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.
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.
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.