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Oct. 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes compete in their final regular season games this weekend in the state of Michigan. On Friday, OSU travels to East Lansing, Mich., to face No. 17 Michigan State. On Sunday, the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 8 Michigan.

%^$This Week’s Ranking
%^$In the STX/NFHCA National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Oct. 6 poll, Ohio State is ranked No.11. In the Sept. 21 poll, Ohio State reached its highest ranking in school history at No. 5. The Buckeyes have been ranked in every poll this season. In last week’s NCAA Field Hockey Poll (the poll that dictates the NCAA tournament field), OSU was ranked No. 11.%^$

%^$Seniors Closing Careers
%^$The field hockey careers of Jayne Landis, Deanna Menichini, Camilla Robinson and Felicia Smith are coming to a close. The senior class has totaled 46 wins over their careers, which ties them for the second most in the 1990’s. The class of 1997 won 48 games. %^$

%^$Sisters Square Off
%^$Friday’s OSU vs. MSU game will feature the van Nouhuys sisters, Marije from OSU and Sanne from MSU, squaring off for the second time this season. The sisters have gone head-to-head three times over the past two years with OSU having a 2-1 edge. %^$

%^$Stock is Rising
%^$Junior co-captain Aubrey Stock has notched seven defensive saves this season. The total is the fifth highest in school history. Her 11 career defensive saves is the fifth highest total in school history. %^$

%^$Hobson is Hot
%^$Katie Hobson is having an impressive season. She has scored a goal or an assist in 12 of 15 games this season. The junior leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 30 points. She has already eclipsed her old career highs of seven goals and 20 points, set last year.%^$

%^$A Record Start
%^$OSU’s 8-1 start tied the school mark for best start set in 1974 and 1994. The Buckeyes set a new school record by opening the season with seven consecutive wins. The old record of 6-0 was set both in 1974 and 1994.%^$

%^$Offensive Leaders
%^$Offensively, the Buckeyes have been paced by consistent scoring from five different players. Katie Hobson leads the team with 13 goals and 30 points. Deanna Menichini is second the team with 20 points (eight goals and four assists). Marije van Nouhuys has 17 points off six goals and five assists. Jayne Landis is chipping in with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Diana Kuser is fifth on the team with 12 points and leads the team with six assists. %^$

%^$Defensive Leaders
%^$The Ohio State defense is allowing its opponents an average of 1.99 goals per game. Leading the way is co-captain Aubrey Stock with her team high seven defensive saves. The goaltending combination of Gillian Batey and Allison Blanton have combined for two shutouts and 83 saves. %^$

%^$Scouting the Spartans
%^$The No. 17 Michigan State Spartans (9-8 overall, 2-5 in Big Ten) are currently in fifth place in the conference. Offensively, Sanne van Nouhuys and Marleen Tuip are tied for the team lead with 27 points. Van Nouhuys leads the team with 12 goals and Tuip leads the squad with nine assists. Mireille Evans is the team leader with 120 saves and carries a 2.12 goals against average. The Spartan head coach is Michele Madison. She is in her seventh year at the helm. %^$

%^$OSU vs. MSU All-Time
%^$The Buckeyes have a 28-8-3 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. On Oct. 3, OSU defeated MSU, 3-1 in Columbus. %^$

%^$Scouting the Wolverines
%^$The Michigan Wolverines (13-5 overall, 6-2 in Big Ten) are currently tied with Penn State for second place in the Big Ten. Last Sunday, they lost 1-0 to first place Iowa. Offensively, Kelli Gannon leads the team with and 10 goals and is second with 28 points. Courtney Reid has a team high 14 assists and 30 points. Goalkeeper Katie Oakes has 47 saves and a 1.54 goals against average. The UM head coach is Marcia Pankratz. She is in her fifth year at the helm. %^$

%^$OSU vs. UM All-Time
%^$The Wolverines have a 20-17-2 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. On Oct. 1, the Wolverines used a late rally to defeat the Buckeyes, 3-2. %^$

%^$Hosting the Big Ten Tourney
%^$The Ohio State University will have the privilege of hosting the 1999 Big Ten Tournament, Nov. 5-7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Turf Field. All six teams in the conference are invited with the winning team receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seeding will be determined by the regular season’s final standings. The Buckeyes should have a definite advantage after going 7-1 at home last year. %^$

%^$The Head Coach
%^$Anne Wilkinson enters her fourth year as the Ohio State head coach. She currently has a 46-28 (.622) record at OSU and a 125-112-8 (.526) career record. Since her arrival in Columbus, OSU has established itself as a consistent winner in the Big Ten Conference and in the classroom. Last season, her team finished third in the conference and took home two all-conference awards. Four Buckeyes were also named to the regional All-American team. Academically, the Buckeyes had three student-athletes named to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and four student-athletes named academic all-Big Ten.%^$

%^$The Captains
%^$Senior Jayne Landis and junior Aubrey Stock are this season’s co-captains. Landis, a native of Telford, Pa., led the team with nine goals in 1998. Stock, a native of Seven Valleys, Pa., tied for the team lead with three defensive saves last season.

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