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May. 2, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (5-9 overall, 3-2 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad closes out the regular season with road games at top-ranked Northwestern (16-0, 5-0) and Notre Dame (3-11). The Buckeyes will face Northwestern at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 5 in a contest that will be delayed telecast by CSTV at 8 p.m. Eastern that night. OSU then travels to Notre Dame for a Noon, Saturday, May 7 game the CSTV will broadcast live. Joe Benitati and Sheehan Stanwick will call the action in both games.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is 5-9 on the season and 3-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week Ohio State lost, 13-7, to 20th-ranked Stanford at home

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 30 points with 25 goals and five assists. Kristen Slahor (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) has 23 points (8-15) for third and is KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) is fourth at 19 points (15-4). Oliver has a team-high 64 ground balls with Brandie Williams (Sr., Hatboro, Pa.) second with 43. Oliver also leads the squad in caused turnovers with 47. Williams is second with 34. Oliver has a team-high 21 draw controls with Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) second with 18. Natale Miller (So., Birmingham, Pa.) is third with 16. In goal, Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) is 5-9 on the season, starting all 14 games. She has a 9.21 goals against average and an .455 saves percentage.

A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The head coach for the top-ranked Wildcats is Kelly Amonte Hiller. Northwestern is 16-0 on the season and holds first place in the ALC with a 5-0 mark. Last week the Wildcats won, 18-8, at 18th-ranked Vanderbilt.

NORTHWESTERN BY THE NUMBERS
The Wildcats have a trio of players posting 60 or more points this season. Leading the team in points is Lindsey Munday with 84. She has 42 goals and a team-high 42 assists. Ranking second is Kristen Kjellman with 73 points. Kjellman has a team-high 45 goals and 28 assists. Laura Glassanos is third in points with 60. She has 41 goals and 19 assists. Courtney Koester has 61 draw controls to lead the team with Kjellamn second with 50. Ashley Koester has a team-high 39 ground balls with Kjellman second with 31. In caused turnovers, Ashley Koester has a team-high 25 with Courtney Koester and Lindsay Finocchiaro tied for second with 25 each. In goal, Ashley Gersuk has all 16-0 starts (16-0) and has a 6.00 goals against average and a .485 saves percentage.

OHIO STATE – NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State has a 2-1 lead in the series with Northwestern. The Buckeyes won 16-4 in 2002 and 14-4 in 2003 in games played at Northwestern. The Wildcats won, 9-6, in Columbus last season.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
Ohio State lost its home opener, 9-6, to 20th-ranked Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Northwestern scored the first six goals of the game, all coming in the first half. Sarah Albrecht opened the scoring for the Wildcats with 13 minutes gone in the half. Donna McCann made it 2-0 at 16:52. Kristen Kjellman’s goal at 17:08 and Albrechts’ second goal at 19:12 made the Wildcat lead 4-0. Two goals by Laura Glassanos at 22:22 and 28:09 closed out the scoring in the half with Northwestern taking a 6-0 lead. Ohio State opened the scoring in the second half with a goal by Brandie Williams at 30:37. OSU’s Amy Tulk made it 6-2 with a score at 38:32. The Wildcats countered with two goals, the first by Lindsey Finocchiaro at 40:31 and by Kjellman at 41:55 to bring the lead back to six at 8-2. Buckeye Regina Oliver scored at 42:41 to cut the margin to 8-3 but Albrecht’s third goal at 45:53 put the lead at 9-3. Ohio State then scored at 47:44 with a goal by Ashley Evans and another from Melissa Sands at 55:35 to cut the margin to 9-5. Northwestern had a goal disallowed due to an illegal stick at 56:35. OSU’s Natale Miller closed out the scoring with a goal at 59:05 giving Northwestern a 9-6 victory In goal for Northwestern, Ashley Gersuk recorded 12 saves for the Wildcats while giving up six goals. For Ohio State, Kim Hastings started in goal and played the first half (30:00). She had six saves. Buckeye Taryn Bowen was in goal for the second half (30:00) and gave up three goals and had one save.

A LOOK AT NOTRE DAME
The head coach for the Fighting Irish is Tracy Coyne. Notre Dame is 3-11 overall and is 1-4 in the Big East. The Fighting Irish have lost their last five games including a 14-9 loss at Syracuse last Saturday

NOTRE DAME BY THE NUMBERS
Crysti Foote leads Notre Dame in points with 46. She has team-highs of 31 goals and 15 assists. Ranking second in points is Caitlin McKinney with 36. She has 25 goals and 11 assists. Brittany Fox is third with 23 (18-5). Carol Dixon has a team-high 37 ground balls with Kaki Orr second with 32. Jess Mikula leads the team with 26 draw controls with Foote second with 24. Mikula also has a team-high 21 caused turnovers with Foote second with 15. In goal, Carol Dixon has started all 14 games (3-11). She has a 1083 goals against average and a .455 saves percentage.

OHIO STATE – NOTRE DAME SERIES
The Buckeyes have a 5-4 advantage in the series with Notre Dame. The series began in 1997 with an 11-7 OSU win at Notre Dame. The Irish won, 10-9, in 1998, in Columbus. In 1999, Ohio State won, 15-12, at Notre Dame. In Columbus, OSU won, 10-9, in 2000. Notre Dame won, 18-12, at home in 2001. Ohio State won the 2002 regular season game, 12-11, in Columbus while Notre Dame won, 11-7, at home, in an NCAA first round game. The Buckeyes won, 12-9, at Notre Dame, in 2003. Last season, the Irish won, 14-6, in Columbus. Ohio State is 3-2 in games played at Notre Dame.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST NOTRE DAME
Ohio State fell to third-ranked Notre Dame, 14-6, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Irish opened the game with 10 consecutive goals enroute to a 10-1 halftime lead. OSU outscored Notre Dame, 5-4 in the second half. Meredith Simon, Crysti Foote and Lauren Fischer scored three goals each for Notre Dame with Abby Owens and Kassen Delano adding two each. OSU’s Ashley Evans had a team-high three goals for the Buckeyes with Regina Oliver, Caroline Weatherill and Kelyn Laws adding a goal each. In goal for Notre Dame, Carol Dixon picked up the win while recording 14 saves. OSU’s Kim Hastings started the game and played the first half. She gave up 10 goals and made four saves. Buckeye Taryn Bowen played the second half and made five saves while giving up four goals.

REVIEWING THE STANFORD GAME
Ohio State lost 13-7 to No. 20 Stanford in OSU’s final regular season home game of the season. Regina Oliver and Lindsay Weiner scored two goals each with Brandie Williams, Kristen Hannon and Molly Gilbert adding a goal each. Stanford’s Sarah Bach had four goals and Megan Burker added three for the Cardinal. The Buckeyes tied the game at four with a Weiner goal at 17:20 before Stanford scored twice to take a 6-4 halftime lead. The Cardinal scored the first four goals of the second half to take a 10-4 lead. The Buckeyes matched Stanford the rest of the way for the final 13-7. Along with Oliver’s two goals, she posted a career-high 11 ground balls in the game and tied her season-high of six caused turnovers against the Cardinal. In goal, Kim Hastings took the loss (5-9) giving up nine goals and making four assists in 32:39. Joy DeMarco finished the game (27:21) giving up four goals and making eight saves. Cardinal Laura Shane (58:04) took the win (11-5) giving up seven goals and making 13 assists. Kate Horowitz (1:56) closed out the game recording two saves.

BUCKEYES LOOK TO STOP LOSING STREAK
Ohio State has equaled the longest losing streak in the 10-year history of the program with five losses. The Buckeyes lost five consecutive games over two seasons in 1996 and 1997. OSU lost to Towson State, 16-6, and to Stanford, 13-8, at the end of the 1996 season. They lost to Virginia Tech, 8-5, Colgate, 12-3 and to Temple, 23-2, to open the 1997 season.

KREMER, OSU’S TOP SCORER
Kelly Kremer has 40 points on the season. She has a team-high 34 goals and six assist for her points. She had scored at least one goal in every game this season until she was held scoreless against Stanford. She did contribute two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball against the Cardina.

OLIVER LEADS THE COUNTRY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS AND GROUND BALLS
Regina Oliver has 47 caused turnovers on the season and ranks first in the weekly NCAA national statistics with a 3.36 per game average and is first nationally in ground balls (64) with a 4.57 per game average to lead the American Lacrosse Conference in both categories. Oliver posted a career-high 11 ground balls against Stanford and equaled her season-high of six caused turnovers in the game. Her two goals in the game gives her 121 career goals to rank second for OSU and 162 career points (121-41) to rank third for the Buckeyes. Oliver is the OSU career leader in ground balls (230) and caused turnovers (197) and is second in draw controls with 115.

WILLIAMS RANKS FIFTH NATIONALLY IN CAUSED TURNOVERS
Brandie Williams is averaging 2.43 caused turnovers and 3.07 ground balls per game and has been nationally ranked in both categories. She has 34 caused turnovers and 43 ground balls in the 14 games this season. Williams had three caused turnovers and a ground ball against Stanford, adding a free position goal for the Buckeyes.

SLAHOR HAS CAREER-HIGH FOUR ASSISTS AGAINST STANFORD
Kristen Slahor recorded a career-high four assists last Saturday against Stanford. Her previous best was three against Johns Hopkins this season. Slahor added three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the game. She has a team-high 15 assists on the season and ranks third in points with 23 (8-15).

GILBERT AND HANNON SCORE GOALS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST STANFORD
Both Molly Gilbert (Fr., Baltimore, Md.) and Kristen Hannon (Fr., Sykesville, Md.) scored goals off the bench Saturday against Stanford. Gilbert, playing in her sixth game of the season recorded her third goal this year. Hannon, playing in her 10th game has four goals on the season. She added a draw control and a caused turnover against the Cardinal.

WEINER POST A CAREER-HIGH TWO GOALS AGAINST THE CARDINAL
Lindsay Weiner (So., Eldersburg, Md.) scored a career-high two goals against Stanford last Saturday. She had previously scored a single goal in nine games this season. Weiner added three ground balls and a caused turnover against the Cardinal.

KOZLAKOWSKI NOW TIED FOR NINTH IN CAREER CAUSED TURNOVERS
Kathryn Kozlakowski (Sr., Towson, Md.), with two caused turnovers against Stanford now has 55 in her career and has moved into a tie for ninth on the OSU career list. She has tied Kelly Cook (1002-04). Kozlakowski also recorded three ground balls against the Cardinal

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.

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 78-68 at Ohio State and is 154-88 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.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) Started all 14 games, 5-9 record – 9.21 goals against average and a .455 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 five games – played 18:17 at Davidson, recording two saves – played 27:21 against Stanford making a career-high eight saves.

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

#4 Kristen Hannon (Fr., Sykesville, Md.) Played in 14 games with two starts – scored a goal against Virginia Tech and a goal and an assist at Davidson – scored goals in the last two games at Rutgers and against Stanford – career-high two draw controls against Johns Hopkins – career-high three ground balls and caused turnovers at Davidson.

#5 Andrea Fischer (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) Played in 14 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 13 games – career-high two goals against Virginia Tech and California – career-high four assists and two caused turnovers against Stanford – 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 14 games – career-high two goals against Stanford – 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 six games – scored a goal against Duquesne, Maryland and Stanford.

#11 Kelly Kremer (Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.) Started all 14 games – career-highs of six goals and seven points against Johns Hopkins – scored at least one goal in the first 13 games – 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.) Played in all 14 games with 13 starts – 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 14 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 – career-high 11 ground balls against Stanford – season-high six caused turnovers against Virginia Tech, Cornell and Stanford – has scored one or more goals in her last 11 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 14 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 13 games, starting 12 – 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 14 games, starting the last 13 – 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 14 games – season-high three ground balls in six 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 three 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 14 games, starting the last 12 – 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 12 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 11 games with eight 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 11 games with seven starts – career-high four ground balls against Vanderbilt – career-high three caused turnover against Maryland.