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April 24, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team handed out its 2005 awards at the annual team banquet Sunday at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. The banquet also celebrated the careers of Ohio State’s six departing seniors.

Junior Saskia Mueller (Zuerich, Switzerland/Gymnasium Unterstrass) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. A Dartfish/NFHCA Third Team All-American, First Team All-West Region and Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, Mueller led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten with 19 assists and added nine goals. Her 37 points ranked third on the team and she scored on all four of her penalty stroke attempts.

Sophomore Yesenia Luces (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) earned the Most Improved Award. Luces had a breakout second season, leading the team and the conference with 44 points after scoring 15 as a freshman. She scored 13 goals and had 18 assists to finish second on the team in both categories. Luces was a first team honoree as an All-American, All-West Region and All-Big Ten.

Freshman Linda Haussener (Baden, Switzerland/Kantonsschule Baden) was named the Buckeye’s Unsung Hero. As a rookie, Haussener started 20 games and tied for six on the team with 13 points. Two of her five goals were game-winners and she also tallied three assists.

Senior Renee Rossi (Powell, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) earned the team’s Harriet B. Reynolds Award for the highest GPA. It was the fourth-consecutive year Rossi received the award. She is also a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete selection.

Along with Rossi, the field hockey team honored fellow seniors Lucy Clayton, Leticia Fragapane, Katelin Condon, Stacie Hassman and Lindsay Williams for their careers as a Buckeye.