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Feb. 25, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team opens the 2003 season at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 by hosting Stanford (3-0) at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. The Buckeyes are coming off the most successful season in the history of the program. OSU finished the 2002 season with an 11-5 overall record and finished in a three-way tie for second place in the American Lacrosse Conference with a 4-2 mark. The 11-wins was the most wins in a season in the history of the program. The Buckeyes finished the regular season ranked 12th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll. Ohio State received its first-ever bid to the 16-team NCAA Championship to close out a great year.

SCOUTING STANFORD
The Cardinal, coached by Michele Uhlfelder, are 2-0 this season with wins at UC-Davis (12-8) and at home over New Hampshire (18-9). The Cardinal had an 11-7 record in 2002. Nina Pantano had a team-high three goals and one assist in the UC Davis game. Against New Hampshire, Megan Burker and Kelsey Twist each had four goals with Claire Calzonetti and Julia Calzonetti recording three each. Goalie Kate Horowitz had seven saves in going the distance against New Hampshire and had one in shared time against UC-Davis.

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD
Ohio State has a 2-1 series record with Stanford. The first meeting was in 1996, a 13-8 Cardinal win. Ohio State defeated Stanford 15-4 in 1997 and 20-9 in 1998. All three matches were played at neutral sites.

LOOKING AT THE OSU ATTACK
Senior Tracey Bounds (Ellicott City, Md.) and junior Caroline Weatherill (Malvern, Pa.) are the returning starters at the attack position. Bounds was OSU’s top scorer with 61 points on 36 goals and 25 assists. She was honored as a second team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American. Weatherill had 15 goals, three assists for 18 points last season. Junior Noemi Hites (Pleasanton, Calif.) saw action in 11 games scoring seven goals and three assists. Junior Molly McLaughlin (Towson, Md.) (1-0-1) and sophomore Melissa Sands (Fallston, Md.) (0-1-1) round out the returning players. Freshman Andrea Fischer (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Allison Benson (Cockeysville, Md.) complete the attack squad.

SCOUTING THE OSU DEFENSE
Senior Kimberly Lowe (Philadelphia, Pa.) will anchor the defense as the lone returning starter. She produced 31 ground balls and caused 28 turnovers last season. Kathryn Kozlakowski (So., Towson, Md.) played in 13 games last season and had four starts. She had 16 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. Squad members Jodi Kurylo (Ringoes, N.J.), a junior and Libby Schmehling (Ellicott City, Md.), a sophomore provide squad depth. Freshmen Emily Rosen (Baltimore, Md.) and Alicia McClure (Hatboro, Pa.) round out the defensive team.

OBSERVING THE OSU MIDDLE
Four starters return to the midfield from last season seniors Alexia Vogler (Ellicott City, Md.) and Shannon Wilson (Sherkston, Ont.), junior Kelly Cook (Downingtown, Pa.) and sophomore Regina Oliver (Pottstown, Pa.). Vogler had nine goals and 15 assists last season. Wilson, a third team All-American, scored 31 points on 23 goals and eight assists. She had 44 ground balls and caused 33 turnovers. Cook (2-0-2) started all 16 games recording 26 ground balls. The American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year, Oliver scored 40 points on 28 goals and 12 assists. A second team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American, Oliver produced 44 ground balls, 51 caused turnovers and 24 draw controls. She ranked second nationally in caused turnovers at 3.19 per game. Depth will come from junior Amy Tulk (West Chester, Pa.), sophomores Megan Stickler (Hudson, Ohio), Brandie Williams (Hatboro, Pa.) and Ashley Evans (Ellicott City, Md.) and incoming freshmen K.C. Carter (Birchrunville, Pa.), Mindy Kittle (Hockessin, Del.) and Alicia Meredith (Prospect, Ky.).

A LOOK AT OSU IN GOAL
Sophomore Erin Forquer (Shaker Heights, Ohio) started all 16 games during OSU’s outstanding season last year. She set an Ohio State single season record for saves with 176. She was ranked 12th in the country in goals against (8.87) and 15th in saves percentage (.561). Junior Taryn Bowen (Columbus, Ohio) played two years on the OSU tennis squad. She did not compete last season. Freshman Kim Hastings Sewickley, Pa.) was an honorable mention lacrosse All-American at Sewickley Academy.

BOUNDS AT FOURTH AND COUNTING IN CAREER GOALS
With 84 career goals, Tracey Bounds begins the 2003 season tied for fourth in Ohio State career goals with Mara Simpson (1996-99). Bounds needs three goals to move past No. 3 Lauren Cochran (1999-02) who has 86 and moved into a tie for second with Celeste Cianfrani (1998-01) with 87. Bounds is also ranked in career points at fourth with 125. She stands nine points behinds No. 3 Simpson with 134.

OSU RANKED 11TH IN IWLCA PRESEASON POLL
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association has ranked Ohio State 11th in the preseason Division I poll. The Buckeyes received 109 votes and moved up one spot from their 2002 final ranking of 12th. Princeton was the top pick in the poll with 189 points. Ohio State will face six opponents in the preseason poll. They include #6 Maryland, #7 Notre Dame, #8 Vanderbilt, #10 North Carolina, #16 Penn State and #18 Johns Hopkins.

BUCKEYES PICKED SECOND IN ALC PRESEASON POLL
By a vote of the head coaches of the American Lacrosse Conference, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was selected to finish second in the preseason poll released Sunday. Vanderbilt was the top pick of the conference with 49 points and captured all seven first place votes. Ohio State had 40 points for second with Penn State selected third with 35 points. The Commodores won the 2002 ALC crown with a 6-0 league record. Ohio State, Penn State and Johns Hopkins finished in a tie for second place with 4-2 marks.

Rank School Points 1. Vanderbilt (7) 49 2. Ohio State 40 3. Penn State 35 4. Johns Hopkins 30 5. Northwestern 18 6. Ohio 14 7. Davidson 10

MIRICK MOVES FROM PLAYER TO COACH
Megan Mirick has ended her playing career with Ohio State, but has moved to the role of assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Mirick ended her four-year career with 143 goals and 182 points, both Ohio State career records. She held the career goals record from the 2001 season and set the career points record in 2003.

HEAD COACH SUE STIMMEL
Sue Stimmel is in her eighth 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 54-46 at Ohio State and is 129-64 in her career. The 2002 season was her most successful with a program-high 11 wins and finishing the regular season ranked 12th nationally.

UPCOMING FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State will go on the road for the next two matches. The Buckeyes face Richmond at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 2 and travel a week later to play at Lafayette at 1 p.m., Sunday, March. 9.