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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$The 15th-ranked Ohio State (8-2, 1-1 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad returns to the road for a 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13 game at Virginia Tech (5-6).%^$

%^$A LOOK AT VIRGINIA TECH%^$

%^$The Hokies, coached by Tami Riley, are 5-6 on the season and 1-3 in the Big East. Virginia Tech defeated Northwestern, 10-6, in Chicago and lost at home, 16-15, in three overtimes to Boston College. Kellyn Hentz has scored a team-high 18 goals for the Hokies this season. Kate Threadgold and Smantha Sybert are tied for second with 16 goals each. Sybert has a team-high 12 assists and leads Virginia Tech in total points with 28. In goal, Jamie McGraw has started all 11 games and has 174 saves (.617) and has given up 108 goals (9.73 goals against average). The Hokies are averaging 9.87 goals per game and giving up 9.78.%^$

%^$THE OHIO STATE – VIRGINIA TECH SERIES%^$

%^$The Hokies lead the series with the Buckeyes, 5-1. Ohio State stopped a five-game winning streak by Virginia Tech last season with an 11-5 win in Columbus. OSU lost home matches in 1997 (8-5) and 1999 (9-8). The Hokies have won all three games played in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech won in 1996 (14-4), 1998 (10-8) and in 2000 (13-10).%^$

%^$A LOOK AT OHIO STATE%^$

%^$The Buckeyes are 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. OSU lost to 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 11-10 last weekend on the road and upset ninth-ranked Notre Dame, 12-11, at home Tuesday. Megan Mirick (Sr., Burke, Va.) is the team leader in goals with 37. Tracey Bounds (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) is second with 25. Regina Oliver (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks third on the squad with 15 goals and Carrie Weatherill (So., Malvern, Pa.) and Shannon Wilson (Jr., Sherkston, Ontario) are tied for fourth with 12. Alexia Vogler (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) and Bounds have 13 assists each to lead the squad. In goal, Erin Forquer (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) has started all 10 games and has recorded 106 saves (.573) and has given up 79 goals (8.19 goals against average). The Buckeyes are averaging 13.90 goals per game and are giving up 8.00 per game.%^$

%^$JOHNS HOPKINS RECAP%^$

%^$Ohio State lost 11-10 to 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins on an Erin Weller goal with 22 seconds left in the game. Ohio State, ranked 13th, trailed 6-4 at halftime but come out and scored five unanswered goals to start the second half and open a 9-6 lead. Johns Hopkins responded by outscoring the Buckeyes, 5-1 in the final nine minutes of the game to secure the win. JHU score four straight goals to take a 10-9 lead with a Christy Peterson goal at 55:19. OSU’s Megan Mirick scored with 47 seconds left in the game to tie it up at 10. Weller’s goal capped the win for Johns Hopkins. OSU’s Mirick had a game-high five goals for the Buckeyes with Tracey Bounds adding two. Alexia Vogler, Regina Oliver and Lauren Cochran added single tallies for OSU. Heidi Pearce had team-high three goals for the Blue Jays. Kate Bar comb and Peterson recorded two goals each with Megan Burnett, Jamie Larimore, Liz Holland and Weller rounding out the scoring. Erin Forquer had 14 saves for Ohio State while Jen McDonald had 12 for Johns Hopkins.%^$

%^$NOTRE DAME RECAP%^$

%^$Ohio State, with two goals by Shannon Wilson in the final five minutes of the game, defeated ninth-ranked Notre Dame, 12-11. She scored the winning goal with 56 second left in the contest and had given OSU an 11-10 lead at the 55:18 mark of the game. Notre Dame opened a 2-1 lead before OSU scored six times to take a 7-2 lead. The Irish countered with six goals to regain the lead at 8-7. Two goals by Megan Mirick and one from Tracey Bounds returned the lead to the Buckeyes at 10-8. Notre Dame, with goals by Lauren Fischer and Anne Riley tied the game at 49:27. Wilson’s two goals gave the Buckeyes a 12-10 lead. The Irish countered with a goal by Fischer with 34 seconds left to make the score 12-11 and the Buckeyes held on for its second win over a top-10 ranked team. OSU’s Mirick had a game high six goals with teammates Bounds and Wilson adding two goals each. Lauren Cochran and Kylee Reade added a goal each for OSU. Notre Dame’s Danielle Shearer had a team-high four goals with Fischer and Riley contributing three goals each. Meredith Simon completed the scoring for the Irish with a single goal. OSU’s Erin Forquer had nine saves in the game as did Notre Dame’s Jen White.%^$

%^$BUCKEYES 3-2 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS, 2-1 VS. TOP-10 OPPONENTS%^$

%^$With Ohio State’s 12-11 win over ninth-ranked Notre Dame, The Buckeyes are 3-2 against Ranked teams this season. OSU defeated #20 Boston University, 16-7, and have wins over two top-10 ranked teams in #7 Maryland (12-11) and #9 Notre Dame (12-11). The Buckeyes have lost to #5 North Carolina, 7-12 and to #17 Johns Hopkins, 10-11.%^$

%^$MIRICK PROVIDING OFFENSE%^$

%^$With her six-goal performance against Notre Dame, Megan Mirick has scored five or more goals in the last three games for the Buckeyes. In fact, she has had four or more goals in six of the 10 games this season. Her 37 goals this season puts her three goals from breaking the single season record of 39 set by Mirick in 1999.%^$

%^$BOUNDS HAS 10-GAME GOAL SCORING STREAK %^$

%^$With two goals against Notre Dame, Tracey Bounds has scored one or more goals in each of the 10 games this season. Bounds is second on the team in goals with 25 and is tied for the squad lead in assists with Alexia Vogler with 13.%^$

%^$OLIVER BECOMES DEFENSIVE AGAINST THE IRISH%^$

%^$With two ground balls, one draw control and causing five turnovers, Regina Oliver played an important role in OSU’s 12-11 win over Notre Dame. She is the OSU team leaders in ground balls with 31 and in caused turnovers with 33. Oliver is second on the squad in draw controls with 16. Oliver did record an assist against the Irish, but did not score for the first time in the last 10 games.%^$

%^$ERIN FORQUER, THE TOP GOALIE IN THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE%^$

%^$In the latest statistics release by the American Lacrosse Conference, Erin Forquer is the top goalie in the conference for all matches with a 7.88 goals against average and has a 58.8 saves percentage. Forquer made 9 saves in OSU’s 12-11 win over Notre Dame this week.%^$

%^$OHIO STATE LEADING ALC STATISTICS%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have several student-athletes atop the American Lacrosse Conference overall statistics this week. Besides, Forquer, OSU’s Lauren Cochran is first in draw controls at 2.44 per game, Regina Oliver leads the conference in caused turnovers at 3.11 per game and Alexia Vogler is second in assists a 1.44 per game. Megan Mirick is second in goals at 3.44 and is third in scoring at 3.89 points per game with Tracey Bounds fourth at 3.78. The Buckeyes rank first in team statistics for offense (14.11 goals per game), defense (7.67 goals against per game) and draw controls (14.00 per game). The Buckeyes rank fourth in ground balls (23.44 per game).%^$

%^$BUCKEYES RANKED NO. 15 IN IWLCA POLL%^$

%^$Ohio State fell two spots to No. 15 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association weekly poll. The Buckeyes received 65 points this week, moving down from 13th last week. Princeton (9-1) takes over as No. 1 in the poll with 200 points.%^$

%^$BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA STATISTICS%^$

%^$In NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State is second in the country in scoring margin at 6.44 per game. The Buckeyes are fourth in scoring offense at 14.11 and rank seventh in scoring defense at 7.67. Ohio State is ranked third in draw controls at 14.00 and is seventh in caused turnovers at 14.78. Individually, Erin Forquer is ranked eighth in saves percentage at .588 and is 12th in goals against average at 7.88. Regina Oliver is fourth in the country in caused turnovers at 3.11 per game and Megan Mirick is sixth in goals per game at 3.44.%^$

%^$BUCKEYES JOIN THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE%^$

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

%^$OHIO STATE RANKED FOURTH IN ALC PRESEASON POLL%^$

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

%^$HEAD COACH SUE STIMMEL%^$

%^$Sue Stimmel is in her seventh year as the head coach for Ohio State. A 1984 graduate of Temple University, Stimmel is the only coach that the Buckeye program has had. She spent six years has the head coach of Denison prior to coming to Ohio State. Stimmel is 51-43 at Ohio State and is 127-61 in her career.%^$

%^$SCERBO AND CIANFRANI JOIN COACHING STAFF%^$

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

%^$UPCOMING FOR OHIO STATE%^$

%^$The Buckeyes continue on the road to face 10th-ranked Vanderbilt (6-2, 2-0) at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21. Ohio State returns home for a 7 p.m., Friday, April 26 game with Penn State and a 1 p.m., Sunday, April 28 game with Davidson.%^$

%^$AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK%^$

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%^$April 8%^$Brown 13, Northwestern 6%^$

%^$April 9%^$Ohio State 12, Notre Dame 11%^$

%^$April 12%^$Ohio at Northwestern%^$Vanderbilt at North Carolina%^$

%^$April 13%^$Johns Hopkins at Maryland%^$Ohio State at Virginia Tech%^$

%^$April 14%^$Vanderbilt at Davidson%^$Northwestern vs Duquesne%^$Penn State at Dartmouth%^$