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April 20, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th-ranked Ohio State (5-5 overall, 3-0 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad takes to the road this weekend to face 10th-ranked Penn State (8-4, 2-1) and Rutgers (4-7, 1-3 Big East). The Buckeyes will face the Nittany Lions Friday at 7 p.m. and play the Scarlet Knight at 1 p.m. Sunday.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the 19th-ranked Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is 5-6 on the season and 3-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week Ohio State lost, 14-13, in sudden-death double overtime to Vanderbilt at home.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State’s Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) has a team-high 36 points for the Buckeyes with 31 goals and five assists. Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks second with 25 points with 20 goals and five assists. Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) has 19 points (8-11) with KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) at 16 points (13-3). Oliver has a team-high 45 ground balls with Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) second with 39. Oliver also leads the squad in caused turnovers with 34. Williams is second with 31. Oliver has a team-high 18 draw controls with Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) second with 14. Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) is third at 13. In goal, Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) is 5-6 on the season, starting all 11 games. She has an 9.07 goals against average and an .451 saves percentage.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The head coach for the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions is Suzanne Isidor. Penn State is 8-4 overall and has a 2-1 record in the ALC. Last week the Nittany Lions fell, 14-6, at top-ranked Northwestern.

PENN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
The Nittany Lions leading scorer is Kristen Burke with 39 points on 24 goals and a team-high 15 assists. Lori Havrilla and Emily Chambers are tied for second in points with 33 each. Havrilla has a team-high 27 goals and six assists while Chambers has 23 goals and 10 assists. Leading the team in ground balls is Jessi Lieb with 33. Goalie Lee Tortorelli ranks second with 28. Lindsay Dutch has a team-high 25 draw controls with Chambers second at 23. Leib leads the team with 13 caused turnovers with Kate Towsend second with 12. In goal, Tortorelli has started all 12 games and has an 8-4 record. She has an 8.85 goals against average and a .471 saves percentage.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
The Nittany Lions lead the series with the Buckeyes, 6-2. The series began in 1997 at Penn State, 14-3 Nittany Lion win. Penn State won in 1998, 14-3, at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions won, 10-8, at home in 1999. In 2000, Penn State won in Columbus, 16-5. Penn State won 15-10, at Penn State in 2001. Ohio State won, 15-12, at home, in 2002. OSU won, 10-9 in 2003, at Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 13-10 last season in Columbus.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST PENN STATE
In 2004, Ohio State lost a 12-9 decision at 10th-ranked Vanderbilt. OSU’s Regina Oliver had a team-high 3 goals with Ashley Evans adding two. Her two goals extends her goal streak to 11 games. Vanderbilt’s Kate Hockman scored a game-high four goals while Kelly Devlin had a game-high six points with two goals and four assists. Tied at 2, Vanderbilt had a 5-1 run to take a 7-3 halftime lead. The Buckeye closed to within three at 9-6 before three Commodore goals opened a 12-6 lead. Three Buckeye goals closed out the scoring for the final 12-9 score. Taryn Bowen took the loss with seven goals and seven saves. Kim Hastings played the second half recording five saves and giving up five goals. Ashley Bastinelli got the win for Vanderbilt with eight saves while giving up eight goals. Liz Exline closed out the final minutes of the game picking up one save while giving up one goal.

A LOOK AT RUTGERS
The head coach for the Scarlet Knights is Laura Brand. Rutgers is 4-7 on the season and is 3-5 in the Big East. They have not played since April 10 when they lost, 11-5, at home to Connecticut. Rutgers plays at Syracuse this Friday prior to Sunday’s game with Ohio State.

RUTGERS BY THE NUMBERS
Katie Batiuk leads the Scarlet Knights in points with 42. She has a team-high 33 goals and nine assists. Ranking second in points is Kate Shomo with 21 on 15 goals and six assists. With 17 points, Lindsay Rising ranks third with seven goals and a team-high 10 assists. Jamie Farewell has a team-high 32 ground balls for Rutgers with Anne Marchitello second with 30. Batiuk is the team leader in draw controls with 19. Emily Widrick and Kathleen Holley are tied for second in draw controls with 10 each. Marchitello has a team-high 19 caused turnovers with Catherine Seals second with 13. In goal, Lyndsey Feldman has started all 11 games and has a 4-7 record. She has an 8.98 goals against average and a .574 saves percentage.

OHIO STATE – RUTGERS SERIES
This is the first meeting with the Scarlet Knights.

REVIEWING THE VANDERBILT GAME
Ohio State lost, 14-13, in a sudden death two-overtime game to Vanderbilt. Regina Oliver and Natale Miller scored three goals each for OSU. The Buckeyes trailed 6-3 in the first half before three Miller goals tied the game at six going into halftime. Her third goal was her second free position score but came after she was fouled with one second left in the half. She got her shot off and scored with no time left in the half. Buckeye goals by Ashley Evans and KC Carter gave Ohio State an 8-6 lead early in the second half. Vanderbilt scored five consecutive goals to open an 11-8 lead. Two goals by Oliver and one from Carter allowed OSU to close to within one at 12-11. Kremer’s second goal of the game at 57:43 tied the game at 12 to send the contest into overtime. Vanderbilt took a 13-12 lead with 22 seconds left in the first three minute period of the first overtime. Oliver was fouled as time ran out in the second three minute period and the clock was reset to one second for the free position shot. She scored to send the game into the sudden death second overtime period. The Commodores scored the winning goal at 67:18 to win, 14-13. OSU goalie Kim Hastings had nine saves and gave up 12 goals. Joy DeMarco played 3:12, giving up two goals while Hastings was out. Ashley Bastinelli took the win for Vanderbilt giving up 13 goals and making nine saves.

OHIO STATE RANKED 19TH IWLCA RANKINGS
Ohio State’s fell to 19th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll after the 14-13 double-overtime loss to Vanderbilt last Sunday. OSU has 14 votes in the poll this week down from 19 last week.

KREMER, OSU’S TOP SCORER
Kelly Kremer collected two goals in the Vanderbilt game and has 36 points on the season. She has a team-high 31 goals and five assist for her points. In the American Lacrosse Conference, Kremer ranks fifth in overall scoring with a 3.27 points per game average. She has scored at least one goal in every game this season.

OLIVER MOVES TO THIRD IN OSU CAREER POINTS
Regina Oliver scored three goals and an assist against Vanderbilt last Sunday and has moved to third on the Ohio State career points list with 157. She has 116 goals and 41 assists in her career. Oliver passed Shannon Wilson (2000-03) with 154 (110-44). She needs 13 points to pass No. 2 Tracey Bounds (2000-03) with 169 points (107-62). Oliver is the OSU career leader in ground balls (211) and caused turnovers (184), ranks second in goals (116) and draw controls (112) and is sixth in assists with 41.

OLIVER LEADS THE COUNTRY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Regina Oliver has 34 caused turnovers on the season and ranks first in the weekly NCAA national statistics with a 3.09 per game average. She is third nationally in ground balls with a 4.09 per game average to lead the American Lacrosse Conference in both categories. Oliver had two caused turnovers against Vanderbilt, adding five ground balls, four draw controls, three goals and an assist.

WILLIAMS RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Brandie Williams is averaging 2.82 caused turnovers per game and ranks second nationally this week in the NCAA Statistics. She has 31 caused turnovers in the 11 games this season. Williams ranks eighth nationally in ground balls at 3.55 per game. She ranks second in the ALC in both ground balls and caused turnovers. Williams had four caused turnovers against Vanderbilt, adding two ground balls and a goal in the game.

MILLER SCORES THREE STRAIGHT
Natlae Miller scored OSU’s final three goals in the first half against Vanderbilt to tie the game, 6-6, at halftime. Her second and third goals came on free position attempts with the third goal scored as time ran out in the half after the clock had been reset to one second after she was fouled. Miller’s three goals equaled her career high for the third time and her three draw controls against the Commodores also was a career high.

CARTER SCORES TWICE AGAINST THE COMMODORES
KC Carter recorded two second half goals last Sunday against Vanderbilt. Her first goal at 31:13 gave the Buckeyes an 8-6 lead and her second helped close the Vanderbilt lead to 11-10 at 53:02. Carter added two draw controls and a ground ball against the Commodores. She ranks fourth in points for OSU with 16 and has 13 goals and three assists on the season.

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.

KREMER NAMED THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 5, 2005
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.

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 78-67 at Ohio State and is 154-85 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 close out the home schedule this Saturday by hosting Stanford at 1 p.m. in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) Started all 11 games, 5-6 record – 9.07 goals against average and a .451 save percentage – career-high 14 saves against Johns Hopkin – named the womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week (March 15).

#2 Joy DeMarco (So., Hudson, Ohio) Played in four games – played 18:17 at Davidson, recording two saves.

#3 Allyson Vernon (So., Voorhees, N.J.) Played in six games – three ground balls at Davidson.

#4 Kristen Hannon (Fr., Sykesville, Md.) Played in 11 games with two starts – scored a goal against Virginia Tech and a goal and an assist at Davidson – career-high two draw controls against Johns Hopkins – career-high three ground balls at Davidson.

#5 Andrea Fischer (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) Played in 11 games with one start – scored two goals at Davidson – season-high two ground balls against Duquesne and at Davidson – and tied her career-high of two caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and at Davidson.

#6 Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) Started 10 games – career-high two goals against Virginia Tech and California – career-high three assists against John Hopkins – career-high four ground balls at Penn.

#7 Danielle Gibson (So., Springfield, Pa.) Played in four games – scored a goal at Davidson adding a ground ball.

#8 Bethany Carey (Fr., Eldersburg, Md.) Played in one game recording two ground balls and a caused turnover at Davidson.

#9 Lindsay Weiner (So., Eldersburg, Md.) Started all 11 games – career-high three assists against Cornell – career-high four ground balls against Duquesne – career-high two caused turnover at Davidson.

#10 Molly Gilbert (Fr., Baltimore, Md.) Played in four games – scored a goal against Duquesne and Maryland.

#11 Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) Started all 11 games – career-highs of six goals and seven points against Johns Hopkins – has scored one or more goals in each game – career-high four ground balls at Davidson – career-high three draw controls against Duquesne and Cornell – named to womenslacrosse.com Honor Roll (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com Honorable Mention (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week (Apr. 4) – Ohio State Athlete of the Week (Apr. 4)..

#12 Kacie Caldwell (Fr., Lutherville, Md.) Has not played.

#13 Alicia Meredith (Jr., Prospect, Ky.) Started all 11 games – career-high four ground balls against California – career-high one draw control against Johns Hopkins and Maryland – career-high two caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and Maryland.

#14 Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) Started all 11 games – career-high five goals against North Carolina – season-high two assists against Virginia Tech – scored the winning goal in the 9-8 victory over Ohio – season-high eight ground balls against Virginia Tech – season-high six caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and Cornell – has scored one or more goals in her last seven games.

#15 Jessica Patane (Fr., Farmingdale, N.Y.) Played in four games – scored two goals and added two ground balls at Davidson.

#16 Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) Started all 11 games – season-high two goals and three points against Duquesne – career-high six caused turnovers against Cornell – career-high eight ground balls at Davidson.

#17 KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) Played in 10 games, starting nine – career-high four goals against Johns Hopkins – season-high three draw controls against Duquesne – season-high two caused turnovers against Duquesne, North Carolina and California – was two for two in free position shots against Johns Hopkins

#18 Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in 11 games, starting the last 10 – scored two goals against Duquesne, Virginia Tech and Maryland – career-high five draw controls against Johns Hopkins – equaled career-high of three caused turnovers against Cornell – season-high five ground balls against California.

#19 Allison Neff (Fr., Essex, Md.) Has not played

#20 Ally MacMeekin (So., Baltimore, Md.) Played in six games – recorded two ground balls at Davidson – had caused turnovers against Cornell and at Davidson.

#21 Kathryn Kozlakowski (Sr., Towson, Md.) Started all 11 games – season-high three ground balls in five games – equaled career-high of four caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins – season-high three draw controls against Vanderbilt.

#22 Mindy Kittle (Jr., Hockessin, Del.) Played in two games – two ground balls at Davidson

#23 Melissa Sands (Sr., Fallston, Md.) Played in two games, starting at Davidson – scored a goal and an assist at Davidson adding two ground balls and a caused turnover –

#24 Emily Rosen (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) Played in one game – one ground ball at Davidson.

#25 Amanda Shimp (Fr., Endicott, N.Y.) Played in one game – one caused turnover at Davidson.

#26 Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) Played in 11 games, starting the last nine – equaled career-high three goals against Cornell and Vanderbilt – season-high three ground balls at Davidson – career high three draw controls against Vanderbilt – two caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins.

#28 Kelyn Laws (So., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in 10 games with two starts – scored goals in last two games against Maryland and at Davidson – recorded one ground ball in five games – posted a draw control against Cornell and at Davidson – a caused turnover against Johns Hopkins.

#29 Alicia McClure (Jr., Hatboro, Pa.) Played in 10 games with seven starts – season-high four ground balls against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech – season-high two caused turnovers at Penn.

#30 Libby Schmehling (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in eight games with four starts – career-high four ground balls against Vanderbilt – career-high three caused turnover against Maryland.