly Haggerty fueled the Buckeyes’ offensive presence, scoring 3 goals and adding assists on 3 others. Two other OSU players – Alayna Markwordt and Britney Zerhusen – also tallied hat tricks.

Rifle (11-5)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State hosted a sectional qualifier with Akron and the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology for the NCAA Championship Feb. 13 in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes shot a meet-high 4,606 aggregate score to finish first. The NCAA will announce at a later date the teams and individuals that advance to the championship, March 10-14 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
• Amanda Furrer posted season-highs of 590 in both the smallbore and air rifle competition to finish first on both events.

No. 14/16 Softball (4-1)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• The Buckeyes opened their season in Texas at the Marriott Houston Hobby Classic, Feb. 12-13 and concluded the event with a 4-1 record. Ohio State won two games Feb. 13, downing Sam Houston State, 6-0, and notching a come-from-behind win vs. No. 17/15 Baylor, 4-3. Sam Marder, the Big Ten Player of the Week, hit home runs in each contest while Courtney Pruner added a homer vs. SHSU and setup the gamewinning runs vs. the Bears. On day one (Feb. 12), OSU dropped a 1-0 decision to classic host Houston.
• Ohio State picked up two more wins Feb. 14. OSU shutout No. 22/21 Louisville 2-0, behind Lindsay Bodeker’s first win of the season, finishing with seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits in a complete game. The Buckeyes then topped Kansas, 4-2. The gamewinning run was scored by Rebecca Schultz, who hit a triple as the leadoff hitter and then came home on a wild pitch.
• Marder was selected by the Akron Racers in the second round of the 2010 National Pro Fastpitch Senior draft Feb. 10.

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving (9-1)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• On Feb. 13, five Buckeyes in senior Alex Chen, junior Michael Hulme, junior Bobby Jenrow, sophomore Matt Baumann and freshman Zach Holmes hit NCAA “B” qualifying times at day one of the Winter Invitational.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (8-1)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State defeated No. 16 Louisville, 4-2, in the first round of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club Feb. 12 in Charlottesville, Va.
• Down, 3-0, Ohio State won four-consecutive singles matches to defeat No. 12 Florida, 4-3, in the quarterfinals Feb. 13.
• The Buckeyes lost to No. 6 Virginia, 4-1, in the semifinals of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 14. Freshman Dino Marcan picked up the OSU win at No. 3 singles and is 10-1 this season.

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (7-1)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Senior and Upper Arlington, Ohio, native Kirsten Flower was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to three team victories over Top 50 opponents last week. She was 3-0 at No. 1 singles for the Buckeyes without dropping a set, and clinched the team victory in two matches.

No. 24 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State competed at the Akron Invitational Feb. 12-13 inside Stile Field House. Korbin Smith was the OSU star for day two, claiming titles in both the 400m dash and long jump.
• Seniors Jeff See and Patrick Sovacool represented the Buckeyes well in the 3000m invitational Saturday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. See used an NCAA provisional time of 7:57.14 – the third-best in school indoor history and the fifth-best in the NCAA this season – to finish second. Sovacool ran right with See, finishing third in 8:01.78, the sixth-best in school history and a Top 15 time nationally.
• Ohio State is ranked No. 24 in the Feb. 16 edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the first Top 25 appearance for the Buckeyes this season.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State competed at the Akron Invitational Feb. 12-13 inside Stile Field House. Christina Manning had a career day during the second day of competition, claiming three personal records, two titles and a runner-up finish.
• Manning’s top performance came in the 60m hurdle championship, where she crossed the finish line with an NCAA provisional time of 8.35, the top time in the Big Ten this season (tied with teammate Letecia Wright), and a Top 25 time nationally. Manning’s two wins came in the 60m and 200m dashes, where she recorded Top 5 Big Ten times.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (8-5; 5-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State held off a late rally for a 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) victory at 15th-ranked Lewis Feb. 12 in Neil Carey Arena. Shawn Sangrey collected a career-high 31.5 points in the match with a career-high 28 kills (.304). Mike Berzins contributed a career-high 15 kills/points in the match.
• In game two, the Buckeyes overcame a 2-0 Loyola-Chicago lead but fell 3-2 (30-25, 36-34, 26-30, 27-30, 16-14) to the Ramblers Feb. 13. John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt collected a team-high of 25 points each in the contest. Grayson Overman produced a career-high 11 blocks with a solo and a career-high 10 assist blocks.

No. 4/3 Wrestling (18-1; 7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State won eight-consecutive matches for a 34-0 lead en route to beating No. 18 Illinois, 38-3, in Huff Hall Feb. 12. The Buckeyes received pins from Nikko Triggas (125), Lance Palmer (149) and Colt Sponseller (165).
• With a 30-7 victory against Michigan State Feb. 14 at St. John Arena, Ohio State has won seven-consecutive Big Ten matches this season and also owns a 13-match conference win streak that dates back to 2008-09. Wrestling for the last time in front of family and friends in St. John Arena, seniors Corey Morrison, Mike Pucillo, Dave Rella and Palmer all won their final matches in the historic venue.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 17-28

Feb. 17-20
Women’s swimming and diving at Big Ten Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Feb. 17
Women’s tennis vs. LSU, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s basketball vs. Purdue, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Feb. 18
Women’s basketball at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Madison, Wis.
BigTenNetwork.com

Feb. 19
Softball vs. Alabama (Stetson Tournament), 1 :30 p.m.
Deland, Fla.

Women’s track and field hosting OSU Tune-up, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Men’s track and field hosting OSU Tune-up, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Softball at Stetson (Stetson Tournament), 6:30 p.m.
Deland, Fla.

Baseball vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville, Fla.

Women’s gymnastics at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

Men’s volleyball vs. Carthage, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

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

Men’s hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Wrestling at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa
Big Ten Network (Tape Delay)

Feb. 20
Rifle at Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championship, TBA
East Lansing, Mich.

Pistol vs. Akron, Purdue, 8 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Softball vs. Alabama (Stetson Tournament), 11 a.m.
Deland, Fla.

Women’s tennis vs. Tennessee, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s lacrosse at Bucknell, noon
Lewisburg, Pa.

Women’s lacrosse vs. American, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
North Turf Field

Softball vs. Rhode Island (Stetson Tournament), 1:30 p.m.
Deland, Fla.

Women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 2:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Baseball vs. Florida A&M, 5 p.m.
Jacksonville, Fla.

Men’s hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Feb. 21-23
Men’s golf at Puerto Rico Classic, TBA
Rio Grande, P.R.

Feb. 21
Softball vs. TBA (Stetson Tournament), TBA
Deland, Fla.

Baseball vs. Richmond, 11 a.m.
Jacksonville, Fla.

Men’s basketball at Michigan State, noon
East Lansing, Mich.
CBS

Men’s tennis vs. Kentucky, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Women’s gymnastics vs. UIC, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s gymnastics at Nebraska, vs. UIC, Air Force, 3 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

Women’s basketball vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
ESPN2

Men’s tennis vs. Wright State, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Feb. 22-23
Women’s golf at Central District Invitational, TBA
Parrish, Fla.

Feb. 24
Women’s tennis at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Men’s tennis at Baylor, 4 p.m.
Waco, Texas

Mens’ basketball at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
University Park, Pa.
BTN

Feb. 25-27
Men’s Swimming and Diving hosting Big Ten Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 25
Women’s basketball vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Big Ten Network

Softball vs. Fresno State (Cathedral City Classic), 10:30 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Feb. 26
Women’s lacrosse at Cal-Berkeley, 3 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Baseball at South Florida (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 4:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Progress Energy Park

Men’s volleyball vs. George Mason (Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic), 6 p.m.
Springfield, Mass.

Men’s hockey at Miami , 8:05 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio
CBS College Sports

Feb. 27-28
Women’s track and field at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
State College, Pa.

Men’s track and field at Big Ten Indoor Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Synchronized swimming at North Regional Routine Competition, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Feb. 27
Women’s hockey at WCHA First Round Playoffs, TBA
TBA

Men’s volleyball vs. Springfield or UC Santa Barbara (Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic), TBA
Springfield, Mass.

Men’s basketball vs. Michigan, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
ESPN

Men’s lacrosse vs. Massachusetts, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Woody Hayes Indoor Field

Softball vs. Tennessee (Cathedral City Classic), 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Softball vs. Oregon State (Cathedral City Classic), 3:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

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

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

Baseball vs. Notre Dame (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 4 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.
Bright House Field

Men’s hockey vs. Miami, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BigTenNetwork.com

Women’s swimming and diving hosting Last Chance Meet, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 28
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton (Cathedral City Classic), 9 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Men’s Swimming and diving hosting Big Ten Invite, 9:30 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Softball vs. UCLA (Cathedral City Classic), 11 a.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Women’s tennis vs. Oregon, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Baseball vs. Cincinnati (Big Ten/Big East Challenge), 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Raymond A. Naimoli Complex

Women’s lacrosse at Stanford, 1 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

Women’s tennis vs. California University (Pa.), 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center