Sept. 22, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (4-2; 0-0 Big Ten) begins conference play against the No.17 Penn State Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio. It is the final contest of a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes.

As of Sept. 21, the Nittany Lions have an overall record of 4-4. Penn State opened the season with losses to No. 8 Old Dominion, 2-1, No. 6 Connecticut, 3-1, and No. 11 Northeastern, 1-0. After a 0-3 start, PSU has won three of its last four contests. Penn State defeated James Madison, 2-0, before dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 2 North Carolina. The Nittany Lions followed with shutout wins over Temple, 4-0, Lafayette, 6-0, and St. Joseph’s, 1-0. In the national scene, the Nittany Lions are sixth in scoring defense (.990) and goals against average (.991). PSU also is eighth in save percentage (.814) In the Big Ten, Penn State is No. 1 in shutouts (4) and goals allowed, yeilding only eight. Freshman forward Shaun Banta and sophomore midfielder Annelise Legel lead the team in goals (4), while Banta is the squads points leader with 11. Junior goalie Megan Akstin is in the net for PSU, accounting for all four Nittany Lions shutouts. At the helm of Penn State is Charlene Morett. The former PSU field hockey player is in her 18th season at Penn State and 21st overall. Morett is fourth all-time in wins with 320 and has led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA tournament 16 out of 17 seasons. Penn State currently is second in the country in tournament appearances.

The Buckeyes have a 5-25-2 record against the Nittany Lions, including a 2-7-2 record in Columbus. In 2003, Ohio State dropped a hard fought 3-2 overtime battle to Penn State at Bigler Athletic Complex in University Park, Pa. Vanessa Immordino and Cammie Trainer contributed a goal a piece, while goalkeeper Lindsay Williams registered a career-best 13 saves. WILKINSON’S 100TH WIN
Head coach Anne Wilkinson earned her 100th Buckeye victory when Ohio State defeated Ball State, 2-1, Sept. 19. Wilkinson is second in winning percentage in the field hockey record books, compiling a percentage of .613. Since her arrival at OSU in 1996, Wilkinson owns a 100-63-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 179-146-8.

In the national statistics Ohio State is tied for 18th in winning percentage (.667), while goalie Lindsay Williams is tied for eighth in save percentage (.814).

In the Big Ten Ohio State is ranked second in saves (48) and is tied for third in only allowing 12 goals. Individually, Yesenia Luces is ranked in the Top 10 in four catergories. As OSU’s leading scorer, Luces is tied for eighth in goals (4) and sixth in goals per game (.80). Luces also is 10th in points (9) and sixth in points per game (1.80). Team co-captain Saskia Mueller is tied for seventh in assists (3). Both Mueller and forward Cammie Trainer are tied for fifth in assists per game (.50). Florencia Stier is eighth in shots per game, compiling 23 (3.83) over six games. Goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is second in both saves (48) and saves per game (8.0). The Harrisburg, Pa., native also is fifth in goals against average (1.62).

In the second edition of the NFHCA poll (Sept. 21), Ohio State received 27 points. Since the release of the first NFHCA poll (Sept. 14), the Buckeyes have notched a 3-0 record.

Ohio State owns a six-game home winning streak dating back to the 2003 season. The streak began with a win over Southwest Missouri State, 8-1, Sept. 21, 2003. The Buckeyes followed with home victories over Iowa (2-1), Indiana (2-1, 2OT) and Michigan (2-1). After defeating Ball State, 2-1, Sept. 19, Ohio State is looking to extend its success to seven games against conference foe Penn State.

Since Ohio State rejoined the Big Ten Conference in 1992, the Buckeyes have posted a .500 (5-5) record in its conference openers. Last season, OSU edged Northwestern, 1-0, in overtime in its first league game of the year.

Ohio State holds a 92-126-9 (.425) record vs. its Big Ten opponents, including a 5-3 record from last season. The Buckeyes posted a program-best 5-1 record against the Big Ten in 2001.

The seven sophomores of the 2004 field hockey team are leading the squad in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18). The group of six freshman are second in the goals and points catagories, registering five and 11, respectively. The collegie rookies also have one assist. A trio of seniors have posted two goals and two assists for six points, while lone junior Leticia Fragapane has notched two assists and two points.

Forward Curlyne Wynn earned Offensive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the week of Sept. 13 following strong acts against Kent State (Sept. 7) and Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 10). The 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped lead the Buckeyes to a spotless week in which they defeated the Golden Flashes, 3-1, and RedHawks, 4-0. Wynn scored the Buckeyes’ final goal in the 3-1 victory over Kent State. After scoring her first goal of the 2004 season against KSU, Wynn followed with a two-goal performance against Miami (Ohio), marking the second-consecutive year she has netted two goals against the RedHawks. Wynn is second on the team in goals (3) and points (6) and has started every 2004 Buckeye contest. The Big Ten weekly honor is the first of her career.

Ohio State defeated Ball State, 2-1, in a double overtime loss Sunday at North Turf Field. In the first half, Ohio State and Ball State were scoreless until the 11:05 mark when the Cardinals Holly Frantz scored on a rebound off a teammate. Trailing 1-0, Ohio State evened up the score with five seconds remaining in the half when Deen Rebstock fired a shot behind the BSU goalie, marking her second goal of the season. Senior Cammie Trainer was credited with the assist. At the end of the half, the Buckeyes led six to five in shots. In the second period the Buckeyes and the Cardinals traded the ball back and forth until time expired and the game was forced into overtime. OSU registered eight shots, while BSU had nine. The first overtime stanza was similar to the second half with OSU and BSU trading shots. The Buckeyes posted four shots compared to the Cardinals’ two. In the second overtime the Scarlet and Gray were limited to one shot, but it was sufficient enough to put up the gamewinning score. After Ohio State was awarded a penalty corner, Saskia Mueller netted a goal into the backboard at the 5:32 mark, securing the win. “At the beginning of the game, I think our team did a great job of setting up our defense,” Anne Wilkinson said. “We forced Ball State to commit a lot of errors. We also received a lot of opportunities to score, but we just did not put the ball away.” Ohio State compiled 19 shots and held the penalty corner advantage, 12 to six, while Buckeye goalie Lindsay Williams recorded eight saves.

Ohio State’s sudden death shootout against Maine is the first in program history. OSU has reached double overtime 17 times since its inception in 1971.

All six Buckeye freshmen have made a gameday appearance in 2004. Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Honor Hansen, Yesenia Luces and Kelly Terwilliger have combined for five goals, one assist and 18 shots.

After compiling 13 saves in the Wake Forest contest, junior Lindsay Williams equaled her career best. Last season, Williams recorded 13 saves on two occassions – Oct. 5 at Maryland and Oct. 10 at Penn State.

The Buckeyes travel to Louisville, Ky., to face the Louisville Cardinals at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Trager Stadium.

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