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Oct. 4, 2011

Athletes of the Week

DanicaDeckard, a junior forward field hockey team, helped the squadto two victories last week against Ball State Sept. 27 and No. 13Indiana Sept. 30. The native of Selinsgrove, Pa., Deckard postednine points on four goals and one assist in the two Buckeye wins.Deckard, who is tied for first on the team with 18 points (8g,2a),has tallied 13 points (6g,1a) in the last three games for theScarlet and Gray – who are currently on a five-game win streak. Inthe 5-0 win at Ball State, Deckard notched her first career hattrick with a career-high seven points against the Cardinals. TheOSU forward continued her offensive surge against the Hoosiers whenshe gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead in the first half to helpthe team improve to 2-0 in conference play. Deckard leads the teamwith four gamewinning goals and is first in the Big Ten in goalsper game (league games only) with a 1.50 mark. Amanda Peterson directed the women’s volleyball team to a 3-0sweep of No. 10 Minnesota posting 41 assists, four kill, five digs,four block assists and one ace serve. She had 40 assists, fourkills, 10 digs, one solo block and two assist blocks againstWisconsin. Her 10 digs against Wisconsin equaled her career highset at Nebraska this season and her four assist blocks againstMinnesota equals her season high set at West Virginia.

No. 25 Men’s Cross Country
Head coach: Robert Gary

Battling poor weather, a wet course and talented competition,Ohio State finished 12th out of 26 teams at the 8k Notre DameInvitational Sept. 30. Junior Donny Roys led the Buckeye effort, turning in a 24th-place timeof 24:44.

Women’s Cross Country
Head coach: Karen Dennis

Ohio State Ohio finished 13th out of 28 teams at the 5k NotreDame Invitational Sept. 30. Redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine was the top Buckeye finisher on the day,placing 37th in 17:42.

Field Hockey (7-5, 2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson

Junior Danica Deckard notched her first career hat trick in a 5-0 winat Ball State Sept. 27.
Deckard also was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week by theconference office on Sept. 27 based on her two goal performance inan upset of Michigan the week prior.
The Buckeyes withstood a late offensive charge by Indiana to defeatthe 13th-ranked Hoosiers 3-2 at Buckeye Varsity Field Sept. 30.Paula Pastor-Pitarque claimed a team-high three points with agoal and an assist in the first half.

Football (3-2)
Head coach: Luke Fickell

No. 25 Michigan State withstood a late rally from Ohio State toescape Ohio Stadium with a 10-7 win Oct. 1 in the conference openerfor both teams. The 105,306 fans in attendance at the Horseshoewitnessed a defensive battle as the Spartans and their aggressive,blitzing defense limited the Buckeye offense to 178 totalyards.

Men’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Mark Osiecki

The Buckeyes opened their 2011-12 campaign with a 6-5 victoryover Windsor in an exhibition game Oct. 1 at Chiller North.Sophomore Chris Crane, who had two goals and two assists, led theBuckeyes with four points, while freshman Ryan Dzingel had three assists. Senior Danny Dries and freshman Riley Simpson each had a goal and a helper for twopoints.

Women’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Nate Handrahan

Scarlet topped Gray 4-3 in the annual Scarlet and Gray gameSept. 30 at the OSU Ice Rink. Freshman Taylor Kuehl finished with three points, scoring two goals anddishing out an assist for Scarlet. Senior Natalie Spooner tallied a goal and an assist, while netting ashot during the shootout at the end of the game for Gray.

Men’s Soccer (6-4-1, 2-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: John Bluem

ChrisHegngi was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of Week by theconference office Sept. 26. The junior forward scored thegame-winning goal in the Buckeyes’ 3-2 overtime victory overMichigan Sept. 25.
Ohio State dropped a 3-1 decision on the road to fourth-ranked andunbeaten Akron Sept. 28 at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field infront of a stadium-record 5,819 fans. Trailing by two, Sebastian Rivas scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes,finishing off a pass from Omar Vallejo to cut the lead to 2-1 with about 17 minutes toplay in regulation. The Zips added their third goal in the 82ndminute, however, to foil the comeback attempt.
The Buckeyes topped Michigan State, 2-1, Oct. 2 at DeMartin SoccerComplex in East Lansing, Mich. Chris Gomez and Hegngi each found the back of the net for OhioState as it captured its seventh-consecutive victory againstMichigan State to improve to 2-0 in conference for the second yearin a row. All three goals scored in the game were within a six anda half minute span in the first half, beginning in the ninth minuteand ending with Hegngi’s game winner in the 15th.

Women’s Soccer (8-4-1, 3-1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Lori Walker

KatieBaumgardner was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the WeekSept. 26 after recording nine saves in a pair of wins overNorthwestern and Illinois.
The Scarlet and Gray could not hold off a second-half Penn Stateattack as the 24th-ranked Nittany Lions posted a 3-1 win in Big Tenplay Sept. 29 at Jeffrey Field. Tiffany Cameron gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead heading into thebreak, but PSU tallied three goals in the first eight minutes ofthe second half to capture the win.
Ohio State defeated league-leading Wisconsin 1-0 at the McClimonSoccer Complex in Madison Oct. 2, ending the Badgers’ nine-game BigTen home win streak. In the 48th minute, Cameron, with her fifthgoal of the season, finished off a corner kick with a shot thatricocheted off the right post for the only score of thematch.

No. 24 Women’s Volleyball (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston

Ohio State earned a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 28-26) sweep of10th-ranked Minnesota (8-4, 1-2) Sept. 30 in front of 1,575 fans inSt. John Arena. Mari Hole posted a team-high 17 points with 16 kills (.467) andone ace. Emily Danks added 10.5 points with seven kills (.300), threeace serves and one assist block, while Mariah Booth contributed 10 points with nine kills (.500) andtwo assist blocks.
24th-ranked Ohio State fell, 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-10) toWisconsin (10-6, 2-2) Oct. 2 in St. John Arena in front of 1,215fans. OSU’s Danks posted a match-high 16.5 points with 14 kills(.220), two ace serves and one assist block. Hole added 12 pointsfor the Buckeyes with 11 kills (.000) and two assist blocks.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Oct. 3-Oct. 16

Oct. 3
Women’s Golf at Windy City Invitational Round 1 & 2, ALL DAY
Chicago, Ill.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Men’s Tennis at ITA/DNovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Oct. 4
Women’s Field Hockey vs. Louisville, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Men’s Tennis at ITA/Dnovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Women’s Tennis at ITA/Dnovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Women’s Golf at Windy City Invitational Round 3, ALL DAY
Chicago, Ill.

Oct. 5
Men’s Soccer vs. Bowling Green, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Oct. 6
Men’s Tennis at ITA/DNovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Oct. 7
Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Quinnipiac, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji St., 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Women’s Tennis at WVU Martha Thom Invitational, ALL DAY
Morgantown, W.Va.

Men’s Tennis at ITA/DNovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Oct. 8
Women’s Field Hockey vs. Iowa, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji St., 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Quinnipiac, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Football at Nebraska, 8 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

Women’s Rowing at Michigan, TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Softball vs. TBD, ALL DAY
Columbus, Ohio, Fred Beekman Park

Men’s Tennis at ITA/DNovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Women’s Tennis at WVU Martha Thom Invitational, ALL DAY
Morgantown, W.Va.

Oct. 9
Rifle vs. Morehead State, 8 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Converse Hall

Men’s Lacrosse at MRB Thumbs Up Game vs. North Carolina, Noon
Baltimore, Md.

Women’s Soccer at Purdue, 1 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Tennis at WVU Martha Thom Invitational, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Men’s Tennis at ITA/DNovo All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Tulsa, Okla.

Women’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships, ALL DAY
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Oct. 10
Women’s Golf at Lady Northern Invitational Round 1 & 2, ALL DAY
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Jack Nicklaus Invitational Round 1 & 2, ALL DAY
Dublin, Ohio, Muirfield Golf Course

Oct. 11
Women’s Golf at Lady Northern Invitational Round 3, ALL DAY
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Jack Nicklaus Invitational Round 3, ALL DAY
Dublin, Ohio, Muirfield Golf Course

Oct. 13
Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships, ALL DAY
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center or Jesse Owens East Recreation Center

Oct. 14
Women’s Field Hockey at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Volleyball at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Ice Hockey at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Women’s Soccer vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Cross Country at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, ALL DAY
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Cross Country at Wilmington Fall Classic, ALL DAY
Wilmington, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships, ALL DAY
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center or Jesse Owens East Recreation Center

Men’s Cross Country at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, ALL DAY
Madison, Wis.

Oct. 15
Rifle vs. Columbus State & Akron, 8 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Converse Hall

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Canisius, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Volleyball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Ohio Wesleyan, TBA
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships, ALL DAY
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center or Jesse Owens East Recreation Center

Football at Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Oct. 16
Women’s Soccer vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Soccer at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Valparaiso, Ind.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships, ALL DAY
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center or Jesse Owens East Recreation Center