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Feb. 24, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse squad opens the 2004 season with two road games. The ninth-ranked Buckeyes open the season Friday, Feb. 27 at No. 14 Stanford (3-0) at 7 p.m. PT. OSU completes the road trip with a 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 29 game at California (1-1).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Sue Stimmel coaches the Buckeyes. Ninth-ranked Ohio State opens the season with road contests at No. 14 Stanford and at California this weekend. The Buckeyes return 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year Regina Oliver (Jr., Pottstown, Pa.) who had 43 goals and 13 assists. Other top returnees include Caroline Weatherill (Sr., Malvern, Pa.) with 28 points (27-1), KC Carter (So., Birchrunville, Pa.), the ALC Rookie of the Year, with 21 (18-3) and Ashley Evans (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) with 17 (12-5). In goal, Ohio State will see Taryn Bowen (Sr., Columbus, Ohio), Kim Hastings (So., Sewickley, Pa.) and Joy DeMarco (Fr., Hudson, Ohio) battle for the starting position.

A LOOK AT STANFORD
Michele Uhlfelder coaches the Cardinal. Stanford stands at 3-0 on the season and is ranked 14th in the preseason IWLCA Poll. The Cardinal have home wins against UC-Davis (15-4) and St. Mary’s (CA) (13-9) and won 9-6 at California on Feb. 19. Kim Cahill leads team in goals with six, scoring three against California and UC-Davis. Four players, Megan Burker, Abbi Hills, Sarah Bach and Kelsey Twist have tallied five goals each. In goal, Christina Saikus has played in all three games and had 19 saves. Kate Horowitz has seen action in two games and recorded 12 saves.

STANFORD-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State and Stanford stand 2-2 in the series. The first three games were played at neutral sites in Maryland and Philadelphia. Last season, Stanford won 11-10, in Columbus, in the season opener.

Stanford Series Results 4/28/96 N L 8-12 played at Emmitsburg, Md. 3/27/97 N W 15-4 played at Baltimore, Md. 2/23/98 N W 20-9 played at Philadelphia Textiles 2/28/03 H L 10-11

A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA
Jill Malko coaches the Bears. California is 1-1 on the season with a 17-14 win over Denver and a 9-6 loss to No. 14 Stanford. The Bears will host No. 17 Notre Dame Friday prior to facing Ohio State Sunday. Molly Brady has scored a team-high 11 goals including a career-high seven against Denver. Elizabeth Reifsnyder collected three goals against Denver while four players, Julianne Wu, Schuyler Sokolow, Colleen O’Mara and Laura Cavallo have each scored twice this season. Hilary Lynch was in goal against Denver and recorded six saves.

CALIFORNIA-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State won the only meeting with California, 12-6, last season in Columbus.

California Series Results 4/13/03 H W 12-6

LOOKING BACK AT 2003
Ohio State had an outstanding 2003 season. The Buckeyes won a school record 14 games, captured the American Lacrosse Conference championship, and made its second appearance in the NCAA Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals. Three of the four losses came from ranked teams, dropping decisions to No. 2 Maryland, No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 5 Princeton, the eventual NCAA Champion.

OLIVER COLLECTING HARDWARE
With numerous honors last season, Regina Oliver is the go-to player for the Buckeyes. She had a team-high 43 goals last season, adding 13 assists for a team-high 56 points. Oliver recorded 68 ground balls, had 42 draw controls and caused 53 turnovers. She was the American Lacrosse Conference 2003 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Oliver was named a first-team all-American by Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and Women’s Lacrosse.com and was a second-team all-American by the IWLCA.

CARTER OFF TO A GOOD START
Named the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year, KC Carter had an excellent freshman season. A starter in all 18 matches, Carter scored 18 goals and three assists last season. She had 36 ground balls, 34 draw controls and caused 19 turnovers. Carter was later named to the Women’s Lacrosse.com All-Rookie Team.

OSU PICKED NINTH IN IWLCA PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State was tabbed for ninth in the 2004 preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. Ohio State will face eight teams in the preseason poll. They include No. 2 Maryland, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 14 Stanford, No. 15 Cornell, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 20 Johns Hopkins.

OSU FACES PENN STATE ON CSTV SCHEDULE
CSTV (College Sports Television) selected the Friday, April 23 Ohio State-Penn State game as part of their 20-event lacrosse schedule. The 7 p.m. game will be one of five regular season women’s games to be carried by CSTV. They will also telecast all three NCAA women’s championship games.

OHIO STATE REGULAR SEASON ROAD WIN STREAK AT NINE
The Buckeyes enter the 2004 season with a nine-game regular season road winning streak. OSU won all eight regular season road games last season including wins at Penn State and Notre Dame. The streak includes a 2002 victory at Ohio.

OHIO STATE, THE DEFENDING AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
At the end of the 2003 ALC season, Ohio State and Penn State were tied with 5-1 records. Based upon the league bylaws, Ohio State’s 10-9 win at Penn State made the Buckeyes the outright champion of the conference. They bylaw was written to select the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which takes effect this season.

BUCKEYES PICKED TO WIN ALC CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State, the defending American Lacrosse Conference Champion, has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the league championship by a vote of the conference coaches. OSU received four of the seven first place votes and 46 total points. Penn State was ranked second with two first place votes and 43 points. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions finished the 2003 conference season with 5-1 records but Ohio State won the championship based upon the bylaws of the conference.

OLIVER AND CARTER NAMED TO ALC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Ohio State midfielders Regina Oliver (Jr., Pottstown, Pa.) and KC Carter (So., Birchrunville, Pa.) have been named to the 12-player 2004 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason All-Conference Team. Oliver was further honored as the 2004 Preseason Player of the Year. She was the 2003 ALC Player of the Year and the 2002 Rookie of the Year. Carter was the 2003 Rookie of the Year.

JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
The 10,000-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. Over the last two years, the Buckeyes are 11-2 (.846) at the facility.

HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her ninth 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 68-50 at Ohio State and is 144-68 in her 14-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.

THE LAST GAME AGAINST STANFORD
Stanford 11, #11 Ohio State 10 – Feb. 28, 2003
The 11th-ranked Ohio State (0-1) women’s lacrosse team could not answer a six-goal run by Stanford (3-0) in the second half, falling to the Cardinal, 11-10 Friday afternoon on the North Turf Field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. OSU’s Shannon Wilson was the top scorer for the Buckeyes with five goals and an assist. Cardinal Kelsey Twist scored a team-high three goals for Stanford, adding two assists in the contest.

Ohio State opened the scoring at 2:25 with a Wilson goal. Stanford tied the game at one at the eight minute mark with a goal by Kim Cahill. The Buckeyes then scored four consecutive goals to open a 5-1 lead. KC Carter started the scoring with Regina Oliver, Tracey Bounds and Wilson giving Ohio State a 5-1 lead at 13:41. Stanford responded with goals by Nina Pantano, Jess Scott and Pantano’s second to cut the lead to 5-4 as the half ended.

Ohio State expanded the one-goal halftime lead with two Wilson scores at 30:16 and 31:01 to take a 7-4 lead. Stanford cut the margin to 7-5 at 33:46 with Twist’s second goal on a free position attempt. OSU goals by Wilson (her fifth) at 34:09 and Caroline Weatherill at 35:11 expanded the Buckeye lead to 9-5. Stanford began its six-goal run at 36:21 with a free position goal by Abbi Hills. The Cardinal cut the lead to 9-7 with a goal by Kinsey Morrisson at 41:05. Julia Calzonetti scored 52 seconds later at 41:57 to close to within one at 9-8. At 43:23 Twist scored her third goal of the game to tie the contest at nine-all. The Cardinal took a 10-9 lead at 46:38 on Scott’s second goal. Stanford went up 11-9 at 52:08 with Calzonetti’s second goal on a free position attempt. Ohio State, with Oliver’s second goal of the game at 58:16 cut the Cardinal lead to 11-10 but could not come any closer.

In goal, Stanford’s Christina Saikus and 11 saves in the game to six for OSU’s Kim Hastings.

THE LAST GAME AGAINST CALIFORNIA
#11 Ohio State 12, California 6 – Apr. 13, 2003
A four-goal performance by Shannon Wilson helped 11th-ranked Ohio State (10-2) to a 12-6 victory over California (8-4) Sunday afternoon in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU’s KC Carter (Fr., Birchrunville, Pa.) added three goals for the Buckeyes while Molly Brady had three goals for the Bears.

Ohio State got on the scoreboard with just 22 seconds gone in the contest with a goal by Wilson. At 13:57 California’s Jessica Liu on an assist from Julianne Wu tied the game at one. The Buckeyes responded at 22:01 with a unassisted Regina Oliver goal. Thirty-five seconds later at 22:36, Carter scored on a pass from Wilson. Carter added a second goal on a pass from Tracey Bounds at 24:17 to take a 4-1 lead. California closed out the scoring in the half at 26:17 with a Colleen O’Mara goal, assisted by Brady to make it 4-2.

OSU’s Wilson scored the first two goals of the second half. She connected on a free position attempt at 31:53 and scored her third goal at 32:06, unassisted. The Bears cut the margin to 6-3 with a Brady goal at 32:35. The Buckeyes followed with an Andrea Fischer goal at 39:43, on a pass from Melissa Sands. OSU’s Carter scored her third goal of the game at 44:54 on a pass from Bounds. At 45:14 Bounds scored to give OSU a 9-3 lead off an assist by Fischer. California stopped the run at 52:24 with a Kally Perkins goal, assisted by O’Mara. Wilson collected her fourth goal of the game for the Buckeyes at 53:38, unassisted. OSU’s Ashley Evans got on the scoreboard at 54:37. Evans then assisted on Alexia Vogler’s goal at 55:52 to give Ohio State a 12-4 lead. California would close out the scoring with two goals by Brady at 59:24 and 59:36 to reach the final score of 12-6.

OSU’s Erin Forquer picked up her 10th win of the season in goal collecting 11 saves while giving up six goals. Cal’s Eden Coelho had 12 saves in the loss, giving up 12 goals.

NEXT WEEK FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes return home to begin play in the American Lacrosse Conference against Northwestern at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 7.