Dec. 28, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – In each of the last three seasons, the Ohio State women’s soccer team has established program standards en route to advancing further each year in the NCAA tournament. A key to that recent team success has been heavy contributions from underclassmen, namely freshmen.

Spanning the last two seasons, Ohio State is the only team in the nation to have freshmen earn All-America honors.

In 2004, Ohio State first-year midfielder Lara Dickenmann added to the recent Ohio State run of newcomers gaining national recognition. In a record-setting season that saw the native of Kreins, Switzerland smash team records in goals, assists and points, the National Soccer Coaches Association named Dickenmann second-team All-American.

She also was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was recognized as the 2004 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals in three matches, including two game-winning scores over Purdue and then-No. 3 Penn State in the tourney final.

With the award, Dickenmann, who scored 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists, added to the recent trend of Buckeye freshman receiving high honors. In 2003, defender Melissa Miller, then a redshirt freshman, was named second team All-America after helping the Buckeyes set a team record for fewest goals allowed in a season.

“A key part of our continued success has been the immediate impact of the freshmen coming to the Ohio State Program,” Jon Lipsitz, Ohio State assistant coach, said. ” The exciting part is that with these players being so young, there are many great years ahead of them and the great national success of the program is sure to continue and grow further.”

Prior to the honors awarded to Dickenmann and Miller the last two seasons, junior forwards Danielle Dietrich and Lisa Grubb also were recognized in their first campaigns with the Scarlet and Gray. The pair, which finished second and third on the team in scoring this season, were both named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team in their first go-around in collegiate soccer, while also receiving national and regional recognition. Dietrich, a freshman on Ohio State’s first Big Ten tournament championship team in 2002, was named a freshman All-American by that season. As a junior in 2004, she set career highs with 30 points on 11 goals and eight assists.

Grubb, who missed all but one game last season before accepting a medical redshirt, earned acclaim in 2001 as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after leading the Buckeyes with 25 points and 10 goals. That same season, she was named second-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-Great Lakes by the NSCAA. In addition, the product of Portage, Mich. also toted home freshman All-America accolades.

This season, Grubb earned her second career mention on the regional All-American squad as she moved into the top spot in OSU scoring annals. She finished the year with a career-best 34 points on 12 goals and 10 assists. Grubb has 31 goals for her career, which topped the previous mark of 30 held by Lisa Suttmiller, who played with the Buckeyes from 1994-97.