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Sept. 15, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (3-2; 0-0 Big Ten) plays its second of three-consecutive home games when it faces the Ball State Cardinals (0-4; 0-0 MAC) at 2 p.m. Sunday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.

SCOUTING BALL STATE
As of Sept. 14 Ball State held a 0-4 record. Three of the four Cardinals’ losses came at the hands of teams ranked in the NFHCA Top 20 poll in the week of Sept. 14.

BSU was edged, 2-1, by both No. 8 Northeastern and William & Mary before dropping hard-fought battles to No. 17 Indiana, 3-0, and Southwest Missouri State, 3-2, in overtime.

Senior midfielder Jen Strodel leads the Cardinals offense with two goals and four points. Sophomore forward Lindsay Quay is a close second with a goal and an assist each for three points.

Junior Tracy Bannister and sophomore Jessie Malone each split time in the net for BSU as both goalies have started two contests.

As just the fifth head coach in the 30-year history of BSU field hockey, Annette Payne is in her second season at the helm of Ball State.

In her inaugural year as a head collegiate coach, Payne led the Cardinals to an 8-12 record and helped coach Quay to 2003 MAC Freshman of the Year honors.

BUCKEYES VS. CARDINALS
Ball State holds a 6-4 series lead on Ohio State, although OSU defeated BSU, 5-2, last season at BSU Turf Field in Muncie, Ind. The Buckeyes’ win over the Cardinals marked the third-consecutive season the Scarlet and Gray prevailed over Ball State.

In the match-up last year Vanessa Immordino recorded a hat trick for OSU and added an assist. Lauren Kruse and Cammie Trainer added a goal a piece, rounding out the Buckeye scorers. Goalie Lindsay Williams compiled five saves behind an Ohio State defense that allowed only 11 shots.

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.

Wynn is second on the team in goals (3) and points (6) and has started every 2004 Buckeye contest. The Big Ten weekly honor is the first of her career.

NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the national stastics, Yesenia Luces is tied for 19th in points per game (2.25). Luces has recorded a goal in each contest she has participated in, tying her for 13th in the nation for goals per game.

On the defensive side of the pitch, goalie Lindsay Williams is tied for 14th in saves percentage (.800). Williams also is ranked ninth in saves, compiling 40 over five games.

BIG TEN STATISTICS
In the Big Ten Ohio State is ranked second in saves (40) and is tied for third in the conference for shutouts (1).

Individually, Ohio State boasts seven different Buckeyes cracking the Top 10 mark in Big Ten rankings.

Defender Saskia Mueller is tied for fifth in assists (3) and ranks sixth in assists per game (.60).

Junior defender Leticia Fragapane closely follows Mueller with two assists and .40 assists per game, tying her for ninth and 10th, respectively.

Leading the squad in goals and points, Yesenia Luces holds down the seventh (4) and eighth (9) spots in conference standings. Luces also is tied for third in goals per game (1.00) and owns the fifth spot in points per game.

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Curlyne Wynn is tied for ninth in goals and goals per game, recording three scores over five contests.

Sophomore forward Florencia Stier is ninth and eighth in shots (16) and shots per game (3.20). Tied for ninth in shots per game (3.00) is teammate Cammie Trainer.

Defensively, Lindsay Williams is second in the conference in saves with 40. Williams’ 40 saves ranks her second in saves per game as well.

NFHCA POLL
In the first NFHCA poll of the 2004 season, released Sept. 14, Ohio State received 42 points after compiling a 3-2 record, including a perfect record during the week of Sept. 6.

GOOD TO BE HOME
Ohio State owns a five-game home winning streak dating back to the 2003 season. The streak began with a win over Southwest Missouri State, 8-1, Sept. 21, 2003. The Buckeyes followed with home victories over Iowa (2-1), Indiana (2-1;2OT) and Michigan (2-1).

After shutting out Miami (Ohio), 4-0, in its first home game of the 2004 season, Ohio State is looking to extend its success to six games.

OSU VS. MAC SCHOOLS
Ohio State holds a 71-27-2 (.720) record over its Mid-American conference opponents, including a 3-1 record from last 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.

OSU VS. INDIANA FOES
In its 32-year history, the Ohio State field hockey team has compiled a 15-11-8 (.559) record against other Indiana field hockey programs.

The Buckeyes lead Indiana and Notre Dame 9-2-1 and 1-0, respectively. The Scarlet and Gray are tied with Indiana State, 1-1-1 and are 4-8-6 against Purdue.

LAST TIME OUT – MIAMI (OHIO)
Ohio State posted a 4-0 shutout over the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Sept. 10 at North Turf Field. Curlyne Wynn registered two goals, while Yesenia Luces and Florenica Stier scored a goal apiece.

“The first half was uneventful,” Anne Wilkinson, head coach, said. “In the second half we got into our game and created openings that allowed us to sustain our attack.”

The beginning of the first half was a power struggle between the two teams, but Ohio State prevailed at the 23:43 mark when Stier fired a shot, which bounced off the Miami goalie into the back of the net. Wynn followed with the first of her two unassisted goals at 27:58 as she struck from the middle of the pitch. The Buckeye defense held strong, allowing four shots and going into the half with a 2-0 lead.

Ohio State continued its offensive attack in the second half with Wynn firing a shot into the backboard at 65:17. The RedHawks offense was stifled by the OSU defense as they got off four shots. Ohio State was awarded a penalty corner as time was expiring and Luces directed a shot behind Miami’s goalkeeper for the final goal. Saskia Mueller was credited with the assist.

Buckeye goalie Lindsay Williams recorded one save. OSU outshot Miami 25-8 and posted a 7-5 penalty corner advantage.

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Ohio State’s sudden death shootout against Maine is the first in program history. OSU has reached double overtime 17 times since its inception in 1971.

RISING FRESHMEN
All six Buckeye freshmen have made a gameday appearance in 2004. Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Honor Hansen, Yesenia Luces and Kelly Terwilliger have combined for five goals, one assist and 16 shots.

DÉJÁ VU
Five games into the season freshman Yesenia Luces leads the squad with four goals and nine points.

Last season, as a freshman, Curlyne Wynn led the Buckeyes in goals following the first two games. Making a steady contribution throughout the rest of the 2003 season, Wynn concluded her campaign earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades.

TYING HER BEST
After compiling 13 saves in the Wake Forest contest, junior Lindsay Williams equaled her career best.

Last season, Williams recorded 13 saves on two occassions – Oct. 5 at Maryland and Oct. 10 at Penn State.

LIVE CHAT WITH CURLYNE WYNN
Wynn will be participating in a live chat session at ohiostatebuckeyes.com at noon Friday. Fans will have a chance to submit questions before and/or during the session.

WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Ohio State wraps up its three-game homestand at North Turf Field in its first Big Ten conference game of the season against the Penn State Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

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.