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Alumni from the Ohio State men’s and women’s golf programs returnedto the OSU Scarlet Course Monday for the 19th Annual Buckeye Pro-AmClassic. The event raised about $50,000 this year. The proceedswill benefit the Ohio State Golf Scholarship Fund as well as courseimprovements. More than $1.7 million has been raised since thePro-Am’s inception with most proceeds directed toward endowedscholarships. The remaining funds have been used for improvementsto the OSU Scarlet and Gray courses. The field hockey team (1-1;0-0 Big Ten) split its season-opening games against the Maine BlackBears and the Vermont Catamounts. The Buckeyes dropped a 2-1defensive battle to the Black Bears Sunday at Alfond Stadium inOrono, Maine in its first game of the 2004 season. Freshman YeseniaLuces (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent)recorded the Buckeyes’ first goal of 2004 and notched her firstcollegiate score before the squad fell to Maine in a sudden deathshootout. Goalie Lindsay Williams (Jr., Harrisburg, Pa./SusquehannaTownship) recorded 12 saves, a mark just one shy of her collegiatebest.

Ohio State rebounded with a win over the Vermont Catamounts, 4-2, Monday at Memorial Stadium in Durham, N.H. Luces scored two goals, and Dana Greenhut and Lauren Kruse added a goal a piece.

OSU continues its four-game road stretch when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Friday at 3:30 Friday at Kentner Stadium.

The women’s soccer team, which was ranked as high as No. 10 inthe nation in preseason polls, dropped its first two contests toopen the season this weekend at the Husky/Nike Invitational inSeattle, Wash. Friday, Ohio State locked up with No. 6 Portland andplayed the 2002 national champions to a 1-1 tie through 86 minutesbefore the Pilots tallied the deciding goal in the 87th. FreshmanHeather Young recorded the Buckeyes’ goal in the eighth minute.

Sunday, the OSU took host Washington to overtime as junior Danielle Dietrich buried a shot off a rebound in the 88th minute. Washington scored eight minutes into overtime to seal the win.

Despite the losses, Ohio State outshot its opponents 31-25 overall and 16-9 in shots on goal. Freshman Lara Dickenmann, a native of Kries, Switzerland, debuted for the Buckeyes with 11 shots and an assist on the weekend.

The Buckeyes open their home slate with a non-conference match vs. Xavier at 7:30 Thursday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Saturday, the Buckeyes travel to Louisville for a match at 7 p.m.

The men’s soccer team battled No. 12 Rutgers to a 2-2 tie inCrew Stadium Friday night in the College Cup Preview Match. TheBuckeyes got goals from freshman Xavier Balc and junior Kyle Verisas Ohio State ended its preseason exhibition schedule with a 2-0-1record. The Buckeyes begin the regular season this weekend as hostsof the Ohio State Classic, welcoming No. 8 Wake Forest and No. 6North Carolina in addition to Big Ten foe Penn State to Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium. OSU will face the Demon Deacons at 7:30 p.m.Friday and the Tar Heals at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Penn State will takeon those two opponents at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday. The men’sbasketball team, under the direction of first-year head coach ThadMatta, opens the season Nov. 15 and 16 at Value City Arena in theopening rounds of the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes open withTowson University and will then play either Robert Morris or MorganState. Women’s volleyball plays host to Dayton at 7 p.m., Wednesdayto open the 34th season for the Buckeyes. OSU’s three-timeAll-American Stacey Gordon returns for her senior season. TheBuckeyes will then travel to Temple to face Temple, North Carolinaand Western Michigan this weekend. Head baseball coach Bob Todd hasreceived a five-year contract extension that will carry him throughthe 2009 season, Tom Hof, the Ohio State associate athleticsdirector who oversees the baseball program, announced Monday. Todd,who began coaching the Buckeyes in 1988, has guided the Buckeyes toseven first-place finishes in the Big Ten and six Big Tentournament titles in his 17 years in Columbus. The first four-timeBig Ten coach of the year is the winningest coach in Ohio Statehistory and boasts a 686-344-2 record (.666 winning percentage) andis 810-426-2 after his 21st season as a college coach, whichincludes a 124-84 record in four seasons at Kent State (1984-1987).Katie Lachapelle, a native of Lewiston, Maine, was named anassistant women’s ice hockey coach for the Buckeyes Tuesday.Lachapelle comes to OSU from Niagara where she served as anassistant women’s ice hockey coach. The Purple Eagles recorded a49-49-8 record during her three-year stint and made an appearancein the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four. Lachapelle was a four-yearletterwinner at Providence from 1995-99, competing under OSU headcoach Jackie Barto. The United States synchronized swimming teamwon the bronze Friday evening at the 2004 Olympic Games. Ohio Statehead coach Linda Witter served as the U.S. assistant coach andformer Buckeye Becky Jasontek competed in the team competition thatclaimed bronze.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 5
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Sept. 1
Women’s Volleyball vs. Dayton, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, Sept. 2
Women’s Soccer vs. Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Sept. 3
Field Hockey at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Men’s Soccer Ohio State Classic
Penn State vs. North Carolina, 5 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball vs. Temple at Temple Classic, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Saturday, Sept. 4
Football vs. Cincinnati, noon
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer at Louisville, 7 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Women’s Volleyball at Temple Classic
vs. North Carolina, 9:30 a.m.
vs. Western Michigan, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, Sept. 5
Men’s Soccer Ohio State Classic
Wake Forest vs. Penn State, noon
Ohio State vs. North Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio