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April 27, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (5-8 overall, 3-2 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad returns home Saturday at 1 p.m. to host No. 20 Stanford (10-5) at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is 5-8 on the season and 3-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week Ohio State lost, 6-4, at 20th-ranked Penn State and 10-9 at Rutgers in road contests.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State’s Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) has a team-high 40 points for the Buckeyes with 34 goals and six assists. Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks second with 28 points with 23 goals and five assists. Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) has 19 points (8-11) and is tied with KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) at 19 points (15-4). Oliver has a team-high 53 ground balls with Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) second with 342. Oliver also leads the squad in caused turnovers with 41. Williams is second with 31. Oliver has a team-high 20 draw controls with Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) second with 17. Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) and Carter are tied for third with 13. In goal, Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) is 5-8 on the season, starting all 13 games. She has an 8.90 goals against average and an .464 saves percentage.

A LOOK AT STANFORD
The head coach for the 20th-ranked Cardinal is Michele Uhlfelder. Stanford is 10-5 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Cardinal has won their last four matches after losing at No. 1 Northwestern, 16-3. Stanford then won at Notre Dame, 6-5. At home, the Cardinal defeated Yale, 9-8 and Denver, 17-14. Last weekend, Stanford, defeated Loyola, 20-16, in Baltimore. Md.

STANFORD BY THE NUMBERS
The leading scorer for the Cardinal is Megan Burker with 39. Sarah Bach ranks second with 37. Bach has a team-high 30 goals and seven assists while Burker has 23 goals and shares team-high assist honors with Kelsey Twist with 16 each. Leading the squad in ground balls is Laura Shane with 28. Thea Lorentzen is second with 24. Twist has a team-high 41 draw controls with Burker second with 23. Lorentzen has a team-high 15 caused turnovers with Twist second with 14. In goal, Laura Shane has started all 15 games and has a 10-5 record. She has a 9.37 goals against average and a .556 save percentage.

OHIO STATE – STANFORD SERIES
Ohio State holds a 3-2 lead in the series with Stanford. The Cardinal won the first-ever meeting, 13-8, in a game played in Emmitsburg, Md. Ohio State, 1997, won 15-4, in a game played at Baltimore, Md. The Buckeyes won in 1998, 30-9, in a game played at Philadelphia, Pa. The teams next played in 2003, in Columbus, with Stanford winning, 11-10. The series moved to Stanford in 2004 with Ohio State winning, 10-9, in overtime.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST STANFORD
On Feb. 27, 2004 after building a 9-4 lead, Ohio State saw Stanford score five times to tie the game at nine to send it into overtime. OSU’s Regina Oliver scored the winning goal, her fourth of the game, with 57 seconds left in the second half of the overtime to secure a 10-9 victory. Oliver scored two of her four goals in the first half and with two goals by Natale Miller and Amy Tulk and single scores by Kelyn Laws and Caroline Weatherill gave Ohio State an 8-4 lead at halftime. Stanford’s Michelle DeChant had two scores with single goals by Sarah Bach and Megan Burker to account for the Cardinal goals. OSU’s Oliver scored a key goal at 32:42 in the second half to give OSU a 9-4 lead. Stanford goals by Sarah Bach, Kelsey Twist, Claire Calzonetti and two from Nina Pantano ended the scoring in regulation. Pantano’s second goal at 59:52 tied the game to send the contest into overtime. OSU’s Kim Hastings started in goal and played 39:58. She had seven saves and gave up five goals. Taryn Bowen saw action during the game for 26:02 collecting two saves and give up four goals. Hastings returned in the second half and closed out the game to secure the win. For Stanford, Christina Saikus played the entire game in goal, recording 20 saves while giving up 10 goals.

REVIEWING THE PENN STATE GAME
Ohio State lost, 6-4, at 10th-ranked Penn State at University Park, Pa. Ohio State’s Kelly Kremer scored a team-high two points with a goal and an assist. Penn State’s Emily Chambers and Jessi Lieb produced two goals each and Shari Maslin a goal and an assist for the Nittany Lions. Ohio State opened the scoring with a goal by Lindsay Weiner with 4:48 gone in the game. Penn State responded with four consecutive goals for a 4-1 halftime lead. Lindsay Dutch opened the scoring for the Nittany Lions with a free position goal at 17:04. Chambers made it 2-1 at 19:27 on an assist from Shari Maslin. A free position goal at 20:04 by Leib and an unassisted goal by Chambers at 28:58 gave Penn State a 4-1 margin. OSU’s Kremer opened the scoring in the second half with an assist from KC Carter at 31:42. Penn State goals by Lieb at 34:22 and Maslin at 53:54 put the Nittany Lions ahead, 6-2. Ohio State added goals by Regina Oliver at 57:22, unassisted, and by Natale Miller at 58:37 on an assist by Kremer to cut the Penn State lead to 6-4, but could come no closer. In goal for Penn State Lee Tortorelli picked up the win (9-4) while collecting 11 saves in the contest. OSU’s Kim Hastings took the loss (5-7) making nine saves in the game.

REVIEWING THE RUTGERS GAME
Ohio State lost, 10-9, at Rutgers. Buckeyes KC Carter, Kelly Kremer and Regina Oliver scored two goals each for Ohio State. Rutgers’ Katie Batiuk produced a match-high six goals including the game winner for the Scarlet Knights with Jamie Farewell adding two. Rutgers, with a free position goal by Anne Marchitell with 3:48 gone in the game and an unassisted goal by Batiuk at 5:32, took a 2-0 lead against Buckeyes. OSU’s Carter scored first for the Buckeyes at 5:52 with an assist from Ashley Evans. Kremer’s goal at 10:16 with an assist from Andrea Fischer tied the game at two. Lindsay Weiner gave Ohio State a 3-2 lead on an unassisted goal at 15:14. Batiuk scored at 16:20, unassisted, to tie the game at three. Rutgers took a 4-3 at 21:52 with a Kate Shomo goal, assisted by Jamie Farewell. Batiuk’s third goal of the game at 25:05 gave the Scarlet Knights a 5-3 halftime lead. Ohio State’s Oliver opened the scoring in the second half at 35:05, assisted by Lindsay Weiner. Batiuk scored at 36:30, unassisted, to put Rutgers ahead, 6-4. Ohio State responded with unassisted goals by Ashley Evans at 38:35 and Kristen Hannon at 38:51 to tie the score at six. Kremer’s second goal, assisted by Fischer at 40:28 put the Buckeyes ahead, 7-6. With her second goal of the game, Oliver gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead at 8-6 at 43:45 on a Fischer assist. Rutgers cut the lead to one at 8-7 on a Jamie Farewell goal at 47:14. Ohio State took a 9-7 lead at 53:22 with Carter’s second goal, unassisted. Batiuk’s fifth goal on a free position attempt at 54:52 cut the Ohio State lead to 9-8. Rutgers tied the game at nine at 55:54 on an unassisted goal by Farewell. The Scarlet Knights took the lead for good at 58:30 with a free position goal by Batiuk, her sixth, at 58:30. Rutgers held the lead to win the game, 10-9. Rutgers goalie Lyndsey Feldman took the win (5-8), recording eight saves. OSU’s Kim Hastings had nine saves in the loss (5-8).

KREMER, OSU’S TOP SCORER
Kelly Kremer collected four points last weekend with a goal and an assist at Penn State and two goals at Rutgers and has 34 points on the season. She has a team-high 34 goals and six assist for her points. In the American Lacrosse Conference, Kremer ranks eighth in overall scoring with a 3.08 points per game average. She has scored at least one goal in every game this season and ranks fifth in goals per game at 2.62 in the ALC.

OLIVER LEADS THE COUNTRY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Regina Oliver has 41 caused turnovers on the season and ranks first in the weekly NCAA national statistics with a 3.15 per game average. She is second nationally in ground balls with a 4.08 per game average to lead the American Lacrosse Conference in both categories. Oliver had a goal, six ground balls, and four caused turnovers at Penn State and recorded two goals, three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls at Rutgers.

WILLIAMS RANKS FIFTH NATIONALLY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Brandie Williams is averaging 2.38 caused turnovers per game and ranks fifth nationally this week in the NCAA Statistics. She has 31 caused turnovers in the 13 games this season. Williams ranks 13th nationally in ground balls at 3.23 per game. She ranks second in the ALC in both ground balls and caused turnovers. Williams posted a ground ball and a draw control at Penn State and two ground balls at Rutgers.

FISCHER HAS CAREER-HIGH THREE ASSISTS AT RUTGERS
Andrea Fischer (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) recorded a career-high three assists at Rutgers last Sunday. She scored her three points, a career-high, off the bench against the Scarlet Knights, adding a ground ball and a caused turnover.

OLIVER AN INSIDELACROSSE.COM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Ohio State’s Regina Oliver has been named a first team preseason All-American by insidelacrosse.com as announced on their web site.

OLIVER NAMED TO ALC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Regina Oliver has been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Conference Team of the American Lacrosse Conference by a vote of the league’s head coaches. She is a three-time first team ALC all-conference selection and was the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year. The ALC Preseason Team follows: Kristen Burke, Penn State; Dana Dobbie, Ohio; Lindsay Frank, Davidson; Lori Havrilla, Penn State; Lacey-Leigh Hentz, Johns Hopkins; Kate Hickman, Vanderbilt; Mary Key, Johns Hopkins; Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern; Ashley Koester, Northwestern; Courtney Koester, Northwestern; Regina Oliver, Ohio State; Lee Tortorelli, Penn State

BUCKEYES PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Ohio State has been picked to finish sixth in the ALC. The Buckeyes were 1-5 last season in the ALC, finishing sixth. Northwestern was picked to finish first by the coaches. The projected order of finish follows (first place votes): 1. Northwestern 47 (5); 2. Johns Hopkins 42 (2); 3. Penn State 31; Vanderbilt 31; 5. Ohio 19; 6. Ohio State 18; 7. Davidson 8.

OLIVER NAMED TO PRESEASON TEWAARATON AWARD WATCHLIST
Regina Oliver has been named to the Spring 2005 preseason watchlist of the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. The award, considered the Heisman Award of lacrosse, will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of five women and five men who will constitute the award’s finalist. Oliver, a midfielder for the Buckeyes, is a two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/U.S. Lacrosse All-American receiving second team honors in 2003 and a third team selection in 2004. She is a three-time American Lacrosse Conference first team selection and was named the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year.

KREMER HONORED BY INSIDELACROSSE AND WOMENSLACROSSE.COM
Kelly Kremer was honored by both insidelacrosse.com and womenslacrosse.com after her four-goal performance against Duquesne last Saturday. InsideLacrosse.com named her an honorable mention player of the week while womenslacrosse.com named her to their honor roll. Playing in her first game as a Buckeye, Kremer scored four goals in six shots including one for two in free position attempts. She added three draw controls and two ground balls in the contest.

KREMER NAMED THE AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 5, 2005
The American Lacrosse Conference has named OSU’s Kelly Kremer the ALC Player of the Week for her play in the Buckeyes’ 15-4 victory at Davidson. She posted a game-high five points with four goals and an assist. Kremer scored OSU’s first two goals of the game and her third gave OSU a 5-2 lead and proved to be the game winner. She added four ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the contest. Kremer, who has scored at least one goal in every game this season, has 31 points on the season with 27 goals and four assists.

HASTINGS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY WOMENSLACROSSE.COM AND AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 14, 2005
Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) was named the Division I National Player of the Week by womenslacrosse.com and the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for her play against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech last week. She recorded 14 saves against Johns Hopkins, adding five ground balls in the contest. From a six-all tied at halftime, she allowed only three second half goals to help secure the win for Ohio State. In the Virginia Tech contest, Hastings contributed 10 saves, a ground ball and a key caused turnover. For the two games, she had an 8.00 goals against average and a .600 saves percentage. On the season, Hastings has a 6.36 goals against average and a .587 saves percentage.

KREMER NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY INSIDELACROSSE.COM – March 14, 2005
Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) has been named the Division I National Player of the Week by insidelacrose.com for her play last week against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech. She recorded a career-high six goals in the upset of Johns Hopkins. She added an assist, two ground balls and a draw control against the Blue Jays. Kremer had three goals in the first half to keep the Buckeyes in the game going into the second half tied at six. She scored OSU’s first two goals of the second half to give the Buckeyes an 8-7 lead. Her sixth goal of the game came during a 4-0 Ohio State scoring run to cap the victory. Against Virginia Tech, Kremer scored a game-high three goals and had an assist. She added a ground ball and a caused turnover. She scored OSU’s last two goals of the first half against the Hokies to give the Buckeyes a 5-4 halftime lead that would hold up for the game. Kremer added a third goal late in the game to complete the hat trick. For the season, Kremer is Ohio State’s leader in goals with 16.

JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
The 8,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.

HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her 10th season as the head coach for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team. A 1984 graduate of Temple University, Stimmel is the only coach that the Buckeye program has had. She spent six years has the head coach of Denison prior to coming to Ohio State. Stimmel is 78-67 at Ohio State and is 154-87 in her 16-year career. The 2003 season was her most successful with a program-high 14 wins, finishing the regular season ranked 11th nationally and making the school’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals. Her squad won the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Championship and she was named the ALC Coach of the Year and was later named the 2003 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year.

BUCKEYES HAVE TWO APPEARANCES ON CSTV THIS SEASON
Ohio State will have its final two regular season games telecast by College Sports Television (CSTV) this season. OSU’s game at Northwestern Thursday, April 5 (4 p.m. Central start) will be a delayed telecast that will be seen at 8 p.m. Eastern that night. The Buckeyes will face Notre Dame Saturday, April 7 in a live telecast at Noon Central.

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State will close out the regular season next week on the road with games at Northwestern and Notre Dame. The Buckeyes will face top-ranked Northwestern (14-0, 4-0) Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Central and play at Notre Dame (3-10, 1-3 Big East) Saturday, May 7 at Noon Central.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) Started all 13 games, 5-8 record – 8.90 goals against average and a .464 save percentage – career-high 14 saves against Johns Hopkin – named the womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week (March 15).

#2 Joy DeMarco (So., Hudson, Ohio) Played in four games – played 18:17 at Davidson, recording two saves.

#3 Allyson Vernon (So., Voorhees, N.J.) Played in eight games – three ground balls at Davidson – two caused turnovers at Rutgers.

#4 Kristen Hannon (Fr., Sykesville, Md.) Played in 13 games with two starts – scored a goal against Virginia Tech and a goal and an assist at Davidson – career-high two draw controls against Johns Hopkins – career-high three ground balls at Davidson.

#5 Andrea Fischer (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) Played in 13 games with one start – scored two goals at Davidson – career-high three assists at Rutgers – season-high two ground balls against Duquesne and at Davidson – and tied her career-high of two caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and at Davidson.

#6 Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) Started 12 games – career-high two goals against Virginia Tech and California – career-high three assists against John Hopkins – career-high four ground balls at Penn.

#7 Danielle Gibson (So., Springfield, Pa.) Played in five games – scored a goal at Davidson adding a ground ball.

#8 Bethany Carey (Fr., Eldersburg, Md.) Played in one game recording two ground balls and a caused turnover at Davidson.

#9 Lindsay Weiner (So., Eldersburg, Md.) Started all 13 games – career-high three assists against Cornell – career-high four ground balls against Duquesne – career-high two caused turnover at Davidson.

#10 Molly Gilbert (Fr., Baltimore, Md.) Played in five games – scored a goal against Duquesne and Maryland.

#11 Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) Started all 13 games – career-highs of six goals and seven points against Johns Hopkins – has scored one or more goals in each game – career-high four ground balls at Davidson – career-high three draw controls against Duquesne and Cornell – named to womenslacrosse.com Honor Roll (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com Honorable Mention (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week (Apr. 4) – Ohio State Athlete of the Week (Apr. 4)..

#12 Kacie Caldwell (Fr., Lutherville, Md.) Has not played.

#13 Alicia Meredith (Jr., Prospect, Ky.) Started all 13 games – career-high one draw control against Johns Hopkins and Maryland – career-high two caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and Maryland.

#14 Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) Started all 13 games – career-high five goals against North Carolina – season-high two assists against Virginia Tech – scored the winning goal in the 9-8 victory over Ohio – season-high eight ground balls against Virginia Tech – season-high six caused turnovers against Virginia Tech and Cornell – has scored one or more goals in her last 10 games.

#15 Jessica Patane (Fr., Farmingdale, N.Y.) Played in five games – scored two goals and added two ground balls at Davidson.

#16 Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) Started all 13 games – season-high two goals and three points against Duquesne – career-high six caused turnovers against Cornell – career-high eight ground balls at Davidson.

#17 KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) Played in 12 games, starting 11 – career-high four goals against Johns Hopkins – season-high three draw controls against Duquesne – season-high two caused turnovers against Duquesne, North Carolina and California – was two for two in free position shots against Johns Hopkins

#18 Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in 13 games, starting the last 12 – scored two goals against Duquesne, Virginia Tech and Maryland – career-high five draw controls against Johns Hopkins – equaled career-high of three caused turnovers against Cornell – season-high five ground balls against California.

#19 Allison Neff (Fr., Essex, Md.) Has not played

#20 Ally MacMeekin (So., Baltimore, Md.) Played in seven games – recorded two ground balls at Davidson – had caused turnovers against Cornell and at Davidson.

#21 Kathryn Kozlakowski (Sr., Towson, Md.) Started all 13 games – season-high three ground balls in five games – equaled career-high of four caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins – season-high three draw controls against Vanderbilt.

#22 Mindy Kittle (Jr., Hockessin, Del.) Played in two games – two ground balls at Davidson

#23 Melissa Sands (Sr., Fallston, Md.) Played in two games, starting at Davidson – scored a goal and an assist at Davidson adding two ground balls and a caused turnover –

#24 Emily Rosen (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) Played in one game – one ground ball at Davidson.

#25 Amanda Shimp (Fr., Endicott, N.Y.) Played in one game – one caused turnover at Davidson.

#26 Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) Played in 13 games, starting the last 11 – equaled career-high three goals against Cornell and Vanderbilt – season-high three ground balls at Davidson – career high three draw controls against Vanderbilt – two caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins.

#28 Kelyn Laws (So., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in 11 games with two starts – scored goals in last two games against Maryland and at Davidson – recorded one ground ball in six games – posted a draw control against Cornell, Davidson and Rutgers – a caused turnover against Johns Hopkins.

#29 Alicia McClure (Jr., Hatboro, Pa.) Played in 10 games with seven starts – season-high four ground balls against Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech – season-high two caused turnovers at Penn.

#30 Libby Schmehling (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) Played in 10 games with six starts – career-high four ground balls against Vanderbilt – career-high three caused turnover against Maryland.