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Oct. 30, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (7-8-0, 2-3-0 Big Ten) will close out the regular season when the Buckeyes play host to No.5 Michigan State (17-2-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten). The conference contest will begin at noon at the North Turf Field in Columbus.

SENIORS, TAKE A BOW
Five Buckeyes are playing in their final regular season home game at the North Turf Field. Stacey Todd, Michelle Ruebman, Camille Butcher, McKenzie Hufford and Jen Van Kirk will be honored as the 2002 field hockey senior class. However, it will not be their final game on their home turf. The Buckeyes play host to the Big Ten field hockey tournament Nov. 8-10.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference announced Ohio State freshman goalkeeper Lara Koole has been named the defensive player of the week for the conference for the week ending Oct. 27.

Koole put in extra work last week in leading the Buckeyes to a pair of double overtime victories.

Koole tallied 16 saves in two contests combined, including nine stops in OSU’s double overtime upset on the road at No. 11 Iowa. Koole assisted the Buckeyes in their 3-2 double overtime win against Ball State at home, with seven saves. Koole is third in the conference with 4.17 saves per game and has registered three shutouts. She is the first Buckeye to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season.

WILKINSON EARNS 80TH VICTORY
Head coach Anne Wilkinson earned her 80th victory at the helm of the Buckeye field hockey program in the 1-0 double overtime win over Iowa Sunday. Currently in her seventh season, Wilkinson has an 80-51 record as the Ohio State mentor.

TODD NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the 2002 NFHCA Division I North/South Senior All-Stars. The student-athletes selected will participate in the 2002 NFHCA Division I North/South Senior All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Ohio State’s Stacey Todd was named an alternate for the game.

Participants in the event are divided into two teams (North and South Squads). Each squad consists of 17 players and two goalkeepers. Eight alternates also were selected.

Todd has started all 15 of Ohio State’s games this season. She leads the team with eight assists and is second on the team with 14 points. Todd has recorded four goals and 19 shots on goal for a . 698 shooting goal percentage.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes defeated No. 11 Iowa in double overtime 1-0, Sunday at Grant Field in Iowa City, Iowa. Mariana Solorzano scored the game-winning goal off a penalty corner 6:13 into double overtime.

Ohio State and Iowa were tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation game, forcing the game into a sudden victory overtime. The Hawkeyes kept the ball almost exclusively on their side of the field during the first overtime. However, the defense and OSU goalkeeper Lara Koole rebuffed each of Iowa’s chances. The game ended in the second extra frame, when Solorzano scored on a penalty corner, Cammie Trainer and Jenee Doto picking up the assists.

The Hawkeyes controlled the first half, firing 10 shots and five penalty corners to Ohio State’s three shots and three penalty corners. Koole was up to the challenge and kept the Hawkeyes off the boards.

In the second half, OSU attacked with six shots and seven penalty corners. But, Iowa’s keeper Barb Weinberg stopped the Buckeyes every time.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Junior Vanessa Immordino leads the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 10 goals and also leads the squad in points (24) and shots (53). Junior Mariana Solorzano has recorded six goals and two assists for 14 points. She is also second on the team in shots with 33. Senior Stacey Todd has tallied 24 assists and has also scored four goals for 16 points.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The No. 5 Spartans are coming off a 2-0 shut out win at Northwestern Oct. 26. Michigan State held the Wildcats without a single shot attempt and without any penalty corners. Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Kirkaldy recorded her fifth shutout of the season. Judith van Haeringen and Michelle Huynh-By recoded goals in the win for MSU.

Annebet Beerman leads the Big Ten in shots with 87 in 18 games. Beerman also leads the Spartans in scoring with 14 goals, six of them being game-winners. Judi van Haeringen is third in the conference with 78 shots in 19 games this season and leads the Big Ten in assists with 14.

SPARTANS HEAD COACH
Michigan State head coach Michele Madison is currently in her 10th year as the field hockey mentor. In her tenure at Michigan State Madison has won more games than any other coach in the 30-year history of the program. Her players have been named to various All-America teams nine times and she has coached two Big Ten Freshman of the Year performers.

BUCKEYES VS. SPARTANS
Ohio State has complied a 31-9-3 record all-time against Michigan State. Last season, the Spartans claimed a 2-1 win in East Lansing.

No. 10 Ohio State fell to the Michigan State Spartans, 2-1, Oct. 20, 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The two teams are tied for first-place in the conference and both teams have one game remaining on the conference schedule.

MSU jumped out to an early lead seven minutes into the first half. Off a failed penalty corner attempt, Annebet Beerman nailed a shot that was tipped in by Alexandra Kyser.

Michigan State held the one-goal lead until Beerman netted a goal at the 25:59 mark in the second half. Beerman took a pass from Judith van Haeringen to record her ninth goal of the year. Ohio State cut the lead to one at the 9:21 mark when Marije van Nouhuys put a shot past Spartan keeper Lauren Hess for her 12th goal of the season. The Buckeyes continued the late pressure, but could not find the back of the net. OSU had seven shots in the second half to MSU’s two.

BIG TEN, BIG GAMES
OSU plays four Big Ten teams at home and three Big Ten teams on the road this season. The Buckeyes were defeated by Michigan 4-1 in Ann Arbor in the conference season opener (Sept. 27) and fell to the Hoosiers on the road, 4-1 (Oct. 5). The squad earned its first conference win against Northwestern in a 3-0 victory at the North Turf Field (Oct.11) but fell to Penn State, 3-1 (Oct. 19). The Buckeyes claimed a 1-0 win in double overtime at Iowa (Oct. 27) and will close out the regular season at home against Michigan State Nov. 2.

2002 CAPTAINS
Senior defenders McKenzie Hufford and Jen Van Kirk are serving as 2002 Buckeye co-captains.

Hufford started 18 games as a junior and is described as a solid defender capable of running down the opposition. Last season, she scored two points on a goal against Ohio (10/2).

Van Kirk is another key asset to the Buckeye defense. As a junior, she started all 20 contests, led the OSU defense and helped the Buckeyes to four shutouts.

MEET COACH WILKINSON
Now in her seventh season at Ohio State, head coach Anne Wilkinson has established the Buckeyes as both a perennial Top 20 program and as one of the upper-echelon teams in the Big Ten Conference.

Wilkinson came to OSU after an impressive nine-year stint as the head coach at American University in Washington, D.C. Wilkinson twice was named the conference coach of the year and earned regional coach of the year accolades once.

In the 2001 season at Ohio State, Wilkinson proved her team is capable of winning. The team finished the season 15-5 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Buckeyes captured the first Big Ten regular-season championship and conference tournament championship in the 30-year history of the program. The championship title gave OSU an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which was only the second appearance for OSU in the history of the program. The Buckeyes complied their eighth-consecutive winning season and the sixth under Wilkinson.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT COMES TO COLUMBUS
Being crowned the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Champions and playing host to the tournament this season will be an added advantage for the Buckeyes. OSU plays host to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 8-10 at the North Turf Field located at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. Recaps of all contests will be posted on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES ONLINE
Information on the Ohio State field hockey team and OSU’s 36 varsity sports is available on the official website of The Ohio State Department of Athletics at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Standings and statistics from around the Big Ten can be found at www.bigten.org.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will play host to the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 8-10 at the North Turf Field.