Dec. 10, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller of the Ohio State women’s soccer team were named to the 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association All-America Second Team Friday. The honor is the second for Miller in her two seasons with the Buckeyes. Dickenmann claimed her first award after a spectacular freshman campaign that saw her establish three Ohio State single-season records.

Miller, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, has helped the Buckeye defense post all-time lows in goals against average in each of the last two seasons. The Ohio State backline allowed just 18 goals in 26 matches for a 0.67 goals against average. Miller also aided the Buckeyes in registering a program-best 13 shutouts in 2004. A starter in all 47 Ohio State matches the last two seasons, Miller also scored personal highs offensively with 10 points on three goals and four assists. She scored the game-winning strike at Michigan State in the regular season and vs. Michigan in the Big Ten tournament on a 40-yard boot.

Dickenmann is the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the 2004 Freshman of the Year award. The native of Kreins, Switzerland tallied Ohio State records with 13 goals, 12 assists and 38 points as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer in 2004. She netted six game-winners, including three in Ohio State’s postseason run to the national semifinals.

Dickenmann’s award in 2004 and Miller’s first honor in 2003 helped Ohio State place a freshman on the NSCAA All-America team for the second straight season. The Buckeyes are the only team in the nation to put freshman on the NSCAA All-America team in each of the last two seasons.

2004 NSCAA/adidas Women’s NSCAA Division I All-America Team
Position, Player, Class, School, Hometown
* indicates repeat selection

First Team
G, Nicole Barnhart*, Jr., Stanford, Gilbertville, Pa.
D, Keeley Dowling**, Sr., Tennessee, Carmel, Ind.
D, Holly Gault, So., Kansas, Spring Hill, Kan.
D, Natalie Jacobs, Jr., Penn State, Centreville, Va.
M, Lori Chalupny*, Jr., North Carolina, St. Louis, Mo.
M, Lindsey Huie**, Jr., Portland, Laguna Woods, Calif.
M, Diana Matheson, Fr., Princeton, Oakville, Ontario
M, Leslie Osborn, Sr., Santa Clara, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
F, Esmeralda Negron*, Sr., Princeton, Harrington Park, N.J.
F, Heather O’Reilly*, So., North Carolina , East Brunswick, N.J.
F, Christine Sinclair*, Jr., Portland, Burnaby, Canada
F, Tiffany Weimer*, So., Penn State, North Haven, Conn.

Second Team
G, Meghan Miller, Sr., Kansas, Seattle, Wash.
D, Haley Hunt, Jr., Stanford, San Marino, Calif.
D, Melissa Miller *, So., Ohio State, Cincinnati, Ohio
D, Melissa Tancredi*, Sr., Notre Dame, Ancaster, Ontario
M, Lara Dickenmann, Fr., Ohio State, Kriens, Switzerland
M, Sarah Huffman, Jr., Virginia , Flower Mound, Texas
M, Jill Oakes, Jr., UCLA, West Hills, Calif.
F, Christina Frimpong, Sr., Washington , Vancouver, Wash.
F, Tara Hurless*, Sr., Illinois, Rockford, Ill.
F, Megan Kakadelas, Sr., Santa Clara, Carlsbad, Calif.
F, Katie Thorlakson, Jr., Notre Dame, Langley, British Columbia

Third Team
G, Erin McLeod, Jr., Penn State, Calgary, Alberta
D, Liza Barber, Sr., Harvard, Des Moines, Iowa
D, Ronda Brooks, So., Auburn, Marietta, Ga.
D, Jennifer Simonetti, Sr., Dayton, Copley, Ohio
M, Jennifer Buczkowski, So., Notre Dame, Elk Grove, Ill.
M, Fran Munnelly, Jr., Colorado, Arvada, Colo.
M, Brittany Timko, So., Nebraska, Coquitlam, British Columbia
F, Kristen Graczyk*, Sr., Connecticut, Corona, Calif.
F, Laura Kane, Sr., West Virginia , Pottstown, Pa.
F, Iris Mora*, Jr., UCLA, Cancun, Mexico
F, Caroline Smith*, Jr., Kansas , Edina, Minn.