Oct. 15, 2002

Athletes of the Week
The men’s cross country team won the All-Ohio Invitational Friday at the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. The team proved to be the fastest of the 39 Ohio teams in attendance. Racing with all divisions, the men took the third through seventh individual spots, but when breaking the scoring down by divisions, the men took places one through five in the Division I race, finishing within five seconds of one another. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Dan Glaz (So., Palos Hills, Ill./A.A. Stagg) who finished the race in a time of 25:41.9, the third best time of the day. The victory on the 8-kilometer course by the men was their first meet victory since winning the Akron Invitational, Sept. 7.

Mariana Solorzano (Jr., Caraca, Venezuela/Humboldt School) led the field hockey team to a 3-0 shutout against Northwestern Friday. Solorzano returned to the Buckeye starting lineup after being out several weeks with an injury. She recorded the game-winning goal 31:26 into the game off a penalty corner. Early in the second half Solorzano tallied another goal. Solorzano led OSU in shots, recording seven of the team’s 16. Solorzano has started six games this season and tallied six goals, three of which were gamewinners.

Sports Shorts

The men’s golf team currently is leading The Gary KochInvitational. Zach Doran leads the field at the Koch Invitationalafter firing an opening round of 64. The second round of play wassuspended because of lighting and will resume Tuesday morning at7:45 a.m. The event is being held in Tampa, Fla., at the OldMemorial Golf Course. Last Friday the men’s and women’s crosscountry teams competed in the All-Ohio Invitational. The men’s teamcaptured first place in the event while the women’s team placedninth overall. Pacing the men’s team was Dan Glaz who finished in atime of 25:41.8 placing third overall. Chelsea Poling led thewomen’s team placing 23rd overall in a time of 19:17.4. The fieldhockey team defeated Northwestern in a 3-0 shutout victory to pickup its first Big Ten win Friday at the North Turf Field inColumbus. Buckeye junior Mariana Solorzano scored twice in thecontest for Ohio State and was assisted both times by Stacey Toddand Jenee Doto. Junior Vanessa Immordino scored the third goal at61:58 on a penalty shot. Ohio State outshot the Wildcats 16-3 andalso had an 11-5 advantage on penalty corners. Solorzano recordedseven shots in the contest. Buckeye goalkeeper Lara Koole talliedthree saves. Ohio State will play host to No. 6 Penn State Saturdayat noon. The women’s ice hockey team (2-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) defeatedMinnesota State, Mankato, 6-1, Friday and 3-1 Saturday in itsseason opener at the All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. FreshmanJana Harrigan and sophomore Jeni Creary recorded three goals eachin the two-game series. Jeanne Chapple recorded two goals and ShanaFrost tallied once. The Buckeyes were 5-for-7 on the power play andheld the Mavericks scoreless on seven of their eight power-playchances Friday. OSU was 2-for-5 on the power play and shut out theMavericks on all eight of their power play opportunities Saturday.The Buckeyes return to Columbus for their home opener against NewHampshire at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday at the OSU IceArena. Women’s volleyball (7-8 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) split a pairof home matches last weekend. OSU lost 3-1 (30-26, 30-27, 28-30,30-26) to Wisconsin on Friday and responded with a 3-0 (30-24,30-27, 30-22) victory over Northwestern. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had 26kills in each match. Gordon was named the co-Big Ten Player of theWeek for her efforts. She also received the honor last week. ShellyDraeger recorded 16 kills against Wisconsin and 18 againstNorthwestern while Suzie Stiling had 11 kills in each match. Seniorsetter Katie Virtue returned to action after missing the last sevenmatches with an injured hand. The Buckeyes return to the road forthe third time in four weeks with a match at Purdue Friday and atIllinois Saturday. The women’s swimming and diving team kicked offits 2002-03 season with the annual Scarlet vs. Gray exhibitionmeet. The scarlet team won the meet with 102 points, the Gray teamtrailed them with 92 points. Kylie Lancken, Stephanie Raezer,Ashley Barnes, Lindsey Smith, Ashley Routson, Nicole Hamilton,Natalie Bojko, Meaghan Mahoney, Amanda Treleaven and MorganO’Connor all contributed to the victory over the gray team. TheBuckeyes begin their regular season at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 against OhioUniversity at the Mike Peppe Aquatics Center. The men’s tennis teamtraveled to Chattanooga, Tenn. for the ITA All-AmericanChampionships Oct. 4-13. OSU senior Vince Ng carried an undefeatedrecord into the main draw where he fell to Baylor’s Matias Marinand closed out his tourney record at 6-1. The men’s tennis coachingstaff expects Ng’s ITA Championship performance to push him into aTop 50 national rank. Buckeye junior Jeremy Wurtzman automaticallyqualified for the main draw of the ITA event because of his No. 21national ranking. Wurtzman advanced to the final 16 of the ITAChampionship but was defeated by Phil Stolt of Illinois. Wurtzmanwas seeded No. 14 in the tourney and closed out his performance at2-1. Next up, the team travels to Madison, Wis., for the ITARegionals Oct. 24-28. Following its 2-1 win over Illinois this pastSunday, the women’s soccer team (4-8-1, 2-4-1) travels to Wisconsin(7-5-3, 3-2-2) for a match Friday night at 5:30 p.m. (CDT). OSUconcludes its weekend road trip with a 2 p.m. (CDT) meeting withMinnesota (6-7-1, 1-6) on Sunday. The softball team defeated BallState 8-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday in Muncie,Ind. The second game was called in the bottom of the seventh inningwith a 0-0 score due to darkness. Ohio State freshman Chelsea Baker(Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) picked up the win on the mound for theBuckeyes in Game 1. OSU collected four runs in the fourth inningfrom Nicole Lancaster (Fr., Magnolia, Ohio/Sandy Valley), KristineHimes (Sr., Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley), Annie Dedic (Sr.,Yorba Linda, Calif./Fullerton J.C.) and Baker. Three more runs wereadded in the sixth from Kristi DeVries (Jr., Corona,Calif./Corona), Karisa Evans (So., Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) andBreana Pozzi (Jr., Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) while Beth McAbier(Jr., Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) scored in the seventh. Himeswent 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles and a single to lead theBuckeyes at the plate. Andrea Tribuzi (Fr., Plano, Texas/PlanoEast) made the start on the mound for the Buckeyes in the secondgame before play was stopped. The men’s swimming team kicked offcompetition Friday with an intra-squad Scarlet vs. Gray meet. TheGray team won the final race of the evening (200 freestyle relay)by just one tenth of a second (1:27.68) to edge the Scarlet team indramatic fashion, 99-98. The Gray team was led on by BenjiHerschberger (Fr., Sarasota, Fla.) and Vladi Dusil (Sr., Dramstadt,Germany), who finished first and second, respectively in the 500freestyle. Highlights for the Scarlet team included freshman MartyTomes (Cincinnati, Ohio), who took first-place in both the 200freestyle (1:47.14) and the 200 butterfly (1:59.72). The baseballteam concluded it fall practice last week with the annual Scarletand Gray World Series. The Gray team defeated the Scarlet 2-1 bytaking the third game by a 5-1 score. For the series, PaulFarinacci, of Gray team, went 5-for-9 with a pair of runs battedin. Four other players had four hits apiece, including ChristianSnavely who had a home run and double in the first game of theseries. Derek Kinnear, Drew Anderson and Doug Larason also had fourhits in the series. The team will open its 2003 season Feb.28-March 2 at the Tournament of Champions Cardinal Classic inBeaumont, Texas, against Lamar, Southwest Missouri State andOklahoma. All four teams in the event played in the 2002 NCAATournament. The rowing team looks to continue its winning waysSunday as it heads to Boston for the Head of the Charles. The race,seen by over 300,000 spectators annually, is the world’s largesttwo-day regatta. The Buckeyes finished fourth out of 54 teams atthe race in 2001 and second out of all collegiate participants. Therace is the second of three fall head races for the team. Two weeksago, the team began its fall season with its third-consecutivefirst-place finish at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa.Women’s tennis player Sadhaf Pervez (Sr./Warren, N.J.), ranked No.89 in the nation, fell in the semifinals of the consolation bracketat the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship Saturday. Shewas defeated by No. 19 Julie Rotondi (So./Florida), 6-4, 6-1. Afterher first-round loss to No. 14 Alice Persu, Pervez recordedvictories against No. 33 Catherine Lynch (So./California) and No.15 Lauren Barnikow (So./Stanford). Pervez compiled a 2-2 recordover the weekend. The men’s hockey team opens CCHA play thisweekend when it travels to face the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. Theteams will face off at 11:05 p.m. EDT Friday and Saturday. OSU andUAF last met in the quarterfinals of the 2002 CCHA tournament inDetroit, with the Buckeyes scoring the last three goals of the gameto pull off a come-from-behind win in overtime. The men’s soccer(8-4-0, 2-1-0) team will play host to the fourth-ranked IndianaHoosiers (10-1-2, 5-0-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens MemorialStadium. The Buckeyes, winners in six of their last seven contests,are in third place in the Big Ten standings behind the Hoosiers andPenn State. Indiana is the only unbeaten team in conference play.Men’s soccer head coach John Bluem was inducted into the HartwickCollege Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday. Bluem, who was best knownfor his defensive play as a stopper, was a three-year startingfullback while playing for Hartwick from 1972-74. In his threeseasons at Hartwick, the team compiled a 30-9-7 record, qualifyingfor the NCAA Tournament all three years. The 1974 team, of whichBluem was a member, reached the Final Four and finished third inthe nation.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 14-20
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Men’s Golf at Koch Invitational, All Day
Tampa, Fla.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Men’s Soccer at Oakland, 4 p.m.
Rochester, Mich.

Thursday, Oct. 17
No events scheduled

Friday, Oct. 18
Pistol/Buckeye Invitational, All Day
The Shooting Range, Converse Hall

Women’s Soccer at Wisconsin, 5:30 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Volleyball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Hockey vs. New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Hockey at Alaska Fairbanks, 11:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Saturday, Oct. 19
Pistol/Buckeye Invitational, All Day
The Shooting Range, Converse Hall

Cross Country at Pre-Nationals, All Day
Terre Haute, Ind.

Field Hockey vs. Penn State, noon
North Turf Field

Football at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Hockey vs. New Hampshire, 4:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Women’s Volleyball at Illinois, 7 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Hockey at Alaska Fairbanks, 11:05 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Sunday, Oct. 20
Women’s Soccer at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Soccer vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium