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Sept. 29, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (5-3; 0-1 Big Ten) will face the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (10-1; 1-0 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes then will play the Central Michigan Chippewas (3-3; 1-1 MAC) at 2 p.m. Sunday.

SCOUTING NO. 4 MICHIGAN STATE
Earlier in its 2004 campaign, Michigan State defeated three of the four ranked teams it met on the pitch. The Spartans were victorious over No. 15 Delaware (1-0), No. 5 Duke (4-1) and No. 13 Virginia (6-2) before falling to No. 2 Wake Forest (3-2).

In the national statistics MSU is third in winning percentage (.909) and fifth in scoring defense (.970). Michigan State also is eighth in both scoring offense (3.53) and margin of victory (2.56).

In the Big Ten, Michigan State claims the top spot in assists (26), penalty corners (84) and goals allowed, yielding only 11. MSU also is second in shots (175) and goals (40).

Leading the Spartans in goals (17) and points (36) is Veerle Goudswaard. Nationally, Goudswaard ranks in the Top 10 in goals, goals per game (1.55), points and points per game (3.36). In the league, the senior forward is first in points and goals, and third in shots (57).

Christina Kirkaldy is in the net for Michigan State. Kirkaldy is fifth in the nation in goals against average and first in the Big Ten (.970). The junior goalie also is third in the conference in shutouts (2).

At the helm of the Spartans is Michele Madison. The 11-year veteran has coached the Spartans to more victories than any other Spartan coach in the 30-year history of the program. Ranked in the Top 25 at least once during the past nine years, Madison guided MSU to a NCAA final four appearance in 2002.

BUCKEYES VS. SPARTANS
The Buckeyes have a 31-12-3 record against the Spartans. Although Michigan State defeated Ohio State last season, 5-0, OSU has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan (3-3; 1-1 MAC) has faced teams either ranked in the NFHCA Top 20 or teams that have earned points. The Chippewas lost tough contests to No. 8 Michigan, 11-0, and No. 10 Northeastern, 6-1.

A pair of sophomore midfielders, in Erica Takach and Alicia Balanesi, are pacing the Chippewas in the goals and points categories. Takach has compiled five goals and 11 points, while Balanesi has recorded two goals and four points.

Sophomore Danielle Frank (2-1) and freshman Sarah Mancuso (1-2) share time in the net for the Chippewas. Frank has made 16 saves and has allowed seven goals. Yielding 14 goals, Mancuso has recorded 32 saves.

Leading the Chippewas is Cristy Freese. In her 18th season, Freese leads the CMU record books in all-time wins (130-182-6). Last season, the 2003 MAC Coach of the Year, guided Central Michigan to its first regular season conference title in its history with a record of 14-7, including a MAC record of 7-3. The Chippewas 7-3 league record was their best in program history.

BUCKEYES VS. THE CHIPPEWAS
The Buckeyes have an 11-4 lead on the Chippewas. Ohio State defeated Central Michigan in their last meeting, played Aug. 30, 2000.

OSU VS. MAC
Ohio State holds a 73-27-2 record over its Mid-American Conference opponents, including wins over Kent State, 3-1, Ball State, 2-1 and Louisville, 5-4 (PS) earlier in the season.

The last time OSU completed a MAC sweep was 1999. The Buckeyes defeated Miami (Ohio), 3-1, Kent State, 3-0, Louisville, 4-1 and Central Michigan, 9-0.

WILLIAMS SETS CAREER RECORD
Buckeye goalkeeper Lindsay Williams set a career best as she posted 18 saves vs. Louisville Tuesday. The junior’s previous career best was 13 saves which she tied earlier this season against Wake Forest. Last season, Williams recorded 13 saves on two occasions – Oct. 5 at Maryland and Oct. 10 at Penn State.

CONSISTENTLY RESILIENT
Since her arrival at Ohio State in 2002, junior midfielder Leticia Fragapane has played in all 44 Buckeye contests, including 43 starts. Eight games into the season, Fragapane has compiled three assists for three points.

KRUSE’IN ALONG
Scoring her second goal of the 2004 season against Penn State, sophomore Lauren Kruse already has tied her total goals output from her freshman campaign. Last year, the Toledo, Ohio native registered two goals for four points. In 2004, Kruse has recorded two goals and one assist for five points seven games into the season.

FORMIDABLE FRESHMAN
Freshman Kelly Terwilliger has seen action in all eight Buckeye contests and in doing so she has recorded one defensive save for the Scarlet and Gray.

ON HER WAY
Seven games into the season junior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams has compiled 74 saves for OSU. Williams needs 26 saves to tie her mark of 101 saves from last year.

After eight starts in 2003, Williams registered 33 saves. The Harrisburg, Pa., native is ahead of her previous mark by 31 saves.

WILKINSON’S 100TH WIN
Head coach Anne Wilkinson earned her 100th Buckeye victory when Ohio State defeated Ball State, 2-1, Sept. 19.

Wilkinson is second in winning percentage in the field hockey record books, compiling a percentage of .613. Since her arrival at OSU in 1996, Wilkinson owns a 100-63-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 179-146-8.

NATIONAL SCENE
In the national statistics goalie Lindsay Williams is eighteenth in save percentage (.804).

BIG TEN STATISTICS
Lindsay Williams, who has been in the net for the Buckeyes, has compiled all 56 saves, placing her second in the conference. Williams also is fifth in the league in goals against average (1.80).

Freshman Yesenia Luces is eighth in points per game (1.50) and goals per game (.67). Florenica Stier is eighth in shots per game (3.43), while Saskia Mueller is tied for eighth in assists (3).

OSU VS. THE BIG TEN
Ohio State holds a 92-127-9 record vs. its Big Ten opponents, including a 5-3 record from last season. The Buckeyes posted a program-best 5-1 record against the Big Ten in 2001.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
The seven sophomores of the 2004 field hockey team are leading the squad in goals (9), assists (4) and points (25).

The group of six freshman are second in the goals and points categories, registering seven and 15, respectively. The college rookies also have one assist.

A trio of seniors have posted two goals and three assists for seven points, while lone junior Leticia Fragapane has notched three assists and three points.

WYNN EARNS CONFERENCE HONOR
Forward Curlyne Wynn earned Offensive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the week of Sept. 13 following strong acts against Kent State (Sept. 7) and Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 10).

The 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped lead the Buckeyes to a spotless week in which they defeated the Golden Flashes, 3-1, and RedHawks, 4-0.

Wynn scored the Buckeyes’ final goal in the 3-1 victory over Kent State. After scoring her first goal of the 2004 season against KSU, Wynn followed with a two-goal performance against Miami (Ohio), marking the second-consecutive year she has netted two goals against the RedHawks.

LAST TIME OUT – LOUISVILLE
Ohio State edged the Louisville Cardinals, 5-4, in penalty strokes Tuesday at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Leticia Fragapane notched the gamewinning penalty stroke to cap off Ohio State’s comeback after being down 3-0.

In the first half, Louisville’s Jen Kastelic put the first point on the scoreboard at the 28:29 mark. Scoring the lone goal of the stanza, the Cardinals had a 1-0 lead going into the break. Buckeye goalkeeper Lindsay Williams kept OSU in the game by registering six saves on seven Cardinals shots.

The beginning of the second half resembled much of the first with Louisville going on the offensive attack. Less than three minutes into the half, the Cardinals’ Carrie Jackson scored to help Louisville take a 2-0 lead. Casey Diener followed her teammate’s lead and recorded Louisville’s third goal of the evening at the 42:02 mark. Buckeye freshman Yesenia Luces with Fragapane on the assist, responded with a goal at the 46:59 mark. Curlyne Wynn cut the deficit to one after she fired a shot into the backboard from the top of the circle. Scoring her first collegiate goal, freshman Jamie Gofgosky evened up the score at three a piece with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Kastelic answered by tipping the ball into the goal after Louisville was awarded a penalty corner at the 66:22 mark. Down 4-3, Buckeye Saskia Mueller forced the game into overtime when she netted the ball past Cardinals goalie Marie-Claire Heller at 68:51.

Neither team was able to capitalize on the seven-on-seven match-up in the sudden-death extra stanzas. En route to their second penalty stroke-off of the season, Ohio State recorded a combined 18 shots, while Louisville had 23.

In the stoke-off competition, each team took four shots at the goal. Louisville missed its fourth and final attempt, giving the Buckeyes a chance to seal the victory on their closing effort. Fragapane fired in the team gamewinning goal giving Ohio State the 5-4 win.

Williams recorded a career-best 18 saves the Scarlet and Gray held the penalty corner advantage, 13-12.

RISING FRESHMEN
All six Buckeye freshmen have made a gameday appearance in 2004. Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Honor Hansen, Yesenia Luces and Kelly Terwilliger have combined for seven goals, one assist and 23 shots.

WHAT’S UP NEXT?
The Buckeyes travel just down the road to Athens, Ohio, where they will face the Ohio Bobcats at 3 p.m. Oct. 5. Ohio State then faces Iowa at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 and Pacific at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 in Iowa City, Iowa.

FIND OUT ON THE WEB
Keep track of the latest field hockey news, scores and stats by logging on to the official Ohio State athletic web site at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.