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Oct. 7, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team travels to Iowa, City, Iowa, for a two-game weekend against Iowa and Pacific. The Buckeyes (6-5; 0-2 Big Ten) will face the Hawkeyes (4-5; 1-1 Big Ten) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Big Ten play and will meet non-league opponent Pacific (4-6; 1-2 NorPac) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Grant Field.

SCOUTING IOWA
Iowa opened the 2004 season with losses to No. 2 Wake Forest, 3-2, and top-ranked North Carolina, 5-0. The Hawkeyes faced the Tar Heels a second time in the Temple Tournament and fought hard before surrendering 1-0.

Leading the Hawkeyes in goals and points are a pair of seniors in Sarah Dawson and Lauren Stiver. At forward, Dawson has seen action in all nine Iowa contests and has compiled eight goals and three assists for 19 points. Dawson also is tied for first in assists with teammate Debbie Birrell. In the backfield, Stiver has notched four goals and one assist for nine points.

In the net for the Hawkeyes is Barb Weinberg. The senior goalkeeper has made 67 saves and allowed 18 goals. Weinberg has one shutout to her credit against New Hampshire.

At the helm of the Hawkeyes is Tracey Griesbaum. In her fifth season since arriving at Iowa, Griesbaum has been integral in establishing the Hawkeyes as a mainstay in the NFHCA Top 20 poll. As well, the 1989 West Chester graduate help lead the team to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in 2001.

BUCKEYES VS. HAWKEYES
Despite having an 8-36 record against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes have claimed three of the last five meetings, including a 2-1upset victory over then-No. 9 Iowa last season in Columbus.

Ohio State took a 2-0 lead when Vanessa Immordino and Curlyne Wynn contributed a goal a piece in the first half. With a two-goal lead going into the second stanza and a steady defense, the Scarlet and Gray were able to secure the win.

IN THE LEAGUE
Ohio State holds a 92-128-9 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.

FYI
The Hawkeyes are the only squad from the state of Iowa Ohio State has ever faced.

SCOUTING PACIFIC
Pacific opened the season trading wins and losses, as it has not won two-consecutive games this year. The Tigers are winless against the three Top 20 teams they have faced in 2004. (No. 11 Richmond – 3-0; No. 15 Syracuse – 2-1 (OT); No. 13 California – 3-1 and 5-1).

Sophomore forward Vianney Campos and Lindsey Rovai lead the Tigers in goals and points. Campos has compiled six goals and three assists for 15 points and Rovai has notched six goals and two assists for 14 points.

In goal for Pacific is Kim Myers. The sophomore has seen action in all 10 Tiger contests, yielding 19 goals and making 50 saves. Myers also has two shutouts to her credit.

Linda MacDonald is in her seventh season as head coach of Pacific. In 2003, MacDonald led the Tigers to one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Springfield college graduate coached the Tigers to nine victories, tying the school record for the most wins in a season. Pacific also surpassed its record for most goals in a season, registering 29, while tying two other school records (most consecutive wins – 5; most goals in a game – 5).

BUCKEYES VS. TIGERS
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Tigers, 3-1. Last season, Ohio State defeated Pacific, 3-1, in Stanford, Calif. As a freshman, Curlyne Wynn notched her first two collegiate goals, while Vanessa Immordino recorded one goal to help lead the Buckeyes to victory.

RECORD IN THE NORPAC
OSU holds an 18-12-2 record over the NorPac conference. Ohio State is undefeated vs. Radford (4-0) and leads St. Louis (5-1-2), Pacific (3-1) and Southwest Missouri State (4-2). The Buckeyes trail both Stanford and California 1-4.

OSU VS. THE STATE OF CALIF.
Ohio State has faced five teams from the state of California compiling a record of 5-9-2. In addition to their records against California, Pacific and Stanford, the Buckeyes have a 0-0-1 record against both California State Chico and San Jose State.

FAMILIAR FACES
Buckeyes Honor Hansen and Deen Rebstock will see familiar faces on the pitch this weekend. Hansen will be reunited with former La Costa Canyon high school teammate Michelle Manson. The senior Manson currently serves as defender/midfielder for Pacific.

Rebstock and senior forward Margot McMahon of Iowa were teammates at Whitfield high school in St. Louis, Mo.

IN THE BIG TEN
In the Oct. 4 edition of the Big Ten release, OSU is No. 1 in the league in saves with 95. Junior Lindsay Williams, who has started all 11 Buckeye contests, is credited with the 95 saves.

Yesenia Luces and Saskia Mueller crack the Top 10 in three categories. Luces is 10th in points per game (1.22 ) and ninth in goals per game (.56). Mueller’s .40 assists per game ranks her 10th.

In conference game statistics, Florencia Stier is tied for eighth and ninth in points (3) and points per game (1.50). Leticia Fragapane, Lauren Kruse and Stier earned a tie for the eighth spot in goals and a tie for the ninth position in goals per game with two and .50, respectively. Stier also shares the fourth and sixth spots in assists (1) and assists per game (.50).

NATIONAL STATS
Junior goalie Lindsay Williams is tied for eighth in the nation in saves and 15th in saves percentage (.805).

A FULL SLATE
All seven Big Ten teams will be in action this weekend. Indiana travels to Evanston, Ill., to face New Hampshire, Michigan competes against Pacific in Iowa City, Iowa, and Penn State and Michigan State square off in Lansing, Mich., Saturday. The schedule Sunday features Michigan traveling to Iowa and Northwestern playing host to New Hampshire.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Buckeyes own a 4-2 record on the road this season, losing only to No. 2 Wake Forest and Maine. OSU has defeated Vermont, Kent State, Louisville and Ohio on the road. In three of the four road wins Ohio State scored the first goal.

AT THE HALF
When leading at the half, the Buckeyes are 4-1. Ohio State is at .500 (1-1) when tied with its opponents at the break.

ON THE THIRD DAY…
Ohio State currently is undefeated when playing on Tuesday in 2004. The Buckeyes defeated Kent State (Sept. 7), 3-1, Louisville (Sept. 28), 5-4 and Ohio (Oct. 5), 2-1.

The Buckeyes were victorious on their lone Monday game, topping Vermont, 4-2, Aug. 29. OSU is 1-1 when playing on a Friday, as the squad lost to No. 2 Wake Forest, 6-0, Sept. 3 and shut out Miami (Ohio), 4-0, Sept. 10.

The Scarlet and Gray are 1-2 in games played on Sunday. They defeated Ball State, 2-1, in overtime, but fell, 2-1, to both Maine (Aug. 29) and Central Michigan (Oct. 3).

Lastly, Ohio State is winless on a Saturday, losing to Big Ten foes, Penn State (Sept. 25) and Michigan State (Oct. 2), 3-1, and, 3-2, respectively.

ONE FOR THE ROAD
OSU was awarded its first penalty stroke of the season against Ohio. The Buckeyes had a chance to take a 3-1 lead over the Bobcats in the second half when Florencia Stier took the shot, but it traveled just wide of the goal.

BOUNCING BACK
With the exception of the Central Michigan contest, Ohio State has won every game following a loss. When the Buckeyes opened the season with a loss to Maine, the team defeated Vermont the following day. After falling to Wake Forest, OSU answered with a win over Kent State. Ohio State rallied for a 5-4 victory in penalty strokes to defeat Louisville after falling to Penn State. Finally, the Buckeyes recovered from a winless weekend vs. Michigan State and Central Michigan to top Ohio.

LAST TIME OUT – OHIO
Ohio State defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 2-1, Tuesday at Pruitt Field in Athens, Ohio. A pair of sophomores in Lauren Kruse and Curlyne Wynn recorded the two Buckeye goals.

In the first 35 minutes of action, OSU jumped to an early lead, putting the first point on the scoreboard at the 33:14 mark. Shooting from the baseline, Wynn was credited with the unassisted goal. The Buckeyes increased their lead when Saskia Mueller’s long shot from outside the circle was deflected over the goalie’s head into the net by Kruse at 26:06. The Bobcats’ Erica Bundalo answered with a goal off of a penalty corner tip at the end of the half.

In the second half, Ohio State nearly took a 3-1 lead when the Scarlet and Gray were awarded a penalty stroke halfway through the stanza. Sophomore Florencia Stier took the shot, but fired the ball just wide of the goal. The Buckeye defense continued to stifle the Bobcat offense, securing the 2-1 victory.

OSU goalkeeper Lindsay Williams registered three saves and the Buckeyes compiled 19 shots and two penalty corners.

THE MORE THE MERRIER
A record-setting crowd of 249 was on hand to witness the overtime Ohio State and Michigan State game Oct. 2. In the following contest Oct. 3 against Central Michigan, 223 fans came out to watch the Buckeyes and the Chippewas, marking North Turf Field’s second-best attendance of 2004.

SETTING THE PACE
Freshman Yesenia Luces leads the squad in points (11) compiling five goals and one assist. Sophomore Curlyne Wynn is a close second, tied with Luces in goals (5) for 10 points. The duo of Lauren Kruse and Florenica Stier has notched three goals a piece.

HELPING HAND
Sophomore Saskia Mueller leads the team in assists, as she has registered five. Junior Leticia Fragapane and senior Cammie Trainer have three and two assists, respectively.

ON HER WAY
Ten games into the season junior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams has compiled 98 saves for OSU. Williams needs 3 saves to tie her mark of 101 saves from last year. After 11 starts in 2003, Williams registered 55 saves. The Harrisburg, Pa., native is ahead of her previous mark by 43 saves.

WILLIAMS SETS CAREER RECORD
Goalkeeper Lindsay Williams set a career best as she posted 18 saves vs. Louisville Sept. 28th. 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.

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 102-66-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 181-149-8.

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.

WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Ohio State returns to North Turf Field for its final home game of the 2004 season against the Northwestern Wildcats at 1 p.m. Oct. 16.

Prior to the game seniors Lucy Clayton, Meg Lake, Deen Rebstock, Laura Rosenwinkel and Cammie Trainer will be honored.

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.