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Oct. 21, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (8-6; 1-3 Big Ten) will face No. 9 Michigan (11-5; 6-2 Big Ten) and No. 14 California (12-3; 4-1 NorPac) in a two-game weekend series in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Phyllis Ocker Field, while OSU and Cal square off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

SCOUTING No. 9 MICHIGAN
After opening the season with a 0-2 record, Michigan bounced back by winning 11 of its next 14 games. The Wolverines garnered victories over then-No. 8 Northeastern, then-No. 16 Indiana, then-No. 17 Harvard and then-No. 3 Michigan State.

Michigan is led by a pair of senior midfielders Jessica Blake and forward Adrienne Hortillosa. Blake has compiled 17 goals and six assists for 40 points.

Hortillosa is a close second with 12 goals and 11 assists for 35 points. Sophomore Beth Riley and fifth-year senior Molly Maloney are in the net for the Wolverines. Riley owns a 9-4 record compared to Maloney’s 2-1 mark.

Marcia Pankratz is in her seventh season at the helm of the Wolverines. Since her arrival, Pankratz has helped lead Michigan to four Top 10 NFHCA finishes in the last five years, including winning the 2001 national championship.

BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES
Ohio State has a 20-25-2 record against Michigan. The Buckeyes look to win their second-consecutive game against the Wolverines after upsetting the then-No. 5 squad, 2-1, in Columbus.

SCOUTING No. 14 CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears enter their contest against the Buckeyes having won eight of their last nine games. In that streak California has posted shutouts over Southwest Missouri State, St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth.

Leading the Golden Bears are sophomores Valentina Godfrid and junior Chilly Banuelos. Godfrid has notched 13 goals and nine assists for 35 points. Following Godfrid is Banuelos, who has registered three goals and six assists for 12 points. In the net for Cal is Kelly Knapp. The senior has started all 15 games, making 66 saves and allowing 15 goals.

In 10 seasons at the helm of California, Shellie Onstead has compiled a 98-58-0 record. The four-time NorPac coach of the year has helped lead the Golden Bears to five conference titles, including three-consecutive crowns during 2001-03. Onstead also has guided Cal to three-successive NCAA tournament appearances.

BUCKEYES VS. GOLDEN BEARS
Ohio State will look to gain a win against California, as the squad owns a 1-4 record against the Golden Bears. OSU was last victorious over Cal in 2002, notching a 1-0 overtime win in Berkeley, Calif.

IN THE LEAGUE
Ohio State holds a 93-129-9 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.

NORPAC FOES
OSU owns a 19-12-2 record over the NorPac conference. Ohio State is undefeated vs. Radford (4-0) and leads St. Louis (5-1-2), Pacific (4-1) and Southwest Missouri State (4-2). The Buckeyes trail both Stanford and California 1-4.

THAT STATE UP NORTH
Ohio State has a winning record against three of the four programs located in the state of Michigan. The Buckeyes lead Central Michigan 11-5, Michigan State 31-13 and Northern Michigan 1-0. OSU trails Michigan 20-25-2.

OSU VS. THE STATE OF CALIF.
Ohio State has faced five teams from the state of California compiling a record of 6-9-2. 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.

HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS
Buckeye Cammie Trainer and Wolverine Lauren MacMillan will be reunited on the pitch, as both players attended Hudson High School in Hudson, Ohio.

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State topped Northwestern, 4-2, Oct. 16 at North Turf Field. With the victory, the Buckeyes extended their winning-streak to 16 games vs. Northwestern.

Buckeye sophomore Florencia Stier scored the first goal of the game on a shot from the left side of the goal 26:19 minutes into the game. Curlyne Wynn assisted on Stier’s fifth goal of season. Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Lauren Kruse scored at 29:07, assisted by Saskia Mueller. As the clock expired at the end of the first half, Northwestern obtained a penalty corner and was able to capitalize on the opportunity. NU’s Ellen Schlafly tipped in a shot from Cassie Miller.

Ohio State came out strong in the second half. OSU’s Mueller scored the Buckeyes’ third goal of the game and the eventual gamewinner at 46:07. OSU secured the victory with a goal by Deen Rebstock at 59:40.

Northwestern attempted a comeback late in the second half, but the Wildcats one goal was not enough. NU’s Candice Cooper scored a goal assisted by Cassie Miller at 60:40. Buckeye goaltender Lindsay Williams recorded six saves and Ohio State posted 22 shots and nine penalty corners.

NATIONAL STATS
Goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is 15th in the nation in saves and save percentage. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has registered 115 saves over 14 games for a .804 save percentage.

IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State leads the league in saves, compiling 115. Individually, three Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 10 in six categories. Holding on to the No. 1 spot in saves (115) and saves per game (8.21) is Lindsay Williams. Saskia Mueller is tied for sixth in assists (6) and assists per game (.43) and Curlyne Wynn is 10th in shots (38) and shots per game (2.71).

SEASON-BEST SET
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.

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 1-3 on a Saturday, defeating Northwestern, 2-1 (Oct.16), but losing to Penn State (Sept. 25), Michigan State (Oct. 2) and Iowa (Oct. 9).

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. 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.

A FULL SLATE
All seven Big Ten teams will be in action this weekend. Indiana travels to Central Michigan and Michigan State. In addition to welcoming the Buckeyes, Michigan plays host to California. Penn State goes on the road to face Northwestern and Duke, while Michigan State faces Iowa.

AT THE HALF
When leading at the half, the Buckeyes are 6-1. Ohio State is 1-1 when tied with its opponents at the break.

SETTING THE PACE
Freshman Yesenia Luces leads the squad in points (13), compiling six goals and one assist. Sophomores Saskia Mueller and Curlyne Wynn and are close seconds, as Mueller has notched three goals and six assists for 12 points and Wynn has registered five goals and one assist for 11 points.

HELPING HAND
Saskia Mueller leads the team in assists with six. Junior Leticia Fragapane and senior Cammie Trainer have three assists a piece.

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 104-67-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 181-149-8.

CONFERENCE HONORS
Saskia Mueller was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 19 after she led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten victory of the season and 16th consecutive win over Northwestern. The Zurich, Switzerland, native was key to Ohio State’s offensive attack as they defeated Northwestern, 4-2. Mueller scored the game-winning goal to secure the Buckeyes’ victory. She also assisted on a goal by Lauren Kruse to finish the day with a total of three points. The award marks Mueller’s second in her Buckeye career after earning defensive player of the week honors last season.

Forward Curlyne Wynn earned Offensive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades earlier in the season for her efforts against Kent State (Sept. 7) and Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 10).

WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Ohio State concludes the regular season when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face Indiana and St. Louis. The Buckeyes face the Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at Mellencamp Pavilion. OSU then meets the Billikens at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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.