Oct. 21, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (5-8-0, 1-3-0 Big Ten) will play host to the Ball State Cardinals at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The contest will be held at the North Turf Field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The contest closes out a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes and the final non-conference game on the 2002 schedule.

The Buckeyes were defeated by the No. 6-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State, 3-1 Saturday (Oct. 19) at the North Turf Field in Columbus.

Penn State’s Heather Conroy scored 4:55 into the game off a penalty corner from teammates Jill Martz and Michelle Rigby. The Nittany Lions followed with another goal four minutes later (8:36) when Rigby put the ball in the back of the net, assisted by Martz and Conroy.

The Buckeyes displayed a more aggressive attack on both sides on the field in the second half. The Ohio State defense limited the Nittany Lions to just one goal. Penn State recorded its third score of the game at 46:42 on another score from Rigby. Ohio State junior Vanessa Immordino tallied the lone Buckeye goal at 58:55 from teammates Mariana Solorzano and Leticia Fragapane.

Buckeye goalkeeper Lara Koole tallied four saves while Penn State goalkeeper Annie Zinkavich recorded two. The Nittany Lions outshot Ohio State, 18-9 and also had an 8-4 advantage on penalty corners.

Ball State (7-6, 3-3 MAC) is coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Michigan State Sunday (Oct. 20) in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans were BSU’s second consecutive nationally-ranked opponent after a 2-1 loss Saturday (Oct. 19) to No. 20 Central Michigan. The Cardinals post a 3-3 record on the road.

Allison Haynes and Afton Hess lead the offensive attack for the Cardinals. Both players have recorded six goals apiece this season while Haynes leads the team in shot attempts, with 57. Goalkeeper Susan McDowell has seen action in all 13 games this season for BSU and has tallied 53 saves. McDowell had five saves in the loss to Michigan State. BUCKEYES VS. CARDINALS
The Buckeyes have complied a 2-6 record all-time against Ball State since the first meeting in 1986. Ohio State earned at 1-0 victory in Columbus during the 2000 season, the last meeting between the teams.

OSU plays four Big Ten teams at home and three Big Ten teams on the road this season. The Buckeyes were defeated by Michigan 4-1 in Ann Arbor in the conference season opener (Sept. 27) and fell to the Hoosiers on the road, 4-1 (Oct. 5). The squad earned its first conference win against Northwestern in a 3-0 victory at the North Turf Field (Oct.11) but recently fell to Penn State, 3-1 (Oct. 19). The Buckeyes also will travel to Iowa (Oct. 27) and will close out the regular season at home against Michigan State Nov. 2.

Junior forward Vanessa Immordino leads the Buckeyes in scoring this season. Immordino has tallied 21 points on nine goals and three assists. She has started all 13 games for the Buckeyes and has taken a team-high 48 shots.

Senior Stacey Todd leads the team in assists with six on the season. Todd also has tallied three goals and is second on the team in shots (26) and points (12). Teammate Mariana Solorzano also has 12 points on five goals and two assists.

Freshman goalkeeper Lara Koole has seen action in 10 games this season for the Buckeyes. She has recorded 34 saves.

Senior defenders McKenzie Hufford and Jen Van Kirk are serving as 2002 Buckeye co-captains.

Hufford started 18 games as a junior and is described as a solid defender capable of running down the opposition. Last season, she scored two points on a goal against Ohio (10/2).

Van Kirk is another key asset to the Buckeye defense. As a junior, she started all 20 contests, led the OSU defense and helped the Buckeyes to four shutouts.

Now in her seventh season at Ohio State, head coach Anne Wilkinson has established the Buckeyes as both a perennial Top 20 program and as one of the upper-echelon teams in the Big Ten Conference.

Wilkinson came to OSU after an impressive nine-year stint as the head coach at American University in Washington, D.C. Wilkinson twice was named the conference coach of the year and earned regional coach of the year accolades once.

In the 2001 season at Ohio State, Wilkinson proved her team is capable of winning. The team finished the season 15-5 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Buckeyes captured the first Big Ten regular-season championship and conference tournament championship in the 30-year history of the program. The championship title gave OSU an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which was only the second appearance for OSU in the history of the program. The Buckeyes complied their eighth-consecutive winning season and the sixth under Wilkinson.

Kate Starre, a native of Armadale, Australia, begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes.

Starre is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner as a member of the Australian National Team, she participated in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Games in Sydney. She also participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where the Australian team finished fifth. Starre helped the Australian squad win the World Cup in 1994 and 1998.

Starre brings six years of coaching experience to Ohio State. She was the head coach at Kanbalda Ladies College in Sydney, Australia, in 1994 and St. Mary’s Ladies College in Perth, Australia, in 1995. Starre came to the United States in 1996 and joined the staff at Northwestern University as an assistant coach (1997-98). Most recently, she completed two seasons as the head coach of the Rush Field Hockey Club (2001-02).

Being crowned the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Champions and playing host to the tournament this season will be an added advantage for the Buckeyes. OSU plays host to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 8-10 at the North Turf Field located at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. Recaps of all contests will be posted on

Information on the Ohio State field hockey team and OSU’s 36 varsity sports is available on the official website of The Ohio State Department of Athletics at Standings and statistics from around the Big Ten can be found at

Ohio State will close out the three-game home stand Oct. 22 against Ball State at the North Turf Field.