Oct. 29, 2002

Athletes of the Week

Freshman field hockey goalkeeper Lara Koole was named the BigTen Defensive Player of the Week after recording 16 saves in twocontests last week. She led the Buckeyes to a pair of doubleovertime victories. She is third in the conference with 4.17 savesper game and has registered three shutouts this season. In theBuckeyes’ road win over No. 11 Iowa, Koole recorded nine saves.Against Ball State, she posted seven stops. Sophomore diver MitchRicheson led the divers in the Buckeyes’ win over Ohio, taking boththe 1- and 3-meter competitions in the squad’s season-opening meet.

Sports Shorts

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing atthe Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The men’s team is ranked 20thin the recent Mondo Coaches Poll coming into the weekend event.Coming off a strong performance at the Pre-National Championshipsthe Buckeyes look to challenge for the Big Ten Championship. Theevent will be held in West Lafayette, Ind. The women’s ice hockeyteam fell to No. 2 Minnesota 4-0 Friday despite holding its ownfiring 26 shots to the Golden Gophers 25. The Buckeyes lost a closegame to Minnesota 2-1 in game two of the series Saturday. OSU heldMinnesota scoreless on all seven power-plays opportunities. SeniorShana Frost scored Ohio State’s lone goal on a power play fromKatie Frohreich and Jeni Creary. Ohio State travels to Bemidji,Minn. to take on the Bemidji State Beavers at 8:05 p.m. Friday and5:05 p.m. EST Saturday in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. The fieldhockey team was 2-0 this past week. The Buckeyes defeated BallState in double overtime, 3-2, Tuesday. Vanessa Immordino scoredthe game-winning goal off a penalty corner with no time left on theclock. OSU shut out No. 11 Iowa in double overtime, 1-0, Sunday.Mariana Solorzano scored the game-winning goal off a penalty corner6:13 into double overtime. Ohio State returns home to face Big Tenrival Michigan State at noon Saturday at the North Turf Field inColumbus. The game marks the Buckeyes’ last regular season playbefore the 2002 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Nov. 8-10 inColumbus. Goalkeeper Lara Koole was honored as the Big TenDefensive Player of the Week after recording 16 saves in OSU’s twovictories combined. The men’s hockey team extended its unbeatenstreak to four games (3-0-1) with two wins at home over Clarksonover the weekend. The Buckeyes topped the Golden Knights, 4-2, inthe opener Friday, led by R.J. Umberger’s two goals and Dan Knappand Daymen Bencharski with two assists each. In the second game,four Buckeyes – Chris Olsgard, Dave Steckel, Dan Knapp and MiguelLafleche – scored in a 4-3 OSU win. The Buckeyes return to actionat 7:05 p.m. Friday when they play host to Cornell in Value CityArena. They will go up against Colgate at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in VCA.The men’s soccer team was victorious on senior day Sunday,defeating Western Illinois, 2-0. With the win the Buckeyes improveto 10-5-1 with two games remaining on the regular season schedulebefore the Big Ten tournament in State College, Pa. Sam Miglianoscored his first goal of the season and Justin Cook added aninsurance goal in the second period. The Buckeye defense provedstellar, allowing just three shots on goal as Chad Brown earned hisseventh shutout of the season and improved his record to 9-5-1.John Tomaino’s assist on Cook’s goal gives him 16 for his careerand puts him one away from tying the Ohio State all-time assistrecord held by Bill Clegg (1982-85) and Brooks Humphreys(1997-2000) who both tallied 17 assists during their careers. TheBuckeyes will be back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday in Ann Arbor,Mich. when they take on the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes thenwill conclude the regular season the following Sunday, Nov. 10 atNorthwestern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. (EST). The women’ssoccer team (6-9-1, 4-5-1), winners of three of its last four, playhost to two non-conference foes this week as the Buckeyes will faceKent State on senior night this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and concludethe 2002 regular season against Cincinnati on Saturday at noon. TheOhio State women’s soccer program will honor its seniors prior tothe Kent State match. Concluding their Buckeye careers on thehomestand will be defender Shelley Besson (Centerville, Ohio),defender Becky Broering (Westerville, Ohio), forward Lindsay Eckles(Hilliard, Ohio), midfielder Kiley Enmark (Sterling Heights,Mich.), defender Sarah Lanham (Middletown, Ohio), defender JenMiller (Centerville, Ohio) and goalkeeper Anna Mitchell (Canton,Ohio). Jeremy Wurtzman, a junior on the men’s tennis team, defeatedfour opponents on his way to the semifinals of the 2002 ITA MidwestRegional IV Championship in Madison, Wis. His next task will beagainst Big Ten foe, Phil Stolt of Illinois, in the semifinalsTuesday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wurtzman’s victories wereagainst Nick Bodmer of Illinois (Chicago) 6-3, 6-2, Louisville’sOctavian Nicodim 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (3), Andy Formanzyk of MichiganState (6-3, 4-6, 7-5) and Iowa’s Stuart Waters 7-6, 6-3. The men’stennis team travels to Toledo, Ohio for the Toledo InvitationalFriday-Sunday. Women’s volleyball (10-9 overall, 4-6 Big Ten) lost3-2 to Minnesota and defeated Iowa 3-1 last weekend. Suzie Stilinghad 13 kills against Minnesota and 18 vs. Iowa to give her 1,228for her career and move her into ninth on the OSU career list. Shealso moved into a tie for fourth in career blocks with 389. StaceyGordon had 27 and 17 kills, respectively on the weekend and now hashad double-figure kill in her last 35 matches. Anna Anderssonreturned to action after missing eight matches with a knee sprain.She had a career-high nine kills against Minnesota. After beginningthe Big Ten conference schedule with five losses, OSU rebounded towin four of the last five matches. The Buckeye begin the secondhalf of the round robin schedule at Northwestern Fri., Nov. 1 andcomplete the road trip with a match at #15 Wisconsin Saturday, Nov.2. The Wisconsin match will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m., Sun.,Nov. 3. The men’s swimming & diving team won its first meet ofthe season, 144-88, over Ohio. The team won every race at the meetwith the exception of the 400 medley relay where the Buckeyes’ topsquad suffered a disqualification. Marty Tomes (Fr., Cincinnati,Ohio) led the Buckeyes with wins in the 200 freestyle, 200butterfly and 400 freestyle relay. Mitch Richeson (So.,Indianapolis, Ind.) led the divers, taking both the 1- and 3-metercompetitions. The women’s swimming and diving team won its firstmeet of the season in dramatic fashion with a 130-113 win over theOhio Bobcats last Friday. The meet came down to the finalcompetition of the evening, the 400 freestyle relay, where theBuckeyes took first place in a time of three minutes, 33.16seconds. The Buckeyes will be back in action Nov. 8 when theytravel to Morgantown, W.Va. to take on West Virginia andLouisville. The women’s tennis team completed action at the ITAMidwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich., over the weekend. Thesquad was led by Sadhaf Pervez, who advanced to the round of 16.Jackie Leskovar also had a solid performance, as she won threematches in qualifying to reach the main draw. The doubles duo ofErica Fisk and Meaghan Colville won its first two matches in themain draw before falling to the No. 3 seed in the tournament in theround of 16. The men’s golf team concluded the fall season at theAztec Invitational finishing seventh overall. The men were led byZach Doran who finished the event tied for fifth posting a combinedthree round total of 7-under par (209). The event was held at thepar 72, 7,088 yard Barona Creek Golf Course in Lakeside, Calif. TheBuckeyes will begin their spring season beginning Feburary 8th atthe Gator Invitational.

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

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Nov. 3
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Men’s Tennis at ITA Regionals, All Day
Madison, Wis.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Women’s Soccer vs. Kent State, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Thursday, Oct. 31
No Events Scheduled

Friday, Nov. 1
Women’s Volleyball at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Hockey vs. Cornell, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Bemidji State, 7:05 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Field Hockey vs. Michigan State, noon
North Turf Field

Women’s Soccer vs. Cincinnati, noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Football vs. Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium

Women’s Ice Hockey at Bemidji State, 4:05 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Men’s Hockey vs. Colgate, 2:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Cross Country at Big Ten Championships, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.