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April 6, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (5-4 overall, 3-0 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad hosts California-Berkeley (7-5) Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the 14th-ranked Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is 5-4 on the season and 3-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week Ohio State went on the road to Davidson and returned with a 15-4 conference victory over the Wildcats.

KREMER NAMED THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The American Lacrosse Conference has named OSU’s Kelly Kremer the ALC Player of the Week for her play in the Buckeyes’ 15-4 victory at Davidson. She posted a game-high five points with four goals and an assist. Kremer scored OSU’s first two goals of the game and her third gave OSU a 5-2 lead and proved to be the game winner. She added four ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the contest. Kremer, who has scored at least one goal in every game this season, has 31 points on the season with 27 goals and four assists.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State’s Kelly Kremer has a team-high 31 points for the Buckeyes with 27 goals and four assists. Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks second with 19 points with 15 goals and four assists. Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) has 15 points (5-10) with KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) at 14 points (11-3). Oliver has a team-high 38 ground balls with Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) second with 34. Oliver also leads the squad in caused turnover with 29. Williams is second with 26. Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) leads the team in draw controls with 14. Oliver is second with 13 and Kremer has 12. In goal, Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) is 5-4 on the season, starting all nine games. She has an 8.57 goals against average and an .463 saves percentage.

A LOOK AT CAL-BERKELEY
The head coach for the Bears is Jill Malko. Cal-Berkeley is 7-5 on the season after a 19-5 victory at home against Saint Mary’s Tuesday. Last week the Bears suffered an 11-10 loss at Stanford. California will play at Ohio Friday prior to facing Ohio State Sunday.

CAL-BERKELEY BY THE NUMBERS
The top scorer for the Bears is Laura Cavallo with 36 points. She has team-highs of 23 goals and 13 assists. Liz Reifsnyder is second on the team in points with 27 with 15 goals and 12 assists. Molly Brandy ranks third in points with 22 on 19 goals and three assists. Reifsnyder has team-highs of 28 ground balls and 23 draw controls and is tied for second in caused turnovers with Erin Hafkenschiel with 14. Cavallo has a team-high 26 caused turnovers and is second on the squad in ground balls with 23 and draw controls with 20. In goal, Hilary Lynch has started all 11 games and is 6-5 on the season. She has a 10.00 goals against average and a .484 saves percentage.

OHIO STATE – CAL-BERKELEY SERIES
The Ohio State-California series is tied 1-1. In 2003, Ohio State defeated California, 12-6 in Columbus. Last year, in California, the Bears won 10-6.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST CAL-BERKELEY
In 2004, despite opening the game with a 3-0 lead on goals by Ashley Evans, Caroline Weatherill and Kelyn Laws, Ohio State could not stop a 6-1 California scoring run in the first half, leading to a 10-6 Bear victory. Two goals by Schuyler Sokolow and single tallies from Leanne Zilioli, Molly Brady, Elizabeth Reifsnyder and Jacelyn Paul accounted for California’s six first half goals. OSU’s KC Carter scored in the first half to tie the game at four. Cal’s Brady opened the scoring in the second half but was offset with Weatherill’s second goal to make the Bear lead, 7-5. Brady added her third and fourth goals of the game to make the lead, 9-5. OSU’s Natale Miller scored to cut the margin to three at 9-6. Reifsnyder closed out the scoring for California for a 10-6 Bear victory. In goal for Ohio State, Kim Hastings played the first half giving up six goals while making five saves. Buckeye Taryn Bowen played the second half giving up four goals and recording four saves. California’s Hilary Lynch had 20 saves in goal for the Bears while giving up six goals.

REVIEWING THE DAVIDSON GAME
Ohio State went to 3-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference with a 15-4 victory at Davidson behind a four-goal performance by Kelly Kremer. She scored OSU’s first two goals of the game and added her game winning third goal to five OSU a 5-2 lead. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to 9-3 at the half and then outscored the Wildcats 6-1 in the second half for the win. Andrea Fischer and Jessica Patane added two goals each for OSU as 10 Buckeye student-athletes scored in the game. On the defense, Brandie Williams collected a career-high eight ground balls and added four caused turnovers and had a goal and an assist in the game. Regina Oliver contributed a game-high five caused turnovers, adding three ground balls and a draw control. She also scored a goal that moved her to second in OSU career goals with 111. In goal, Kim Hastings picked up the win (5-4) playing 42 minutes, giving up four goals. Joy DeMarco (18 minutes) closed out the game in goal, collecting two saves.

OHIO STATE RANKED 14TH IWLCA RANKINGS
Ohio State’s rose to 14th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll after defeating Davidson, 15-4, last Sunday. OSU has 101 votes in the poll this week up from 82 last week.

KREMER, OSU’S TOP SCORER
Kelly Kremer had four goals at Davidson to extend her goal scoring streak to nine games. She has a team-high 27 goals and has a team-leading 31 points for the Buckeyes. Kremer contributed four ground balls, two caused turnovers, one draw control and an assist in the win over the Wildcats.

OLIVER NOW SECOND IN OSU CAREER GOALS
Regina Oliver, with a goal at Davidson, has moved to second in OSU career goals with 111. She had been tied for second with Shannon Wilson (2000-03) at 110. Oliver stands 32 goals behind career leader Megan Mirick (1999-02) with 143. In the Davidson game, Oliver recorded five caused turnovers, three ground balls and a draw control for the Buckeyes.

OLIVER LEADS THE COUNTRY IN CUASED TURNOVERS
Regina Oliver has 29 caused turnovers on the season and ranks first in the weekly NCAA national statistics with a 3.22 per game average. She ranks third nationally in ground balls with a 4.22 per game average to lead the American Lacrosse Conference.

WILLIAMS RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Brandie Williams is averaging 2.89 caused turnovers per game and ranks second nationally this week in the NCAA Statistics. She has 26 caused turnovers in the nine games this season. Williams ranks sixth nationally in ground balls at 3.78 per game, ranking her second in the American Lacrosse Conference.

KREMER TIED FOR 15TH NATIONALLY IN GOALS PER GAME
Kelly Kremer has 27 goals on the season for a 3.00 goals per game average and ranks tied for 15th in the current NCAA national statistics. Kremer’s 3.00 average has her ranked third in the American Lacrosse Conference and she is fifth in the ALC in scoring with a 3.44 points per game average.

FISHER NETS TWO GOALS AT DAVIDSON
Andrea Fischer scored two goals at Davidson last Sunday for the second time in her career. She posted a two-goal game in 2003 at Davidson. Last Sunday, Fischer added two caused turnovers in the contest and was two of three in attempts on goal.

PANTANE SCORES TWICE AGAINST WILDCATS
Jessica Pantane produced her first goals as a Buckeye when she scored twice at Davidson last week. Seeing action in her third game of the season, Pantane scored twice on five attempts and added two ground balls in the contest.

WILLIAMS HAS A CAREER-HIGH EIGHT GROUND BALLS AGAINST DAVIDSON
Brandie Williams recorded a career-high eight ground balls last Sunday at Davidson. Her previous best had been five in four different games. Williams added four caused turnovers at Davidson, picking up a goal and an assist in the contest.

OLIVER AN INSIDELACROSSE.COM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Ohio State’s Regina Oliver has been named a first team preseason All-American by insidelacrosse.com as announced on their web site.

OLIVER NAMED TO ALC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Regina Oliver has been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Conference Team of the American Lacrosse Conference by a vote of the league’s head coaches. She is a three-time first team ALC all-conference selection and was the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year. The ALC Preseason Team follows: Kristen Burke, Penn State; Dana Dobbie, Ohio; Lindsay Frank, Davidson; Lori Havrilla, Penn State; Lacey-Leigh Hentz, Johns Hopkins; Kate Hickman, Vanderbilt; Mary Key, Johns Hopkins; Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern; Ashley Koester, Northwestern; Courtney Koester, Northwestern; Regina Oliver, Ohio State; Lee Tortorelli, Penn State

BUCKEYES PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Ohio State has been picked to finish sixth in the ALC. The Buckeyes were 1-5 last season in the ALC, finishing sixth. Northwestern was picked to finish first by the coaches. The projected order of finish follows (first place votes): 1. Northwestern 47 (5); 2. Johns Hopkins 42 (2); 3. Penn State 31; Vanderbilt 31; 5. Ohio 19; 6. Ohio State 18; 7. Davidson 8.

OLIVER NAMED TO PRESEASON TEWAARATON AWARD WATCHLIST
Regina Oliver has been named to the Spring 2005 preseason watchlist of the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. The award, considered the Heisman Award of lacrosse, will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of five women and five men who will constitute the award’s finalist. Oliver, a midfielder for the Buckeyes, is a two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/U.S. Lacrosse All-American receiving second team honors in 2003 and a third team selection in 2004. She is a three-time American Lacrosse Conference first team selection and was named the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year.

KREMER HONORED BY INSIDELACROSSE AND WOMENSLACROSSE.COM
Kelly Kremer was honored by both insidelacrosse.com and womenslacrosse.com after her four-goal performance against Duquesne last Saturday. InsideLacrosse.com named her an honorable mention player of the week while womenslacrosse.com named her to their honor roll. Playing in her first game as a Buckeye, Kremer scored four goals in six shots including one for two in free position attempts. She added three draw controls and two ground balls in the contest.

HASTINGS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY WOMENSLACROSSE.COM AND AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 14, 2005
Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) was named the Division I National Player of the Week by womenslacrosse.com and the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for her play against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech last week. She recorded 14 saves against Johns Hopkins, adding five ground balls in the contest. From a six-all tied at halftime, she allowed only three second half goals to help secure the win for Ohio State. In the Virginia Tech contest, Hastings contributed 10 saves, a ground ball and a key caused turnover. For the two games, she had an 8.00 goals against average and a .600 saves percentage. On the season, Hastings has a 6.36 goals against average and a .587 saves percentage.

KREMER NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY INSIDELACROSSE.COM – March 14, 2005
Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) has been named the Division I National Player of the Week by insidelacrose.com for her play last week against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech. She recorded a career-high six goals in the upset of Johns Hopkins. She added an assist, two ground balls and a draw control against the Blue Jays. Kremer had three goals in the first half to keep the Buckeyes in the game going into the second half tied at six. She scored OSU’s first two goals of the second half to give the Buckeyes an 8-7 lead. Her sixth goal of the game came during a 4-0 Ohio State scoring run to cap the victory. Against Virginia Tech, Kremer scored a game-high three goals and had an assist. She added a ground ball and a caused turnover. She scored OSU’s last two goals of the first half against the Hokies to give the Buckeyes a 5-4 halftime lead that would hold up for the game. Kremer added a third goal late in the game to complete the hat trick. For the season, Kremer is Ohio State’s leader in goals with 16.

JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
The 8,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.

HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her 10th season as the head coach for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team. 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 78-65 at Ohio State and is 154-83 in her 16-year career. The 2003 season was her most successful with a program-high 14 wins, finishing the regular season ranked 11th nationally and making the school’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals. Her squad won the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Championship and she was named the ALC Coach of the Year and was later named the 2003 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year.

BUCKEYES HAVE TWO APPEARANCES ON CSTV THIS SEASON
Ohio State will have its final two regular season games telecast by College Sports Television (CSTV) this season. OSU’s game at Northwestern Thursday, April 5 (4 p.m. start) will be a delayed telecast that will be seen at 8 p.m. that night. The Buckeyes will face Notre Dame Saturday, April 7 in a live telecast at 1 p.m.

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes will host Vanderbilt in an American Lacrosse Conference league games Sunday, April 17 at noon.