April 24, 2002%^$


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State (8-4 overall, 1-2 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad hosts two conference foes this weekend. OSU will face 15th-ranked Penn State (6-7, 3-1) at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26 and close out the home schedule with a 1 p.m., Sunday, April 28 game with Davidson (5-10, 0-4). Both matches will be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.%^$

%^$The Nittany Lions, coached by Suzanne Weinberg, have a 6-7 overall record and are 3-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Penn State hosts second-ranked Georgetown on Wednesday. The 15th-ranked Lions have Colleen O’Hara leading the offense with 31 goals and nine assists. Katie Jeschke is second in goals with 21 and has six assists. B. J. Lucey ranks third in goals with 17 and has five assists. In goal, Lee Tortorelli has started all 13 matches has 139 saves (.513 saves pct.) and has given up 132 goals (10.82 goals against average). Penn State is averaging 10.23 goals per game and is giving up 11.15 per game.%^$

%^$The Nittany Lions have won all five games played in the series. The contest has been played at Penn State in 1997 (14-3), 1999 (10-8) and 2001 (15-10). Ohio State has hosted Penn State twice, losing 14-3 in 1998 and 15-6 in 2000.%^$

%^$The Wildcats, coached by Mary Schwartz, have a 5-10 overall record and are 0-4 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Davidson plays at Ohio University Friday prior to coming to Columbus Sunday. Sarah Otto is the team leader in goals with 36. Loren Seaton ranks second in goals with 21 and Christin Raimondo is third with 13. Seaton has a team-high 16 assists with Otto second with 10. Becca Nussbaum has started in goal in all 15 games this season. She has 175 saves (.530 saves pct.) and has given up 155 goals (10.73 goals against average). Davidson averages seven goals per game and is giving up 10.73.%^$

%^$Ohio State has a 3-2 lead in the series with the Wildcats. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings including the last two contests in Columbus. The last meeting was in 2000, a 13-10 win in Columbus. OSU won 10-9 in overtime in 1999 at Ohio State. OSU’s first win over the Wildcats was a 16-7 victory at Davidson in 1998. The Wildcats won 10-8, at home in 1996 and defeated Ohio State 8-6 in 1997 in Columbus.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes are 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference. The 16th-ranked Buckeyes lost 12-11 at Vanderbilt last Sunday. Megan Mirick (Sr., Burke, Va.) is the team leader in goals with 45. Tracey Bounds (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) is second with 26. Regina Oliver (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) ranks third on the squad with 20 goals and Shannon Wilson (Jr., Sherkston, Ontario) is fourth with 16. Bounds has a team-high 17 assists with Alexia Vogler (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) second with 13. In goal, Erin Forquer (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) has started all 12 games and has recorded 126 saves (.541) and has given up 107 goals (8.19 goals against average). The Buckeyes are averaging 13.67 goals per game and are giving up 9.00 per game.%^$

%^$Ohio State dropped a 12-11 decision at 10th-ranked Vanderbilt after having an 8-4 halftime lead. Trailing 2-1 in the first half, Ohio State scored seven consecutive goals to open up an 8-2 lead. Vanderbilt scored two goals in the last four minutes of the half to make it 8-4 after 30 minutes. OSU opened the scoring in the second half to make the lead 9-4. Vanderbilt responded with four goals to close the lead to 9-8. Megan Mirick’s third goal of the game gave OSU a 10-8 lead. The Commodores responded with four more goals to take a 12-10 lead. OSU’s Regina Oliver scored in the final minutes to cut the Vanderbilt lead to final 12-11 score. Mirick and Shannon Wilson had three goals each for the Buckeyes with Oliver adding two. Carrie Weatherill, Tracey Bounds and Kelly Cook added single goals for OSU. Vanderbilt’s Jeannie Crawley and Jess Roguski had three goals each to lead the Commodores. OSU’s Erin Forquer had 11 saves in goal while Ashley Bastinelli collected six saves for Vanderbilt.%^$

%^$With her five goals at Virginia Tech, Megan Mirick raised her season goal total to 42 and broke her own OSU record for goals in a season. Mirick set the record in 1999 with 39 goals. She has raised her season goal record to 45.%^$

%^$With 49 points on the season (45 goals, 4 assists), Megan Mirick is within five points of the Ohio State season points record of 53 held by Erin Andersen in 1999. Mirick also holds the OSU career record for goals (135) and points (172).%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have several student-athletes atop the American Lacrosse Conference overall statistics from this week. OSU’s Regina Oliver leads the conference in caused turnovers at 3.17 per game. Megan Mirick is second in goals per game at 3.75 and is second in scoring at 4.08 points per game. Goalkeeper Erin Forquer is second in goals against average at 9.19 and in save percentage at .541. Lauren Cochran ranks fourth in draw controls at 2.08 per game while Shannon Wilson and Oliver are tied for fourth in ground ball with a 3.00 per game average. Tracey Bound ranks third in assists at 1.42 per game and is fourth in scoring with a 3.58 per game average. Ohio State ranks first in team offense with a 13.67 goals per game average and is second in defense with a 9.00 goals against average. OSU is first in draw controls averaging 13.33 per game and is ranked third in ground balls at 23.08 per game.%^$

%^$Ohio State moved up two spots to No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association weekly poll. The Buckeyes received 45 points this week, moving down from 18th last week. Princeton (13-1) holds No. 1 in the poll with 198 points.%^$

%^$In NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State is fourth in the country in scoring offense at 13.67 goals per game. The Buckeyes are fifth in scoring margin at 4.67 and rank tied for 16th in scoring defense at 9.00. Ohio State is ranked third in draw controls at 13.33 and is second in caused turnovers at 16.42. Individually, Megan Mirick is second in goals per game at 3.75 and Regina Oliver is third in caused turnovers at 3.17 per game.%^$

%^$Ohio State has joined with six other squads to for the American Lacrosse Conference. Members include Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Davidson, Ohio University and Ohio State. In the first year, Ohio State will face Northwestern, John Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Ohio University on the road and host Penn State and Davidson in league contests.%^$

%^$By a vote of the conference coaches, Ohio State has been picked fourth in the American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Poll. The Buckeyes received 20 points. Penn State was voted first, receiving 36 points and six first place votes. John Hopkins was second with 31 points and one first place vote. Vanderbilt was third with 26 points. The remaining league members were ranked as follows: 5th Davidson (14 points), 6th Ohio University (12) and 7th Northwestern (8).%^$

%^$Sue Stimmel is in her seventh year as the head coach for Ohio State. A 1984 graduate of Temple University, Stimmel is the only coach that the Buckeye program has had. She spent six years has the head coach of Denison prior to coming to Ohio State. Stimmel is 51-45 at Ohio State and is 127-63 in her career.%^$

%^$The women’s lacrosse coaching staff has two new members this season. Michael Scerbo joins the staff after spending the last five years as the head coach of Limestone College. A 1995 graduate of SUNY-Oswego with a B.A. in biology, Scerbo had a 33-24 record at Limestone College. Former Ohio State women’s lacrosse student-athlete Celeste Cianfrani joins the coaching staff after her four-year career with the Buckeyes. She graduated with a degree in communications in the spring of 2001. Cianfrani is Ohio State’s all-time leader in assists (51) and is second in goals (87) and career points (138). She was a 2001 Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American.%^$

%^$Ohio State will complete the regular season with a 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4 game at Ohio.%^$

%^$April 24
%^$Johns Hopkins at Hofstra
%^$Georgetown at Penn State

%^$April 25
%^$Notre Dame at Northwestern

%^$April 26
%^$Davidson at Ohio
%^$Penn State at Ohio State

%^$April 27
%^$George Mason at Johns Hopkins

%^$April 28
%^$Davidson at Ohio State
%^$Virginia at Vanderbilt
%^$Penn State at Ohio State