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Sept. 1, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (1-1; 0-0 Big Ten) will battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0; 0-0 ACC) at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. This is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Demon Deacons.

SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
Two-time defending national champion Wake Forest (2-0; 0-0 ACC) will rely on team veterans to lead them to success in 2004. Wake Forest returns 13 letterwinners, including seven starters and a first-team All-American in senior Kelly Dostal.

Dostal has compiled one goal and two assists following the Demon Deacons’ wins over Iowa and Michigan. Teammates Tamar Meijer and Claire Laubach both have two goals to their credit.

Goalie Kristina Gagliardi started both Wake Forest contests and produced seven saves for the Demon Deacon defense.

In her 13th season at the helm of Wake Forest and 16th overall, Jennifer Averill has compiled a career record of 177-116-6. In 2003 Averill earned regional and national coach of the year accolades for leading the Demon Deacons to back-to-back national championships for the first time since North Carolina captured the title between 1995-97.

COLUMBUS NATIVE
Wake Forest junior Martha Ferger is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Ferger prepped at Columbus Academy and helped lead the Vikings to two-consecutive state championships in 1999 and 2000.

MEN’S SOCCER VS. WAKE FOREST
The Ohio State men’s soccer team also will be in action against Wake Forest Friday. The Buckeyes will battle the Demon Deacons at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

LAST TIME OUT – MAINE
Ohio State dropped a 2-1 defensive battle to Maine in its first game of the 2004 season. The contest lasted just under three hours as both teams were tied at the end of two overtimes and two penalty stroke sets, and were forced into a sudden death shootout. Freshman Yesenia Luces recorded the Buckeyes’ first goal of 2004 notching her first collegiate score.

In the first half, Maine struck first on a penalty corner at the 3:17 mark. OSU soon evened up the score with Florencia Stier making a pass to Luces before the freshman netted the ball behind the Black Bear goalie with 7:51 remaining in the half.

Following a scoreless second half, the game went into overtime. The first extra period continued to be a defensive clash, leaving both teams scoreless and en route to a second overtime. The fourth stanza of the game proved no different and eventually the contest went through two penalty strokes and a sudden death shootout before there was a decision. The Black Bears were able to overcome the Buckeyes in the final set, recording more goals for the team score, therefore securing the victory.

Goalie Lindsay Williams recorded 12 saves for OSU and the Buckeyes compiled 14 shots.

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Ohio State’s sudden death shootout against Maine is the first in program history. OSU has reached double overtime 17 times since its inception in 1971.

LAST TIME OUT – VERMONT
Ohio State defeated the Vermont Catamounts, 4-2, Monday at Memorial Stadium in Durham, N.H. Freshman Yesenia Luces scored two goals for the Buckeyes, while freshman Dana Greeenhut and sophomore Lauren Kruse added a goal apiece.

OSU controlled the ball during the first 35 minutes of action, scoring three goals. Luces put the first point on the board with Leticia Fragapane assisting at 20:28. Greenhut and Luces scored the Buckeyes’ second and third goals at 9:22 and 6:17, respectively. Ohio State headed into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

Ohio State got off to a fast start in the second half, with Kruse recording the squad’s fourth and final goal of the game nine minutes into the half.

OSU goalkeeper Lindsay Williams posted eight saves. Shots for the game were even as both Ohio State and Vermont recorded 20 shots each.

RISING FRESHMEN
The Buckeyes’ contests against the Black Bears and Catamounts featured the debut of freshmen Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Honor Hansen, Yesenia Luces and Kelly Terwilliger. In their first two collegiate competitions, the group combined for 12 shots and four goals.

THE SCHEDULE
Ohio State’s 2004 schedule features several top perennial teams in the nation, including many squads in the Big Ten. During the past three years at least one Big Ten team has made an appearance in the NCAA championship semifinals.

“If you can put yourself at the top of the Big Ten, you can put yourself in the position to compete in the championships,” Wilkinson said. “Top to bottom every team in the Big Ten is strong and this season anything can happen.”

Before conference play commences, the Buckeyes begin the regular season with four road contests against Maine, Vermont, Wake Forest and Kent State. OSU returns to North Turf Field for a three-game homestand vs. Miami (Ohio), Ball State and Penn State before traveling to Louisville, the 2003 MAC champions. The Scarlet and Gray then will play host to Michigan State, the 2003 Big Ten Champions, and Central Michigan. OSU is on the road for seven of its remaining eight games, meeting Northwestern at home, but traveling to Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana. Ohio State also faces non-conference opponents Pacific at Iowa, California at Michigan and St. Louis at Indiana.

The 2004 Big Ten Tournament returns to Northwestern University Nov. 5-7, the site of Ohio State’s last conference title (2001).

2004 SEASON OUTLOOK
With 19 letterwinners returning, the Ohio State field hockey team will rely on its wealth of experience to guide it in the 2004 season. The Buckeyes, led by head coach Anne Wilkinson, will combine their defensive prowess and aggressive attack to produce scoring chances.

“We are a heavy attacking team, which focuses on reading and adjusting to our opponents,” Wilkinson said. “With this year’s leadership, we are looking to possess and counterattack the ball more.”

In 2003 Ohio State compiled a 13-7 record, finished third in the conference regular season and fourth in the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. The 2004 squad, composed of a good mixture of poised forwards, speedy outside midfielders, and a solid structure of defenders, will look to increase its success in the upcoming season.

The Frontline
Seniors Lucy Clayton and Deen Rebstock will lead the Buckeye attack. Using their competitive spirit and physical nature to gain an advantage, Clayton will create finishing opportunities and will be a dangerous player inside the circle. In 2003, the All-Big Ten selection led the squad in shots (92) and was second in goals (15) and points (37).

Buckeye forward Rebstock will have more scoring opportunities in 2004. She has good vision on the field and creates space around the ball and in the circle. Last season, Rebstock produced three goals and three assists, while starting 19 OSU contests.

Sophomore Lauren Kruse is considered one of the most versatile players on the team and will step up in Ohio State’s offensive strategies. In addition to Kruse, Stacie Hassman and Meg Lake also will play a pivotal role in the Buckeyes’ scoring situations.

“We will have very good speed and good one-on-one abilities this season,” Wilkinson said.

Midfield
Sophomore Curlyne Wynn and freshman Yesenia Luces will represent an attacking midfield that contains tremendous speed. Labeled an unpredictable player because of her swiftness, Luces will become a difficult player to locate on the field.

Wynn, the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is noted for her talent to create scoring opportunities for her teammates. In 2003, Wynn posted seven assists to complement her six goals. With her stick skills and passing ability, she is considered one of the best team players on the OSU squad.

Joining Luces and Wynn in manufacturing offensive power are junior Kateline Condon, sophomores Jessica Gofgosky, Katie Murphy and Renee Rossi, and freshmen Dana Greenhut and Honor Hansen.

“It is important we are strong and organized and make an effective transition from the backfield to the front line,” Wilkinson said.

Backfield
In the Buckeyes’ emphasis on pressuring the opponent to surrender the ball, OSU will possess a solid backfield composed of Leticia Fragapane, Saskia Mueller and Cammie Trainer. All three players will act as a solid defensive unit seizing the ball and generating attacking opportunities.

As a junior, Fragapane will continue to illustrate her consistency on the field as a defensive player. During the 2003 campaign, the All-Big Ten honoree started 19-of-20 games.

Mueller, who captured a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolade during 2003, will bring composure and balance to the squad.

“Saskia is considered one of the best student-athletes in the Big Ten,” Wilkinson said. “She will be capable of receiving the ball under triple threat situations.”

As the 2003 conference and team leader in assists (11), Trainer is a natural leader on and off the field. The senior defenseman will lend her calmness to the team’s game plan.

Helping in limiting the opponent in its scoring opportunities, senior Laura Rosenwinkel will also see action at defender, along with sophomores Meghan Brookhart and Natalie Jones. The trio of freshmen joining the Buckeye backfield includes Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky and Kelly Terwilliger.

Goalkeepers Tory Krauss and Lindsay Williams will share time in the net in 2004. Last season, Krauss generated 11 saves and a 2-1 record as a freshman. Williams finished the 2003 season first in saves per game in the Big Ten and, in addition to her 101 saves, Williams compiled a 12-7 record.

“This season we are looking to limit the quality of shots our opponents will have on goal,” Wilkinson said. “It also will be important for our team defense to collect the rebounds.”

WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Ohio State concludes its four-game road trip when it visits the Kent State Golden Flashes. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Dix Stadium, in Kent, Ohio.

The Buckeyes then make their first home appearance of 2004 when they play Miami (Ohio) at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.

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.