Feb. 11, 2003

The Buckeyes are coming off the best season in the history of the program. Ohio State finished the 2002 season with an 11-5 mark, recording the most wins in the history of the program. The Buckeyes return eight starters and four other letterwinners from a squad that qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time in the history of the program. OSU finished the season ranked 12th in the country.

On The Attack
Senior Tracey Bounds and junior Caroline Weatherill are the returning starters at the attack position. Bounds was OSU’s top scorer with 61 points on 36 goals and 25 assists. She was honored as a second team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American. Weatherill had 15 goals, three assists for 18 points last season. Junior Noemi Hites saw action in 11 games scoring seven goals and three assists. Junior Molly McLaughlin (1-0-1) and sophomore Melissa Sands (0-1-1) round out the returning players. Freshman Andrea Fischer and Allison Benson complete the attack squad.

For The Defense
Senior Kimberly Lowe will anchor the defense as the lone returning starter. She produced 31 ground balls and caused 28 turnovers last season. Kathryn Kozlakowski played in 13 games last season and had four starts. She had 16 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. Squad members Jodi Kurylo, a junior and Libby Schmehling, a sophomore provide squad depth. Freshmen Emily Rosen and Alicia McClure round out the defensive team.

In The Midfield
Four starters return to the midfield from last season seniors Alexia Vogler and Shannon Wilson, junior Kelly Cook and sophomore Regina Oliver. Vogler had nine goals and 15 assists last season. Wilson, a third team All-American, scored 31 points on 23 goals and eight assists. She had 44 ground balls and caused 33 turnovers. Cook (2-0-2) started all 16 games recording 26 ground balls. The American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year, Oliver scored 40 points on 28 goals and 12 assists. A second team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American, Oliver produced 44 ground balls, 51 caused turnovers and 24 draw controls. She ranked second nationally in caused turnovers at 3.19 per game. Depth will come from junior Amy Tulk, sophomores Megan Stickler, Brandie Williams and Ashley Evans and incoming freshmen K.C. Carter, Mindy Kittle and Alicia Meredith.

Defending The Goal
Sophomore Erin Forquer started all 16 games during OSU’s outstanding season last year. She set an Ohio State single season record for saves with 176. She was ranked 12th in the country in goals against (8.87) and 15th in saves percentage (.561). Junior Taryn Bowen played two years on the OSU tennis squad. She did not compete last season. Freshman Kim Hastings was an honorable mention lacrosse All-American at Sewickley Academy.

Departed Seniors
The squad loses four senior starters in All-American Megan Mirick, Laura Cochran, Trish Miller and Trish Derwart. Mirick will use her expertise as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.

The Future Looks Great
The Buckeyes had a break-out season last year. OSU has outstanding players at every position and good depth to improve on what should be a great season.