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April 18, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (2-10 overall, 1-2 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad will host ALC rival Penn State (5-8, 1-1) Friday at 5 p.m. and then face Robert Morris (2-12) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Both games are part of doubleheaders with the men’s team. The men will host Denver at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Air Force at noon Sunday. Last week Ohio State dropped a 9-8 decision at 19th-ranked Vanderbilt.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is 2-10 overall and 1-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week the Buckeyes dropped a 9-8 decision at 19th-ranked Vanderbilt. KC Carter (Sr., Birchrunville, Pa.) leads the team in points with 26 with a team-high 23 goals and three assists. Kristen Slahor (So., Ellicott City, Md.) is second in points with 20 with 12 goals and a team-high eight assists. Jessica Patane (So., Farmingdale, N.Y.) ranks third in points with 19 with 14 goals and five assists. Carter has a team-high 19 ground balls for the Buckeyes. Kacie Caldwell (So./Fr., Lutherville, Md.) ranks second with 16 and Lindsay Weiner (Jr., Eldersburg, Md.) third with 15. Carter has a team-high 26 draw controls with Kristen Hannon (So., Sykesville, Md.) second with 17. Carter also leads the team in caused turnovers with eight. Weiner ranks second with seven. In goal, Kristen Gilwee (Fr., Hunt Valley, Md.) has played in nine games (2-5) with seven starts. Gilwee has a 10.62 goals against average and a .542 saves percentage. Kim Hastings (Sr., Sewickley, Pa.) has played in eight games (0-4) with four starts. Hastings has a 13.18 goals against average and a .460 saves percentage.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The head coach for the Nittany Lions is Suzanne Isidor. Penn State is 5-8 on the season and 1-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week the Nittany Lions lost 15-14 at Delaware and 19-9 at home to second ranked Northwestern. Leading Penn State in points is Shari Maslin with 39. She has 30 goals and nine assists. Lori Havrilla ranks second in points with 36 with 27 goals and nine assists. Jessi Lieb is third in points with 33 with 28 goals and five assists. Lieb is the team leader in ground balls with 38, draw controls with 41 and caused turnovers with 20. Renee Cipro ranks second in ground balls with 25. Maslin, with 32 draw controls, is second on the team. Lauren Byran has 13 caused turnovers to rank second for Penn State. In goal, Cammie Jurkowski has started 12 games and has a 5-7 record. She has a .412 saves percentage and an 11.44 goals against average. Jess Boccio has one start (0-1) and has played in five games. She has a .390 saves percentage and a 11.59 goals against average.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 7-2. The Nittany Lions have won the last two games including a 6-4 victory at Penn State last season. In Columbus, the Nittany Lions have won three of the four games played.

PENN STATE 6, OHIO STATE 4 (April 22, 2005)
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.

A LOOK AT ROBERT MORRIS
The head coach for the Colonials is Katy Phillips. Robert Morris has a 2-12 overall record. Leading the Colonials in points is Jennifer Collins with 53. She has a team-high 42 goals and 11 assists. Ashley Levering is second in scoring at 36 with 31 goals and five assists. Nicole Runfola leads the team with 34 ground balls. Emily Tomlinson ranks second with 30. Collins has a team-high 32 draw controls with Tomlinson second with 23. Runfola leads the team with 24 caused turnovers with Tomlinson second with 20. In goal, Lauren Harsfield has played in 10 games and has an 0-5 record, a .337 save percentage and a 16.90 goals against average. Kelly Dreisch has played in nine games and has a 1-6 record. She has a .365 saves percentage and a 17.78 goals against average. Kate Dunlap has played in nine games and has a 1-1 record. She has a .469 saves percentage and a 15.61 goals against average.

OHIO STATE – ROBERT MORRIS SERIES
This is the first meeting with the Colonials.

CARTER MOVES TO 10TH IN OSU CAREER POINTS
KC Carter, with three goals and an assist at Vanderbilt, has moved to 10th on the OSU career points list with 84. She has 68 goals and 16 assists in her career. Carter passed Caroline Weatherill (2001-04) with 82 points. OSU’s leading scorer this season with 26 points (23 goals, 3 assists), she ranks 11th in career goals with 68, 14th in ground balls with 98, third in draw controls with 93 and is tied for 11th in caused turnovers with 47. Carter has started all 12 games this season and is the team leader in points (26), goals (23), ground balls (19), draw controls (26) and caused turnovers (8).

HANNON HAS SECOND STRAIGHT THREE POINT GAME
Kristen Hannon had three points at Vanderbilt with a goal and two assists for her second consecutive game with three points. The previous week she had two goals and an assist at Ohio. Hannon added two ground balls and a caused turnover against Vanderbilt. She has started in 11 of 12 games and ranks in a tie for fourth on the team in points with eight goals and five assists.

SLAHOR COLLECTS GOALS NOT ASSISTS AT VANDERBILT
Kristen Slahor, OSU’s assist leader with eight, scored two goals at Vanderbilt last week. She has 12 goals on the season and ranks second in points with 20. She has started 11 of 12 games this season and has scored two goals in four of the last five games.

GILWEE HAS FOURTH COMPLETE GAME
Kristen Gilwee played the entire 60 minutes in goal at Vanderbilt. She had 19 saves in the game while giving up nine goals. Gilwee has started in seven of the nine games she has played and has a .542 saves percentage and a 10.62 goals against average. In OSU career stats, she ranks seventh in career saves with 83.

LAWS SCORES OFF THE BENCH
Kelyn Laws (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) scored a goal at Vanderbilt, coming in off the bench. It marked her sixth goal this season off the bench. Laws has scored seven total goals this season having started in two of the 11 games she has played in. With her seven goals and six assists, she is tied for four in team points with 13.

MILLER SCORES IN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GAME
Lindsay Weiner, with a goal at Vanderbilt, has now scored a goal in the last four games and six of the last seven. Her goal against the Commodores came on a free position attempt. Miller has started in six games while playing in all 12. She has eight goals on the season, adding nine ground balls, seven draw controls and four caused turnovers.

CALDWELL HAS CAREER NUMBERS AT VANDERBILT
Kacie Caldwell picked up career-highs of five ground balls and two caused turnovers at Vanderbilt. Her previous best was four ground balls against Notre Dame and a caused turnover in two games. Caldwell has started 11 of 12 games this season and ranks second in ground balls with 16. She has had 11 in the last three games, recording four against Notre Dame and two at Ohio.

CAREY COLLECTS CAREER HIGH THREE GROUND BALLS AT VANDERBILT
Bethany Carey (So., Eldersburg, Md.) had a career-high three ground balls at Vanderbilt last week. She previously had two ground balls in five games. Carey has started the last two games and has played in 11. She has 12 ground balls, seven draw controls and three caused turnovers on the season.

SLAHOR NAMED ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 11, 2006)
Kristen Slahor was named the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for her play in Ohio State’s 9-7 victory at Ohio (3-9, 0-3). She scored two goals, adding an assist and a caused turnover against the Bobcats. With Ohio State leading, 7-5, Slahor scored the game winning goal on a free position shot at 49:01 to give OSU an 8-5 lead. The Bobcats rallied with two unassisted goals to cut the lead to one at 8-7. Ohio controlled the next draw but a Bobcat turnover gave OSU possession. Slahor scored her second goal at 58:32 to give Ohio State a 9-7 lead. The Buckeyes controlled the draw and held on for the victory.

HEAD COACH SUE STIMMEL
Sue Stimmel is in her 11th 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 OSU. Stimmel is 81-81 at Ohio State (11 years) and is 157-99 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.

KREMER NAMED TO 2006 ALC PRESEASON TEAM
Kelly Kremer has been named to the 2006 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Team by a vote of the league coaches. In her freshman season with the Buckeyes, she was named the ALC Rookie of the Year and a second team ALC selection. Kremer started all 16 games last season, recording team-highs of 38 goals and 44 points, adding six assists, 22 ground ball, 17 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. She was named to the 2005 National All-Rookie Team by womenslacrosse.com. Also named to the 2006 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Team were Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern; Renee Cipro, Penn State; Margie Curran, Vanderbilt; Dana Dobbie, Ohio; Lori Havrilla, Penn State; Kate Hickman, Vanderbilt; Mary Key, Johns Hopkins; Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern; Jessi Lieb, Penn State; Lindsey Munday, Northwestern and Lauren Schwarzmann, Johns Hopkins

OHIO STATE PICKED FIFTH IN THE ALC
Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the conference by a vote of the league coaches. NCAA and ALC defending champion Northwestern was tabbed to win the conference, received 36 votes and all six first place ballots. Penn State, with 27 votes, was picked to finish second, one point ahead of third place John Hopkins with 26. Vanderbilt was selected to finish fourth with 19 votes, Ohio State fifth with 10 votes and Ohio sixth with 8 votes.

REVIEWING THE VANDERBILT GAME
Ohio State (2-10 overall, 1-2 American Lacrosse Conference) dropped a 9-8 decision at 19th-ranked Vanderbilt (6-7, 2-2) on a free position attempt as time expired. OSU’s KC Carter scored a team-high three goals and Kristen Slahor added two for the Buckeyes. Commodore Cara Giordano had three goals for Vanderbilt with Kate Hickman adding two.

Vanderbilt opened the scoring with a Hickman goal, assisted by Kendall Thrift with 3:39 gone in the game. The Commodores made it 2-0 with a Giordano goal at 4:16, assisted by Leslie Koch. VU took the lead to 3-0 at 10:09 with a Leslie Koch goal, assisted by Margie Curran. The Buckeyes, at 18:28, made it 3-1 with a Carter goal assisted by Kristen Hannon. Hickman’s second goal at 19:55 gave Vanderbilt a 4-1 lead. Ohio State scored at 21:26 on a Slahor goal assisted by Hannon and Slahor’s second goal at 28:55 ended the scoring in the first half with Vanderbilt leading, 4-3.

The Commodores opened the second half with Giordano’s second goal at 34:21. OSU countered with Carter’s second goal at 36:27, making the score, 5-4. Vanderbilt, with a free position goal by Curran at 37:11 and a Cameron Clark goal, assisted by Thrift at 39:37 opened a 7-4 lead. The Buckeyes responded with Carter’s second goal at 41:20 and a score by Hannon at 43:19 to trail by one at 7-6. The Commodores took an 8-6 lead with a free position goal by Jennifer Tapscott at 55:02. Ohio State again cut the Vanderbilt lead to one at 8-7 with a Natale Miller free position goal at 58:50. The Buckeyes tied the game at eight at 59:08 with a Kelyn Laws goal assisted by Carter. OSU controlled the draw but a Buckeye turnover with 32 seconds left gave Vanderbilt the ball. The Commodores had a shot with 10 seconds left that was saved by Kristen Gilwee. Vanderbilt controlled the ground ball and Giordano was fouled. She scored as the horn sounded for a 9-8 Commodore victory.

OSU’s Gilwee took the loss for the Buckeyes making 19 saves in the game. Vanderbilt’s Brooke Shinaberry had 10 saves in the win.

2006 PLAYER NOTES
#0 Kristen Gilwee (Fr., Hunt Valley) 2006 – Played in nine games with seven starts – played 42:50 in win at Ohio making three saves – played 40 minutes against Davidson for the win making two saves – career-high 20 saves at Maryland, giving up 17 goals – had 19 saves in loss at Vanderbilt.

#1 Kim Hastings (Sr., Sewickley, Pa.) 2006 – Played in eight games, starting four – career-high 16 saves at California 2005 – Started all 16 games, 6-10 record – 9.80 goals against average and a .459 save percentage – career-high 14 saves against Johns Hopkins – named the womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week (March 15). 2004 – Played in 16 games – starting 14 – 5-9 record – 9.52 goals against average and a .483 save percentage. 2003 – Played in six games – record 0-1 – starting one – 8.56 goals against average and a .355 save percentage

#2 Joy DeMarco (Jr., Hudson, Ohio) 2006 – Started at Virginia Tech playing 19:34 – had two saves, giving up seven goals. 2005 – Played in six games – 7.22 goals against average and a .524 save percentage. 2004 – Played in two games – 11.74 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.

#3 Allyson Vernon (So./Jr. eligibility, Voorhees, N.J.) 2006 – Has not played. 2005 – Played in 11 games – 4 goals, 1 assist.

#4 Kristen Hannon (So., Sykesville, Md.) 2006 – Played in 12 games, starting 11 – career-high two goals against Penn and at Ohio – career-high four ground balls at Duquesne – three points at Ohio (2-1) and at Vanderbilt (1-2). 2005 – Played in 16 games with two starts.

#5 Andrea Fischer (Sr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) 2006 – Played in seven games with four starts – career-high two draw controls at Virginia Tech – three ground balls at Duquesne, tying career-high – one goal against Davidson. 2005 – Played in 14 games with one start – 5 goals, 4 assists. 2004 – Played in nine games, starting five – 2 goals, 4 assists. 2003 – Played in 10 games – 5 goals, 1 assist..

#6 Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) 2006 – Played in 12 games, starting 11 – season-highs of three assists and five points against Davidson – two goals and two assists at California – scored two goals in four of the last five games. 2005 – Started 15 games – 9 goals, 20 assists.

#7 Danielle Gibson (Jr., Springfield, Pa.) 2006 – Played in 10 games, starting six – career-high four caused turnovers against Davidson – two draw controls at California and against Davidson – scored a goal against Davidson. 2005 – Played in six games. 2004 – Played in two games.

#8 Bethany Carey (So., Eldersburg, Md.) 2006 – Played in 11 games with two starts – career-high three ground balls at Vanderbilt – career-high three draw controls at Ohio – recorded an assist, two ground balls and a draw control against Davidson – scored a goal and added two ground balls and two draw controls at California. 2005 – Played in one game.

#9 Lindsay Weiner (Jr., Eldersburg, Md.) 2006 – Started 12 games – season-high two goals at Ohio – career-highs of two caused turnovers and four draw controls against Notre Dame – season-high three ground balls against North Carolina – equaled career-high of three draw controls at Maryland. 2005 – Started all 16 games – 11 goals, 6 assists. 2003 – Played in 11 games, at James Madison – 1 goal, 1 assist.

#10 Margaret Prunte (Fr., Columbus, Ohio) 2006 – Played in one game – recorded a free position attempt against Davidson..

#11 Kelly Kremer (So., Kennett Square, Pa.) 2006 -Played in 12 games, starting seven – scored goals in five games – two points at Maryland with a goal and an assists. 2005 – Started all 16 games – American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year – a second-team ALC selection – ALC Player of the Week (Apr. 4) – named to womenslacrosse.com Honor Roll (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com Honorable Mention (Feb. 28) – insidelacrosse.com National Player of the Week (March 14) – womenslacrosse.com National All-Rookie Team – 38 goals, 6 assists.

#12 Kacie Caldwell (So./Fr. eligibility, Lutherville, Md.) 2006 – Played in 12 games, starting 11 – career-high five ground balls at Vanderbilt – career-high two draw controls against Davidson – career-high two caused turnovers at Vanderbilt. 2005 – Did not Play.

#13 Alicia Meredith (Sr., Prospect, Ky.) 2006 – Played in 12 games, starting 10 – career-high four ground balls at Maryland – equaled career-high two caused turnovers at Maryland. 2005 – Played in all 16 games with 15 starts – 13 ground balls. 2004 – Played in three games. 2003 – Played in three games.

#14 Libby Graf (Fr., Delaware, Ohio) 2006 – Played in nine games, starting three – career-high two ground balls against Penn – one draw control against Notre Dame – career-high two caused turnovers at Johns Hopkins.

#15 Jessica Patane (So., Farmingdale, N.Y.) 2006 – Started 12 games – has scored in 11 of 12 games – career-high three points in three games – career-high three goals against Davidson – career-high three ground balls at Virginia Tech. 2005 – Played in seven games – 2 goals.

#16 Lauren Traficant (Jr./So. eligibility, Dublin, Ohio) 2006 – Played in four games – one ground ball at California and at Virginia Tech – one draw control against Penn. 2005 – Did not play. 2004 – Played in 7 games – 2 goals, 1 assist.

#17 KC Carter (Sr., Birchrunville, Pa.) 2006 – Started 12 games – six games with three or more goals – tied career-high of four goals at Stanford and at California – career-high five points (four goals, one assist) at California – season-high three ground balls at Johns Hopkins and against Davidson – season-high three caused turnovers at Virginia Tech. 2005 – Played in 15 games, starting 14 – 15 goals, 4 assists. 2004 – Started all 16 games – 12 goals, 6 assists. 2003 – Started all 18 games – American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year – womenslacrosse.com All-Rookie Team – 18 goals, 3 assists.

#18 Jacqueline Cook (Fr., Pocopson, Pa.) 2006 – Played in one game – recorded a caused turnover against Davidson.

#19 Sarah Wilcox (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) 2006 – Has not played.

#20 Ally MacMeekin (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) 2006 – Played in three games with one start – one ground ball at Maryland – draw control and caused turnover against Davidson. 2005 – Played in seven games. 2004 – Played nine games with three starts.

#21 Keri Yourick (Fr., Castle Rock, Colo.) 2006 – Played in one game – one goal against Davidson

#22 Mindy Kittle (Sr., Hockessin, Del.) 2006 – Played in three games. 2005 – Played in two games. 2004 – Played in 11 matches with seven starts – 16 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. 2003 – Played in six games.

#23 Rachel Hawes (Fr., Eldersburg, Md.) 2006 – Played in four games – draw control against Davidson

#24 Emily Rosen (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) 2006 – Played in one game – ground ball against Davidson. 2005 – Played in one game. 2004 – Played in two games. 2003 – Played in three games.

#25 Amanda Shimp (So., Endicott, N.Y.) 2006 – Played in 11 games, starting three – career-high two goals at Stanford – career-high two draw controls at California and against Davidson – career-high three ground balls against Notre Dame. – 2005 – Played in one game.

#26 Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) 2006 – Played in 12 games, starting six -scored a goal in the last four games – season-high two draw controls against Penn – season-high two ground balls against Davidson. 2005 – Played in 16 games, starting 13 – 15 goals, 2 assists. 2004 – Played in 16 games with 11 starts – 13 goals, 3 assists.

#27 Mallory Mayhew (Fr., Liverpool, N.Y.) 2006 – Has not played.

#28 Kelyn Laws (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) 2006 – Played in 11 games, starting two – scored six of her seven goals coming off the bench – career-high four points (two goals, two assists) at Maryland – career-high two assists at Maryland and against Davidson – season-high two ground balls against North Carolina. 2005 – Played in 14 games with two starts – 4 goals, 1 assist. 2004 – Played in 16 games with 13 starts – 12 goals, 4 assists, 20 ground balls.

#29 Alicia McClure (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) 2006 – Played in 10 games, starting seven – tied career-high of two goals at Maryland and against Notre Dame – season-high two ground balls at Duquesne. 2005 – Played in 11 games with eight starts – 14 ground balls. 2004 – Played in 11 matches with eight starts – 18 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. 2003 – Played in five games.

#30 Kendall Gysin (Fr., Noblesville, Ind.) 2006 – Started 12 games – one goal at Stanford, at California and against Davidson – career-high two ground balls at California and against North Carolina – career-high three draw controls in three games.