April 11, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will face the Ohio University Bobcats at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sunday, the team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the North Carolina Tar Heels at Fetzer Field. The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 7-4 record, while the Bobcats are 3-6 on the season. The Tar Heels were 7-4 before their game versus Penn State April 13.
The Buckeyes Last Week
On Saturday, Kylee Reade (So., London, Ont.) scored four goals to lead Ohio State to a 13-10 victory over Davidson. Davidson struck first, building a 4-0 lead. However, the Buckeyes answered, scoring five of the last seven goals of the first half. OSU came out strong in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals to take the lead for good. Celeste Cianfrani (Jr., Telford, Pa.) and Lauren Cochran (So., Coatesville, Pa.) contributed to the Ohio State offense by adding three goals apiece. Cianfrani also dished out three assists. Buckeye goalie Megan Barnett (So., Charlottesville, Va.) played all 60 minutes and finished with three 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 Bobcats are 3-6 for the 2000 season, including wins over Canisius and St. Bonaventure. Ohio is led by freshmen Alyssa Trocher and Lindsey Hart who have scored 32 and 22 goals, repectively. They have also dished out 10 assists apiece. Junior Katie Borokhovich has recorded 96 saves and a save percentage of .410.
Ohio Coach Moelk
The 2000 season is the second year at the helm for Bobcat head coach Anne Moelk. She is the first head coach in the program’s two-year history. Prior to going to Athens, Moelk was an assistant under Sue Stimmel at Ohio State. Moelk is a 1992 graduate of Denison University, where she played and coached for Stimmel.
Friday’s matchup with Ohio will be the second overall. Ohio State leads the series, 1-0. The Buckeyes earned a 23-3 victory in Columbus last year. The victory over the Bobcats gave Sue Stimmel her 100th career victory.
Scouting North Carolina
The Tar Heels are 7-4 for the 2000 season, including wins over powerhouses Maryland, Virginia and Loyola. UNC is led by sophomore Kellie Thompson and senior Meghann Mohler who have scored 21 and 19 goals, repectively. Thompson has also dished out 13 assists. The Tar Heels split time in goal between sophomore Melissa Coyne and freshman Margaret Garofalo. Coyne has recorded 71 saves for a save percentage of .500, while Garofalo has 11 saves and a .324 save percentage.
UNC Coach Slingluff Levy
The 2000 season is the fifth year at the helm for Tar Heel head coach Jenny Slingluff Levy. She is the first head coach in the program’s five-year history. In four seasons as the Tar Heels’ head coach, Slingluff Levy has led UNC to a 49-18 record and a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances. She was a member of the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team from 1988-92 and was named the squad’s captain and most valuable player as a senior. She was an assistant women’s field hockey and assistant lacrosse coach at Georgetown University from 1993-94.
Sunday’s matchup with North Carolina will be the third overall. UNC leads the series, 2-0. The Tar Heels earned a 19-5 victory in Baltimore last year.
Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
One Buckeye made an appearance in the NCAA statistics this week. Celeste Cianfrani is ranked No. 20 on the assists list with 16, an average of 1.45 per game. The Buckeyes as a team are ranked in three of the four team statistics categories. They are No. 5 in scoring offense, having scored 156 goals, an average of 14.18 a game. The Buckeyes are No. 8 in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 5.73 goals. Ohio State is ranked No. 20 in winning percentage with a 7-4 record.
Barnett Building a Lead
Megan Barnett now ranks first in career saves with 239. She passed Nicole Morris who finished with 174 saves in 1997.
Young, But Experienced
Through 11 games the Buckeyes have been led by underclassmen. Sophomore Megan Mirick ranks second for the Buckeyes in scoring with 34 points, 24 goals and 10 assists. In fact, eight 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 83 saves for a save percentage of .472.