Feb. 20, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior defenseman Lisa Chesson of the Ohio State women’s hockey team was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. It is the second league honor for Chesson this season and the eighth time a Buckeye has been earned a player of the week selection.

Chesson, a native of Plainfield, Ill., had four points with a goal and three assists in a sweep of Minnesota State, Feb. 16-17 at OSU Ice Rink. With time running out in regulation Friday, Chesson completed the Ohio State comeback with an extra-attacker goal with just :08 remaining. She helped complete the sweep with three assists Saturday, including helpers on the first two OSU goals.

Two of Chesson’s four points were with the man-advantage and she is tied for the team lead with 22 power play points. She moved up to third in scoring for the Buckeyes with 36 points on 12 goals and 24 assists. She leads the team with a rating of plus-16. Chesson has a point in 10 of the last 12 games with 17 points in that span, including the five points in the last three games.

Chesson was previously named defensive player of the week Feb. 6. Fellow junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme has earned the award three times this season and senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer has received it once. Junior forward Erin Keys has earned two offensive player of the week honors.

No. 9/10 Ohio State will host the first round of the WCHA playoffs Feb. 23-25, facing Minnesota State in a best-of-three series at OSU Ice Rink. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday. The third game, if necessary, will be Sunday at 1:07 p.m.