Feb. 1, 2005

The Buckeyes are looking to improve on a less than successful 2004 season that saw Ohio State finish at 5-11 overall and 1-6 in the American Lacrosse Conference. With several outstanding players returning and an excellent incoming class, the Buckeyes look to a challenging season.

In The Midfield
Senior starters Regina Oliver, Brandie Williams, KC Carter and Ashley Evans and sophomore starter Natale Miller anchor a solid midfield. Oliver, an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) third-team All-American and ALC first team all-conference selection had 25 goals and 11 assists for a team-high 36 points. The do-it-all Oliver was the team leader in ground balls (54), draw controls (28) and caused turnovers (46). Williams had only three goals last season but contributed 18 ground balls, 11 draw controls and was tied for third with 15 caused turnovers. Carter collected 12 goals and six assists for 18 points last season. She ranked third on the team with 16 draw controls, adding 22 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Evans ranked third on the team with 21 points last season with 18 goals and three assists. She was third on the squad in ground balls with 35 and had 14 draw controls and caused turnovers. Miller had 16 points last season with 13 goals and three assists. She was third on the team in draw controls with 13 and had 18 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Also returning is Ally MacMeekin who played in nine games, starting three. James Madison transfer Lindsey Weiner adds additional depth to the squad as will three incoming freshmen in Bethany Carey, Kristen Hannon and Amanda Shimp. Carey graduated H.S. a year early to join the Buckeyes.

On The Attack
The Buckeyes have three returning student-athletes at the attack position with sophomore Kelyn Laws the most experienced with 13 starts last season. She posted 16 points in 2004 with 12 goals and four assists, adding 20 ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover. Senior Melissa Sands and junior Andrea Fischer round out the returning players at attack. Sands saw action in 11 games with one start. She had two goals and six assists for eight points. Fischer played in nine games last season making five starts. She posted two goals and four assists for six points. An exceptional incoming class will provide depth. That group comprises Molly Gilbert, Kelly Kremer, Allison Neff, Jessica Patane and Kristen Slahor.

For The Defense
Senior Kathryn Kozlakowski and junior Alicia McClure are returning starters from last season. Junior Mindy Kittle had seven starts last season. Kozlakowski started all 16 games last season, ranking second in ground balls with 37 and tied for third in caused turnovers with 15. McClure had eight starts and collected 18 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and seven draw controls. Kittle contributed 16 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Also returning from last season with limited playing time are juniors Emily Rosen and Alicia Meredith and sophomore Danielle Gibson. Rosen and Gibson played in two games with Meredith seeing action in three. Additionally sophomore Allyson Vernon returns after not playing in 2004. Newcomers on defense include Kacie Caldwell, and Kristen Hannon.

Defending The Goal
Ohio State returns veteran junior Kim Hastings between the pipes. She played in all 16 games last season, starting 14 times. Hastings, with a 4-9 record, shared time in goal with the departed Taryn Bowen. Hasting played 580 minutes and had a 9.52 goals against average and a .483 saves percentage. Backing her up is sophomore Joy DeMarco who saw limited action last season in two matches. She played 35 minutes and had an 11.74 goals against average and a .500 saves percentage.

Departed Seniors
The Buckeyes lost four key starters to graduation last season. The starters lost included Caroline Weatherill and Noemi Hites at attack and Kelly Cook and Amy Tulk at midfield. Weatherill was tied with Oliver for the team lead in goals with 25 and was second in points with 28. She ranked second on the team in draw controls with 19 adding 19 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Hites contributed eight goals and three assists adding seven ground balls, four draw controls and five caused turnovers. Cook was fourth on the squad in ground balls with 33 and second in caused turnovers with 20. Tulk contributed 16 goals and three assists last season and added 17 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

The Future Looks Great
With All-American Regina Oliver leading a solid midfield, Ohio State looks to improve and be a factor in the American Lacrosse Conference.