Oct. 13, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (7-6; 0-3 Big Ten) faces Big Ten foe -Northwestern (7-7; 1-2 Big Ten) in its final home of the 2004 season at 1 p.m. at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.
Northwestern opened the 2004 season on a four-game winning streak, defeating James Madison, Kent State, Ohio and Fairfield, before falling in three straight games to Stanford, American and Maryland. In Big Ten action, the Wildcats have a 1-2 record falling to Michigan State (2-0) and Michigan (4-1), then coming back to defeat Indiana (2-1 OT).
Leading the Wildcats with 35 points this season is senior forward Candice Cooper. Cooper, who is tied for eighth in the nation in points and fifth in goals, has recorded 16 goals and three assists. Three players fall next in line with nine points each – sophomore midfielder Meghan Small, freshman forward Cassie Miller and junior defender Christine Nannicelli.
In net for Northwestern is Sherri-Anne Nyberg. The 5-feet-9-inch sophomore has made 65 saves with a .730 save percentage and allowed 24 goals for a 1.71 goals against average.
In her first year at the helm of the Wildcats is Kelly McCollum. McCollum is a former standout player in the Northwestern field hockey program and a 1995 graduate. She is the sixth head coach in the program’s 24-year history.
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
Despite trailing Northwestern 19-26-1 in the all-time series, Ohio State has won the last 15 games. The last loss to the Wildcats dates back to 1995 when OSU fell 4-3 in Evanston, Ill.
Last season, Ohio State defeated Northwestern twice. In the first contest Sept. 28, 2003, forward Vanessa Immordino scored a penalty stroke goal in overtime to give Ohio State a 1-0 victory over the then-No. 20 Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes faced the Wildcats again in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, where OSU defeated NU, 3-2. Immordino, Cammie Trainer and Curlyne Wynn each posted a goal to help the Buckeyes advance to semifinal action.
IN THE LEAGUE
Ohio State holds a 92-129-9 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.
Buckeyes Lauren Kruse and Tory Krauss will see familiar faces on the pitch this weekend. Kruse and Krauss will be reunited with former Ottawa Hills High School teammate Jenny Stancati, who is a midfielder/defender for Northwestern.
IN THE BIG TEN
In the Oct. 11 edition of the Big Ten release, OSU is ranked No. 1 among Big Ten teams with 109 saves. Junior Lindsay Williams, who has started all 13 Buckeye contests, is credited with the 109 saves.
Yesenia Luces and Saskia Mueller crack the Top 10 in three categories. Luces is 10th in points per game (1.08) and tied for ninth in goals per game (.50). Mueller’s .38 assists per game ranks her tied for eighth.
Junior goalie Lindsay Williams is tied for eighth in the nation in saves (109) and tied for 12th in save percentage (.807).
A FULL SLATE
All seven Big Ten teams will be in action this weekend. Penn State travels to face Iowa on Friday. Michigan State takes on Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Iowa will match up against Quinnipiac Saturday. To close out the weekend, Michigan will face Maryland Sunday.
AT THE HALF
When leading at the half, the Buckeyes are 5-1. Ohio State is 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 2-2 in games played on Sunday. They defeated Ball State (Sept. 19) and Pacific (Oct. 10), but fell to both Maine (Aug. 29) and Central Michigan (Oct. 3).
Lastly, Ohio State is winless on Saturday, losing to Big Ten foes, Penn State (Sept. 25), Michigan State (Oct. 2) and Iowa (Oct. 9).
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.
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. The Buckeyes recovered from a winless weekend vs. Michigan State and Central Michigan to top Ohio. Last weekend, OSU topped Pacific after falling to Iowa the day before.
LAST TIME OUT – PACIFIC
Ohio State shut out the Pacific Tigers, 2-0, last Sunday at Grant Field in Iowa City, Iowa. Buckeye freshman Yesenia Luces and sophomore Florencia Stier each notched a goal to give OSU the victory.
Buckeye goalkeeper Lindsay Williams recorded two saves. OSU registered seven shots to Pacific’s three. Ohio State and Pacific were even with six penalty corners a piece.
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 (13), compiling six goals and one assist. Sophomore Curlyne Wynn is a close second with five goals for 10 points. The duo of sophomores Florencia Stier and Saskia Mueller are not far behind with nine points each. Stier has four goals and one assist, while Mueller has tallied two goals and five assists.
Sophomore Saskia Mueller leads the team in assists with five. Junior Leticia Fragapane and senior Cammie Trainer have three and two assists, respectively.
Thirteen games into the 2004 season junior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams broke her previous career record of 101 saves in a season as she has compiled 109 saves for OSU.
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 concludes the regular season on a four-game road streak. The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Wolverines at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and California at 1 p.m. Oct. 24.
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.