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May 19, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jackie Barto, OSU head womens ice hockey coach, announced the signing of 10 student-athletes that will comprise her first-ever recruiting class. Kristen Ankersen, Andrea Carlson, Katie Frohreich, Shana Frost, Melissa Glaser, Emily Hudak, Lindsey Ogren, Melissa Pirie, Lindsey Steblen and April Stojak have all signed a national letter of intent to play varsity hockey.

“I am very happy with the caliber of these athletes and what they will bring to our program,” Barto said. “They are committed to being quality student-athletes. They are very excited about the opportunities available to them at Ohio State both academically and athletically. All of these athletes will make strong contributions to our program and I am very pleased with our start. I am thrilled that these athletes will play a major role in the development of the Ohio State womens ice hockey program.”

Kristen Ankersen, from Lake Orion, Mich., attended Lake Orion High School, where she also was a standout in track, diving and basketball. Ankersen competed on the Honeybaked Hockey Club midget team and played a major role in her team advancing to the semifinals at the 1999 USA Hockey Womens National Championship. Ankersen can be used in either a defense or forward position.

“Kris has excellent skating ability,” Barto said. “She is a very mobile player with excellent size. She has solid one-on-one skills and will provide strong contributions both offensively and defensively.”

Andrea Carlson, a native of Hibbing, Minn., is a 5-2 forward known for her quickness and ability to create turnovers. Carlson, an honor student, attended Hibbing High School, where she was captain and MVP of the girls varsity team. She was a finalist for the 1999 Ms. Hockey for the state of Minnesota. She also has participated in the Minnesota Select Tournament in 1997, 98 and 99 and the Olympic Developmental Program in 1998 and 99.

“Andrea is an outstanding skater with excellent speed,” Barto said. “She will make things happen on the ice with her quickness and put pressure on the opposing defenses.”

Katie Frohreich, a 5-5 defenseman from Baudette, Minn., attended Lake of the Woods High Womens Ice Hockey Inks 10 Recruits For 1999-2000 Season Ohio State announces first-ever recruiting class for OSUs newest varsity sport.

“Katie has a great presence defensively,” Barto said. “She is a very active player with excellent mobility and range. She also is a very hard-working athlete and an outstanding leader.”

Shana Frost is a 5-3 forward from Frankford, Ontario. She attended Bayside School, where she also participated in golf and basketball. Frost was a member of the Beatrice North York Junior Aeros Intermediate “AA.” She has also participated in Team Ontario tryout camps in 1998.

“Shana possesses outstanding speed and quickness,” Barto said. “She has strong offensive skills and will create scoring opportunities. Her aggressive play will force opponents to contend with her.”

Melissa Glaser, a native of Rockford, Ill.. The 5-3 netminder attended St. Marks in Southborough, Mass., and was a two-year team captain. She received all-league honors and was named the MVP by the New England Prep Scholastic Athletic Council. Glaser has participated in Hockey Night in Boston for the past three years and was named the MVP in 1998. An honor student, Glaser also competed in field hockey and lacrosse at St. Marks School and was a member of the Chelmsford 19-and-under Womens Club team. Glaser has USA Hockey experience as she has participated twice in the U.S. Junior Development Camp.

“Melissa is technically strong,” Barto said. “She possesses great explosiveness and will bring a solid presence in the goal. She has a tremendous work ethic and she is a great competitor.”

Emily Hudak, a native of Marblehead, Mass., attended Cushing Academy where she led her team to a New England Prep School Division I Conference championship in her junior year. A 5-10 defenseman, she was a team captain of Cushings hockey team and also participated in soccer and tennis. She played in Hockey Night in Boston and was a member of the New England Girls Club team. Hudak has USA Hockey experience taking part in the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Junior Developmental Camps.

“Emily brings excellent size and presence on the blue line,” Barto said. “She sees the ice well and likes to be involved in the offense. She will be influential to our transition game and likes to get involved in the offensive zone. Emily played an integral part in the development of the team at Cushing Academy and will bring that experience with her to Ohio State.”

Lindsey Ogren is a native North Oaks, Minn., where she attended Mounds View High School. She competed for her girls high school hockey team and was a two-year captain. This season, Ogren was a finalist for Ms. Hockey in Minnesota and was honored with the Athena Award from her high school. Ogren participated in Minnesota Selects in 1996, 97, 98 and the Olympic Development program in 1996-1999. In those same four years, Ogren also was named to the all-conference team.

“We are excited to have Lindsey become part of our program,” Barto said. “She is a hard-working athlete with excellent skills. She will make a strong contribution at both ends of the ice.”

Melissa Pirie is a native of Islington, Ontario. The 5-7 forward attended the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, where she also participated in track and field. She has been a member of the Beatrice North York Junior Aeros Intermediate “AA” for the past two seasons, serving as assistant captain this past season. Pirie played for the Etobicoke High School girls hockey team, winning the championship both in 1998 and 1999. She also has served as the team captain for both seasons and was named team MVP.

“Melissa is a strong athlete, an excellent skater and plays a very aggressive game,” Barto said. “She works hard on the ice and likes to go to the net.”

Lindsey Steblen, from Clayton, N.Y., is a 5-6 forward and defenseman. Steblen attended the Immaculate Heart Central School and played forward for the boys varsity team and also participated in softball and soccer. An honor student, Steblen competed as a defenseman on the Lake Placid Rockets midget team. Steblen also has valuable USA hockey experience as she participated in the 1998 USA Hockey Junior Developmental Camp.

“Lindsey is a versatile player with outstanding skills,” Barto said. “She sees the ice well and will create offensive opportunities. She has played defense for the Lake Placid Rockets and forward for her boys high school team, she is offensive minded and will get to the goal.”

April Stojak competed at Shattuck-St. Marys School in Minnesota, where she was a three-year team captain. Stojak, a native of Kent, Ohio, also performed at Hockey Night in Boston in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was named the most outstanding goalie in 1998. She is an honor student and also a member of the golf team at her high school. Stojak also has USA Hockey experience while participating in the National Goaltenders Camp in Colorado Springs in 1998.

“April is an outstanding athlete with tremendous quickness,” Barto said. “She communicates well on the ice and has a calming presence which will carry over to the team. She played a major role in developing a new program at Shattuck-St Marys and will bring valuable experience to the team.”

Roster Ht. Position Hometown High School Kristen Ankersen 5-7 Defenseman Lake Orion, Mich. Lake Orion Andrea Carlson 5-2 Forward Hibbing, Minn. Hibbing Katie Frohreich 5-5 Defenseman Baudette, Minn. Lake of the Woods Shana Frost 5-3 Forward Franford, Ontario Bayside Melissa Glaser 5-3 Goalie Rockford, Ill. St. Marks Emily Hudak 5-10 Defenseman Marblehead, Mass. Cushing Academy Lindsey Ogren 5-5 Forward North Oaks, Minn. Mounds View Melissa Pirie 5-7 Forward Islington, Ontario Etobicoke Collegiate Inst. Lindsey Steblen 5-6 Forward Clayton, N.Y. Immaculate Heart Central April Stojak 5-6 Goalie Kent, Ohio Shattuck-St Marys ||