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Athletes of the Week

Men’s hockey junior forward Rod Pelley earned CentralCollegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week andInsideCollegeHockey.com National Player of the Week accolades afterleading the Buckeyes to a two-game sweep of instate rival Miamilast week. Pelley posted five points, on three goals and twoassists, in the two games. He tied a career best with two assistsand three points in OSU’s in Thursday and then tied his career highwith two goals in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 win Friday. Pelley, who leadsthe Buckeyes with eight points this season, is first in the nationwith five power-play goals. Senior Jeni Creary led the women’shockey team in a series split with then-No. 4 Wisconsin lastweekend. The Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, native scored two goals inOhio State’s come-from-behind 3-1 victory over then-No. 4 WisconsinSaturday. The win marked the Buckeyes’ first ever over the Badgersin Columbus. Creary’s power-play goal tied the game at 1-all earlyin the second period. The senior capped off the win with an emptynet goal in the third period. In addition to her two goals, Crearyplayed a vital role on the Buckeye power play, which posted itsbest performance all season, scoring on 2-of-4 opportunities.

Creary, who is the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer with 107 points, received USCHO.com Offensive Player of the Week accolades last week for scoring two third-period goals to lead Ohio State to a sweep over Minnesota State Oct. 15 and 16 in Mankato, Minn. This season, Creary is tied for first on the squad with six goals, three power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s soccer team (11-3-3, 6-1-3) celebrated senior daySunday and recorded a 3-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago. Lisa Grubband Danielle Dietrich each recorded their ninth goals of the seasonin the first half, while Megan Stickler tallied her first score asa Buckeye in the second period. The shutout was Ohio State’sseventh of the season. Emily Haynam was credited with hercareer-best eighth win of the year.

Friday in State College, Pa., Ohio State closed the Big Ten regular season with a bout vs. No. 3 Penn State. The Buckeyes fell behind 2-0 in the early going and could not recover, suffering a 3-0 loss. The setback was Ohio State’s first since an Aug. 29 defeat at Washington in overtime. Grubb and Lara Dickenmann led the OSU attack, combining for nine shots and five on goal.

Ohio State remains at home this week for two matches. Kent State visits Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Toledo closes the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Buckeyes, at 6-1-3, sealed up the No. 2 seed as host of the 2004 Big Ten tournament. The second-place finish is the best in program history. Ohio State will open the tournament at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 vs. No. 7-seed Purdue at JOMS.

The men’s soccer team hits the road twice this weekend, wherethe Buckeyes (7-5-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) will spend the remainder oftheir season. Ohio State will take on Northwestern Friday andValparaiso Sunday. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA GreatLakes regional poll, were knocked from the Big Ten’s only unbeatensquad last Sunday, 1-0, by eighth-ranked Indiana, which snappedOSU’s five-match unbeaten streak. OSU is 6-2-1 in its last ninegames. Three Buckeyes, seniors Eric Schwebach and Peter Withers andsophomore Jim Fisher, have been nominated for Academic All-Americahonors. Senior Justin Cook leads Ohio State (and ranks first in theBig Ten in league games) in scoring with nine goals and fourassists for 22 points, while junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. owns a0.80 goals against average and has 33 saves. His 0.25 goals againstaverage in league games is tops in the Big Ten. The No. 13-rankedmen’s hockey team swept instate rival Miami in a home-and-homeseries last weekend to move its overall and CCHA winning streak tofour. Thursday, freshman Matt McIlvane had a team-best threeassists and four points, sophomore Matt Waddell had a career-bestthree points and junior Rod Pelley tied a career high with threepoints to lead the Buckeyes to a 9-3 win. Friday, Pelley scored twosecond-period goals as OSU won, 2-1. The Buckeye defense wasoutstanding in the series, as it held Miami, which came into theseries ranked second in the nation on the power play, scoreless onall 20 power-play chances.

For their efforts in the sweep, Pelley was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, while Waddell was named the league’s defensive player of the week. In addition, Pelley picked up insidecollegehockey.com national player of the week accolades.

The Buckeyes return to action with a two-game series at Western Michigan this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Both games can be heard live on WOSU (820 AM/wosu.org).

The women’s ice hockey team split a two-game series withthen-No. 4 Wisconsin last Friday and Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.Ohio State fell 2-0 Friday and came back to upset the Badgers 3-1Saturday. The victory marked Ohio State’s third win and first homewin over Wisconsin in the five-year history of the OSU program.With a 4-2-0 record, the Buckeyes continue their best start inprogram history. Six games in last year OSU was 1-5-0.

Sophomore Tessa Bonhomme was named the USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week for guiding the OSU defense in holding Wisconsin to three goals on the weekend. Bonhomme was a key player on the Buckeye penalty-kill, which held the Badgers scoreless on 9-of-10 chances.

Senior Jeni Creary received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for leading Ohio State with two goals in its 3-1 victory Saturday. In addition to her two goals, Creary played a vital role on the Buckeye power play, which posted its best performance all season, scoring on 2-of-4 opportunities.

Ohio State takes on the WCHA’s newest team in the league North Dakota at 8:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Women’s golfer Lindsay Knowlton helped Team Canada tied forsecond place with a final score of 570 (-6) at the 17th Women’sWorld Amateur Championship in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Canadiansquad, posted a final-round score of 145 and tied for second withthe United States. Knowlton tied for 50th place on the individualleaderboard that boasted 140 of the best amateur players fromaround the world. She finished with a total score of 304 (+16). TheBuckeyes are back in action Oct. 29-31 at the Landfall Tradition inWilmington, N.C. The event will wrap up the fall season for OhioState. The field hockey team (8-8 overall; 1-4 Big Ten) suffered a1-0 loss to then-No. 9 Michigan Saturday and a 4-2 defeat bythen-No. 14 California Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sophomore CurlyneWynn leads the Buckeyes with 15 points this season (7-1-15). Thisweekend, Ohio State travels to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in thefinal two regular season games. The Buckeyes take on Indiana at 2p.m. Saturday and St. Louis at 2 p.m. Sunday at MellencampPavilion. The men’s golf team opened in second place Monday aftertwo rounds of the Barona Collegiate Cup in San Diego, Calif. TheBuckeyes posted an opening-round score of 283 and followed it upwith a score of 273 in the second round. Ohio State’s 556 compositescore trails first-place Brigham Young by eight strokes headinginto the final round Tuesday. Ohio State senior Scott Anderson(Great Falls, Mont./Great Falls) is first on the individualleaderboard with a score of 134. Anderson posted two rounds of 67(-5) on the opening day. The men’s and women’s cross country teamstravel to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the 2004 Big TenChampionships. The men’s enter the event after finishing 15th atthe 2004 Pre-National Championships, the women’s squad returns toaction following a 32nd-place finish at the LaVern GibsonChampionship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., site of the 2004 NCAAChampionships. Women’s volleyball defeated No. 5 Penn State, 3-2,last Wednesday and then dropped a 0-3 decision at No. 24 IllinoisSaturday. Ohio State returns home this week to host Purdue at 7p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and Indiana at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. AtPenn State, Stacey Gordon had 36 kills and 16 digs with Maya Mappadding 13 kills and Ami Stevens 11. Gordon had 24 kills at Illinoisin the loss that halted Ohio State’s 19-match winning streak. WithGordon’s seven digs at Illinois, she raised her career total to1,342 to pass Leisa Wissler (1988-91) to become OSU’s careerleader. The men’s swimming and diving team held its annual Alumnimeet Oct. 23, celebrating the last season in the Mike Peppe AquaticCenter before the team moves to the new Bill and Mae McCorklecomplex next season. The Alumni were invited for a celebration allweekend, beginning Friday with a tour of the new competition pooland followed by a social event at the University Plaza Hotel.Saturday morning, the current Buckeyes competed in a wide varietyof events with Alumni, which included former Olympians,All-Americans, and Big Ten Champions. Alumni were invited to take a”last dip” in Peppe Pool and even took a vial of water from thepool. The pool was reserved all day for Alumni and their familymembers to enjoy both the diving well and the competition pool.Following the meet, pizza and tailgating was enjoyed as a silentauction went on, including the auctioning of starting blocks andother items from the pool, with benefits towards the Hall of Famefoyer for the new Aquatic Center.

Both the men and women’s swimming team competed in a Scarlet and Gray meet Oct. 22 in preparation of the season openers. In the men’s meet, Tommy Seay and Nate King both had numerous first place finishes. While in the women’s meet Nicole Maglich and Linda Lund were the highest contributors. The Buckeyes will be in action with the men’s season opener at Miami (Ohio) University Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. The women’s team will also be opening their season Thursday at home against the Bowling Green Falcons.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 26-Sunday, Oct. 31
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 26
Men’s Golf at Barona Collegiate Cup
Lakeside, Calif.

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Women’s Soccer vs. Kent State, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, Oct. 28
Women’s Swimming vs. Bowling Green, 5 p.m.
Peppe Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Oct. 29
Field Hockey at Indiana, 3 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Soccer at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Purdue, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey at North Dakota, 7:05 p.m.
Grand Forks, N.D.

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

Pistol at West Point
West Point, N.Y.

Women’s Golf at The Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Men’s Golf at The Landfall Invitational
Wilmington, N.C.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Football vs. Penn State, 12:10 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey vs. St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Ice Hockey at North Dakota, 7:05 p.m.
Grand Forks, N.D.

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

Women’s Soccer vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Pistol at West Point
West Point, N.Y.

Women’s Golf at The Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Men’s Golf at The Landfall Invitational
Wilmington, N.C.

Rifle at Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Women’s Volleyball vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Valparaiso, Ind.

Women’s Golf at The Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Men’s Golf at The Landfall Invitational
Wilmington, N.C.

Cross Country at Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa