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Oct. 8, 2002

Athletes of the Week
Men’s soccer sophomore goalkeeper Chad Brown was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the Big Ten announced Monday. Brown recorded four saves and smothered several Michigan State scoring opportunities in the 3-1 win over the Spartans Sunday. Brown is the third Buckeye to receive the honor this season. Brown, 6-3-0 on the season, now has 20 saves to go with four shutouts on the year. He has allowed just one goal in his last four games.

Chelsea Poling and Robyn Detty led the team women’s cross country team to a first-place finish in the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational last week, the second time it has taken first in a meet this season. Poling finished seventh and Detty was ninth to pace the squad.

Sports Shorts

The softball team won the second annual Ohio Collegiate CharityClassic this weekend. The Buckeyes beat Bowling Green, 4-1, in thechampionship game. This is the second year of the event. TheBuckeyes captured the title last year as well. The tournament was atwo-day event that benefited the Stefanie Spielman Fund for BreastCancer Research. Ohio State outscored its opponents 22-5 during thetournament and finished 6-0 for the weekend. The No. 15-rankedmen’s hockey team opened its season with a 6-2 victory overWaterloo in an exhibition game Friday. R.J. Umberger led the squadwith four points, on two goals and two assists, while DaymenBencharski contributed three points. Freshmen Dan Knapp and NateGuenin and junior Dave Steckel also scored for the squad. TheBuckeyes open their regular season against No. 1-ranked Minnesotain the Hall of Fame Game Saturday in the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul, Minn. Men’s soccer won it’s fifth-consecutive match, a 3-1win over Michigan State on Sunday. Junior Justin Cook scored hissecond game-winning goal in as many games and Sammy Tamporellonotched his first goal of the season. The win improves theBuckeyes’ record to 7-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Big Ten. OhioState is just a half game behind No. 4 ranked Indiana who sits at3-0-0 in the conference. Men’s soccer sophomore goalkeeper ChadBrown was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, theBig Ten announced Monday. Brown recorded four saves and smotheredseveral Michigan State scoring opportunities in the 3-1 win overthe Spartans Sunday. Brown is the third Buckeye to receive thehonor this season. Brown, 6-3-0 on the season, now has 20 saves togo with four shutouts on the year. He has allowed just one goal inhis last four games. The women’s cross country team placed first inthe Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational last Friday. The winmarked the second time the women have finished first in anInvitational this season. The Buckeyes were led by Chelsea Poling(Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Sienna Southview) and Robyn Detty (So.,Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North). Poling was the top finisher forthe Buckeyes, finishing seventh in a time of 18:45 while Dettyfinished ninth in a time of 18:52. The men’s golf team returns toaction Oct. 14 at the Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The Buckeyeswill look to Kevin Hall to lead the Buckeyes. Last time out Halltied his career low round score with a 68, leading the Buckeyes toa fifth-place tie with Indiana at the Northern Invitational. Themen’s basketball team begins defense of its 2002 Big TenCo-Championship and Tournament Championship titles Saturday whenpractice officially begins at the Value City Arena. The Buckeyesalso hope to add another milestone to the record books by winning20 or more games for the fifth-consecutive season, something neverbefore accomplished at Ohio State. Another streak also will be onthe line in 2002-03. The current squad also has an NCAA tournamentappearance streak on the line. With four-consecutive appearances inthe prestigious postseason national tournament, Ohio State isseeking its fifth invitation in as many years, extending the schoolrecord of four-consecutive trips set last season. The No. 8 women’sgolf team posted a score of 888 (297-296-295) to finish thirdSunday at the second-annual Franklin Street Trust Tar HeelInvitational. Sophomore Kristen White placed second for theBuckeyes, shooting four-under 212 (71-71-70). It was the highestfinish of her career. Teammate Allison Hanna recorded 218(73-73-72) to place third, tying a career-best finish. The women’ssoccer team looks to rebound from a tough 1-0 loss at No. 12Michigan as it returns home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for aweekend series against Iowa and Illinois. The Iowa match is set forFriday evening at 7:30 p.m., while the Illini invade Columbus onSunday at 2 p.m. The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming anddiving teams will compete in inter-squad meets Friday at the MikePeppe Acquatic Center. The annual Scarlet vs. Gray meet will beginat 5 p.m. Both teams also will begin regular season play Oct. 25 atp.m.. at the Mike Peppe Acquatic Center in a coed meet vs. Ohio.No. 24 women’s volleyball, 6-7 overall, 0-4 Big Ten, lost 3-2 atNo. 22 Michigan State Friday and 3-0 at Michigan Saturday. StaceyGordon had a career-high 36 kills at Michigan State and added 19 atMichigan to extend her double-figure kill streak to 29 matches.Gordon was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts.The marks the fourth time in two years she has been named theplayer of the week. Setter Jackie Schardt returned to the startinglineup after missing the last three matches with a concussion. TheBuckeyes host No. 15 Wisconsin Friday and Northwestern Saturday inSt. John Arena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. The women’s tennisteam complied a 21-3 overall record at the Hoosier ClassicInvitational in Bloomington, Ind., over the last weekend. The squadwas led by Erica Fisk and Lindsay Williams, who both wentundefeated in singles play.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.
GO BUCKS!

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 8
No games scheduled

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Men’s Soccer vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Thursday, Oct. 10
Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Pacific Palasades, Calif.

Friday, Oct. 11
Cross Country at All-Ohio Meet, All Day
Delaware, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Pacific Palasades, Calif.

Field Hockey vs. Northwestern, 3:00 p.m.
North Turf Field

Women’s Volleyball vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Mankato State, 7:05 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

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

Saturday, Oct. 12
Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Pacific Palasades, Calif.

Football vs. San Jose State, 12:10 p.m.
Ohio Stadium

Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, 7:00 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 8:05 p.m.
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Women’s Ice Hockey at Mankato State, 7:05 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Sunday, Oct. 13
Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American, All Day
Pacific Palasades, Calif.

Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois, 2:00 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Soccer at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
State College, Pa.