Athletes of the Week
Bryan Koniecko (CONE-yeck-o), a senior on the men’s tennis team, was able to once again better teammate Justin Kronauge (CROW-nog-ee) in the final of the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 9. Koniecko served up a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win to become the Buckeyes’ first ITA indoors singles champion since 2003.

Koniecko also became the lowest-seeded Buckeye to win the tournament as the eighth-seed. For the tournament, Koniecko, a native of Syosset, N.Y., scored his biggest win during the four days of competition Nov. 7 when he downed No. 1 Oleksandr Nedovyesor of Oklahoma State 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

For their collegiate careers, Koniecko and Kronauge have now met three times with Koniecko holding the 2-1 advantage. In the final of the 2008 Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional championships Oct. 20, Koniecko defeated Kronauge in a three-set thriller 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 to claim the singles crown in Columbus, Ohio. Kronauge won the 2007 Midwest Regional singles championship after defeating Koniecko in the semifinals 7-6, 6-3 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dustin Carlson, sophomore goaltender on the men’s hockey team, was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a sweep of No. 11 Michigan State Nov. 7-8. A native of Forest Lake, Minn., Carlson allowed just one goal in the series sweep, stopping 45-of-46 shots (.978 sv. pct.) with a .50 goals-against average.

In game one, Carlson stopped all 21 shots he faced in the first shutout of his career. On Saturday, Carlson stopped 24-of-25 shots and helped his own cause with an assist, the first of his career, on Peter Boyd’s goal to open the scoring Saturday. Carlson and the Buckeyes were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in the series.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 17 Field Hockey (14-7; 3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
Ohio State fell short of its bid to become Big Ten Tournament champions Nov. 9 in Bloomington, Ind. It was an exciting tournament for the Buckeyes nonetheless as they entered the event as the fifth-seed and beat the Nos. 4 and 1 seeds to advance to the final.
The Scarlet and Gray began its championship run with a 3-2 victory over Michigan. No. 1 Penn State then awaited Ohio State, but the Buckeyes would hand the Nittany Lions a 2-1 loss in overtime. Facing No. 2 Iowa, who was looking for its third-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, Ohio State would manage to rally from a one-goal deficit to send the game into overtime, but would lose on a score off an Iowa penalty corner.
For the tournament, sophomore Aisling McKeon (ASH-ling) scored both gamewinning goals for the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines and Nittany Lions. Scoring her 19th goal of the season against Penn State, senior Linda Haussener reached the 50-point milestone this season. The last Buckeye to reach the 50-point mark was Vanessa Immordino in 2003.

No. 12/12 Football (8-2; 5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
Ohio State returned from a week off from action with a 45-10 win at Northwestern Nov. 8. With the win, head coach Jim Tressel tied former coach Earle Bruce for third place on Ohio State’s all-time wins list with 81. He also picked up his 50th Big Ten win with the victory Saturday. Bruce won his 50th game in 61 games and Tressel did so in 62.
Junior Chris Wells eclipsed 2,900 yards rushing for his career and moved to sixth place on Ohio State’s all-time rushing list (2,999). Wells finished with 140 yards and needs 1 yard to become the sixth Buckeye to reach 3,000 yards. Freshman Terrelle Pryor made his seventh-consecutive start at quarterback for the Buckeyes. 6-1 as a starter, Pryor passed for 197 yards (9 of 14) and three TDs. He also rushed for 33 yards on 6 carries.
Senior Malcolm Jenkins was named one of 13 semifinalists for the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best college football defensive back, the Jim Thorpe Association announced Nov. 4.
Senior James Laurinaitis was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award, which awards the nation’s most outstanding defensive player, the Maxwell Football Club announced Nov. 5.
Up Next: at Illinois, noon Nov. 15 in Champaign, Ill. (Television: TBA)
vs. Michigan, noon Nov. 22 in Ohio Stadium (Television: ABC)

Men’s Hockey (4-5-1; 3-4-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
The Buckeyes swept a two-game home series vs. No. 11 Michigan State Nov. 7-8 in Value City Arena. Ohio State shut out the Spartans in game one before topping Michigan State, 3-1, in game two.
The Buckeyes posted their first shut out since November 2007 behind 21 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson. He then received offensive support from three different Buckeyes to solidify the clean sheet.
Freshman Matt Bartkowski got the Scarlet and Gray on the board in the first period. Holding on to the 1-0 lead throughout the rest of the period and the entire second stanza, Ohio State found some breathing room thanks to a goal by freshman Ian Boots at 13:51. Junior Mathieu Picard was able to seal the Buckeye win at 15:54 with the final tally of the game.
It was another freshman in Zac Dalpe who had a big night in game two. Dalpe’s first goal at 11:44 in the third period proved to be the gamewinner. He would go on to score an empty-netter with 51 seconds remaining to seal the win. It was sophomore Peter Boyd who got the Buckeyes on the board first. After scoring droughts by both teams in the first two periods, Boyd lifted the Scarlet and Gray to a 1-0 lead at 6:13 in the third.
Carlson and Dalpe were named CCHA Goaltender and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Nov. 10. The duo helped the Buckeyes to a sweep of No. 11 Michigan State over the weekend, with Carlson stopping 45-of-46 shots and Dalpe scoring two goals and three points.
Up Next: vs. Robert Morris (Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase), 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 21 in Marquette, Mich.
at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. Nov. 22 in Marquette, Mich.

Women’s Hockey (5-7-0; 3-7-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
In the Buckeyes’ first regular-season win over St. Cloud State since 2003, Ohio State rallied from a one-goal deficit to beat the Huskies, 3-2, Nov. 8 in St. Cloud, Minn. Ohio State took a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Senior Hayley Klassen (CLASS-en) tallied two of her three points of the day on consecutive goals. After St. Cloud State evened the score in the second period, sophomore Shannon Reilly netted the gamewinner as time began to wind down in the third period (3:37).
It became a weekend series split as the Scarlet and Gray dropped game two, 5-2, Nov. 9. The Buckeyes received two scores in a four-minute span from sophomore Christina Mancuso and junior Rachel Davis in the loss.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Nov. 14 in OSU Ice Rink
vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4:07 p.m. Nov. 15 in OSU Ice Rink
at St. Lawrence, 4 p.m. Nov. 28 in Canton, N.Y.
at St. Lawrence, 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in Canton, N.Y.

Head coach: Jim Sweeney
The Buckeyes secured their second win of the season, outpointing the Boilermakers 4,668 to 4,087 in a dual match hosted by Purdue Nov. 7-8 in West Lafayette, Ind. In the win, Ohio State swept all three open events. Individual event winner sophomore Stephen Lutz took free pistol with a 272 on a half-course match while senior Seth Berglee scored first place in standard pistol with a 557. Berglee and Lutz tied in air pistol with a 372 (40-shot match), taking the event to a tiebreaker where Berglee won his second event of the weekend. Freshman Kelsey Imig won both women’s air pistol and sport with a 358 and 571, respectively.

Men’s Soccer (9-7-2; 2-4-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: John Bluem
Despite owning a 3-2 lead in the 69th minute, Ohio State was unable to hold on for the win against No. 4 Akron and dropped a 4-3 decision Nov. 7 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Behind goals from sophomore Konrad Warzycha (var-ZEE-hah), freshman Dave Tiemstra (TEEM-struh) and junior Doug Verhoff (VAIR-hoff), the Scarlet and Gray became the only team this season to tally more than one goal against the Zips.
Ohio State earned the sixth seed for the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13-16 in Madison, Wis., and will face No. 3-seed Indiana at 2 p.m. EST.
Up Next: vs. Indiana at Big Ten Tournament, 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in Madison, Wis.

Women’s Soccer (8-10-2; 5-5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Lori Walker
The 16th season of Ohio State women’s soccer came to a close Nov. 6 after it dropped a 2-1 decision to Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa.
Freshman Paige Maxwell, who was named to the conference’s all-freshman team, scored for the Scarlet and Gray, her team-leading eighth of the season. Also earning league honors was junior Ashley Bowyer who was named to the all-tournament team.
It was the final collegiate game for Caitlin Colfer, Lisa Collison and Amy Graeff. Collison finishes her career with a school record-tying 35 career goals and 80 total points, which rank fourth all-time in school history. Graeff, a team co-captain, played in her 44th game Thursday. Colfer, who is tied for 13th at Ohio State in career assists with 11 and who played in 59 games, had to watch from the sidelines due to injury.

No. 11 Men’s Swimming (2-0; 0-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
Already owning a 103-28 lead at the halfway point, Ohio State eventually defeated Cincinnati, 142-112 Nov. 7 in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for its second win of the season.
The Buckeyes were led by two individual wins a piece from junior Mark Neiman (NEYE-man) (1000 and 500 freestyle) and sophomore Philip Seleskie (100 and 200 backstroke). Among their many wins, the Buckeyes took a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 1000 freestyle with Neiman, junior Stefan Sigrist (SEA-grist), junior Alex Chen and senior Ryan Stoneburg adding points to the board for Ohio State. Shortly thereafter, the Scarlet and Gray again claimed the Top 4 spots in the 200 freestyle led by a win from junior Andrew Olson.
Up Next: vs. Miami, 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in South Bend, Ind.
at Cleveland State, 5 p.m. Nov. 25 in Cleveland, Ohio

Women’s Swimming (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
Ohio State won 13 events en route to a 146-112 win over Cincinnati Nov. 7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. For the second-consecutive meet, the 200-yard medley relay team opened the competition with a Buckeye win. Sophomore Sam Cheverton, freshman Catherine Eitel, junior Jill Lockhart and freshman Lisa Narum touched first in a time of 1:46.01.
Other highlights of the evening included a Top 3 sweep of the 1000 freestyle by freshman Natalie Nichols, junior Haley Mitchell and freshman Erin Fawley.
Up Next: vs. Miami (Diving Only), 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at Cleveland State, 5 p.m. Nov. 25 in Cleveland, Ohio

Men’s Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
For the first time since 2003, Ohio State crowned an ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor champion in senior Bryan Koniecko (CONE-yeck-o) Nov. 9 in Charlottesville, Va. Koniecko had to beat junior teammate Justin Kronauge (CROW-nog-ee) in the final 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to give the Buckeyes their first indoor title since current assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman won five years ago.
One of the highlights for Koniecko was he downed the No. 1-ranked player in the nation in the quarterfinals. The three Buckeyes who competed – Koniecko, Kronauge and senior Steven Moneke – combined to beat seven Top 20 players.
Ohio State will begin its spring season Jan. 21 with a doubleheader against Butler and Xavier at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.

Women’s Tennis
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Sophomores Paloma Escobedo (Pa-LOW-ma Es-co-BEE-do) and Cami Hubbs finished action at the North Texas Tennis Classic in Denton, Texas, Nov. 8. Hubbs and Escobedo each went 2-1 in singles action on the weekend and also went 2-1 together in doubles play.
The Buckeyes do not return to action until Jan. 24 vs. Missouri at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.

Women’s Volleyball (11-15; 2-12 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
In the second of two-consecutive matches played in St. John Arena Nov. 7 and 8, Ohio State swept Northwestern, 3-0, behind sophomore Katie Dull’s match-high 20 points. Dull recorded a match-high 18 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
Although the Scarlet and Gray evened the match at two sets apiece against Wisconsin Friday night, it was unable to maintain its momentum and surrendered the next two sets for the 3-1 loss. Dull posted a match-high 24.5 points with 22 kills, a solo block and three assist blocks.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in St. John Arena
at Iowa, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Iowa City, Iowa
at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Nov. 23 in Minneapolis, Minn.

No. 4 Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Six days after six Buckeyes claimed titles at the Buffalo Open, four members of the wrestling team won their respective weight classes at the Wolfpack Open Nov. 8.
Junior Reece Humphrey (133), senior Jason Johnstone (157), sophomore Colt Sponseller (165) and freshman Cody Gardner (197) each won their second open tournament title in as many weeks.
Up Next: hosting Buckeye Duals, All Day Nov. 16 in St. John Arena
at Las Vegas Invitational, All Day Nov. 24 in Las Vegas

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 11-16

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 11-12
Men’s golf at Turtle Bay Resort Invitational, All Day
Oahu, Hawaii

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Women’s volleyball at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)

Thursday, Nov. 13
Men’s soccer vs. Indiana at Big Ten Tournament, 1 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s basketball vs. Walsh (Exh.), 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14 -15
Pistol at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TBA
Cambridge, Mass.

Friday, Nov. 14
Men’s swimming vs. Miami, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s swimming vs. Miami (Diving Only), 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Women’s basketball vs. Butler, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

Women’s hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s hockey vs. Robert Morris (Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase), 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Saturday, Nov. 15
Men’s cross country at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s cross country at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Football at Illinois, noon
Champaign, Ill. (Television: TBA)

Women’s hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Women’s volleyball vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Sunday, Nov. 16
Rowing at Rivanna Romp, TBA
Charlottesville, Va.

Women’s basketball vs. Army, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Buckeye Duals
Wrestling vs. Notre Dame College, 1 p.m. and vs. Cleveland State 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena