Oct. 24, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (6-8-0, 1-3-0 Big Ten) will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to battle the No. 11-ranked Hawkeyes. The contest is scheduled to begin at noon Sunday at Grant Field and is the final conference road game of the season for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes defeated Ball State in double overtime,3-2, Tuesday (Oct. 22) at the North Turf Field in Columbus. Vanessa Immordino scored the game-winning goal off a penalty corner with no time left on the clock.

Ohio State and Ball State were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and forced the game into a sudden victory overtime. The Buckeyes stepped up their pace and were looking for an early goal, but were unable to connect. The first overtime ended scoreless forcing the game into a double sudden victory overtime. A penalty corner was called with four seconds left on the clock. Senior Stacey Todd inbounded the ball to Jenee Doto who stopped the ball for Immordino to take a shot. Immordino put the ball in the left corner of the goal.

“Only having seven players on the field in overtime is difficult,” Anne Wilkinson, OSU head coach, said. “Our goal was to keep passing the ball up the field. Vanesssa saw the opening and wanted to finish the game.” Ball State’s Afton Hess recorded the Cardinals’ first goal 15:18 into the game. Todd scored OSU’s first goal at 24:35 from Camille Butcher and Immordino. The Cardinals soon followed with a goal at 25:29 from Monika Rhode. Ball State led the Buckeyes 2-1 at the end of the first half.

Ohio State kicked it into gear in the second half. Lucy Clayton scored her first goal of the season tying the game at 2-2 from Doto and Todd, 45:15 into the game. The Buckeyes fought hard for another goal before the end of half but the was forced into overtime. Buckeye goalkeeper Lara Koole tallied seven saves while Ball State goalkeeper Susan McDowell recorded four saves.

The victory was the second overtime win for the Buckeyes in four games that ended in an extra period.

Iowa is coming off a close 2-1 loss Sunday (Oct. 20) against the fifth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. Pattie Gillern scored the only goal for the Hawkeyes with Lindsay Miller and Lauren Edwards earning assists.

The Hawkeyes have remained at the No. 11 spot in the NFCHA Poll for the second-consecutive week.

Senior Tiffany Leister leads the Hawkeyes in goals this season, recording six, while Gillern has scored four goals. Sarah Dawson leads the team in shots (30) and is third on the team in scoring with three goals. Junior Lindsay Miller has contributed three goals and four assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Weinberg has started all 13 games in the net for the Hawkeyes. Wienberg has 65 saves and has allowed 14 goals.

Head coach Tracey Griesbaum is currently in her third year at the helm of the Iowa field hockey program.

The Buckeyes are 5-36 all-time against the Hawkeyes since the first meeting in 1980. Ohio State earned a 4-1 victory in Columbus early last season and also claimed a 2-1 win over Iowa to win the 2001 Big Ten Championship.

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 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. She has started all 14 games for the Buckeyes and has taken a team-high 51 shots.

Senior Stacey Todd leads the team in assists with eight on the season. Todd also has tallied four goals and is second on the team in shots (27) and points (16). Teammate Mariana Solorzano also has 12 points on five goals and two assists.

Freshman goalkeeper Lara Koole has seen action in 11 games this season for the Buckeyes. She has recorded 41 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

The Buckeyes will close out the regular season when they play host to Michigan State at noon Nov. 2 at the North Turf Field.