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Oct. 13, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3 overall, 2-3 in Big Ten) close out the season series between a pair of Big Ten rivals. On Friday, OSU plays host to No. 5 Iowa at 3 p.m. Iowa won the earlier meeting in Iowa City, 6-1. On Sunday, the Buckeyes play host to Northwestern at noon. OSU won the contest in Evanston, 3-2 in September.

Hobson is Hot
Katie Hobson is having an impressive season. She has scored a goal or an assist in 10 of 11 games this season. The junior leads the Buckeyes with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. Her point total ranks her fourth in the Big Ten and her goal total ranks her second. She has already eclipsed her old career highs of seven goals and 20 points, set last year.

This Week’s Ranking
In this week’s STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, the Buckeyes are 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.

Have a Ball This Fall
Ohio State is hosting its annual “Have a Ball This Fall” extravaganza featuring field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer. NIKE t-shirts, watches and athletic calendars will be given away at each event throughout the weekend. On Sunday, the men’s soccer team plays Penn State at 2:30 p.m. Women’s soccer plays host to Michigan State on Friday at 4 p.m. and Northwestern on Sunday at noon. All soccer games are played at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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 11 goals and 26 points. She is also tied for second on the team lead with four assists. Deanna Menichini is second the team with 17 points (seven goals and three assists). Jayne Landis is chipping in with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Marije van Nouhuys has 13 points off five goals and three assists. Diana Kuser is fifth on the team with 11 points and is tied with Hobson and Landis for the assist lead. Defensive Leaders
The Ohio State defense is allowing its opponents an average of 1.74 goals per game. Leading the way is co-captain Aubrey Stock with her team high three defensive saves. The goaltending combination of Gillian Batey and Allison Blanton have combined for two shutouts and 67 saves.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
The No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes (11-1 overall, 4-1 in Big Ten) are currently in a three-way tie with Penn State and Michigan for first place in the conference. Lesley Irvine leads the team with 21 points (six goals and nine assists). Tiffany Leister leads the Hawkeyes with eight goals and Alycyn Freet has a team-high 10 assists. In goal, Kelly Druley has 51 saves and a 0.803 goals against average. The Iowa head coach is Beth Beglin.

OSU vs. Iowa All-Time
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series between the two schools, 33-3-0. On Sept. 24, the two schools met in Iowa City with the Hawkeyes winning 6-1.

Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern (4-8 overall, 0-5 in the Big Ten) enters this week on a two-game losing streak. Last weekend, NU lost at Michigan State 5-1 and at Michigan 2-1. Offensively, the team is led by Amy Haase. She has a team high seven goals, seven assists and 21 points. Lindsay Wright is second on the team with 14 points off six goals and two assists. In goal, Jess Yates leads the team with 113 saves and a 2.63 goals against average. The NU head coach is Diane Loosbrock. She is in her second season at the helm.

OSU vs. NU All-Time
Northwestern leads the all-time series between the two schools, 26-12-1. But the Buckeyes have won the last seven in a row under head coach Anne Wilkinson. On Sept. 26, OSU won the meeting in Evanston, 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 45-27 (.625) record at OSU and a 124-111-8 (.527) 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.