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April 18, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will take on the No. 12 Vanderbilt Commodores%^$ at 7 p.m. Friday at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Stadium. Both teams are 8-5 on the season.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes Last Week
%^$ On Friday, Celeste Cianfrani (Jr., Telford, Pa./Souderton) scored four goals and dished out four assists to%^$ lead Ohio State to a 22-7 victory over Ohio University. The Bobcats took an early, 1-0 lead but were quickly%^$ overpowered by the Buckeyes. OSU used a balanced attack which saw 10 different goal scorers. Shannon%^$ Wilson (Fr., Crystal Beach, Ont./Lakeshore Catholic) led the goal scoring with five. Tracey Bounds (Fr.,%^$ Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) also contributed by scoring three goals. The Bobcats were led by Alyssa%^$ Trocher who scored three goals and dished out two assists. The Buckeyes split time between two goalies.%^$ Megan Barnett (So., Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) played 38 minutes and recorded three saves, while Stacey%^$ Williams (Jr., State College, Pa./State College) played the last 22 minutes and finished with 1 save.%^$

%^$ On Sunday, the Buckeyes traveled to North Carolina to face the No. 6 Tar Heels. Kellie Thompson scored four%^$ goals and added an assist to lead UNC to a 13-4 victory. Carolina got off to a quick, 4-0, lead in the first eight%^$ minutes of action. The Buckeyes finally got on the board with a Lauren Cochran (So., Coatesville,%^$ Pa./Coatesville) goal. Wilson and Bounds each scored in the second half to cut the lead to 8-4, but the Tar%^$ Heels scored the next five to close out the game. Barnett played all 60 minutes and finished with 13 saves.%^$

%^$ Head Coach Sue Stimmel
%^$ Sue Stimmel is in her fifth season as head lacrosse coach at Ohio State. Last season, Stimmel led OSU to a%^$ stellar 10-5 finish, marking the first 10-win season in the history of Ohio State women’s lacrosse. With a 23-3%^$ win over the Ohio Bobcats, April 10, 1999, Stimmel earned her 100th career victory.%^$

%^$ Scouting Vanderbilt
%^$ The Commodores are 8-5 for the 2000 season, including wins over Towson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.%^$ Vanderbilt is led by senior Sue Napolitano and junior April Tellam. Napolitano leads the Commodores in goals%^$ and total points with 39 and 48, respectively. Tellam has recorded 33 points off 22 goals and 11 assists.%^$ Vanderbilt splits time between two goalies. Senior Shana Crabtree has recorded 69 saves and a save%^$ percentage of .633, while junior Emily Lough has recorded 71 saves and a save percentage of .470.%^$

%^$ Vandy Coach Swezey
%^$ The 2000 season is the third year at the helm for Commodore head coach Cathy Swezey. She is the second%^$ head coach in the program’s five-year history. Swezey has compiled a 20-24 record at Vanderbilt. She also led%^$ the Commodores to their first-ever national ranking. Swezey’s coaching career began at her alma mater,%^$ Trenton State. She was a graduate assistant coach for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams from%^$ 1994-1996. Swezey helped lead her field hockey team to two national championships. She also played on three%^$ national championship lacrosse teams.%^$

%^$ The Series
%^$ Friday’s matchup with Vanderbilt will be the fifth overall. The Commodores lead the series, 3-1. Vanderbilt%^$ earned a 12-11 victory in Columbus last year.%^$

%^$ Mirick and Andersen Out for the Season
%^$ Both Megan Mirick (So., Burke, Va./Robinson) and Erin Andersen (Jr., Huntington, N.Y./Huntington)%^$ suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments and will miss the remainder of the season. Andersen tore her ACL%^$ during the first half of the Boston game (3/19). She played in one game too many to earn a medical redshirt.%^$ Andersen, the leading scorer from last year, ended her season with 11 goals and two assists. Mirick tore her%^$ ACL in the second half of the Delaware game (3/31). She also will not be granted a medical redshirt. Mirick was%^$ leading the team in points and goals when she was injured. She ends the season with 34 points, 24 goals and%^$ 10 assists.%^$

%^$ Cianfrani Now Second
%^$ Celeste Cianfrani now ranks second all-time in career goals in Ohio State women’s lacrosse history. She has%^$ scored 79 goals in her career. She needs only six more goals to tie the record of 84 set by Mara Simpson from%^$ 1996-1999. She also is second, behind Simpson with 133, in career points. Cianfrani has recorded 120 points in%^$ her career.%^$

%^$ Barnett Building a Lead
%^$ Megan Barnett now ranks first in career saves with 250. She passed Nicole Morris who finished with 174 saves%^$ in 1997.%^$

%^$ Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
%^$ One Buckeye made an appearance in the NCAA statistics this week. Celeste Cianfrani is ranked No. 17 on the%^$ assists list with 20, an average of 1.54 per game. The Buckeyes as a team are ranked in two of the team%^$ statistics categories. They are No. 4 in scoring offense, having scored 182 goals, an average of 14.00 a game.%^$ The Buckeyes are No. 10 in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 5.31 goals.%^$

%^$ Young, But Experienced
%^$ Through 13 games the Buckeyes have been led by underclassmen. Freshman Shannon Wilson ranks second%^$ for the Buckeyes in scoring with 40 points, 24 goals and 16 assists. In fact, seven of the top nine scorers for%^$ Ohio State are freshmen or sophomores. Sophomore Megan Barnett has also played a key part in the season%^$ for the Buckeyes. She has recorded 99 saves for a save percentage of .471.