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April 17, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked Ohio State (8-3 overall, 1-1 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad travel to Nashville, Tenn. for an American Lacrosse Conference league contest at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 21 with 10th-ranked Vanderbilt (8-3, 4-0)

A LOOK AT VANDERBILT
The Commodores, coached by Cathy Swezey, are 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Vanderbilt lost 14-6 at North Carolina and won 11-10 at Davidson last week. Jeannie Crawley leads the Commodores in goals with 25 and Jess Roguski is second with 23. Liz Drennan has a team-high 15 assists. Crawley and Roguski are tied for the team lead in points with 28 with Drennan third with 20. Ashley Bastinelli has started nine of the 11 game this eason and has 89 saves (.503) She has given up 88 goal (9.78) and has a 6-3 record. Liz Exline is 2-0 in two starts with 17 saves (.486) and has given up 18 goals (9.00). Vanderbilt and its opponents average 9.64 goals per game.

THE OHIO STATE – VANDERBILT SERIES
Vanderbilt has a 5-1 advantage over Ohio State in the series. The Commodores won the first three meetings with Ohio State. Vanderbilt won 21-7 in 1996 and 14-7 in 1997 in games played in Nashville. In 1998 the Commodores win 11-7 in Columbus. The Buckeyes won 12-11, in Columbus, in 1999. Vanderbilt won, 9-7, in 2000, in Nashville and took a 10-9 win last season in Columbus.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are 8-3 overall and 1-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. OSU lost to Virginia Tech last Saturday, 16-14. Megan Mirick (Sr., Burke, Va.) is the team leader in goals with 42. Tracey Bounds (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) is second with 25. Regina Oliver (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks third on the squad with 18 goals and Lauren Cocran (Sr., Coatesville, Pa.) is fourth with 12. Bounds has a team-high 15 assists with Alexia Vogler (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) second with 13. In goal, Erin Forquer (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) has started all 11 games and has recorded 115 saves (.548) and has given up 95 goals (8.93 goals against average). The Buckeyes are averaging 13.91 goals per game and are giving up 8.73 per game. VIRGINIA TECH RECAP
Ohio State dropped a 16-14 decision at Virginia Tech despite another five-goal performance by Megan Mirick. Lauren Cochran and Regina Oliver had three goals each for the Buckeyes with Carrie Weatherill, Shannon Wilson and Kylee Reade adding single goals. Hokie Kate Threadgold had a team-high four goals for Virginia Tech with Lindsey Welch and Hilary Fay adding three goals each. Lauren Kenney and Katie Madden had two goals apiece for the Hokies with Lisa Tsimbidis and Samantha Sybert recording single goals. In goal, OSU’s Erin Forquer recorded nine saves while Jamie McGraw had 19 for the Hokies. OSU had an early 3-2 lead in the game but after a five-all tie could not get the lead as the Buckeyes trailed 9-7 at halftime. Virginia Tech had up to a three-goal lead during the second half as OSU played the Hokies even.

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 BREAKS HER OWN SEASON GOAL RECORD
With her five goals at Virgina Tech, Megan Mirick raised her season goal total to 42 and broke her own OSU record for goals in a season. Mirick set the record in 1999 with 39 goals. She has 46 points on the season (4 assists) and is within eight points of the Ohio State season points record of 53 held by Erin Andersen in 1999. Mirick also holds the OSU career record for goals (132) and points (169).

ERIN FORQUER, THE TOP GOALIE IN THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE
In the statistics released this week by the American Lacrosse Conference, Erin Forquer is the top goalie in the conference for all matches with a 8.93 goals against average and has a 54.8 saves percentage. Forquer made 9 saves in OSU’s 16-14 loss at Virginia Tech last weekend.

OHIO STATE LEADING ALC STATISTICS
The Buckeyes have several student-athletes atop the American Lacrosse Conference overall statistics from this week. Besides, Forquer, OSU’s Regina Oliver leads the conference in caused turnovers at 3.27 per game and Megan Mirick is first in goals per game at 3.82. Mirick is second in scoring at 4.18 points per game with Tracey Bounds third at 3.64. Bounds is second in assists at 1.36 per game and is seventh in goals at 2.27. Lauren Cochran ranks second in draw controls at 2.18 per game with Oliver fifth at 1.64 and Trish Miller seventh at 1.55. Oliver is fourth in ground balls at 3.00 per game with Shannon Wilson ninth at 2.82. Trish Dewart is third in caused turnovers at 2.30 with Wilson, fourth at 2.27.,

BUCKEYES RANKED NO. 18 IN IWLCA POLL
Ohio State fell three spots to No. 18 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association weekly poll. The Buckeyes received 30 points this week, moving down from 15th last week. Princeton (11-1) holds No. 1 in the poll with 159 points.

BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
In NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State is third in the country in scoring offense at 13.9 goals per game. The Buckeyes are fifth in scoring margkin at 5.18 and rank 18th in scoring defense at 8.72. Ohio State is ranked third in draw controls at 13.73 and is seventh in caused turnovers at 14.91. Individually, Megan Mirick is second in goals per game at 3.82 and Regina Oliver is second in caused tournovers at 3.27 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 51-44 at Ohio State and is 127-62 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
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. The Buckeyes complete the regular season with a road ALC match at 1 p.m., May 4 at Ohio University.

AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
April 17
Johns Hopkins at Villanova

April 19
Davidson at Penn State

April 20
Davidson vs. Northwestern at PSU
Ohio at Niagara

April 21
Northwestern at Penn State
Ohio at Canisius
Ohio State at Vanderbilt