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April 18, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team won its second-consecutive T2D Spring League title Sunday at North Turf Field with a 3-2 victory over conference foe Michigan State. The Buckeyes played in the championship game after participating in the round-robin format over the last two weekends. They completed the league with a record of 5-0-3. The league featured eight teams, including fellow Big Ten teams Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern, as well as Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami, and Ohio.

“I am really proud of the way the team competed throughout the league,” Anne Wilkinson, OSU head coach, said. “We showed tremendous growth in our three competition dates. The league is an integral part of our spring season. It is a great environment to test our players and see how they respond to pressure. Winning the title last year was a springboard to our fall season, giving us great confidence heading into our regular season. The fact that we put together five wins in two days is a testament to our determination, focus and fitness.”

After tying their first three opponents April 8-9, the Buckeyes opened the second weekend of play Saturday with a 7-0 win over Ohio University with seven different players finding the back of the cage. Ohio State followed with a 6-2 victory against Kent State.

OSU topped Central Michigan, 3-0, to open competition Sunday. The Buckeyes then posted a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Northwestern to secure a place in the league’s championship game. There the squad battled Michigan State with Saskia Mueller (Zuerich, Switzerland/Gymnasium Unterstrass) scoring the game-winning goal for the 3-2 win.

Ohio State led all teams with 26 goals in eight games. Several Buckeyes contributed offensively, including juniors Lauren Kruse (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills), Curlyne Wynn (Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago/North Eastern College) and Mueller, sophomores Mara Adelman (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood Flossmoor), Jamie Gofgosky (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon Central) and Dana Greenhut (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley), and freshmen Linda Haussener (Baden, Switzerland/Kantonsschule Baden) and Emily Mikac (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington).