Women’s Lacrosse Hosts St. Bonaventure
Saturday is Alumni Day
COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally ranked OhioState women’s lacrosse team faces St. Bonaventure Saturday, March 22, in a 1 p.m. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 5-2 Buckeyes are ranked No. 20 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll.
Saturday is Alumni Day, and the first 150 fans will receive a free t-shirt. Pre-game face painting will be available to fans of all ages.
OHIO STATE UPDATE
OhioState is 5-2 overall and 3-2 at home. The Buckeyes are 0-1 in American Lacrosse Conference action and 5-1 in non-conference play for 2008.
ON ST. BONAVENTURE
St. Bonaventure comes to Columbus with a 1-3 record, with an 11-10 win over Canisius and losses to Marist (20-24), Delaware (9-16) and Albany (10-11). The Buckeyes are 3-0 in the all-time series against St. Bonaventure.
THE STAT SHEET
So far in 2008, OhioState is outscoring its opponents 89-64,. Four Buckeyes are tied for the team lead with 12 goals scored: Maghan Beaudrault, Amanda Shimp, Jessica Patane and Brittney Zerhusen.
Senior Kristen Slahor is the Buckeye leader in points with 32 from 23 assists and nine goals.
Beaudrault is the leader in ground balls with 20, while Shimp has 17 and Zerhusen 16. Beaudrault has picked up 15 draw controls while Shimp (12) and Beaudrault (11) lead the Buckeyes in caused turnovers.
In the net, junior starting goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee owns a .481 save percentage and an 9.69 goals-against average in seven games. Freshman goalie Annie Carruthers has seen action in four games, making eight stops.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
At OhioState, senior Kristen Slahor is moving up on the all-time leaders list. Her 160 career points rank her fourth all-time in the record book, trailing Regina Oliver (166 points from 2002-05) and Tracey Bounds (169 points from 2000-02). Current assistant coach Megan Mirick is the OhioState career scoring leader with 182 points (1999-2002).
Slahor set OhioState season records in 2007 with 73 points and 45 assists. The Ellicott City, Md., product has nine goals and 23 assists this season.
The Buckeye scoring attack has plenty of weapons; seven different OhioState players have scored at least 10 points through the first seven games of 2008. Leading that list is Kristen Slahor, with 32 points (nine goals and 23 assists). Four Buckeyes Amanda Shimp, Maghan Beaudrault, Jessica Patane and Brittney Zerhusen are tied for the team lead with 12 goals each. Kelly Haggerty has 18 points off 10 goals and eight assists. Rachel Hawes has nine goals and one assist for the season.
JOHNS HOPKINS RESCHEDULED
OhioState will play at Johns Hopkins Monday, April 28, in a 3 p.m. ALC game rescheduled from March 9. The original date was postponed because of the blizzard that hit Columbus that weekend, making travel impossible for the Buckeyes. The game at Johns Hopkins will be the regular season finale for OhioState before the Buckeyes begin ALC tournament play May 2 at Northwestern.
Senior Kristen Slahor was selected as the American Lacrosse Conference’s player of the week for March 4 after two exceptional performances against Cal-Davis and California. The Ellicott City, Md., native tied an OhioState game record with eight assists in the 18-7 win at Davis; six of those assists were in the first half. In the 10-7 win over California, Slahor scored two goals and three assists, both team highs.
Two Buckeye seniors received preseason honors from the ALC. Attackers Slahor and Jessica Patane (Farmingdale, N.Y.) were part of the 14-player squad selected by the ALC’s head coaches prior to 2008 conference play.
COACH SUE STIMMEL
In her 13th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Sue Stimmel holds a 97-92 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 173-110 including six years at Denison. Stimmel was president of the Midwest Lacrosse Association from 1991-98, serving as a member of the executive board for the USWLA. She is a past chair of the mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and the Division I Vice-President of the IWLCA. Stimmel is the current chair of the IWLCA Ethics Committee. In 2000, Stimmel was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
OhioState’s assistant coaches are prominent alums of the Buckeye lacrosse program: Megan Mirick (2003) and Kylee White (2002).