Aug. 24, 2005

The field hockey team opens its season against No. 2-rankedMaryland, a 2004 NCAA semifinalist, at noon Monday at North TurfField. The Buckeyes, who were 10-10 last season, are looking tobuild off a strong spring season that saw them win their firstMercian Cup Spring League title. The 18th-ranked men’s soccer teamtakes on Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Crew Stadium in theBuckeyes’ second and final exhibition match of the preseason. OhioState, with 17 letterwinners and eight starters back from lastseason’s Big Ten regular-season co-championship squad, hosts theOhio State Classic Sept. 2-4 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadiumagainst Marquette and No. 8 New Mexico. Women’s volleyball, ranked12th nationally in the preseason CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, hasbeen picked to finish fourth by a vote of the Big Ten Coaches.Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter AmiStevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) were named to the 12-playerPreseason All-Big Ten Team. Ohio State opens the season by hosingToledo Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. The No. 10Ohio State women’s soccer team begins its 2005 campaign on the roadvs. Kent State and Xavier. The Buckeyes look to maintain its 3-0series record against the Golden Flashes when the teams meet at 4p.m. Friday at Kent State Soccer Field in Kent, Ohio. The OhioState and Xavier match is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at the XavierSoccer Complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Scarlet and Gray look togain the advantage over the Musketeers, as both teams aredeadlocked at 3-3-1.

The Buckeyes open their home line-up Sept. 11 against Kentucky at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Scarlet restoration work at the OSU Golf Course isprogressing very well. It is entering a critical period over thenext three or four weeks for seeding, particularly the greens andthe surrounding green complex. The final shaping is beginning totake place on many of the greenside bunkers. The drainage andliners are being installed as well as completing the build-up ofthe bunker edges. Dramatic differences will begin to be seen duringthe next four to six weeks. Work also has begun on the drivingrange expansion and the creation of target greens on the range.Work is on time and completion is expected in October. JuniorsJessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins helped the United Stateswomen’s basketball team win the gold medal at the 2005 WorldUniversity Games in Izmir, Turkey Aug. 10-19. Team USA completedthe tournament 7-0 en route to claiming its sixth gold medal in WUGplay all-time.

Davenport finished among the team leaders in numerous categories. She ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game, rebounds at 4.6 per contest and field goal percentage, posting a .617 clip (29-47). A starter in five of the seven games, she topped the American squad in free throws (17) and was second in blocked shots with six.

Hoskins came off the bench in all put one game and contributed nearly seven points a game. She rated third on the team with 14 assists in the seven games and connected on 18-of-33 (.545) attempts from the field.

As a team, the U.S. boasted an average margin of victory ofmore than 43 points. The Americans topped the 100-point mark threetimes, including the quarterfinal and semifinal contests againstTaiwan (109-57) and Russia (118-67) before besting Serbia andMontenegro, 79-53, in the gold medal game. The men’s lacrosse teamwill host the MRB Buckeye Classic Oct. 1. The event features theBuckeyes taking on Maryland, a 2005 NCAA semifinalist, and theMichigan club varsity team. Butler also will take on the Wolverinesand Terps. Games will be held on the Woody Hayes Athletic Centerindoor field and at North Turf Field.

The event is named in honor of Michael R. Breschi, the late son of Ohio State head coach Joe Breschi, who died in March 2004 at age 3 in an accident.

Admission is $5 and proceeds from the event will go toward the Michael Breschi Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund at Ohio State. The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the Buckeye men’s lacrosse team.

Joel Brown, formerly an All-American hurdler for Ohio Statefrom 2000-2004, reached the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdlesat the 2005 IAAF World Championships Aug. 14 in Helsinki, Finland.He finished sixth in the race with a time of 13.47, placing behindtwo former U.S. Olympians in Allen Johnson and Terrence Trammell.

Rob Myers, who also was an All-American for the Buckeye men’s team from 2000-04, advanced to the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run at the world championships, but failed to make the final.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams and thesynchronized swimming team will dedicate the Bill and Mae McCorkleAquatic Pavilion Friday, Oct. 14th from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby.Larkins Hall, which was renovated to include the Peppe AquaticCenter in 1977, has been the home of Buckeye Aquatics since it wasbuilt in 1930.

The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion hosts the Mike Peppe Natatorium, named for the celebrated Ohio State head coach who coached 11 teams to national titles. A 50-meter world-class competition pool will highlight the natatorium. The pavilion will also feature the Ron O’Brien Diving Well, named for former Ohio State diving coach Ron O’Brien, who won the 1-meter at the 1959 National Championships and coached divers in seven Olympics. The well features a 3-centerline tower and a 3- and 1-meter springboard capability on all four walls. The pavilion’s other highlights include spectator seating, coaches’ offices, men’s and women’s locker rooms and conference rooms. The newly built building will play host to the 2006 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships along with the 2006 NCAA Zone Diving Regional Championship.

Todd Lamb, assistant director of athletics communications, hasbeen named president of the National Collegiate Baseball WritersAssociation for the 2005-06 season. Todd has been an officer in theorganization for the past three years, and this past yearcoordinated the inaugural NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award. D.C.Koehl, assistant director of athletics communications, was honoredas the sports information director of the year by the AmericanVolleyball Coaches Association and was a finalist for the AVCAGrant Burger Media Award. In addition, D.C. was the NCAA DivisionI-II Men’s Sports Information Director Regional honoree for theMIVA.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday, August 26 – Monday, Aug. 29

Friday, August 26
Women’s Soccer at Kent State, 4:00 p.m.
Kent, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, August 27
Women’s Volleyball vs. Toledo, 7:00 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, August 28
Women’s Soccer vs. Xavier, 1:00 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Monday, August 29
Field Hockey vs. Maryland, Noon
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio