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Oct. 4, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (5-5; 0-2 Big Ten) commences a three-game road trip beginning with a visit to Athens, Ohio, where it will face the Ohio Bobcats (3-9; 1-2 MAC) at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Pruitt Field. The Buckeyes then travel to Iowa City, Iowa, where they will meet Iowa at 11 a.m. Saturday and Pacific at 1 p.m. Sunday at Grant Field.

SCOUTING OHIO
Ohio has faced stiff competition in 2004, including opening the season against then-No. 14 William and Mary and then-No. 9 Northeastern. The Bobcats fell both to the Tribe, 3-1, and the Huskies, 3-2. OU also suffered hard-fought losses to then-No. 20 California (4-3 OT) and No. 4 Michigan State (7-0).

Junior Chelsea Mearig and sophomore Amanda Arnold lead the team in goals and points. Mearig has compiled five goals and three assists for 13 points, while Arnold has notched five goals and two assists for 12 points.

In the net for Ohio are Jennifer Cote and Ashley Pitkin. Cote owns the 3-9 Bobcats record, allowing 39 goals and making 104 saves. The senior Pitkin has seen action in two games, yielding three goals and registering six saves.

In her sixth season at the helm of Ohio is Shelly Morris. The 1994 Northeastern graduate has led the Bobcats to three Mid-American Conference tournament championship games, including the postseason conference title in 2001 in which OU earned a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

BUCKEYES VS. BOBCATS
The Buckeyes have a 12-5-1 lead over the Bobcats and have won four of the last five contests dating back to 1994. Last season Ohio State garnered a 3-2 overtime win in Columbus. Vanessa Immordino scored two goals for Ohio State, including the empty-net gamewinning goal in the extra stanza. Deen Rebstock contributed a goal, rounding out the OSU offense. COLUMBUS TIES
OU freshman forward Lauren Cassady is a Columbus native and a graduate from Thomas Worthington high school. Cassady was a four-year letterwinner at Thomas Worthington and earned 2003 Central Ohio Coaches Association First-Team All-League honors.

OSU VS. MAC
Ohio State holds a 73-28-2 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.

BUCKEYES VS. OHIO SCHOOLS
Ohio State owns a 94-25-5 record against its Ohio field hockey counterparts. The Buckeyes look to complete a 2004 sweep of its Ohio opponents with a win over the Bobcats.

In 2003 OSU defeated all of its Ohio field hockey foes (Kent State – 6-2; Ohio – 3-2 (OT); Miami (Ohio) – 8-0).

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

BIG TEN STATISTICS
As of Sept. 30, Lindsay Williams, has compiled 74 saves, placing her first in the conference. Williams also is fifth in the league in goals against average (1.95).

Freshman Yesenia Luces is tied for 10th in goals (5) and seventh in goals per game (.71). Saskia Mueller and Leticia Fragapane are tied for eighth in assists (3) and assists per game (.38).

THE MORE THE MERRIER
A record-setting crowd of 249 was on hand to witness the overtime Ohio State and Michigan State game Saturday. In the following contest Sunday 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 continues to lead the squad in goals (5) and points (11). Sophomore Curlyne Wynn is a close second, compiling four goals and eight points. A quartet of Buckeyes follow with two goals a piece.

HELPING HAND
Sophomore Saskia Mueller leads the team in assists, as she has registered four. 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 95 saves for OSU. Williams needs 6 saves to tie her mark of 101 saves from last year. After ten starts in 2003, Williams registered 50 saves. The Harrisburg, Pa., native is ahead of her previous mark by 45 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 101-66-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 180-149-8.

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.

LAST TIME OUT – MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State was edged by No. 4 Michigan State, 3-2, in overtime Oct. 2 in front of a season-high crowd of 249 at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes traded goals with the Spartans until MSU managed to secure the win in the extra stanza. Michigan State’s Veerle Goudswaard put the Spartans on the scoreboard first 8:50 minutes into the first half.

Veerle scored the first point of the afternoon off of a penalty corner and was assisted by Breanna Harpstead and Jessica Miller. The Buckeyes’ Leticia Fragapane answered with an unassisted goal at 14:10, as she pushed the ball past MSU goalie Christina Kirkaldy from the right side of the net. Tied at one a piece, Annebet Beerman, with Goudswaard on the assist, drove Michigan State ahead, 2-1, when she deflected a shot off of a teammate into the goal.

Ohio State evened the score a little over ten minutes into the second half when Florencia Stier fired a shot into the backboard from the middle of the circle. As time expired in the stanza, neither team was able to score, forcing the game into extra periods. It would be the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive overtime game and fourth of the season.

Both teams got off to a quick start as they traded possession of the ball. At the 78:08 mark Goudswaard managed to steal the ball in the middle of the pitch for a breakaway score, securing the Spartans win.

Lindsay Williams recorded 16 saves for the Buckeyes and Ohio State notched six shots and two penalty corners.

LAST TIME OUT – CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Ohio State suffered a 2-1 defeat to Central Michigan Oct. 3 at North Turf Field. Sophomore Jessica Gofgosky scored for the Buckeyes, marking her first goal of the season.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted today,” Anne Wilkinson, head coach, said. “We had plenty of opportunities to put the ball away, but we just didn’t finish.”

In the first half the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead when Gofgosky, with Saskia Mueller on the assist, fired a shot into the net from the right side of the goal 16:29 minutes into the stanza. Going into the break, the Scarlet and Gray held the shot advantage, 14-1.

A little over fourteen minutes into the second half, Central Michigan’s Allyson Doan tied the game after receiving a pass from teammate Kristy Reed and pushing the ball into the backboard. Less than a minute later Erica Takach scored after the Chippewas were awarded a penalty corner at the 50:02 mark to seal the victory.

OSU goalie, Lindsay Williams recorded five saves and Ohio State registered 23 shots and nine penalty corners.

UP NEXT
Following its trip to Iowa City, Iowa, Ohio State returns to North Turf Field for its final home game of the season against the Northwestern Wildcats at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at North Turf Field.