Aug. 25, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After two grueling weeks of training camp, the Ohio State field hockey team is ready to open its 2000 regular season. This weekend, the Buckeyes play host to a couple of games at the Turf Field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Head coach Anne Wilkinson and her Buckeyes return after a 12-7 campaign last year. On Saturday, the nonconference season begins against instate foe the Miami RedHawks at 1 p.m. On Sunday, OSU concludes the weekend with a noon showdown against the Southwest Missouri State Bears.
All-American Katie Hobson returns this season to lead the Buckeyes. Last year, Hobson led OSU with 14 goals and 33 points en route to becoming the fourth-ever All-America selection in OSU field hockey history. She was also named first team All-Big Ten.
All-Big Ten Selections Return
The Buckeyes also boast the return of first team All-Big Ten selection Marije van Nouhuys and second team All-Big Ten selection Diana Kuser. Last year, van Nouhuys, one of the fastest players in the country, tallied six goals and six assists for 18 points. Kuser was equally impressive with three goals and seven assists for 13 points.
Wilkinson Turning 50
Now in her fifth year at the helm, head coach Anne Wilkinson enters this season two wins shy of No. 50 at Ohio State. The OSU mentor has compiled a 48-31 record as a Buckeye.
Scouting the RedHawks
The Miami RedHawks open the 2000 season against the Buckeyes. Last year, UM finished the season with a 6-13 overall and 2-8 Mid-American Conference record. All-MAC forward Beth Young returns to lead the squad. Young is the team’s top returning scorer after tallying nine goals for 18 points last season. Goalkeeper Marie Vaughn returns between the pipes after starting 19 games last year and recording 156 saves. The RedHawks head coach is Lil Fesperman. She is in her 24th year at the helm.
Scouting the Bears
The Southwest Missouri State Bears open the 2000 season on Saturday in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., against Central Michigan. SMS finished last season with a 5-13 overall and 1-4 Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference record. This year’s squad is very experienced with 8-of-11 starters returning. Mollie Reichard returns after leading the team with eight goals and one assist for 17 points last year. Justine Schramke also returns after finishing second on the team with 15 points off four goals and seven assists. Between the pipes, Monnie Elzy is back after starting all 18 games last year and finishing with a 2.17 goals against average. The SMS head coach is Dawn Porter. She is in her third season at the helm.
Seniors Ready For More
This year’s senior class of Stacy Rago, Katie Hobson, Chrissy Kilroe and Aubrey Stock enter this season with an impressive 35 wins in three years.
Caddy Added to the Staff
In the offseason, Paul Caddy was added to the Ohio State coaching staff. Last year, Caddy spent the season as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac College and helped guide the Braves to the Northeast Conference Championship. Quinnipiac also qualified for the postseason for the first time in the history of the program with a berth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division I Tournament. Prior to his stint at Quinnipiac, Caddy spent 1997-98 as a volunteer coach at Massachusetts. Caddy also brings both an extensive and impressive background to the OSU field hockey program. He was a two-time all-Wales selection and a member of the West of England under-21 National Championship team.