Nov. 18, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Sophomore Jennifer Desson led the women’s ice hockey team withfour goals including a hat trick in the Buckeyes’ first sweep ofthe season over St. Cloud State Nov. 14-15. The Niagara Falls,Ontario native scored her second career hat trick including thegame-winning goal in the 5-2 victory Nov. 14. Desson also recordedthe game-winning goal in the 3-0 shutout Nov. 15. Desson is tiedfor 13th in the nation averaging 0.75 goals per game. She alsoleads the team with six goals this season and is tied for secondwith six points. Punter B.J. Sander earned Big Ten Special TeamsPlayer of the Week honors Monday after his performance in theBuckeyes’ 16-13 victory over Purdue. Sander, who also claimed theconference weekly award Nov. 3, placed seven of his 10 punts insidePurdue’s 20-yard line, forcing the Boilermakers to an averagestarting field position at the 15-yard line on the day. The seniortotaled 413 yards on his 10 punts, including five kicks downedinside the 10-yard line.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s cross country team qualified for the 2003 NCAAChampionships in Waterloo, Iowa. The Buckeyes will make theirsecond-consecutive trip to the NCAA championships and thirdappearance under the guidance of head coach Robert Gary. The men’s10-kilometer race will be held at 11 a.m., Monday Nov. 24.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third and 11th, respectively at the 2003 Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The event was held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The men finished the event with 116 total team points, while the women finished with 338 points. During the men’s 10-kilometer event the Buckeyes placed three runners in the Top 20. Leading the way for the men was senior co-captain Rob Myers (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Myers placed fifth overall in a time of 30:44.6 to pace the Buckeyes for the second-consecutive week. On the women’s side, junior Robyn Detty (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawerance North) led the way for the Buckeyes in the women’s 6-kilometer event. Detty finished in 35th-place as she clocked a time of 21:53.5.

A trio of men’s soccer student-athletes have earned postseasonAll-Big Ten awards. Ohio State senior midfielder AJ Weber (Aurora,Colo./Smoky Hill) has been named second team All-Big Ten, freshmanmidfielder Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington)has been named to the All-Freshman Team and senior defender DavidRidenhour (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) has been named to the All-BigTen tournament team. The fourth-seeded Buckeyes were knocked out ofthe Big Ten tournament last Thursday, 2-0, by Wisconsin to seetheir season come to a close with a 4-12-4 overall record and a2-3-1 mark in the Big Ten.

A total of 14 Ohio State opponents appeared in the national polls at some point this season, while seven are among the field of 48 schools that have been selected for the NCAA tournament, which begins this weekend and will conclude Dec. 12 and 14 in Crew Stadium as the College Cup returns to Columbus.

The football team (10-1, 6-1) concluded its second consecutiveunbeaten season at home with the 16-13 win over No. 10/11 PurdueSaturday. The Buckeyes travel north to face Michigan this Saturdayseeking their first outright Big Ten crown since the 1984 season.Ohio State also looks to claim a third straight victory overMichigan for the first time since 1961-63. In the opening leg ofthe men’s basketball team’s four-game season-opening road stretch,the Buckeyes travel to San Francisco to take on the Dons of USFFriday. The two squads have never met on the hardwood. The teamthen will depart for Hawaii Saturday to play in the E.A. SportsMaui Invitational Nov. 24-26. The women’s ice hockey team (3-5-0overall, 3-5-0 WCHA) earned its first sweep, including its firstshutout of the season against St. Cloud State last weekend. TheBuckeyes downed the Huskies 5-2 Nov. 14 and 3-0 Nov. 15. SophomoreJennifer Desson led the team with four goals, including bothgame-winning goals against St. Cloud State. Desson recorded hersecond career hat trick Friday and tallied an additional goal inthe shutout Saturday. Junior Melissa Glaser and freshman ErikaVanderveer split the series in goal for the Buckeyes. Glaserrecorded 28 saves in the contest Friday. In her first game in netfor the Buckeyes this season, Vanderveer stopped 16 shots andearned her first shutout to garner WCHA Rookie of the Weekaccolades. The Buckeyes return home to face WCHA foe Bemidji Stateat 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in a two-game series atthe OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes lead the Beavers 9-6-3 in theall-time series. The No. 15/17 women’s basketball team opens itsseason this Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena againstthe Bobcats of Ohio. The Buckeyes then take on Florida A&M at 2p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Value City Arena and complete theirinitial three home game swing with a contest against UNC Wilmingtonat 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. The men’s and women’s fencing squadswent undefeated this weekend at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston,Ill. Both teams are undefeated on the season with 21 victoriescombined. The women Buckeyes swept opponents Lawrence, FairleighDickinson, Temple and North Carolina while the men went unbeatenagainst Michigan, Michigan State, Detroit-Mercy, Lawrence, NorthCarolina and Johns Hopkins. The Buckeyes will host the OSU AlumniMeet Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Steelwood Athletic Facility inColumbus, Ohio. The squad will not see action again until the startof the new year as Ohio State travels to the New York UniversityDuals Jan. 25 in New York, N.Y. The men’s tennis team competed inthe Big Ten Singles Championship Saturday, Nov. 15 through Monday,Nov. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Buckeye sophomore Dennis Mertens (So.,Braaschatt, Belgium) advanced to the quarterfinal round where hefell, 6-2, 6-3, to the No. 2 seed Andrew Formanczyk of MichiganState. Mertens went 3-1 in the event and extended his tournamentrecord to 9-3 this season. The Buckeyes are back in action at theMilwaukee Tennis Classic Jan. 6-11 in Milwaukee, Wis. Ohio Stateplays host to Xavier and Cleveland State in the home opener Jan.23. Women’s Volleyball (10-14 overall, 4-12 Big Ten) closes out thehome schedule with No. 16 Penn State Wednesday and No. 23 WisconsinFriday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Last week the Buckeyes dropped3-1 decisions to Michigan State and Michigan. OSU’s Stacey Gordonhad 30 kills against the Spartans and came back with 28 againstMichigan. Her 6.55 kills per game average ranks second in thecountry behind Hawaii’s Kim Willoughby at 6.59. The women’s soccerteam completed its 2003 season with a 3-0 loss to West Virginia inthe second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday in Morgantown,W.Va.. The loss to the Mountaineers followed a 3-0 Buckeye win overDayton in the opening round Friday evening, where three OSU juniors- Kathy Fulk, Liz Mumley and Jen Heaney – all tallied scoringstrikes to lead the Buckeyes to their first NCAA win in the 10-yearhistory of women’s soccer at Ohio State. The Buckeyes conclude theseason with the best mark in team annals at 13-5-3. The wrestlingteam claimed a second place standing at the 2003 Oklahoma GoldClassic in Brockport, N.Y. The No. 10 -ranked Buckeyes followedOklahoma with 135.5 team points as four individuals claimed titlesin their respective weight classes. Seniors HWT Tommy Rowlands and184 Blake Kaplan recorded their second tounament crowns in the lasttwo events, while fellow senior John Clark added his first of 2003at the 165-pound class. Senior Jeff Ratlif competed in his firstevent of the season and recorded a title-winning effort at 149. Atrio of Ohio State freshman earned placing honors as Jermaine Jonesscored fourth at 125, while Alex Picazo also placed fourth 174.James King posted a sixth place bid in the 157 class.

With a pin in his first round match, Rowlands became the first Buckeye to eclipse 500 team points in OSU history.

The No. 12 men’s hockey team split a two-game series withthen-No. 5 Michigan last weekend, falling in the opener, 4-0,before rebounding for a 5-2 victory. The win stopped an eight-game(0-6-2) winless streak for Ohio State against the Wolverines.Buckeye goalie Mike Betz was named the CCHA Defensive Player of theWeek after posting a season-high 44 saves in the win. The Buckeyes(8-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) will travel to New York for two non-conferencegames this weekend. The Buckeyes will face Colgate (4-3-1, 2-2-0ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday in Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday,Ohio State will take on Cornell (3-1-2, 3-0-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. inJames Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. The women’s swimming and divingteam was narrowly defeated by No. 16 Michigan Friday at the MikePeppe Aquatic Center 153.5-146.5, with the Buckeyes entering thefinal event in the lead. Breaking a pool record set by Michigan in1994, Rebekah Rychvalsky won her third consecutive 200-yardbreaststroke event with an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:18.79.Gulsah Gunenc also took her third consecutive win in the 200-yardfly with a time of 2:03.26, setting a season’s best time, whileJulie Broms placed first in both the 1-meter dive with a score of281.70 and the 3-meter dive with a score of 293.63, both NCAA zonediving qualifying marks. Broms has placed first in all but one ofthe diving events so far in the dual meet season. Three fieldhockey Buckeyes were named to the 2003 STX/NFHCA Division IAll-Region Team. Senior forward Vanessa Immordino, juniormidfielder Lucy Clayton and freshman midfielder Curlyne Wynnreceived first-team honors. Immordino ended the season compiling 54points, 22 goals and 10 assists. Clayton tallied 37 points, whileWynn, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, posted 21 points during theseason. The rowing team finished first in varsity eight and paircompetitions at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. The firstvarsity eight boat finished first out of 17 crews at 13:07.6,earning its third-consecutive Rivanna Romp title. The Buckeye firstvarsity pair boat finished first at 16:09.1, 18.4 seconds ahead ofDuke, who came in second. The OSU first varsity four took first at15:17.4. Other teams at the regatta included Tennessee, Virginia,Buffalo, Duke and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes return to action March27 when they travel to Princeton, N.J. to take on Princeton andBrown. Brutus Buckeye is one of 12 mascots in the running forCapital One Mascot of the Year. Fans may vote for Brutus daily byvisiting will continue through Dec. 23. Brutus leads “Aubie” themascot from Auburn, by over 15 percent.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 23
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Friday, Nov. 21
Women’s Swimming at Northwestern Invitational, 6 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Basketball vs. Ohio, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Volleyball vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Hockey at Colgate, 7 p.m.
Hamilton, N.Y.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Basketball at San Francisco, 11 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.

Men’s Swimming at Purdue Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, Nov. 22
Women’s Swimming at Northwestern Invitational, 10 a.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Football at Michigan, 12:10 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Hockey at Cornell, 7 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 4:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Fencing Alumni Meet
Steelwood Training Center

Men’s Swimming at Purdue Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, Nov. 23
Women’s Basketball vs. Florida A&M, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena

Men’s Swimming at Purdue Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind.

Rifle vs. Nebraska, TBA
Hugh Wylie Rifle Range