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April 3, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (7-1, 1-0 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad plays its sixth consecutive road match this weekend when the Buckeyes play at 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-4, 3-2), in a conference game, at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6. The Buckeyes return home for the first time in five weeks for a 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 game against 11th-ranked Notre Dame (6-1).

MIRICK NAMED ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Megan Mirick (Sr., Burke, Va./Robinson High School) has been named the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week. Mirick was the key in the 12-11 upset victory over seventh-ranked Maryland. She had five goals and an assist in the game. Mirick had three goals in the first half to help OSU build an 8-3 halftime lead. Her fourth goal of the game gave OSU its largest lead of the game at 10-3. Her fifth goal at 48:18 made it 11-8, stopping a five-goal scoring run by the Terrapins.

WILSON NAMED ALA COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shannon Wilson (Jr., Sherkston, Ontario/Lakeshore Catholic High School) has been named the AllLacrosseAmerica.com Women’s Collegiate Player of the Week by the staff of AllLacrosseAmerica.com. Wilson scored the game-winning goal against seventh-ranked Maryland (6-4) with 1:37 left for a 12-11 win by the 19th-ranked Buckeyes.

BUCKEYES RANKED NO. 13 IN IWLCA POLL
Ohio State moved up six spots to No. 13 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association weekly poll. The Buckeyes received 83 points this week, moving up from 19th last week. Georgetown (7-0) continues as No. 1 in the poll with 200 points.

A LOOK AT JOHNS HOPKINS
The Blue Jays, coached by Jainine Tucker, have a 6-4 overall record and are 3-1 in the ALC. Ranked 17th this week, Johns Hopkins has won its last two matches. The Blue Jays defeated Northwestern, 11-7, on March 26 and won a 14-8 decision over Richmond March 30. Heidi Pearce has scored a team-high 30 goals for the Blue Jays. Jamie Larrimore is second with 28. Erin Wellner has recorded a team-high 12 assists with Larrimore second with 10. Goalkeeper Jen McDonald has 94 saves on the season and have an 8.99 goal against average. Johns Hopkins is averaging 10.8 goal per game and had given up 9.10 per game.

THE OHIO STATE – JOHNS HOPKINS SERIES
Saturday’s contest will be the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Blue Jays.

A LOOK AT NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish, coached by Tracy Coyne, are 6-1 on the season and are 2-0 in the Big East prior to matches Wednesday against Syracuse and Saturday at Connecticut. Notre Dame has won its last two matches with a 9-7 win over Delaware and a 15-4 victory over Virginia Tech. Danielle Shearer leads Notre Dame in goals with 16. Natalie Loftus and Alissa Moser have 12 goals each. Shearer is also the team leader in assists with nine. In goal, Jen White, has made 59 saves and has a 6.00 goals against average. Notre Dame is averaging 11.71 goals per game and is giving up six goals per game.

THE OHIO STATE – NOTRE DAME SERIES
Ohio State has a 3-2 lead in the series with Notre Dame. In Columbus, each team has won one game. Notre Dame won 10-9 in 1998 and the Buckeyes won 10-9 in 2000. OSU has won twice at Notre Dame (11-7 in 1997 and 15-12 in 1999) and lost, 18-12, at South Bend last year.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference. OSU lost to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 12-7 and upset seventh-ranked Maryland, 12-11, in College Park, Md. last weekend at the ACC-ALC Challenge. Megan Mirick is the team leader in goals with 26. Tracey Bounds (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) is second with 21. Regina Oliver (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks third on the squad with 14 goals and Carrie Weatherill (So., Malvern, Pa.) is fourth with 12. Alexia Vogler (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) leads the team in assists with 12 with Bounds second at nine. In goal, Erin Forquer (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) has started all seven games and has recorded 83 saves (.593) and has given up 57 goals (7.46 goals against average). The Buckeyes are averaging 14.63 goals per game and are giving up 7.25 per game.

NORTH CAROLINA RECAP
Ohio State suffered its first loss of the season to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 12-7. Shannon Wilson and Regina Oliver had two goals each with Tracey Bounds, Carrie Weatherill and Megan Mirick adding single tallies. Tar Heel Kellie Thompson had a game-high five goals with Lindsay Stone and Erin McInnes adding three each and Laurie Milback one. OSU rallied twice to comeback to tie the score, the second time with an Oliver goal at 35:47 to knot the score at six. The Tar Heels then scored six unanswered goals to secure the win. OSU’s Erin Forquer had 15 saves in the game with Kately Hoffman recording seven for North Carolina.

MARYLAND RECAP
Ohio State, with a goal by Shannon Wilson with 1:37 left in the game, upset seventh-ranked Maryland, 12-11 in what can be considered the biggest win in the history of Ohio State women’s lacrosse. OSU’s Megan Mirick had five goals in the game with Tracey Bounds adding three and Regina Oliver two. Carrie Weatherill and Shannon Wilson added single goals in the contest. Kelly Coppedge and Courtney Hobbs scored three goals each for Maryland with Meredith Egan and Sonia Judd adding two each and Acacia Walker one. The Buckeyes opened up a 5-0 lead and had an 8-3 lead at halftime. Mirick’s fourth goal of the game gave OSU a seven-goal lead at 10-3. Maryland scored five times to cut the margin to 10-8. Mirick’s fifth goal took the OSU lead to 11-8. Maryland scored three goals in 1:48 to tie the game at 11. Wilson’s goal gave the victory to the Buckeyes at 58:23. OSU’s Erin Forquer recorded 18 saves in the contest while Terrapin Alexis Venechanos had six.

OLIVER, A FORCE FOR THE DEFENSE
With 25 caused turnovers and 26 ground balls this season, Regina Oliver is one reason Ohio State is 7-1 on the year. In OSU’s 12-11 win over Maryland, Oliver contributed four caused turnovers, six ground balls and contributed two early goals in the upset. Oliver ranks fifth in the country in caused turnovers with a 3.13 per game average

BOUNDS NOW TIED FOR SIXTH IN OSU CAREER GOALS
With a goal against Maryland and three at Maryland, Tracey Bounds now has 69 career goals and has moved to a tie for sixth in career goals for Ohio State. She is tied with Laurie Rybak (1996-99) and is three goals behind teammate Lauren Cochran who ranks fifth with 72.

ERIN FORQUER, THE TOP GOALIE IN THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE
In the latest statistics release by the American Lacrosse Conference, Erin Forquer is the top goalie in the conference for all matches with a 7.48 goals against average and has a 59.3 saves percentage. Forquer made 18 saves in OSU’s 12-11 win over Maryland last week.

OHIO STATE LEADING ALC STATISTICS
The Buckeyes have several student-athletes atop the American Lacrosse Conference overall statistics this week. Besides, Forquer, OSU’s Lauren Cochran is first in draw controls at 2.63 per game, Regina Oliver leads the conference in caused turnovers at 3.13 per game and Alexia Vogler is tied for first in assists a 1.50 per game. Megan Mirick is second in goals at 3.25 and is tied for third in scoring at 3.75 points per game with teammate Tracey Bounds. The Buckeyes rank first in team statistics for offense (14.62 goals per game), defense (7.25 goals against per game) and draw controls (14.00 per game). The Buckeyes rank fourth in ground balls (24.00 per game).

BUCKEYES IN NCAA STATISTICS
In NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State leads the country in scoring margin at 7.38 per game. The Buckeyes are tied for second in scoring offense at 14.625 and rank sixth in scoring defense at 7.25. Ohio State is ranked second in draw controls at 14.00 and is seventh in caused turnovers at 15.25. Individually, Erin Forquer is ranked ninth in saves percentage at .593 and is 10th in goals against average at 7.48. Regina Oliver is fifth in the country in caused turnovers at 3.13 per game.

BUCKEYES JOIN THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE
Ohio State has joined with six other squads to for the American Lacrosse Conference. Members include Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Davidson, Ohio University and Ohio State. In the first year, Ohio State will face Northwestern, John Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Ohio University on the road and host Penn State and Davidson in league contests.

OHIO STATE RANKED FOURTH IN ALC PRESEASON POLL
By a vote of the conference coaches, Ohio State has been picked fourth in the American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Poll. The Buckeyes received 20 points. Penn State was voted first, receiving 36 points and six first place votes. John Hopkins was second with 31 points and one first place vote. Vanderbilt was third with 26 points. The remaining league members were ranked as follows: 5th Davidson (14 points), 6th Ohio University (12) and 7th Northwestern (8).

HEAD COACH SUE STIMMEL
Sue Stimmel is in her seventh year as the head coach for Ohio State. A 1984 graduate of Temple University, Stimmel is the only coach that the Buckeye program has had. She spent six years has the head coach of Denison prior to coming to Ohio State. Stimmel is 50-42 at Ohio State and is 126-60 in her career.

SCERBO AND CIANFRANI JOIN COACHING STAFF
The women’s lacrosse coaching staff has two new members this season. Michael Scerbo joins the staff after spending the last five years as the head coach of Limestone College. A 1995 graduate of SUNY-Oswego with a B.A. in biology, Scerbo had a 33-24 record at Limestone College. Former Ohio State women’s lacrosse student-athlete Celeste Cianfrani joins the coaching staff after her four-year career with the Buckeyes. She graduated with a degree in communications in the spring of 2001. Cianfrani is Ohio State’s all-time leader in assists (51) and is second in goals (87) and career points (138). She was a 2001 Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American.

READE AND TULK GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Two Ohio State student-athletes gained international experience last year as they played for Team Canada in the IFWLA 2001 World Cup in England. Kylee Reade and Amy Tulk (So., West Chester, Pa.) gained valuable experience as Team Canada finished fourth in the World Cup.

UPCOMING FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes return to the road for the next two weeks. OSU has a 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 game at Virginia Tech (5-5) and then faces 10th-ranked Vanderbilt (6-2, 2-0) the following week in a 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21 game.

AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
April 1
Virginia Tech def. Northwestern 10-5

April 3
Davidson vs. Duke

April 5
Ohio at Vanderbilt

April 6
Ohio State at Johns Hopkins
Northwestern at New Hampshire
Penn State vs. Loyola

April 7
Ohio at Duquesne