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Oct. 4, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Freshman women’s soccer midfielder Lisa Collison had athree-goal weekend vs. Illinois and Iowa, bringing her season goaltotal to nine. Collison, who leads the team in goals, points (19)and shots (42), tallied her first collegiate two-goal match againstthe Hawkeyes after getting the Buckeyes on the board early vs. theFighting Illini for the OSU weekend split. Junior midfielder BrentRohrer scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the men’ssoccer team past Wisconsin in Madison Sunday. It marked Rohrer’ssecond career goal and his first game-winner as the Buckeyes wontheir 12th-consecutive Big Ten opener and improved to 6-4-1overall. On his goal, Rohrer drove the ball from midfield all theway into the penalty area and sent his shot into the back of thenet unassisted. He has started all 11 games this fall and ranksamong the team leaders in minutes played with 812.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s and women’s cross country teams head north toDelaware, Ohio and Ohio Wesleyan University for the 2005 All-OhioChampionships Friday. The men’s team will seek to successfullydefend its 2004 team title and will be led by 2004 individualchampion Brian Olinger, who will be one of the favorites in the8-kilometer race this season. The women finished second last yearat the meet, but have won two consecutive meets this season andwill be looking for a third straight team victory. The women’ssoccer team recorded a weekend split falling to Illinois, 2-1, indouble overtime, but answered with a 3-0 shutout over Iowa. LisaCollison continued to score for the Buckeyes, tallying three goalsin two games. Collison got the Buckeyes on board early vs. theFighting Illini and registered two second-half goals against theHawkeyes. For the season, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native has ateam leading nine goals. Lara Dickenmann also was a part of the OSUoffensive surge against Iowa, notching her second goal of theseason.

Ohio State returns to Big Ten action when it faces Indiana at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Purdue at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Women’s ice hockey forward Jana Harrigan (Sr., Burlington,Ontario/M.M. Robinson) and defenseman Amber Bowman (Jr., Innisful,Ontario/Nantyr Shores) were members of the WCHA All-Star team thatfaced the U.S. Women’s National Team Sept. 30-Oct. 1 as part of theNational Team’s Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour. The WCHAAll-Stars were defeated in both games. The National Team won 5-1 atthe Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, and followedwith a 5-2 victory Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment andConvention Center in Duluth, Minn. Harrigan and Bowman sawconsiderable minutes in both games. On Friday, Harrigan was astarting forward and had one of the All-Star’s seven shots on goal.The lone WCHA goal was scored unassisted by Sharon Cole ofWisconsin. On Saturday night, the All-Stars came out strongertotaling 27 shots on net with goals by Tara Hiscock of BemidjiState and Cami Wooster of North Dakota.

Co-captains Harrigan and Bowman and the Ohio State women’s hockey squad will open their 2005-06 season this weekend when St. Cloud State comes to Columbus for a two-game series. The two teams face off Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4:00 p.m. Both games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink.

The men’s hockey team is ranked third (tied) and fifth in thepreseason polls released by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine andUSCHO.com/CSTV, respectively. It is the highest ranking for theBuckeyes since the USA Today rankings debuted in 199and is onlybehind the fourth-place spot the Buckeyes received in the USCHOpoll entering the 1998-99 season. The squad opens its season withan exhibition game against Western Ontario at 7:05 p.m. Friday inValue City Arena. Admission is free. The team opens itsregular-season with a two-game series at 2005 NCAA Frozen Fourparticipant Colorado College Oct. 14-15. The No. 9-ranked fieldhockey team extended its winning streak to nine with wins over Ohio(4-0) and Northwestern (3-2) last week. The team returns to actionwith a game at Miami (Ohio) at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio.Buckeye sophomore Yesenia Luces is ninth in the nation with acareer-best 25 points this season and is tied for fourth in theNCAA with nine assists on the year. The team is 10-2 on the yearand 3-0 in the Big Ten. For the 12th-consecutive season the men’ssoccer team won its Big Ten opener thanks to a 2-1 overtime victoryat Wisconsin Sunday. Trailing 1-0, the Buckeyes got goals fromsenior Kevin Nugent in the second half and junior Brent Rohrer inovertime to improve to 6-4-1 overall. Nugent leads the team inscoring with four goals and three assists and senior goalkeeper RayBurse Jr. owns a 1.02 goals-against average. Ohio State travels toMichigan State Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The women’s tennis team openedthe 2005-06 campaign at the Kentucky Fall Invitational inLexington, Ky., last weekend. Freshman Julie Voss placed third inFlight C with a 3-1 ledger. Senior Emily Howard lost her firstmatch in Flight D, but won three in a row to win the consolationbracket and freshman Olga Koutseridi also was 3-1, placing fifth inFlight D.

The team returns to action this weekend at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill., Friday-Sunday.

The pistol team opens its 2005-06 schedule by hosting the OhioCup Friday and Saturday at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in ConverseHall. The softball program hosted the Fifth Annual Ohio CollegiateCharity Classic last weekend, with all proceeds benefiting theStefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The Buckeyes and17 other teams from around the state competed in the two-day event,which is expected to significantly surpass the $13, 551 raised atthe tournament in 2004 when the final dollar amount is announced.Ohio State went 3-1 in the event and next hosts Louisville thisSunday at 1 p.m. in a double-header at Buckeye Field. 18th-rankedwomen’s volleyball (9-4 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) lost 3-0 to No. 4Penn State and defeated Indiana in home matches last weekend. AmiStevens had team-highs of eight kills and 10 digs against theNittany Lions. Danielle Meyer recorded 14 kills, Nicole Britenriker13 and Ami Stevens, 12 in the victory over the Hoosiers. TheBuckeyes will play road matches this weekend at No. 8 WisconsinFriday and at Northwestern Saturday.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Tuesday, Oct. 11

Tuesday, Oct. 4
Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge
Chicago, Ill.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
Field Hockey at Miami (Ohio), 3 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Thursday, Oct. 6
Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Friday, Oct. 7
Women’s Volleyball at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Hockey vs. Western Ontario, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Women’s Tennis at Wildcat Invitational
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Tennis at Hidden Duals
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Cross Country at All-Ohio Championships
Delaware, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Lady Tar Heel
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 4:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Football at Penn State, 7:45 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Golf at Lady Tar Heel
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Women’s Tennis at Wildcat Invitational
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Tennis at Hidden Duals
East Lansing, Mich.

Sunday, Oct. 9
Women’s Soccer vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Wildcat Invitational
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Tennis at Hidden Duals
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf at Lady Tar Heel
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Men’s Golf at Duke Intercollegiate
Durham, N.C.

Men’s Tennis at All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.

Monday, Oct. 10
Men’s Golf at Duke Intercollegiate
Durham, N.C.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Field Hockey vs. Kent, 3 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio