Aug. 9, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State field hockey players Yesenia Luces and Curlyne Wynn of Trinidad and Tobago, along with assistant coach Inako Puzo of Venezuela, represented their respective countries while playing in the Central American and Caribbean Games July 21-29 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The games were hosted by the Pan American Hockey Federation in preparation for the 2007 Pan-American Games. The event began with round robin play July 21-25 followed by the playoffs July 27-29.

Wynn and Luces were 2-1-0 in Pool B and helped Trinidad and Tobago reach the bronze medal game, where the team fell short, 4-2, to Barbados. Wynn is a native of Trincity who will begin her senior season with Ohio State in 2006. Her cousin, Blair Wynn, also played on the team. Luces is a native of Port of Spain and led the Buckeyes in scoring last season as a sophomore. Both have represented their country in numerous international events, including previous Pan-American Games.

Puzo, a native of Barcelona, Spain, who graduated from Venezuela Central University, has been a member of the Venezuelan National Team since 1988 and captained the team during these Central American and Caribbean Games. The squad finished sixth in the men’s division with a 3-2 defeat to Barbados. Venezuela was 0-1-2 in Pool B of round-robin play.

The Ohio State field hockey team opens its 2006 season Aug. 26 at Boston College. The Buckeyes are coming off one of their best seasons in school history with a 15-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State opens its home schedule Sept. 10 against Pacific at North Turf Field.