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April 26, 2000

%^$ COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will take on the No. 12 Syracuse Orangewomen at%^$ 8 p.m. Friday at Coyne Field. The Buckeyes will take on Colgate at 1 p.m., Sunday at Tyler’s Field in Hamilton,%^$ N.Y. Ohio State enters the game with an 8-6 overall record. Syracuse is 10-3, while the Colgate Red Raiders are%^$ 7-5 before their game against Albany on April 29.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes Last Week
%^$ On Friday, April Tellam scored two goals and added three assists to lead No. 12 Vanderbilt to a 9-7 victory%^$ over Ohio State at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Field. The first half could have been a shootout, but Vandy goalie%^$ Shana Crabtree recorded eight saves to keep the Commodores down by one at the half, 3-2. A goal by Amanda%^$ Rice sparked a Vanderbilt comeback early in the second half, but Ohio State continued to keep the game close.%^$ Kylee Reade (So., London, Ont./Sir Fredrick Banting) led the Buckeyes with two goals, both of which came%^$ with less than four minutes remaining. Buckeye goalie Megan Barnett (So., Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle)%^$ played all 60 minutes and finished with eight 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 Syracuse
%^$ The Orangewomen are currently on a ten-game winning streak after a 6-5 victory over No. 10 Boston%^$ University. With the win Syracuse’s record improved to 10-3 on the season and the team moved to No. 12 in%^$ the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll. The Orangewomen are led by Katrina Hable%^$ and Lauren Brady who are first and second on the team in total points. Hable has recorded 41 points off 31%^$ goals and 10 assists, while Brady has 36 goals and two assists. In goal Syracuse is led by Carla Gigon with 64%^$ saves and a save percentage of .552.%^$

%^$ Syracuse Coach Miller
%^$ In two seasons at Syracuse, Lisa Miller has guided the Orangewomen to a 22-7 overall record. Last season%^$ she earned the North Region Coach of the Year award from the IWLCA. In 1998, the program’s first year,%^$ Syracuse finished the season with a 9-4 record and possessed the most potent offense in the country, leading%^$ the nation in scoring, averaging 15.08 goals per game. Last season Syracuse made its first post-season%^$ appearance and had its first national All-America selection. SU won the ECAC Championship by defeating%^$ Boston University and Yale. Miller began her collegiate coaching career on the sidelines of Wheaton College.%^$ As a player at the College of William & Mary, Miller left her mark. She was captain of her team, the 1987%^$ Outstanding Female Senior Athlete, an All-American, third on the all-time scoring list and a member of the U.S.%^$ Lacrosse Team as a senior. She continued to compete for the U.S., finishing her playing career as an alternate%^$ for the 1989 World Cup Team.%^$

%^$ The Series
%^$ Friday’s matchup with Syracuse will be the first time these two programs have met on the lacrosse field.%^$

%^$ Scouting Colgate
%^$ The Red Raiders enter the weekend with a 7-5 record, including wins over Hofstra, Vermont and Bucknell.%^$ Colgate is led by Kate Manzella and Columbus native Anne Curier. Manzella has scored 43 goals and added 11%^$ assists for a team-leading 54 points. Currier, who played at Columbus School for Girls, has recorded 31 goals%^$ and 13 assists. In goal the Red Raiders are led by Jane Murray who has recorded 102 saves and a save%^$ percentage of .512.%^$

%^$ Colgate Coach Silva
%^$ Katrina Silva, head lacrosse coach at Roanoke College and former Colgate assistant, enters her first season as%^$ the women’s lacrosse coach at Colgate University. Silva compiled a 37-12 mark in three seasons as the%^$ Roanoke College head coach, including a 14-3 mark in her final season. In 1999, she guided the Maroons to%^$ their second Old Dominion Conference crown in three seasons with an 11-8 win over Randolph-Macon on%^$ April 25. Roanoke ranked sixth among Division III schools in scoring defense and seventh in winning%^$ percentage. Silva was a four-year starter in goal for Towson’s field hockey team and lettered three seasons as%^$ the starting goalkeeper for the nationally ranked lacrosse team. She was named the Southeast’s Field Hockey%^$ Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and helped lead her team to three ECC Championships.%^$

%^$ The Series
%^$ Sunday’s matchup will be the third time these programs have met on the lacrosse field. Colgate leads the%^$ series, 2-0. In 1998, Colgate defeated the Buckeyes 11-6 in Notre Dame, Ind.%^$

%^$ Cianfrani Making Her Move
%^$ Celeste Cianfrani ranks second all-time in career goals in Ohio State women’s lacrosse history. She has scored%^$ 80 goals in her career. She needs only four 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 121 points in%^$ her career.%^$

%^$ Barnett Building a Lead
%^$ Megan Barnett now ranks first in career saves with 258. She passed Nicole Morris who finished with 174 saves%^$ in 1997.%^$

%^$ Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
%^$ No Buckeyes were ranked in the individual NCAA statistics this week. The Buckeyes as a team are ranked in%^$ two of the team statistics categories. They are No. 6 in scoring offense, having scored 189 goals, an average of%^$ 13.50 a game. The Buckeyes are No. 11 in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 4.79 goals.