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Oct. 4, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (10-2, 3-0 Big Ten) travels to Oxford, Ohio, Wednesday for a game against instate rival Miami at 3 p.m. at Miami Turf Field.

The Buckeyes, winners of nine in a row and 10 of their last 11, have a 3-1 mark away from home, following a 3-2 victory over Northwestern last Saturday.

A Look Back
The Buckeyes continued their roll with two victories last week. Ohio State opened the week with a 4-0 victory over Ohio last Wednesday at North Turf Field. In the win, Buckeye senior Leticia Fragapane recorded two goals. Yesenia Luces and Lucy Clayton also chipped in with one goal each and Curlyne Wynn added an assist. Lindsay Williams had three saves in cage for the Buckeyes and notched her third shutout of the season.

The Buckeyes closed out the week with a 3-2 victory over Northwestern Saturday in Evanston, Ill. OSU was led by Luces and junior Saskia Mueller, each recording a goal and two assists in the win. Wynn also chipped in with one goal.

The win extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to nine, their longest since 1976 when they won 10 consecutive games.

Buckeyes and The Big Ten
Many Buckeyes are among the statistical leaders in the Big Ten in games played as of Oct. 3.

Senior Lucy Clayton leads the Big Ten in both shots (70) and shots per game (5.83).

Four Buckeyes place among the Top 7 in total points. Yesenia Luces is tied for the league lead with 25 points while Saskia Mueller is third with 22 points. Both Leticia Fragapane and Clayton are tied for fifth with 20 each.

Fragapane and Clayton are tied for third in the league with nine goals apiece and Luces is tied for sixth with eight.

Luces and Mueller rank No. 1 and No. 2 in assists with nine and eight, respectively.

On the defensive side, Jessica Gofgosky leads the league with three defensive saves and goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is tied for second with three shutouts.

As a team the Buckeyes are second in the conference in scoring margin (2.32), scoring average (3.64) and assists (27).

Buckeyes and The Nation
Several Buckeye players rank among the Top 15 nationally in their respective categories.

Yesenia Luces’ 25 points are good for ninth best in the country while her nine assists place her tied for fourth.

Both Lucy Clayton and Leticia Fragapane are T-13th with nine goals on the year.

Buckeye Jessica Gofgosky is tied for ninth with three defensive saves on the year.

As a team, the Buckeyes place tied for eighth with a scoring margin of 2.32 goals. Offensively the Buckeyes are No. 6 with a 3.64 scoring average, and defensively are No. 14, yielding only 1.32 goals per game.

Streaking for History
A win against Miami would match the all-time OSU team record of consecutive wins in a season at 10, set in 1976.

During the current nine-game winning streak, the Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 39 to 10. OSU is averaging 19.9 shots a game, while holding its opponents to 6.6 an outing. In addition, OSU has taken 86 penalty corners to its opponents 35.

Three Buckeyes Honored
Three Ohio State players have received honors this season, beginning Sept. 18, when senior Lucy Clayton was honored as the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, following her performance in two Buckeye victories over Louisville and Missouri State. Clayton notched her first hat-trick of the season, and the fourth of her career in a 4-3 OT win over Louisville. She followed with a team best 14 shots against Missouri State, a 2-0 Buckeye win.

Ohio State senior forward Leticia Fragapane was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and junior midfielder Curlyne Wynn was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 26.

Fragapane, from Mendoza, Argentina, led the Buckeyes with six goals in the three games. Fragapane entered her senior season with just four career goals and 13 points.

Wynn, a Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, native, was the leader of the Buckeye defense that shut down all three opponents holding two squads to one goal each and Iowa to two scores. Of those four goals, one came on a penalty stroke and the other three were scored on penalty corners. Wynn helped the Buckeye offense against Michigan, scoring a goal late in the first half.

This is the second Big Ten accolade for Wynn, who was first honored Sept. 13, 2004.

In addition to Big Ten honors, Fragapane was named the National Player of the Week by womensfieldhockey.com.

Scouting Miami
The RedHawks (5-5, 2-1 MAC) improved to 2-1 in conference play following a 2-1 overtime road victory over Central Michigan last Friday.

Miami has won four of its last five games, with the lone loss coming to MAC rival Ohio, 4-2. On the year, Miami has recorded wins over Stanford, Saint Louis, Davidson, Kent State and Central Michigan. The RedHawks boast a 3-1 home record on the season.

The RedHawk offense is led by a trio of sophomore forwards. Taylor Florence leads the team with 10 points (four goals, two assists) on the season. Alyssa Nye has eight points (two goals, four assists) and Christine Loyd has six points (three goals) on the year.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Kerri Orr has played in all 10 games for the RedHawks, recording 71 saves on the year, along with two shutouts. Orr was the 2004 MAC Co-Player of the Year.

Miami is coached by Jill Reeve. Reeve is in her second year as head coach following a season in which she guided the team to its first MAC regular season and tournament victories since the 2000 season.

Buckeyes vs. Redhawks
Ohio State holds a 21-4-1 all-time record against Miami. The teams last met in 2004, a 4-0 home win for the Buckeyes. In that game, Curlyne Wynn scored two goals and both Florencia Stier and Yesenia Luces added one goal apiece.

Ohio State vs. MAC
The Buckeyes have dominated season play vs. MAC opponents this year. Ohio State has beat each MAC team it has played by a combined score of 12-1, outshooting them 66-21.

The Buckeyes downed Missouri State, 2-0, Ball State, 6-1, and Ohio, by the score of 4-0.

OSU has two more MAC opponents on the schedule this season, taking on Miami Wednesday and Kent State Oct. 11.

Leapfrog
With each week, Ohio State has continued to climb in the national rankings. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 in the STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll up from No. 10 on Sept. 27, No. 14 on Sept. 20. and No.17 Sept. 13.

OSU is ranked No. 8 by womensfieldhockey.com.

Balancing Act
Five Buckeyes have recorded at least five goals on the season. Lauren Kruse is the latest to join the list after a goal against Iowa Sept. 25. Seniors Lucy Clayton and Leticia Fragapane lead the Buckeyes with nine goals apiece. Yesenia Luces and Saskia Mueller have added eight goals and seven goals, respectively.

Closing The Door
The Buckeyes’ 10-2 record has been in large part because of its second-half dominance. Ohio State has outscored its opponents 21-6 in the second period this season, and 1-0 in overtime. The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in the second half, 86-50.

Next Up
The Buckeyes welcome Kent State to North Turf Field, Tuesday Oct. 11, for a non-conference matchup. The Golden Flashes (0-11, 0-2 MAC) are led by 2004 MAC Co-Player of Year, Berber Rischen.

Kent State is coached by Kerry De Vries, in her ninth year at the helm.