COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (9-9; 1-5 Big Ten) topped the St. Louis Billikens, 5-1, Saturday at Mellencamp Pavilion in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes scored four consecutive goals, including back-to-back goals by sophomore Lauren Kruse.

Up next for Ohio State is the 2004 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 5-7 at the Leonard B. Thomas Sports Complex in Evanston, Ill. The championship game will be broadcasted on tape delay Nov. 8 on CSTV. The winner of the Big Ten tournament will earn an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

OSU notched an early goal in the first half, as Curlyne Wynn (So., Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago/North Eastern College) recorded her eighth goal of the season off of a penalty corner at the 3:36 mark. Sophomores Saskia Mueller (Zurich, Switzerland/Gymnasium Unterstrass) and Florencia Stier (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Washington) were credited with the assist. Kruse (So., Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) followed with an unassisted goal at 10:09. The Buckeyes ended the half with a 2-0 lead. Ohio State also held the advantage in shots (14-10) and penalty corners (10-3).

Ohio State continued its offensive dominance in the second half, scoring less than five minutes into the stanza. Kruse recorded her sixth goal of the season after notching another unassisted goal at the 38:58 mark. Senior Meg Lake (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchense) added the Buckeyes’ fourth goal when she fired the ball past the Billiken goalie at 40:41. St. Louis ended a possible Buckeye shutout when Ellen Rapp scored at 41:20. Compiling her seventh goal of the season, freshman Yesenia Luces (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) helped OSU surpass its highest goal output of the season when she scored at the 47:30 mark. Buckeye goalkeeper Lindsay Williams (Jr., Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) registered four saves. Billiken goalies Julie Moeckel and Amy Wasserman split time in the net with Moeckel recording six saves and Wasserman one. OSU out shot St. Louis, 24-12, and led in penalty corners, 13-3.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final) 2004 Ohio State Field Hockey Ohio State vs St. Louis (Oct 30, 2004 at Bloomington, Ind.)

Ohio State (9-9-0) vs. St. Louis (5-10-0) Date: Oct 30, 2004 Attendance: Weather: Indoors

Goals by period 1 2 Tot ——————————- Ohio State………. 2 3 – 5 St. Louis……….. 0 1 – 1

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 3:36 OSU Wynn, Curlyne (8) (Mueller, Saskia;Stier, Florencia) 2. 10:09 OSU Kruse, Lauren (5) (unassisted) 3. 38:58 OSU Kruse, Lauren (unassisted) 4. 40:41 OSU Lake, Meg (unassisted) 5. 41:20 SLU RAPP, Ellen (BOONE, Carin) 6. 47:30 OSU Luces, Yesenia (unassisted)

Shots: Ohio State 24, St. Louis 12 Saves: Ohio State 4 (Williams, Lindsay 4), St. Louis 9 (MOECKEL, Julie 6; WASSERMAN, Amy 1; TEAM 2)