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May 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team held its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Holiday Inn on the Lane in Columbus. Several players received recognition for their athletic and academic achievements.

The Seventh Player Award was given to freshman defenseman Lacey Schultz (Kelvington, Saskatchewan) for her contributions to the team in the 2003-04 season. The award is given to a player who typically goes unnoticed in what they do during the course of games and practices. The player gives 100 percent at all times, has a great attitude and has made significant contributions to the team. Schultz competed in 35 games, recorded four assists and posted 34 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario) received the Most Valuable Freshman award. The honor is given to the freshman who has made the greatest contributions to the program. Bonhomme made an immediate impact on the team, finishing the season fourth with 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists).

The Most Valuable Defensive Player award recipient was junior goaltender Melissa Glaser (Rockford, Ill.) for demonstrating outstanding defensive abilities and making the greatest contribution to the team from her position. Glaser started 26 games in net for the Buckeyes, recording a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. She was a three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and received national recognition when she was named USCHO.com Player of the Week.

Ohio State alumnae Christine Patno returned to Columbus and presented the Most Improved Player award to freshman Katie Maroney (La Porte, Ind.). The award is given to a player who has made outstanding improvements during the season through their consistent effort and hard work. Maroney played in all 35 games for the Buckeyes, tallying three goals and two assists during the season.

Sophomore Jana Harrigan (Burlington, Ontario) earned the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award for demonstrating outstanding offensive abilities. Harrigan led the team with 31 points, 16 goals and 15 assists.

Freshman Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario) received the Academic Award for having a 4.0 her first two quarters at Ohio State. The goaltender is majoring in architecture.

Junior captain Meaghan Mulvaney (Sylvania, Ohio) and Schultz were co-recipients of the Scarlet and Gray Award, which is given to the most intense competitor, as voted on by the off-ice officials. Mulvaney was second on the team with 23 points, 11 goals and 12 assists, this season.

Five Buckeye seniors were honored with a highlight video and framed jerseys – Jeanne Chapple (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Heather Farrell (Perth, Ontario), Emma Laaksonen (Espoo, Finland), Erin O’Grady (London, Ontario) and Melissa Pirie (Islington, Ontario).